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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 Jacob

    anyone think TBS in general has a dodger bias?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    YEAH!~!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

     
  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    CHOOOOOCHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    choooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    HELL YEAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Senor Octobre strikes again.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH CARLOS FOR PRESIDENT CLUTCH CLUTCH CLUTCH MR OCTOBERRRRRRRRRRRR

     
  • Posts: 0 msarg29

    I knew Ruiz was going to drive one.

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    CHOOOOOOOCHHHHH!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I can not longer comment on that msarg29, the game went out here, I cant even see it. Oh and SWEET!!!!!!!!!!! CHOOCH!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Yeah Cooooch

     
  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    Chooch = clutchest (if that’s a word) player in baseball

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    No joke…i was just saying to my daughter…”How sweet would it be if Chooch stroked a 3 run homer here?”

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No Jacob, TBS does not have a dodgers bias, they have a Philly hatred.

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    God dang, Chooch is good in October.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Kershaw has lost it, he’s completely falling apart

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    O baby Rodger Dodger, Phils score off baby Koufax

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    NOW IT STARTS. Hamels walks.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    That’s the power of Chooch ….Ruiz smurfed that crap out of that

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Maybe the Phillies caught on. 3-0, no outs, walks the pitcher. Nice. Lets keep this going.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    very true Ed

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Boy, I hope we get ore runs before they lift Kershaw and go to that very good bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    LOL… TBS guy said Chooch = Secret Weapon

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    My computer is a little slow, so my comments are going to be slow, but back to J-Roll. Not a good outcome, but not a bad at bat. I would have liked to see him take that last pitch, but thats being knit picky I know it. Either way, get to 3-1 is not bad. But it does look like Victorino let that idiotic baserunning get to his head.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    SDO – is he still a secret? he was clutch last year and in this year’s nlds too. oh wait, no one else pays attention to the Phils

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Russ Martin is terrible.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Kershaw is falling apart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jacob

    BS – and it doesn’t help that he is a total a$shole

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Not that I am complaining at all, but I wonder what this long half inning will do to Hamel’s groove.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    BS, if you ask the Dodger Network, Im sorry I mean TBS, he is the best defensive catcher in the league. I wouldnt classify him as horrible, but I think Chooch is a better defensive catcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Ed R, I hope nothing. I really hope Cole continunes on his tear since that homer.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    whats up with tbs scorew box

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Good pitchers deal with that, Ed R. The greats are those who can pitch their way out of trouble. Come on, Ryan! I want to see you hit it out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Big Brown!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Well, close enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 mostone

    Ryno!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    woohooo!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Too bad for us the Dodgers are the superior team with the superior starters and bullpen. Oh drats…just like last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Looking like Defending Champs.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Yeah Pimp Caddy!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    guess joe torre isn’t a genius with starting kershaw after all

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Now THAT is nice. Howard has been quite good this postseason. Nice to see 5-1.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    LOL. Torre will be busy tonite on the phone!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    Awesome, Kershaw once again proves that he can’t be relied upon to throw strikes. I hope the Phillies repeat. I live in Boston and hate both LA teams even more than than the Yankees.

     
  • Posts: 0 msarg29

    Well looks like this one is over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie's Babies

    Ryan Howard For President

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    I think that’s 7 rbi for howard in the postseason and yet no hr’s, gotta love it

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    I’d like to see Werth get this one a little higher than he did the last time, but with the same authority.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    enough of the walks and wild pitches comments….the phils had good solid hits!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    fitz, if you are a Red Sox fan, thats sad. Cant you get arrested in Boston for saying you hate any team more than the Yankmees? LOL.

     
 
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