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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 A Detectible Met Horror

    gotta love the patience of utley

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ohh look, we have somebody who did not get enough attention in kindergarten and never made friends. Welcome the Mets fans!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright Utley! solid walk :)

    his streak continues

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ll take a free base. Make CC work for it.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    I’m not a mets fan… my username is an anagram for my name… I thought it was funny

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    and Howard with a double!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    Wow Utley you are slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    damn i though we had a run. Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HOWARD!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    how about that!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    short porch in right=short demns

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Good they’re making him throw pitches

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    way to keep upping the cc pitch count.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    another nice walk, good job Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh baby… give me a chance to say RAUUUUUULLL!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    whoaaaaa look at this!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Make that fat boy work for his pie

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Raul…. Come on Baby!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    damn should be 3-0

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    3-1 bases loaded 2 outs!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    phuck

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Watch out CC, Myers is warming up on deck

     
  • Posts: 0 Phuck the Phillies

    hahahahahhaahaha

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    dang

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan coward

    3lob

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Rats. But we pulled a lot of pitches out of CC, and we put a scare in them.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    DAMN shoulda sent Utley… that woulda reallllly set the tone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    meh, soo close

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Aw, too bad. At least we made him pitch like 25 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    damn it…I really thought we would walk out with a run atleast. That was a weak grounder. Oh well, at least we made C.C throw some pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Got him sweating out there a little bit. He’s wearing down already. Keep up the patient atbats

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yup, the pitch count on Gameday is 24.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    The foul ball on the check swing was costly…. But we mad’em work. He ain’t going 8/9 inns tonite that’s for sure.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 1 for Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah, that’s a nice start to the Yankees half…

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    ha, we needed that

    sit down mister jeter

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Apparently McCarver is in love with saying Spiked Curveball.

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Why was raul swinging?cc was all over the place.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HA! He pulled a JRoll

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    Pretty efficient start so far!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Yeah, but that’s a pretty sick pitch thought….

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    The local radio feed is way behind. I don’t care, I’m keeping it on.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    OHHHHHHHHH TEX Down on the high HEAT!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    NIce!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 2 for Lee

    1-2-3 inning for Cliff :D

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    sweetness

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!! That’s exactly what we needed: a 1-2-3 inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    1-2-3 sweetness Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    lee has got great movement on his pitches tonight.
    11 pitch 1st.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    All of his pitches are working right now.

     
 
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