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Gameday: Phillies (73-62) At Cubs (85-50)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, August 30, 2008 03:11 PM | Comments: 92
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Headline: Win necessary to split against Cubs
The Major Players: Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Brett Myers, Kosuke Fukudome
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 2 games behind (Mets)

The Cubs came back yet again against Phillies pitching, winning 3-2 Friday night at Wrigley. Joe Blanton had a lead through five, but he and the Phils bullpen broke down. The Phils are now two games behind the Mets for first place in the National League East. Today it’s up to Brett Myers to stop the three-game losing streak.

Lilly Padded: The Phils slammed Cubs starter Ted Lilly for five runs in 4.1 innings earlier this season. For his career, Lilly has a 5.19 ERA against the Phils.

Could It Be?: Myers has given up just nine runs in his seven starts since returning from the minor leagues. His ERA has dropped from 5.84 to 4.49 in that time. And with a strong outing today, Myers will move his ERA+ over 100, making him, statistically above average.

Not The Light! Again!: The Phillies are 16-22 in daytime.

Phillies: Brett Myers (7-10) 4.49 ERA
Cubs: Ted Lilly (13-7) 4.23 ERA

Gametime: 3:55 p.m. EST
TV: FOX
Weather: 84, sunny
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Your gameday beer: With a flavor of molasses, caramel and chocolate, Moretti Birra La Rossa is a very good Italian beer, unlike most of what you might know about Italian beers. It would go good with any Italian food. Go with fettucini with vegetables. Maybe some chicken parm.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    CLUTCH! Way to go JC!

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    JC is PUMPED

     
  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    Someone on the Phils deserves to get plunked after Romero’s antics right there

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    ball 4, agreed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Brad Lidge is due for his first blown save of the year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    JC antics????? He’s another guy on this team that wants to win. Thats all emotion right there

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    yeh jc get pumped
    smith nah

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    he wasnt being reyes with his crap he does

     
  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    “Infactuation,” Jamie? First, learn to spell. Second, calm down. I’m allowed to disagree. I just get tired of hearing fans cry over Rowand leaving when there would have been no where to play him this season, anyway. What’s done is done, move on and stop dwelling on the past.

     
  • Posts: 0 matthew vandusen

    I bet rollins won’t have a problem with that celebration. The mets don’t do anything close to that.

     
  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    Fran, if a pitcher on the Cubs had done what Romero just did you’d all be hollering for someone to get drilled in the head. Yet, when it’s one of the Phils’ own everything is forgiven. That’s a total hypocracy.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    jc let his emotions go who cares

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Wow, JC is really macho.

     
  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    you would care if the shoe was on the other foot

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe

    Rollins’ third hit of the game, and his second single of the AB!

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    i dont care unless its a met like joba chamberlian antics he does when he gets 3 outs thats cool i dont care but when idiots like reyes run around the bases with the 1 finger in the air thats over the top

     
  • Posts: 0 Fred

    Who cares about Romero’s antics or for that matter Reyes’. If the other team doesn’t like it then they have the opportunity to do something about it with their bats.

     
  • Posts: 0 ataraxite

    What happened to Pat Burrell?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    truth, seems that you are the one that needs to calm down. the rest of us were having a good conversation before you start throwing your “total hypocracy” and “infatuation” (sorry for hitting the wrong button on the keyboard before – I do have a Master’s degree so I am educated) comments around.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    hey lets get runs and rest lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Pat was pulled a few innings back for a defensive replacement.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Whew…Bruntlett got lucky there.

     
  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    god bruntlett is a waste of a hitter

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    It would sure be nice for Howard to hit a 3-run blast out of this bandbox.

     
  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    alright brad this a game we need come on get the save

     
  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    brett myers pitched pretty good today getting us into the 8th its ashame he couldnt finish it

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe

    I know that Werth is going to get the Ashburn, but you could make a case for Myers.

    I am so impressed by Meyers doing what it took to turn his season and career around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Joe

    And 32 saves in 32 opportunities isn’t shabby either.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Nice game all around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mickey D

    Hell yeah, we’ll take it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mickey D

    No walks for Myers – Atta boy!

     
  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    brett myers to me while he had the blow up with charlie has made strides to be a better pitcher and now i think maybe we should keep him

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    Although they havnt played to their potential in the past few games this is a really good baseball team. In my mind we have swept the cubs so far by out playing them 25 of 27 innings

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    What do you know Cholly, Romero can get righthand hitters out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    The Phillies are a good team. No question! But they are just not better then the METS!

     
  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Phillies Suck – I think we are dead even to be honest. We showed we both have flaws in our series and theres no doubt that either team would have to play perfect baseball to get through the first round.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    Only phillies fans should be able to say phillies suck or they stink. Please stop answering the asshole met fans. Can you imagine having to root for a team with the ass holes who are there fans. The other night at the game they acted like real low life trash.That’s what they are so if you truly are a phillies fan, lets talk phillies between us and let the asshole met fans suck wind. TJ Says I think the only way we win is for utley and rollins to get hot its a long dry spell for this offense.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Phils and Mets are dead even…If ones better than the other,than why can’t either of us walk away with the divison?

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    BTW the Met bullpen blew another one haha…Aaron Heilman walked in the winning run.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    Jamie you suprise me with your language. For a educated person to use that kind of language its suprising.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    lol…the 12:47 am post was not me, but it sure is funny.

     
  • I really liked your blog with the Cubs mention! World Series maybe this year?!?

     
 
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