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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 Fran

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Haha, then 3 straight strikes to Blanco. This team really knows how to irritate the shit out of its fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Coste, Rollins, Victorino. Gotta get some baserunners here before Gary Matthews hurts us with his tone deaf singing.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Geoff – I was quoting danny from earlier in the thread.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I’m pretty sure Gillick’s drunk most of the time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    NOBODY should be surprised here. NOBODY. of COURSE they gave up fabio castro for matt stairs.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    All I hear about on here is how good Castro is and we trade him for an average lefty who’ll get 50 ABs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    does anyone else think the 2nd to last pitch to Fuku was a strike? Thats why there was all that confusion after ball four. Regardless, we need runs, and I don’t like our chances against Smarzj/Marmol/wood

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    I’m watching the mlb.tv thread, they didn’t say anything about the trade. I stand by what I said though! I’m sorry to offend those of you who are not drunk.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    right, its ok to trade for stairs. for some NOBODY who will NEVER amount to anything.

    but, castro could be a decent bullpen arm in the future, why waste him on that?

    its like intentional failure…if theyre going to do that then just trade jimmy rollins already.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Fabio Castro isn’t any good, what’s the big deal with trading him?

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    I really liked Castro too. This is a dumb trade.

    Lets get something going here J-Roll. Prove your worth.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    As a Penn State fan, these hitters better tear Jeff Samardzija a new one here.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Good point Geoff!

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    psu student right here. i hate samardzija

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    How much do these announcers love Jose Reyes and Derek Lee?

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Actually, the Castro for Stairs trade should encourage drunkenness from the entire fanbase today.

    Seriously, what do we know? We’re fanboy-nerds who follow millionaires on a sports blog in our spare time. But for real, how can this trade by reasonable? Can someone just defend it?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Now would be a good time for a big clutch hit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    if Fabio was so great, he would’ve been called up instead of going after Scott Eyre. I know everyone loves young pitching, but what good is it if stinks?

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    The Cubs announcers are PMS’ing about the strike zone. Awesome.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Come on, Ryan. Poke a base hit in the hole.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    Howard puts one in the seats

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    You’re right Griffin, and that leads me to think that he does stink. He has to. That’s it. I can’t believe the management is that crazy.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    The strike zone has stunk for both teams.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    So are the Phillies announcers.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    BULLSHIT

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    He was safe.

    Man this umpire crew is just getting all of them wrong today, aren’t they?

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    nice hustle by howard…he got robbed

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    how safe was he? LA didnt seem to like it. But then again, he never does.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    did they show any replays on the Phils broadcast? These cubs homers are terrible

     
  • Posts: 0 Stan

    Srage was my favorite until just now

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Put it this way. Utley was out. Howard was safe.

    They called Utley safe and Howard out.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    umps legit blew it for us

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    It looked like Howard beat it or was tie, ump making up for bad Utley call.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Runners on the 1st and 2nd with your best hitters up in the seventh inning against a righty. What-re-ya-gonna-do?

     
  • Posts: 0 Scheity

    At least we can always count on our 3-4 guys to come through. Nice to have that confidence in our lineup.

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Way to try and pull everything guys. They should just shift the entire infield to the right side of second base for our 3/4 hitters

     
  • Posts: 0 Stan

    These umps blow

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    Crap, now I got the Sarge on the Cubs broadcast!

     
  • Posts: 0 jay

    why cant they use instant replay it means something the game is tied up in the 7th

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    my point about Castro is that he’s been in the organization for what, 3 years? and he still can’t get onto the team.

     
  • Posts: 0 Stan

    Does anyone relize we have no shot at anything this year!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    yeah, Sarge on the Cubs broadcast is an unwelcome kick in the balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    You miss two calls in a row in a game like this how are you an ump? And this strike zone? I know its tied but we’re getting fucked.

    Scratch that, not tied because our bullpen has been blown to pieces the last week.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    dude. our pen is REELING

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    well, I’m going to drink now. Have a good weekend everyone.

     
  • Posts: 0 jay

    crap just jinxed

     
  • Posts: 0 danny

    This is it man. The Cubs primetime players come through when it matters, and ours don’t.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Yea, I might pour some Admiral Nelson a little earlier than I thought tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Stan, I realize that we have NO shot at anything. I predicted we’d go 0-4 this series and I’ve seen nothing to dispute that. Late in the year, we’ll sweep the braves and the nats and finish 3 or 4 games behind the Muts and make it look like a race, but we’ve been kidding ourselves all along about this mediocre team.

     
 
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