Game 1

Finally … the World Series!

And this one was a perfect way to get it started. Nine tight, tense innings of October baseball, with pitching, key defensive plays and a few big hits giving the Phillies all they needed to take a 1-0 lead over the Rays. Here are some of my thoughts:

Cole Hamels keeps getting it done, and he didn’t only do it with his pitching, which was obviously spectacular. This pickoff of Carlos Pena stopped some Tampa Bay momentum, which is a big deal in Tropicana Field.

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Chase Utley let Scott Kazmir and the baseball world know right away that the Phillies would not let a lot of rest between series cool them off. His huge two-run homer came on an impressive swing against a left-hander and took the crowd out of the game for a while.

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What more can be said about Brad Lidge? The guy is looking positively Mariano Rivera-like in his quick ninth innings. Wednesday was no exception.

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What do you expect Thursday night from James Shields and Brett Myers? Will the Phillies sweep? I want to hear your thoughts on Game 1 and beyond.

O.G.

5 Comments

what is the rain out schedule? Do the games slide and move Sat to Sunday, Sunday to Monday and Monday to Tuesday?

The Phillies won’t sweep. It’ll be a good series, but the Rays trend seems to be that they’ll lose one in a series before they come back to dominate. It’s as if they need to get comfortable in the new set up with each new team before they can play at their best. Last night was all in their heads, so it showed on the field. They now know how the Phillies opperate, so they are ready for them. Tonights game should be even better. Go Rays!

Watch out tonight Rays fans. With your righty Shields pitching tonight, you’ll have to deal with Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Dobbs, and Stairs, all lefties. I see Howard having a monster night. Good Luck Big Game James because you’re gonna need it to have a big game tonight.

I thought the game last night was pretty exciting. It’s too bad how it ended though (for the Rays) with two strike-outs and a pop-up. For Brad Lidge, it must have felt great. Looking forward to tonight’s game!

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NO WAY THE PHILLIES R GONNA SWEEP! AFTER HAMMELS,THE PHILLIES DONT HAVE ANY QUALITY PITCHING! THE RAYS R GONNA LIGHT IT UP TONITE! LOOK FOR A BIG NITE FROM PENA ND UPTON!!

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