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World Series Game Thread, Game One - Phillies at Rays

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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Tampa Bay Rays

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008, 8:35 PM EDT
Tropicana Field

Cole Hamels vs Scott Kazmir

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Now they're just playing out the string, I guess.


The Phillies, in their first World Series since 1993, facing off against the Rays, who'd never won more than 70 games in a season. What an awesome matchup.

And the pitching matchup? Cole Hamels, the 17th overall pick in the 2002 "Moneyball" draft, faces off against Scott Kazmir, the 15th overall selection in the same draft. By the Mets. Who traded him for Victor Zambrano. Can I get a "bahaha"?

It just came across the wire (a/k/a my laptop) that right-handed batter Chris Coste will be the Phillies DH tonight. Question the wisdom of this if you want, but I agree with the decision. The exceedingly unlikelihood of Ruiz being injured and needing to be replaced by Coste, thus forfeiting the DH, is far outweighed by the benefit of Coste and his ability to hit lefties being in the lineup. Good on you, Charlie.