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World Series Gameday: Yankees At Phillies, Game 4

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, November 01, 2009 07:00 PM | Comments: 562
Gameday 2009, Posts, World Series 2009

YankeesNew York Yankees (2-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)

CC Sabathia, LHP, vs. Joe Blanton, RHP

Time: 8:20 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 56 degrees
TV: FOX
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies must even up the series after dropping last night’s game.  Joe Blanton and the Phillies need to do whatever it takes to avoid falling to a 3-1 deficit.

Instead of throwing out Cliff Lee on three day’s of rest, Charlie Manuel opted to go with Blanton.  Blanton last started in the National League Championship series and he allowed three earned runs in six innings.  Blanton has struggled mightily against the Yankees throughout his career, but has not faced them since last season.  The Phillies are in desperate need of a solid outing from Blanton, especially with Cole Hamels’ poor performance last night.

For the second time this postseason, CC Sabathia will pitch on short rest.  The 280-pound left-hander threw 113 pitches in game one of the World Series.  Sabathia pitched well, but was out-dueled by Lee and could not find a way to get Chase Utley out.

The offense is a big reason why the Phillies are in the World Series, but they are also a big reason why they are trailing 2-1.  They have faced great pitching, but the Phillies are more than capable of putting up crooked numbers.  Other than Utley in game one, the only players who are doing well are Jayson Werth (.400) and Carlos Ruiz (.333).

Tröegs Hopback Amber AleYour Gameday Beer – Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale
I’m surprised we didn’t recommended this beer during our summer of Amber Ales, but it is appropriate tonight as the Phillies need to hop back on the winning train. As advertised, this brew is loaded with citrusy hops, which accompany a pine, grass-like scent. The mouthfeel is smooth, thick and dry but full of flavor sensations. If you like the flavors of Pale Ales but not the bitterness, then this beer is worth a go. Have it with some grilled salmon seasoned with lemon. – By Brian

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  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Well at least youse guys won’t have Cole Hamels to kick around tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Al in Seattle

    I am trying not to feel too pessimistic about tonight. Joe’s numbers against the Yankees have historically been bad, but CC does not like to pitch in Philly… The Phils must score early and get run support for Joe. I have learned to never doubt this team, but if the Phils lose tonight, it’s just about over. GO PHILLIES!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Lets go phils.
    Glad the starting pitcher tonight earned it in the regular season.
    I like that the media thinks the old man is stupid for not going with lee.
    I predict pitching CC and bruntett on short rest will backfire.

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    Al in Seattle – my thoughts exactly.

    andrew –

    well i thought the ‘old man’ was misguided when he left pedro in 1 inning too many in gm2, & did not run vic and jroll against mariano

    not to mention why would use bruntlett as your RH pinch hitter

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    If you want to see my problem with the old man check the cole hamels thread LOL
    I had to vent that. I am so upset about it all.

    BUT
    This isnt over. I think the phils will still win this. It will be sweeter to come from befind too.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Blanton needs to keep the ball down, change speeds and limit the damage. The offense needs to be patient, wear down Fat Bastard and get to the bullpen. They are once again a big underdog so let’s hope this ignites the final afterburners of the season and they take their rightful place as repeat champions.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The thing about the A-Rod double is simple. The umps made up a ground rule that anything that hits a camera is a home run. Their reasoning behind it is that they do not control what the cameraman does with the camera. That reasoning is a lie. They do control what the camerman does with the camera, they are moving him back for game 4 and they also control what the cameraman does with the camera by having instant replay. Instant replay can check to see where the camerman is, the umps don’t need to make up a ground rule about cameras. That ground rule that the umps made up is inconsistent with having instant replay. And they used the instant replay to uphold a bogus rule that should only be in effect when they do not have instant replay. That is why the call is bogus.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The ground rule that the umps made up is inconsistent with having instant replay. The rule states that any ball hitting a camera is a home run because the umps do not control the camerman. That is only true when the umps do not have instant replay. Because the umps have instant replay their reasoning behind the ground rule is a lie and the ground rule is illegal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Yea Michael Jack we get that. did you expect or do you expect the phillies to get any close calls? not a chance. this is the greatest team ever assembled they are playing. Its an honor to just lose to them.
    Sarcasm there but if you listened to what the media is saying youd believe that. we arent going to get any close calls accept that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Its not about close calls. Its about using instant replay and its effect on the ground rule. With instant replay there is no need for a ball hitting a camera to be a home run. And they used the instant replay to uphold the ground rule that is only made when there is no instant replay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Avoid the free passes. Pitch inside, way inside to A-Rod. Use your breaking pitches (which are levels above Cole’s Mom Jeans curve ball) in the right spots. Keep the pitch count down thru the 1st 2-3 innings and we have a shot. That’s not asking a lot. .It’s what a starting pitcher is suppose do, but my only concern is how much of a rythm he’ll be in do to his limited use. He hasn’t pitched in days….. Hey if the Eagles can completely thrash the Giants 40-17(Sorry Jeff) anything is possible. Win tonite and it’s on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Its not about the Yankees getting calls, or not expecting to get any. It is about baseball’s use of instant replay which is supposed to help the game. They used the instant replay to uphold a ground rule that is only made when the umps do not have access to instant replay. The rule is bogus. A call is a questionable judgement either way. This was not a judgement call. It was an illegal ground rule when considereng what the effects of instant replay are.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    They cheated. They will continue to cheat. I am not arguing. Have to overcome the yankees and the league and the umps. Is this something new though?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Yes it is something new because how they went about it. Instant replay is supposed to help baseball. They misused the advantages of instant replay when they are supposed to be using it to make the correct calls. They didn’t use it to make a correct call. They used it to uphold a groud rule which is put in place when the umps do not have access to instant replay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The reasoning behind the ground rule is only valid when the umps do not have access to instant replay. If they do not have access to instant replay they cannot control what the camerman does. If they do have access to instant replay they can control what the cameraman does by checking the instant replay to make the correct call. Because the reasoning behind the ground rule was invalid the ground rule is illegal, because they used instant replay to uphold it, a clear contradiction.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The umps are saying they don’t control the cameraman, and they use instant replay to uphold the ground rule. That is a clear contradiction. Of course they have control of the camerman, they can check with instant replay. The ground rule is illegal because they used instant replay to uphold it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    What do you think instant replay is? It is control of the cameraman because they can always check the replay to find out exactly where the camerman is. The umps are claiming they don’t have control of the cameras, then use the cameras to uphold that rule.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Im off to watch the game. Believe it or not I give all positive while i watch te games. Thats why i blasted Cole on here. Had to vent.
    Good luck to the phils and all you great phillies fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    The umps are saying in their reasoning that they don’t have instant replay so they will count any ball that hits a camera as a home run. Why? Because they don’t control the camers. They do control the cameras, they have instant replay. The reasoning is invalid and the rule is illegal.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Checking in…..was at the Bank last night. A wee bit of a disappoinment. Not giving up hope for tonight! Let’s go Phillies!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    By using instant replay the umps proved they do have control over the cameras. The ground rule is invalid and illegal.

     
  • Posts: 0 chuckS

    When is Bud selig’s contract up?

     
  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Right guys, lets not lose hope! If they can pull out a win tonight, then we have Lee pitching tomorrow, which should be considered an advantage, and gives us a good chance to go AHEAD in the series! Remember, most of us thought this would be a long series anyhow, and after all someone had to win Game 3, of course it wasnt who we wanted it to be, but hey, this team has been in tough spots before, and came through, and I think they can do it again.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    @GW….AGREED!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STFUUUUUUUUUUUUU MIKE SCHMIDT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP WHINING ABOUT CHEATING AND ABOUT A CALL THAT WAS CLOSE ENOUGH THAT IT COULD’VE GONE EITHER WAY BUT WAS PROBABLY STILL THE RIGHT CALL. LET IT GO!!! THIS IS GAME 4 LET’S TALK ABOUT GAME 4
    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Whenever the Yankees have won Game 3 of the World Series, They lose the series entirely. It seems that they fall apart after Game 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Its not the right call
    I read the comments on phight blog, but nobody is stating it the way I am stating it. Gerry Davis said they do not control the cameras so they made the ground rule. They do control the cameras that is what instant replay is.
    Instant replay=control of cameras
    Rule is illegal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Remember Rollins prediction: Phillies win in 5 but we’ll let it go 6 if we’re nice. Obviously, the Phillies are being nice. Go Phillies!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    the offense has got to get crankin’ big time…

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike Schmidt

    Instant replay=control of cameras
    Rule is illegal.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Mike Schmidt is a plant that is made to make us philllies fans look like a bunch of crying b*tches

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    God Bless the US Military and those gifted enough to belt out a National Anthem such as that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Cole Hapless

    Don’t take losing too hard, phruntrunners.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Mike, point taken. Time to move on. Time to beat up on Fat Bastard

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Not every camera in the stadium is used for instant replay. Most are used for tv coverage and since tv coverage for these games is run by Fox and instant replay is run by MLB, MLB clearly does not control all the camera’s. It was a home run. Period. End of story. Let’s worry about tonight. Yesterday is over.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    I must say, fat bastard is an excellence name choice…lol….Get in my belly shane victorino!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Cole Hapless

    lol… Fat Bastard = funny!! I can so see him in that role! Wouldn’t require ANY prosthetic attachments! Just hope he doesn’t damage the mound too much. They better have a pothole repair crew ready between innings!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    @Ed R….Exactly. Yesterday is over. Like Charlie, we and the Phillies need to focus on the here and now. Let’s Go Phillies!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 whynow

    it’s go time!!

     
  • Posts: 0 FillyP

    LET’S. GO. FIGHTINS!!!

    Absolute must-win for the boys..

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    This is not a good start.

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Not off to a great start…

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    WTH?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    sabathia hits anyone, he’s gone….lol

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Warning the benches is one of the most asinine things in baseball

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    mccarver is wrong, there was absolutely a reason to hit arod. 1st base open man on third, double play

     
  • Posts: 0 Philthadelphia

    Way to go blanton you POS hahaha

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    joedad arod looked at his bench basically saying, cc you better hit someone. Now the umps just took that option away

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I really hope it wasn’t a mistake in starting Blanton

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    Well…uh…thats not how…we wanted blanton to start out.

     
 
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