In First Place with 3 Games Left

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 27, 2007 09:29 PM | Comments: 10

This is it everyone. This why we love the Phillies. Even if they break our hearts, there is no denying that after playing nearly six months of baseball it has all been worth it. The energy is amazing, not just in the ballpark but all over: high-fives with random fans on the streets of DC, text messages from friends, even emails from my grandmother – all saying, Go Phils! I love it! And Thursday night only added fuel to the fire. Abraham Nunez voiced his emotion after a nice catch in the ninth and Brett Myers walked off the field pumping up the crowd like a linebacker on fourth down.

Kyle Kendrick followed up an excellent performance by his namesake Kyle Loshe with another solid outing for Phillies starting pitchers. With the win, Kendrick became the first Phillies rookie to win 10 game since Pat Combs. He has really salvaged the rotation with his 10-4 record after Garcia, Lieber, and Eaton failed to contribute (though Eaton will get another chance on Saturday). Although Kyle got into some trouble in the sixth, he was able finish the inning and Charlie Manual wisely brought in Tom Gordon in the seventh. Gordon’s shutout inning was followed consecutively by J.C. Romero and Brett Myers. With 22 holds on the year and only 2 hits allowed in all of September, Romero is shaping up to be a legitimate setup man. It also helps that the offense is taking control early. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell both connected for homers in the first and Howard, to his credit, has cut down on the strikeouts since setting his ignominous record earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, as you might have heard, the Mets were shutout by the Cardinals and have dropped 10 of their last 14 games. Now with the Phillies tied for a playoff spot and their destiny in their own hands, we could ease up on the scoreboard watching. But just as a preview, here are the matchups for the FINAL WEEKEND:

Nationals at Phillies
Tim Redding, RHP (3-5, 3.53) @ Cole Hamels, LHP (14-5, 3.54)
Matt Chico, LHP (6-9, 4.75) @ Adam Eaton, RHP (10-9, 6.33)
Jason Bergmann, RHP (6-5, 4.33) @ Jamie Moyer, LHP (13-12, 5.15)

Marlins at Mets
Byung-Hyun Kim, RHP (9-8, 6.11) @ Oliver Perez, LHP (15-9, 3.32)
Chris Seddon, LHP (0-1, 6.89) @ John Maine, RHP (14-10, 4.07)
Dontrelle Willis, LHP (10-15, 5.20) @ Tom Glavine, LHP (13-7, 4.14)

Padres at Milwaukee
Greg Maddux, RHP (13-11, 4.10) @ Chris Capuano, LHP (5-12, 5.09)
Chris Young, RHP (9-8, 3.13) @ Dave Bush, RHP (12-10, 5.16)
Brett Tomko, RHP (4-11, 5.39) @ Jeff Suppan, RHP (11-12, 4.57)

D’backs at Rockies
Brandon Webb, RHP (17-10, 3.02) @ Jeff Francis, LHP (17-8, 4.17)
Edgar Gonzalez, RHP (8-3, 4.73) @ Mark Redman, LHP (1-4, 8.67)
Doug Davis, LHP (13-12, 4.25) @ Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (4-4, 4.52)

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  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    I am actually glad that we lost 2 games in a row. The way this crazy season has gone so far, teams that are hot tend to lose several games in a row. Hopefully, this will mean that the Pads and Rocks will lose 2 out of 3 over the weekend.

    The Phils would do us all a big favor if they could just win all 3 and have the Mets lose 1. What about Lo Duca’s comments before tonight’s game about the Mets waiting to lose? The mindset in the Mets clubhouse is awful right now. I’ll be honest and admit that I think they have a better team on paper. As we all know, on paper means nothing.

    I want the Phils to win in the worse way but as I have said before, this team owes me nothing. That does not mean that the Phils should not get more pitching for next year.

    Go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    Is there anyone we can call up from A ball to pitch instead of Eaton? How about college pitchers in the philly area? I am serious.

  • Posts: 0 TS

    I’m also very nervous about Eaton going on Saturday…

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Anyone have or know of anyone having two extra tickets they want to sell to Saturday’s game in Philly?
    if so please email me at beachlgm@gmail.com. Thanks

  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    The ectasy! I have not felt this good since 93 when Mitch struck out the last Brave in the 9th and we were on our way to the World Series. I wonder what the mood is in the Mets clubhouse. Mookie – would you care to share your thoughts on this.

    Tonight was 1 of the top 5 great nights for me as a Phillie fan and I have been an active fan since 1973.

    I am still very nervous about Adam Eaton. They need to have Lohse ready to go early and then go to the committee by bullpen. Who knows? Maybe Adam will shock us and give the team 6 good innings.

    Go Phillies!

  • Posts: 0 sandy

    Relax about Eaton. He will pull through. The trouble now for the Phillies is adjusting to the excitment and controling their emotions. If you’re a real fan you know what I mean. It’s difficult for us to even watch the games because you want them to win so badly that you can taste it. You wake up thinking that this is game day. I’m glad that today’s game was switched to an earlier start so I don’t have to wait until tonight to just get the game started. I’m sure for the Fighin Phils, they just want the next game to start too…..the wait is nerve racking! I don’t care what anyone says, the Phil have an unfair advantage. They’re now playing with 1 extra guys on the field who is not on any one’s line up card. I’m sure VUK will get this done. He’s the MAN!!!

  • Posts: 0 Grats

    Congratulations to the Phils and their fans. I’m a Mets fan, and sure this hurts, but the better team won. Quite a special thing, and it makes your remember why youre a baseball fan. Congratulations and good luck in the post season.

  • Posts: 0 Big Daddy

    I am still in shock, Kendrick over future HOFer Smoltz, Hamels pitches the game of his life, there are forces in the cosmic universe at work here. If Eaton drinks from the “magic” cup we may go where no FORCE has been. The city is on Fire, the electricity at the game last night was the best ever. GO PHILS!

  • Posts: 0 phillieman

    Thanks grats that the first classy thing ive ever heard a mets fan say.

  • Posts: 0 Tom


    I will dream of your poetic words tonight.

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