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NLCS Gameday: Phillies at Dodgers, Game 1

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, October 15, 2009 07:30 PM | Comments: 597
Gameday 2009, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Cole Hamels, LHP vs. Clayton Kershaw, LHP

Time: 8:07 p.m at Dodger Stadium
Weather: Clear, 69
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The National League Championship Series begins tonight.  For the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall (tied for the MLB record) the Phillies and the Dodgers are the last remaining teams in the senior circuit.

Cole Hamels, fresh off paternity leave, will take to
the hill tonight for the Phillies.  His last game was certainly not his best postseason performance.  In an abbreviated start against the Rockies last week, he allowed four runs on four hits in five innings.  On the other hand, he was lights out against the Dodgers during the regular season with a complete game shutout at Chavez Ravine.  Dodger hitters are .228/.261/. 368 lifetime with 31 hits and 29 strikeouts in 136 combined at bats.

The matchup on paper favors Cole; after that though, the bullpen numbers are not as favorable – particularly for Scott Eyre and more recently Brad Lidge.  One could surmise that the longer Cole pitches, the better chance the Phillies have.

On the flip side, we have Clayton Kershaw – another young gun.  Don’t let his 8-8 record (0-2 against the Phils) this season fool you, his 2.79 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7 homers in 171 games are the numbers to focus on tonight.  This lefty is stingy with his fastball and nasty curve. He has a tendency to work the outside corner against lefties at the plate.  We know this guy has good stuff but the question remains – can the 21-year old handle the pressure of the postseason and the Phillies lineup?

Tonight’s Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Hamels (P).

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Kenzinger
Tonight the Philadelphia Brewery brings you Kenzinger, named after the lovely corner of the city known as Kensington. The beer evokes many of the same feelings as the 19125. Its retro facade hides a classic beer taste – yet it won’t go down without a strong bitter bite. Have some perogies alongside it for dinner, then sit back and enjoy some NLCS for dessert. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    please – hope phillies blow save

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Is Scott Eyre not avaliable?

     
  • Posts: 0 Park fan

    Should have kept Park… Madison looks horrible… -_-

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    did anyone else think that brad lidge would be better then madson in the post season

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    its like Madson has no control.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    I would say he’s pitching like crap tonite. comeon madson, settle down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Trying to calm down, trying to breath…Mad Dog is not making it easier.

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGirlinMichigan

    Damn, good thing we got some insurance runs. Who’s left out there, Blanton & Eyre?

    Madson didn’t look good the other night either.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    ok. one out. try to breathe…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Mad Dog you can do this. I believe.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    waving towels……let’s go phillies!!! C’mon Mad Dog!!! You can do it!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    madson has got to get furcal and ethier…before the power guys come up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Eyre is ready to go. I just hope Charlie doesn’t wait too long.

     
  • Posts: 0 GrammarPolice

    Tommy from NY, please take your bad English and negativity somewhere else.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    seeing Lidge up in the pen this years gives you an idea of how the opponents must have felt last year…..one big knot in your stomach!

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGirlinMichigan

    Waiving good luck towel…. Please bring Scott in….

     
  • Posts: 0 maddog

    Madson is pitching like he did when he first started in the pen. What’s wrong with him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The Phillies have to play all 27 innings because their pen forces them to. I am convinced of this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pooomie

    can’t stinkin’ stand this stress/anxiety

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    ok…2 outs. let’s go phils…get either now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Madson is DEFINATELY looking like Lidge now. 2 runs. Can they get out this with a 2 run lead? The other question is, can they actually get a save in the 9th against this lineup this year?

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Tommy from NY has zero life and needs to get one. He spends his times on Phillies boards trying to talk smack. Seriously? thats what you do with your time? Youre pathetic.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Does Charlie not have access to the same info I do and that Ethier is absolutely awful vs lefties? 194 vs lefties, 302 vs righties.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pooomie

    so true Ed

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    enough already. u cannot walk this guy madson…damn. throw strikes.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    This is what I was afraid of with this bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I can’t take this

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    this just dos not look pretty. we have to go into the 9th with at least a two run lead. The dodgers are dangerous in the 9th and get a lot of walk offs.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    great. just friggin great. Madson is killing us.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LA says: “I really don’t understand Charlie not going to Scott Eyre there.”

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    PLEASE DON”T BLOW THIS GAME

     
  • Posts: 0 PhillyGirlinMichigan

    Ughhhh……

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    chollie needs to do something, no?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Why are the playing a song from Rocky in LA? Do these morons know that Rocky was set in Philadelphia? DUH.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    I forgot how much I cannot stand the MANNY MANNY MANNY shit from last year.

    Anyone remember his 50 game suspension, too? I do.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Holding my breath..

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    YES. FINALLY.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    Ok boys lets get lidge some insurance.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Breathe.

    And now this means we get to do it all over again B9.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    you guys glad he didn’t walk him and put the tying run at second?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    finally. we can all breathe again (barely). this stress is unfrigginbelievable.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    That was painful

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Thank you Pete!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I’m..uh…sorry I might not have responded…I was just left catatonic by that sequence of events. Oh my God, man, I’m close to hyperventilating. Wow.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ok….good….now all we need are about seven more runs to make us all comfortable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I still find it completely funny that those IDIOTS play a song from Rocky which was based in Philadelphia when they are playing the Philadelphia Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    tonite’s MVP is definitely Chooch. Besides his homer to start it off, he’s keeping the staff on track – as best as anyone can.

    Anyone agree with that nomination?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    What is wrong with Maddog. We should be up 8-1 in this game. The Rollins and Utley boot and then Madson comes in and looks horrible. The offense keeps giving us runs and we keep giving them back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Okay, I have faith in Lidge. He won’t have to face Manny, so that’s something. Lidge exorcises some of his demons in the bottom of the 9th. I am sure of it.

    Does Madson not have the guts for situations like that, or does he just half-ass it until he absolutely cannot afford to do so anymore?

    Broxton unhittable at Dodger Stadium? How soon they forget.

     
 
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