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World Series: Phillies at Yankees, Game 1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 28, 2009 05:57 PM | Comments: 595
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YankeesPhiladelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Cliff Lee, LHP vs. CC Sabathia, LHP

Time: 7:57 p.m at Yankee Stadium
Weather: Cloudy, 50
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The wait is finally over.  At 7:57 eastern time, the Philadelphia Phillies will defend their crown against the 26-time champion New York Yankees.  History is at stake in this series, as the Phillies look to become the first NL team to repeat since the Big Red Machine in the mid-70′s.

Cliff Lee is the man to start this thing up.  Lee has been unstoppable in the playoffs thus far, sporting a sub-one ERA.  He has pulled a Cole Hamels this postseason by putting the team on his back when it counts the most. Lee has two wins and just three walks against 20 strikeouts so far.  In this all important Game 1, let’s see how Lee responds to the bright lights of the Bronx.

On the other side is 6’7″, 280-pound, C.C. Sabathia.  He’s been just as unhittable as Lee, dominating both the Twins and Angels in his three starts this year.  He’s 3-0 with an ERA of 1.19, proving that last years blowup against the Phillies in the NLDS with Milwaukee is in the past.  With two lefties on the mound, we could be in for quite the duel.

Offensively, these teams are as close as they come.  Both hit for ridiculous power, play in smallish parks, and boast the scariest lineup in their respective leagues. If your looking for a weakness on either side, keep searching.  For New York, their defense is probably their Achillies heel, if there is one to choose.  They don’t commit many errors, however, their outfielders have suspect arms and catcher Jorge Posada has a surgically repaired shoulder which could mean more Phillies running the bases.

The Phillies downfall is clearly the back end of their bullpen. Brad Lidge floundered through the regular season, but has since picked it up to record three saves and a win in the ’09 postseason.  Lidge has not allowed a run yet either, and the same goes for Chad Durbin, who has seen action in five games without allowing a runner to score.

It’s a series that’s as evenly matched as they come.  Forget about words – there is nothing left to predict or describe when it comes to the Phillies and Yankees.  It’s all up to the players on the field as they battle for baseball immortality.  Tonight, our National Pastime begins its 105th Fall Classic.

Phillies. Yankees.  Game 1.  Let’s rock.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (DH), Francisco (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C).

Yankees Lineup: Jeter (SS), Damon (LF), Teixeria (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Posada (C), Matsui (DH), Cano (2B), Swisher (RF), Cabrera (CF).

FestbierYour Gameday Beer – Victory Festbier
Phillies fans are ready to party and we’re ready for a victory so tonight’s beer is an easy pick. It also helps that it’s a Philly-area beer in the Marzen/Oktoberfest-style. This full-bodied brew retains an earthy taste to go along with its sweet caramel, toffee, and roasted malt flavors – perfect for the fall weather. Festbier goes well with German food, in which case I think a cheesesteak on a pretzel roll would qualify. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Sam

    I go to school in CT, like 35% at least of ppl here are yankee fans. I can’t wait to wear my phillies jersey to class tomorrow.

    PS. ANyone tired of that Jay-Z “New York” song?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    I like the Philly version

    woo Victorino! :D

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    The FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN!!!!

    Go Phils – YEAH BABY!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    only Francisco and Feliz without hits

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Anyone tired of Jay-Z period?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    Daily News Headline tomorrow should be:

    C.hase C.rushes Sabathia!!!!!

    Box Score: Ut Lee dominated Yankees

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    so, so, so sweet, absolute sweetness

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    3 runs so far off the Yankees bullpen

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I don’t bring him back. Especially since he’s had yet another long rest. Take him out, let him get the CG in the clincher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I see they’ve moved the Cialis bathtubs from the beach to the golf course, nice!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Stay focused everyone! This game has not been won yet. Keep cheering. Keep the towels waving!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Actually the Headline should read:

    Ut-Lee and Phillies dominate Yankees in game 1.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    oh wow we could be the first to shutout the Yankees in game 1 of the World Series

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Actual mlb.com headline: “Umps huddle, correctly rule DP in Game 1″

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ain’t nothing better than seeing your team bat in the 9th and the broadcast is using gimmicks to maintain interest.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Hey, what happened to the Yanker fans? Are you still here?

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    I hear Let’s Go Phillies chants

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    Chase 3 hr’s?

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    something tells me the bullpens will be to the key to the series – and right now, the yankee bullpen is looking pretty weak.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jimmy

    Ahh rough, I must have thought C.C. was still pitching

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Chesapeake: hehehe. Yeah, you’re probably right.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Looks like a lot of the Yankee fans left early to beat traffic. Kind of strange being that most of them took the subway.

    Actually, I have been the new stadium. It sucks and is a total pain in the ass to get out of. I don’t blame them.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    mycruzin – all the worms crawled back under their rocks.

    ryan needs to think single here. come on!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Howard’s getting impatient again. Relax, Big Fella.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Howard! :D

    got Jimmy home

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: all we need is 3 outs to shut out the Yankees to start this series. Let’s not get fancy. And let’s hope the Phils have some runs left for the rest of the series.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    OMG! Another run! RBI Ryan Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    Damn…if Victorino scores, I say maybe you don’t bring Lee back out.

    But only up 6-0, guess you have to let him go for the complete game. LOL :)

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Tracey, I promise you…I didn’t make it up. They have a news headline about getting a call right…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Yep, something like that, Big Fella. Vic got thrown out – was Perlozzo channeling Steve Smith’s spirit?

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    You know what, I was actually stunned when the umps got the double play right. I was not expecting it.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    RBI #15 and counting for Mr. October.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Morris … So was I.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    That new Jay-Z song “Empire State of Mind” is pretty damn good. I can’t hear that one enough. But overall I’m kinda sick of him…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Wow, I didn’t think Charlie would bring Cliff back out, that was a long top of the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    damn

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    When was the last time somebody got a WS CG shutout?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Damned Yankees always get BS hits like those.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    FOCUS EVERYONE!!!!!! LET’S GO LEE! LET’S GO PHILLIES!!!!!! LET’S GO LEE!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Let’s go Lee.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Josh Beckett, ’03 World Series game 6

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    OK – don’t burn Lee’s arm out. We need him for 4, and a potential 7. I say let him have no more than 2 base runners…

     
  • Posts: 0 AC from NJ

    ok – I’m getting concerned. How much longer does Charlie stay with Cliff now???

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    How can you mesh Sept. and Oct. together?
    Howard ,Mr. ….?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChesapeakePhan

    Tracey..Beckett had one against the Yanks in Game 6 a couple of years ago.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    we need a double play ball

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Not that I am concerned yet but this is why I wouldn’t have brought Lee back out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    aw crap

     
  • Posts: 0 Werthitall

    Ahhh! Rollins pulled an Utley!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Lee comes up huge right now.

     
 
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