Thursday, October 29, 2009

World Series Game 1: Phillies - 6, Yankees - 1


Lee was lights out in Game 1. One of the best World Series pitching performances of all-time. CC was good - two runs through seven innings - but it wouldn't have mattered if he gave up 10 runs. The Yanks were not hitting. I'd hoped they'd win Game 1, so that even if they lost Game 2, they could go to Philadelphia just needing to win 1 of 3 games to make sure the series would go back to New York. Now, all of that is riding on Game 2 tonight. Don't really like the Burnett matchup against all of those good lefty hitters in the Phillies lineup. From an offensive standpoint, they are the best team the Yanks have faced in the World Series in a long time. Remind me a little of a left-handed Red Sox-type team. Hopefully, they'll get to Pedro tonight. I was hoping for a split at home. That's still possible. The whole thing is now in AJ's hands.

5 comments:

Mo 42 said...

It's been six years, but it's all coming back to me now. I now remember how in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003, I always kind of felt the Yanks might lose. I am never that confident. This was really the case with the Braves and even the Mets. Since the AL is traditionally much stronger than the NL, I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because the ALDS and ALCS seem so muche harder to get through than the NL playoffs, and by the time the World Series comes around, you feel the Yankees are spent. (That was clearly the case in '03). Whatever the case, I am happy to win, but not surprised to lose. It's baseball. Anything can happen. This is going to be a tough one, especially after dropping Game 1 at home with CC on the hill.

lonnie miller said...

we will win the ball game!!!!!!!!!!!

Liz A said...

I agree with Mo42. I was disappointed and even cringing last night. To me, it was like the Yankees didn't even show up last night - that they were guys dressed up like our favaorite ball players but it wasn't them. They didn't seem as psyched as they did when up against the Angels and they DID look spent to me. Let's hope they got some rest last night and far more motivation than they seemed to have last night - maybe even said a little prayer.... couldn't hurt. Onto game 2 - it's Burnett's time to shine brighter than ever before. Let's Go Yankees

Anonymous said...

Michael Kay was saying the ALCS can be such a grind, the World Series can feel anti-climactic. That's how I felt last night. I don't want to feel that way. Need to get up for the World Series.

Anonymous said...

I was and still am not totally confident about the Yankees winning this World Series. Make no mistake, the Phillies are a very good team. They can hit, run, move runners and pitch with the best. Last night Cliff Lee kept the Yankee hitters off balance for the entire game. They got behind in most of his counts by swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. This was very unlike the Yankees we saw throughout the year. I was very impressed with Lee's "Spiked" Curveball. It had the Yankees totally bamboozeled. As for CC, he looked too rested which made him overthrow his pitches. Many of his fastballs were high and his breaking stuff often moved from inside to over the plate with lefties. It was very evident on the 2 home runs to Utley. By the way, I really like Utley, but he has got to do something with the greasy hair look. It looks like he just crawled out from a box on 52nd Street. I expect to see him at the Soup Kitchen.

From the Yankee side, how long is Girardi going to stick with Matsui and Swisher. Matsui seems to be going into one of those hitting funks while Swisher is about 3 for the Post Season. I think Swish is batting .077. When Matsui goes into his funk, he often looks like a little leaguer at the plate. Awful! Maybe Joe can bring a hero off the bench ala Louis Soho, Jose Vizciano and Aaron "freakin" Boone. I expect to see the Yankees settle in, be more patient at the plate and win Game 2. I also expect to see Pedro bean Jeter in the 1st or 4th inning which will ignite the Yankees to win the series.

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