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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 AC in NJ

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 BS

    TAKE THAT LEFTHANDER SHERILL!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    YEAH!!!!!! RAUUULLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    rauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuul

     
  • Posts: 0 GrammarPolice

    Flyball

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    RAUUUUUULLLLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    HOLY CRAP RAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Like I said peps…keep the faith…Rockie’s bullpen, Dodger’s bullpen, greatest team ever(whoever that is) bullpen…Phillies rock them all!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Dude….. Ibanez = Phillies MVP so far????

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jr

    RRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLL

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Dude….. Ibanez = Phillies MVP so far????

    So much for that superior bullpen. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pooomie

    nanny nanny poo poo! yahoo!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Did Sherill forget that he faced RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL all those years pitching to the Orioles? Fozy Bear says Wakka, Wakka, Wakka Bitches…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Now do you see why I get so p!ssed at you guys when you give up on this team in the 7th inning? While they’re still leading? Jeeez!!!

    Wow, great homerun call, very enthusiastic….

     
  • Posts: 0 Tommy from NY

    There’s always the Yankees

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    darn, I too was hoping CHP would stay for another inning. But what r ya gonna do? 0 outs.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    yep….he was out. We could have got thru Rollins without wasting an out! Dumb!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Damn it Chooch, more plays like that, you’ll un-deem yourself for that three-run homer.

    Looks like Madson in the 8th, and Lidge in the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    My apologies…. It felt like they were gonna lose… It really did…. But this team is something special…… For the second game in a row I am absolutely speechless….. Wow.. Simply amazing…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Pooomie

    well that was a b.s. call!

     
  • Posts: 0 Thunder Lips

    Hmmmm, bring in Madson now?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i would do lidge or eyre either and madson ninth

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    I can honestly say that it gets iffy but I know for sure we are never out of the game……EVER! This team NEVER EVER quits!

     
  • Posts: 0 goosebumps

    lol gotta love how the announcers were all over that manny hr but no love for the phils shots.

    they even end the inning busting a nut over the dodgers double play instead of a recap of an epic homer.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I believed, Georgie. Except for when Park came in after Ethier’s lead-off double, because I didn’t know what to expect from him.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    hotdogs we weren’t out of the game anyways, we were up a run..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    C’mon Mad Dog!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Thats a a STUPID mistake. At first I thought he was safe, and I thought it was BS, but the replay showed he was definately out. Thank god for Raul, now lets keep this and take game one. I have phaith, but I am still not completely comfortable with the bullpen. Depends on Madson. He is either lights out, or crap. Usually one extreme or the other.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Is James Loney going to be the Carlos Gonzalez of this series?

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Ray…so very true!!! LOL With all the nay sayers on here and on TBS, you kinda forget!!! LOL
    Anyway….C’momn Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Can we please put a cleat on their throat and end this? Do not let them get back in the game. That is just what they need, a run or two going into the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    uh oh

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Never easy for the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Come on, Madson, you can do better. You will do better. Have faith.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    you figure we are going to need the pen again with pedro pitching

     
  • Posts: 0 Michael

    it appears ryan madson has caught the brad lidge disease.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Looks like Madson is pitching like the first thing I mentioned so far. Like I said last inning, leave Chan Ho in there. Now a Home Run and its back to 1 run.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    MAD DOG WE NEED YOU NOW!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Stuart

    I just dont understand how madson can be so bad after being so good last year.

     
  • Posts: 0 fitz

    Wow, should have left Chan Ho in there..

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Can’t trust out BP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Unfriggin believable. This is just unreal. It’s like the pitchers don’t want to win. I know its not true but thats just what it looks like.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    OMG, Madson is just SO inconsistent, wtf?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    charlie should have left Chan Ho in…this makes no sense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Dont worry guys, Charlie will wait to take him out until it the Dodgers are only 1 run down or tied. Charlie will without a doubt make it interesting.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Philly broadcast says Eyre is warming up

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    didn’t we just play this game the other night in CO

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    our*

     
 
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