8:00 PM ET from Tropicana Field
Outcome: The day this city has been waiting for for 15 years is upon us. Game time is only a few hours away. Cole Hamels once again takes the mound for the Phils as Scott Kazmir gets the ball for the Rays. Cole is 3-0 in this here postseason and look for him to continue his dominace as he takes the Phils deep into the game and keep the hot bats of Rays offguard. Cole is one of the few pitchers who continually gets better against batters as he faces them two and three times around during the course of the game. The stats prove it over the course of the regular season and I see no reason as to why that would change now.
A lot of folks are bringing up the added rest as a possible downfall for the Phils, but this team is as gritty as they get and look for them to come out swinging. I foresee the Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino and Pat ‘The Bat’ Burrell to get the juices pumping early and spark the bats of the rest of the lineup.
Charlie Manuel is keeping it quiet as to who will be the DH for this game, but to be honest, I really dont care, whoever he plugs in will most certainly get the job done. Whether it be the best PH in the majors in Greg Dobbs, the savvy Canuck Matt Stairs or the grizzled vet in Chris Coste, look for all to be swinging for the fences. Let’s get an early one in Tampa guys. GO PHILS!
Final: PHI 7 TB 3
Player of the Game: Cole Hamels – 7.2 IP, 5 Hs, 2 ER, 8 Ks
Outcome: FINALLY, we are on gameday of Game 1 of the World Series. After a week off, the Phightins start the World Series tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. A lot has been said leading up to the start of this series regarding the long layoff and how it will negatively affect the Phils, and it could. But I just don’t see that happening tonight. I think the Phils are a big stage team and are primed for this opportunity.
Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phils facing off against another young ace Scott Kazmir. This is obviously the first time both of these teams have faced either pitcher this year, so look for the pitchers to have the early advantage, and the beginning innings to be quick and strike out filled. Look for the offenses to pick it up a little more into the 2nd and more so the 3rd time through the lineups.
I see the Phils bats striking the big blow first but the Rays will battle and keep it close. Then, what the Phillies really hope the entire series comes down too, the battle of the bullpens to begin. The Phils have a decisive advantage in this department, one of their biggest going into the series, and look for that to be displayed in Game 1. The Phillies pen goes an inning and two thirds of no hit ball as the Phillies take game one and home field advantage in game one.
Final: PHI 4 TB 2
Player of the Game: Jimmy Rollins – 2 for 3, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, RS