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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 NEPA

    Jesus Christ what a dumb play. No error because you can’t assume the double play right?

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    honestly, the best way jimmy can atone for that is getting waiver-traded or released. just get out of our city.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    actually, watch, il lbet they did give up castro

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Geoff, doesnt compute with me.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Yeah, I guess it was scored a hit then, becaue the run was considered earned.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Danny – Are you watching AND listening to the game? They said that the buzz is that they gave up Castro.

    That GIDP by Ruiz was unexpected. ( Sarcasm )

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    There’s the Ruiz I know and love.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    SJ Mike – It wasnt considered an error because it was a fielders choice and they had already gotten one out on the live ball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Of course the run was earned. You can’t assume a double play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    And it must have been scored a fielder’s choice, not a hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Yeah, my first reaction was unearned probably out of sheer frustration on a dumb rushed play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    they really need to trade jimmy rollins today, pull him, waive him (itll still count) and just see what you get for him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    i would be totally ok with getting a few PTBNL for him and seeing if they can fit in next year. im completely fine with that.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    No way we win this game today, I just don’t see it.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Geoff – We arent trading Rollins this season, maybe the offseason.

    NEPA – Love the optimism.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    Carlos Ruiz grounds into a double play again. His poor offense does not justify keeping him around next year for his good handling of pitchers and defense. If he was hitting .250 or higher, it would be a different story.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I loved that Cubs fan screaming at Welke on the close up of Ramirez for the first pitch strike.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    I love Jimmy Rollins.
    Blanton, we need for than 5+ outta you, today. Bear down.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    This spells bad news.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Ok, if you need to lift Blanton in the 6th, who in the bullpen is permitted/ready/whatever to come in now?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    SJ Mike – he did call that a tad late, I think thats why they got on him. The Cubs are about to jump on Blanton, get him out soon.

     
  • Posts: 0 jay

    blanton got lucky there

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    TJ, I’m not disagreeing with the reaction. I just loved the reaction. It was quite humorous to see him screaming and gesturing “low ball.”

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Condrey I would guess.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Blanton is scheduled to lead off the 7th, right?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Its always a bit entertaining when the crowd reacts to pitches, like that near chin music right there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe

    Fukudome stinks. Should walk Derosa and bring in Eyre for Fukudome here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    why not bean derosa and save 3 pitches?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    That was REALLY lucky on that wild pitch there.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Wow, thank god.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Or how the crowd reacts to every mound conference.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    This loss is gonna hurt.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Bring on Fukudome. Good Double switch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    hardens a guy taht really doesnt seem to be trained to throw many innings. theyre SO scared of him getting injured

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Coste to catch now I take it?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    SJ Mike – correct. Stays away from the pitchers spot for a while, Coste leads off the seventh in the 9 hole.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Karmically, we gotta get out of this and win this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I don’t think I can watch.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I like the double switch, Eyre has been a beast since coming over. He needs to say fuck the Cubs and sit this guy down.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney reported the Phillies will send the Blue Jays left-handed minor league pitcher Fabio Castro in return for Stairs. He’s 8-4 with a 4.71 ERA overall this season.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Eyre vs. his old team. Interesting. Get Fukudome out!

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    One thing about the Cubs I’ve noticed. They are really disciplined at taking bad pitches. Man are they good at running deep counts.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Damn , it was was Castro – and Eyre’s about to blow this.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Wow- what do you guys think about that?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

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

    That was a strike.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Wow. This team just does not have what it takes.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    This is irritating to watch

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    You only ask one thing from umpires. Consistent strike zone.

    Then again, you only ask one thing to pitchers in this situation. DON’T WALK THE BATTER!

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    but, they did give up castro, the question is: are they drunk?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    But the damage was done, lets go O!

     
 
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