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Pouliot's Keys to Game 1

Oct 28, 2009, 5:27 PM EST

*Cliff Lee needs to work deep into the game in order to match CC Sabathia.
The Phillies will likely have to rely a great deal on their pen during Games 2 and 3, so it’s important that Lee provide them with at least seven strong innings. The chances of Chad Durbin, Chan Ho Park and Scott Eyre giving the Phillies quality work in the middle innings will decrease the more than the Yankees get to see them.
*The Yankees will work the count and try to get into middle relief.
The Bombers know they have a big advantage in the later innings, even if Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain aren’t giving them quite what they hoped in setup roles yet. If they can knock Lee out after six, they’ll get to the soft underbelly of this Phillies team.
*Jimmy Rollins has to start something for Phillies.
Rollins is hitting just .244/.279/.317 in the postseason, but he tends to come around once he reaches base. In 11 career at-bats against Sabathia, he’s collected four hits, including a triple and two doubles.

  1. Ditto - Oct 28, 2009 at 6:56 PM

    Hey Matt,
    Are you working the game tonight?

  2. we - Oct 28, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    I’m so scared for the fellas in red skirts !!!

  3. phillyphan - Oct 29, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    “Cliff Lee needs to work deep into the game in order to match CC Sabathia” – Really? I am sure Philly will love seeing C.C. again
    “The Bombers know they have a big advantage in the later innings” – didn’t work out that way did it?
    I think many in Yankee Stadium may have been afraid of the Phillies…lots of empty open seats in this game…had the Yankee’s fan suddenly become afaid or lost faith to sit for 9 innings?

  4. Night Sweat - Feb 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    thanks !! quite helpful post!

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