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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 Terri

    oh boy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Sorry Charlie but bringing in Bastardo in this situation was flat out dumb. No other words for it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    we can only get out of these jams so many times. it just does not look like we are supposed to win tonight. nothing seems to go our way except for that one half inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 GrammarPolice

    Tommy your English is horrible.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    thats because our Bullpen is far inferior.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    can somebody explain to me why they took Happ out after last inning and put in Bastardo instead? I don’t get it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Chan Ho Hammy. MF.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    ok so do we now walk Manny??

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Oh no Chan HO

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    of course it’s dumb after you know the result

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Charlie does not make strong moves. Bastardo, Please. Wasted Happ. This game is not going to turn out well. Now the juice is up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    …a slow, slow death… you know the Phillies are gonna lose…..but how will it end? and does it really matter…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    GWfigthtin I agree with you about the pitch tracker thing. the other part of it that annoys me is they track it where the catcher catches the ball. when it was over the plate it might have been a strike but broke a bit last second. its not even that accurate imo.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    why not Madson against the meat of their order???

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I meant I would NOT say horrible a few posts ago about how Hamels pitched. but really, besides the 5th inning, the Dodgers have outplayed the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Actually ray, if you read my post from alittle while ago, after Happ got out of the inning I said to leave him in to face either. Because I knew that Charlie would do what he did. Use a PH who would do nothing, then bring in Bastardo to face Eithier which is not smart given his lack of experience and the rest is still happening.

     
  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Now THAT is how to pitch Manny!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    chan ho is a two inning guy is probably why brian and madson to close we can only hope it works out that way

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    just because we critize our players doesn’t mean we all don ‘t like them and wouldn’t stand by our past praises …Ut knows he blew it that and Hamels know he needs a more viable arsenal.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    actually disregard my last post….i miss read the comment that i was responding to

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    criticize is one thing, people are calling the game over is another thing

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    i wish Park could magically impart his two seamer to Hamels

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Come on Chan Ho.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    did utley blow it or did rollins?

     
  • Posts: 0 ron darling

    dodgers in 7

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    way to go PARKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chan Ho Park is a baller. I don’t know about you, but I’d let him go the 8th as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Damn, Chan Ho is the man! I missed this guy!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    wtf throw chase?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    wheeeew, talk about living on the edge!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ray- i was responding to what i thought is a troll…i went back a re read their comment and had failed to detect the snark…double doh!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    So why the HELL can Chan Ho pitch like that out of the bullpen, but suck it up completely as a starter? LOL. I dont get that. If Chan Ho can continue to pitch like that, screw the 2 inning thing, might want to try to 3 inning. Hopefully he can keep pitching like that.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    having park back and back to being himself would be huge and i do mean huge

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Oh jeez, Chan Ho was filthy. And when Utley non-chalanted that throw to Howard, I thought it was going to get away from him. Oh jeez. Wow. Sorry about my missing composure, Phans.

     
  • Posts: 0 ron darling's boyfriend

    phillies in 6

     
  • Posts: 0 GrammarPolice

    Chan Ho’s gonna pitch a perfect inning. You just watch and see.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Hotdogs…personally I think that blown DP was more Rollins fault. After the botched exchange, even if Utley made a perfect throw the guy was safe.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    TGFCHP

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I leave Park in their too…his two seamer looks Linda Blairish

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    it’s cool j reed, i think criticizing is one thing, rollins and utley screwed that play up, but we are winning, that’s all I’m saying.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Wow Chan Ho looks sharp. He has to pitch the 8th. I was not sure we havn’t seen him in 30 sum days.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Come on. Rally time, Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Thunder Lips

    Brian of CO: I am enjoying your positivity tonight. It’s infectious (and no, that wasn’t sarcastic).

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    chan ho doing the tug chest beating..lol…cool

     
  • Posts: 0 GrammarPolice

    I don’t know about putting in the biggest flyball pitcher in the game against these Phils….

     
  • Posts: 0 Thunder Lips

    Howard might steal a bag here

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ED R…..agreed

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    Alright guys, let’s knock some runs in

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    we gotta pick at least one insurance run up here…it’s all on the offense if this goes south…

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Here we go Phillies!!!! Wave them towels!!!
    Let’s Go RAUUUUUUUUL!

     
 
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