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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 joedad

    Who was that on the Garth (Wayne’s World) commercial?

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    @Ed R-I’d like if Pedro had a better bat, but at 3rd, I’d rather have his glove there than an average/below average fielder and a decent/good bat. Our offense is stacked enough that we don’t have to rely on offense from the 3rd base position. It’d be nice, but not necessary.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    we had 8 days off. little rust. we should of jumped on this big monster in the first.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Yeah, I went outside to clean up these stairs I’ve been building for my mom…figured with feliz up and all, the inning would be quick

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    wtf?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Suddenly the ump went blind…

    You notice how pitch track is now only after pitches and it is of course spot on every time.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – I belikeve Adrian Beltre might be available in the off season

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    make up call. get you bleep together umps!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    confused

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WTF???

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    so was that a dp?

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    what the hell. that’s a dp!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Umps better not screw this one up!

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    That was a double play. Dammit…things like this kinda makes me think harder about instant replay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    That should be 2.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    yay dp

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    THAT WAS A DP!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whew! They got the DP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keeg

    Good. Dp. Whew. Was afraid they were gonna go with the favorites again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Thank you. Rollins caught the ball in the air. even though he tried to drop it. He caught the ball and Matsui wondered off the bag. Howard tagged’em. That’s a DP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    alright let’s go Victorino-Utley-Howard!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That was almost ugly

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The umps got a call right. Good job for once. Godzilla looked confused.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Holy crap, I bought Victory beer (variety). It packs a punch. Nice suggestion Brian.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    He is. And I would take him in a heart beat. He has a rocket for an arm.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Alright, 2-3-4, hammertime.

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    CC falls apart in 3….2….1…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    damn it. we’re letting this bleep off the hook.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Can the Phillies just hit to get on base and not continue to swing out of their spikes???? PLEASE!!!! We need base runners!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    CC has control of his curve now. He didn’t in the 1st and 2nd. Lovely. Come on, Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    landshark=yum

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    UTLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D again!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    UTLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!! UTLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YES!!! YES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Are RH/SH have to get us some runs. It’s completely unfair to expect our LHs to do all the work off this guy. And as I type that Chase goes yard again. Amazing!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    The lion has awoken from his slumber.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    UT has corners in both NY parks!

     
  • Posts: 0 Werthitall

    2 homeruns! Utley is on fire!!!

    Suck it Giuliani

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    mycruzincooler.com Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 9:43 pm
    CC falls apart in 3….2….1…..

    later CC.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    pounded!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    SHA WING (In honor of Garth) Utley!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, Ryan, don’t let Chase get all the glory…

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Utley has 4 HRs in World Series play now

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Golden Boy strikes again. He loves NY.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    chase babbbbbbbbbbby.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Wave the towels!!! Let’s get more runs in this inning!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    CC is close to 100

     
  • Posts: 0 Werthitall

    As much as I love Utley, he really should change up his hair.

    Not a good look.

     
  • Posts: 0 poomie

    chase is on fi-ya!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    100 pitches

     
 
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