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Gameday: Phillies (73-61) At Cubs (84-50)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Fri, August 29, 2008 01:41 PM | Comments: 280
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Headline: Former teammates face off for different teams
The Major Players: Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, JC Romero, Shane Victorino
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 1 game behind (Mets)

Yesterday sucked. The Phillies carried a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning but lost to the Cubs, 6-4. Today Joe Blanton faces former teammate Rich Harden, who has been almost unhittable since joining Chicago.

History Lesson: Earlier in the season, Harden beat the Phillies without barely doing much work. He gave up just two hits, both to Shane Victorino. The Flyin’ Hawaiian will need to “do work” today..

Blantonator: Blanton has a 3.00 ERA in his last five starts. Sunday he pitched pretty well against the Dodgers, en route to a victory over the Blue.

Not The Light!: The Phillies are 16-21 in daytime.

Revert: Charlie Manuel is back to the old lineup, with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hitting three and four and Victorino in the two-hole.

Phillies: Joe Blanton (6-12) 4.75 ERA
Cubs: Rich Harden (9-2) 2.00 ERA

Gametime: 2:20 p.m. EST
Weather: 82, partly cloudy
Lineup: Rollins/Victorino/Utley/Howard/Burrell/Werth/Dobbs/Ruiz/Blanton

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Your gameday beer: The Surly Brewing Company presents CynicAle. And why not? I’m pretty cynical about this teamoing into today’s game. Harden sports a 2.00 ERA. I mean, 2.00! And the Phils are not a good daytime team. Add that to recent bullpen woes, and this isn’t a recipe for victory. One can only hope, though! Oh, enjoy this with a chicken pesto and mozarella sandwich.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Good luck vs Da Cubs……..looking forward to a good game on the XM with those homers Pat Hughes and Ron Santo.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bill

    What do you think of the Phillies trading for Matt Stairs? He is 40 but could still be able to contribute. Maybe moving to a team that is in contention will put a spring in his step and give us the left handed bat we need off the bench!

    Trying to stay optimistic!

    http://phightinphils.com

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    There’s a thread about it right below this one. I personally think it’s nice to have an added bat off the bench, especially if he came cheap enough. Still, the righty bats off the bench are Coste/Ruiz, Bruntlett and Taguchi. Not good enough, IMO.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bill

    I completely agree. No right handers. What about bullpen help as well? Don’t we need that more?

    I just hope today that Blanton can give us at least 7 strong or we may face the exact same fate. Without another quality arm in the pen, September is going to be tough!

    http://phightinphils.com

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    theyll need an experienced arm i think. right handed late inning releiver. older. cheap, rental.

     
  • Posts: 0 Benjamin Franklin

    Hey fellow phillies fans: those cub fans were booing rollins better then we were. Next homestand we gotta show them whose boss. noone out-boos us

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    why were they booing him

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    how come harry said this game is in hd and the graphic is are in hd but the picture isnt

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Harden is due to get blown up at some point, and I think this is the game… Just kidding, 8-1 Cubs and Harden barely breaks a sweat. Hopefully the Fish come through for us tonight and we can steal tomorrow or Sunday’s game.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    charlie should pull a joe torre and use a starter whos throw day it is and use them for a inning

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Stairs is a great pick up. His OPS is over .600 vs lefties.. that’s better than Jenkins .225 (!)

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Deja Vu from last night? 2 out Base Hit to score the first one in the first inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    PAT BURRELL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    blanton goes for a complete game today

     
  • Posts: 0 Rob Cowie

    My tv has this game in hd

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    my tv has it in widescreen

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    blanton is throwing like the strike zone is in wide screen

     
  • Posts: 0 Michelle

    Hey Tim–where did you find CynicAle in Philly? I’d like to try it.

    And hey, first blood. Woohoo!

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    That was me booing Rollins for swinging at the first pich of the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    blanton is corey lidle

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    finally hd

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    What is the deal with J-Hole, first pitch swinging against a guy who doesn’t give up hits, but will walk some folks? Damn dude. I agree Brian. That’s boo worthy, big time.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Nice AB Ruiz.. I’m nearly going to miss you next year.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    With a runner at second and 2 outs, I’m 100% okay at swinging at the first pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    hey a walk for j-hole new change

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    It’s interesting how CBP has a park factor of 1.003 (with 1.000 being neutral) which ranks in the lower half in the majors. in ’07 it was 14th, in ’06 it was 8th. So clearly it has become a park that does not really favor hitters.

    I guess we can expect the ESPN crew to catch on in about 3 years..

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Here comes Rich Harden, oh crap. Come on Joey-B, keep throwing that sweet chin music!

     
  • Posts: 0 Gary B

    Feliz is not in the lineup today and looked like he was going through the motions last night at the plate, does anybody know what’s up with him?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Sarge is singing “Take me out to the ballgame” during today’s 7th inning stretch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    yeah i cant wait to see that

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Just tuned in, did I miss any notes aside from the Burrell single?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Great hustle by Utley there as well, and that was a rope by Howard. Howard didnt do anything but try to get back to the base.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    What helped sell that for Howard was that his back was to the throw the whole time.

     
  • Posts: 0 jay

    is it me or does the pic on top the person with the bag over their face is creepy?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Derosa was out. Bad call.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Wow he was out, blown call by the 2nd base ump. Now this.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    If we traded Castro for Stairs Ill be pretty upset with that deal.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    What a way to give up an unearned run.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Oh my fucking god J-Roll, no need to fuckin rush that.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    pardon my language but that was extremely bad, like little league bad.

     
  • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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    Boo Jimmy Boo.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    What happened?

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    We need more runs. Blanton’s luck won’t last much longer.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Blanton is pitching well, too. Botched call with Jimmy’s error gift wrapped that run for the Cubs, which makes me uneasy against this Cubs team.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    NEPA, Jimmy overthrew Ryan Howard on a routine 4, 6, 3 double play, allowing a run to score.

    The run that scored was a deadduck out on a stolen base that the umpire missed the call.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    if they gave up castro for stairs then they better make that old man play out his contract and get an extra year out of him. its a bad free agent year for outfielders. unless hes going to be backup at first base next season.

    but its all ok as long as they trade jimmy rollins.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    NEPA – Let me set the scene for you. Man on first (Blanco – not a great runner by any means) and a man on third with one out. Its a grounder to Utley, he flips it to J-Roll at second and gets the out and J-Roll throws it about 2 feet over Howard, mind you he had about another two seconds to get his feet set, allowing the run to score.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    castro was so highly coveted the phillies nixed the holliday/fuesntes deal because they wouldnt give up fabio castro (bullshit, lying bastards) but theyll give him up now for matt stairs.

    does that compute with anybody?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Nice going, J-Roll. He had better atone for that next at bat.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    they didn’t give up castro! are you guys drunk? he was DFA, they probably traded a single A ball boy.

     
 
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