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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 Phuck the Phillies

    Yanks in 4

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Now we get the bottom of our order, which may make the Yankees complacent, but Feliz, Ruiz and Lee can hit when it counts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    for us to make C.C. struggle his 1st time through our lineup could be very telling.

     
  • Posts: 0 PhanAttic Will

    HAHAHH WHERE ARE THE YANKEES FANS NOW?!?!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oops…. Francisco tonight. Eh, he can hit too.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    patient at bats now Phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Or not, but we’re wearing CC down quickly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ok so this may be a retarded question but I am supposed to go to a family dinner tomorrow night…dinner is at Outback Steakhouse…does anyone know if Outback has tv’s at their bars? This pretty much makes or breaks my decision.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Feliz have nice at bats please

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    mycruzcooler, it looks like Ruiz is surprised at how much Lee’s pitches were moving. He missed a couple

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    @tracey Lee does not hit in this game

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    or not Feliz

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    joedad…..can you please call the bench and tell them!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    C.C. is really struggling out there right now. We have to make him pay. Feliz is driving me nuts with his wild swings.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Ed R, the Outback near me (Jamison) has TV’s around the bar

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well that inning was what 10 pitches?

     
  • Posts: 0 PhanAttic Will

    Every Outback I’ve been to has had a bar with TV’s so I think you’ll be alright.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ED. R. call and ask!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah well. We’ve turned over the order. Not as many pitches as I’d like, though.

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    They’re playing right into his hands by swinging early in the county at that outside crap

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Ed R., who does family dinner during the WS!

    Yes, Outback does.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    I am tooo sober for this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    @GWFightinsFan I go to GW

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Very annoying ab’s my Feliz/Ruiz/J-Roll/Shane. Make this guy throw pitches. What is so hard to understand about that. The Yankees middle relief is just about all righties and they’ve been very suspect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mo

    We will kick CC’s butt. Lee looked very sharp. How can you be afraid of this Yankees team. Damon, Melky, Swisher all suck. Rollins cant bunt on the first pitch after 8 days. Swing baby

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan coward

    they hav 2 lefties in the pen

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we better not have a rain delay

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    I believe that Outback does have sports on TV at their bars.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    OHHHH AROD DOWN ON STRIKES

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    3Ks for Lee!

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    @Det Met Horror, what’s your major?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 3 for Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan coward

    hip hip jorge

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Thank you fellas.

    Pat to answer your question, someone who is not a Phillies fan and someone who apparently does not care that I am one. The wife, being the sweet heart that she is gave me a free pass but I still feel like I should go. I hate having a conscience.

    I thought the rain was supposed to stop after 6 and stay away…this better not put us in a rain delay. That would be very very bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Tch, ah well, not a no-hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    looks like we’ll gonna have a rain delay. phuck that.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    I’m pretty sure the Phillies lineup would eat Phil Coke and Damaso Marte alive.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    we’re*

    stop raining!

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    i am so afraid they are going to stop the game cause of rain, please keep pitching lee……please!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Re weather: Could be worse. In fact, last year it *was* worse.

     
  • Posts: 0 A Detectible Met Horror

    @GW Im in the engineering school

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    K # 4 for Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    K K K K

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    I’m at the Elliot School

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Loudest pop fly ever…

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan coward

    marte has a good numbers against them

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Come on guys, we’ll get our runs off of CC. Be-lee-ve.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    keep the pace up, keep this game moving quickly

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Two innings, about 27 pitches for Lee. That bodes well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    They ain’t stopping this game. No matter what.

     
 
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