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Gameday: Phillies (74-62) At Cubs (85-51)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, August 31, 2008 01:21 PM | Comments: 49
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Headline: Moyer looks to put stamp on series
The Major Players: Jamie Moyer, Ryan Howard, Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Madson
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 1 game behind (Mets)

The Phillies grabbed a huge victory yesterday with huge contributions by Brett Myers (7 IP, 2 ER), JC Romero (IP, 3 K) and Jayson Werth (2 HR, 4 RBI). Jamie Moyer is on deck today to slam the door on the series, and a split is very much necessary.

Zam-basted: Three of Carlos Zambrano’s last four starts have been horrendous. He gave up a season-high nine runs to Saint Louis, then five to Florida and six to Pittsburgh. In between the latter two was a one-run gem against Cincinnati.

Toughie: Before Tuesday night’s bad start, Jamie Moyer hadn’t had a bad start since June 1 against Florida. Every start between those yielded three runs, at most.

Not The Light! Part III!: The Phillies are 17-22 in daytime.

Phillies: Jamie Moyer (11-7) 3.81 ERA
Cubs: Carlos Zambrano (13-5) 3.53 ERA

Gametime: 2:25 p.m. EST
Weather: 85, sunny
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Your gameday beer: Let’s go with a light, crisp witbier today. This is Allagash White, a favorite of mine. Very cool and summery, it has a bit of citrus to it, and smells just a bit spicy, like most wheats. Very nice. Better than Blue Moon and a great sleeper pick. Eat a fresh summer salad with this choice.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    I thought it was Sean Marshall starting, or is it back to Zambrano?

     
  • Posts: 0 Clare

    Zambrano’s not pitching today anymore.

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    It’s Marshall, thank god

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Today’s lineup:
    Rollins/Utley/Burrell/Howard/Victorino/Werth/Feliz/Ruiz

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    YAY NO ZAMBRANO! In a way, I’d like to face him to see if we can get to him too. If we had an NLCS matchup against the Cubbies I think we can beat them, I really really do. We got to Dempster, we somewhat got to Harden, and if we could get to Zambrano it would make me think we can beat them. If we win today and the Mets lose then we have a lot of momentum going into the series next weekend against them. We have the nats this week and they have the brewers. I see us taking 2 out of 3 and them taking 1 out of 3.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Phil, what worries me is the next two weeks, the Mets play Washington, then Atlanta, then Washington, then Atlanta. They have a sweet schedule while we’re playing Milwaukee, Florida, etc. We have to play better ball than what we’ve been playing to make sure we keep pace with New York over the next two weeks. If we do, our last two weeks favor us, with the Mets’ schedule getting a little harder.

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    I think we’ll sweep the nats, and NY will take 2/3. Both sides will win today, and the series next week will begin with the teams tied. I can’t wait till next friday, sitting in Shea in my Utley shirt as we take charge in the divisions gonna be awesome.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I really wanna go to Shea Friday. None of my friends would wanna go though. :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    I’m looking forward to the Nats series. Three games of Don Sutton and the gang’s color commentary. Absolutely a treat!

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    Damn that sucks for you. Me and my dad are coming over from england for the friday and saturday games, then going to philly for the eagles on sunday and phillies-marlins on monday. After watching games all season long on the laptop at crap times it’s gonna be so sweet being there. I’m really curious as to how many phillies fans will be at shea on friday, hopefully enough to make a real difference.

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    Lol to jamie. The nats announcers suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Here we go, boys and girls!

     
  • Posts: 0 stefan

    The Phillies WILL make the playoffs. And here’s why:

    The race is too close between the Mets and the Phillies to give any team an advantage in standings position. I just can’t bring myself to say that the Mets and their horrible bullpen are going to make the playoffs. I will give that honor to the Philadelphia Phillies, who lead the NL with home runs as a result of a potent lineup stacked with the likes of Howard, Utley, and Burrel (each of whom has 30+ hrs).

    Hope you enjoyed this post. For more insight on the MLB and the rest of the world of sports, check out my blog at:
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    Thanks,
    Stefan

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Werth, 3 run HR here? That’d be nice.

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Nice, these are some big hits. We need this game.

     
  • Posts: 0 fred

    Werth has been amazing recently. Picking up Burrells slack in a big way

     
  • Posts: 0 CARLOS BELTRAN

    stefan keep dreamin buddy!!! WE ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT !! AND OFFENSIVE DOESNT MEAN EVERYTHING AND YEA YA GOT HOMERUN HITTERS BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT WE HIT MORE THEN YA DO!! AND LAST TIME I CHECKED PITCHING WINS WORLD SERIES AND PENNANTS!! DONT MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOURSELF

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    I think we’re going to need a lot of runs. I don’t have agood feeling about Moyer against this lineup.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    so far so good

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Get Burell out of here. I don’t care what the number geeks say about his OBP or that he had a good 2 months. He’s your number 3 hitter with 2 outs and 2 on, and he’s just looking to walk. Always take the easy way out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    damnit howard

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    oh jesus christ

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    you gotta be kidding me

     
  • Posts: 0 Fran

    the way this is going soriano is gonna blast one out right here

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Man, what a way to take advantage of baserunners…not

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    they really, REALLY could have used a run that inning. oh well, just gotta settle in.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    You aren’t kidding. After Victorino’s gift in the bottom of the 2nd, we need to get those runs back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Aaron Heilman on in relief…Mets 6-2, bottom 7th, 2 outs, runners on 1st & 2nd.

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    moyer with that nasty stuff

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    and again!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    And the Jayson Werth show continues!

     
  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Werth’s an animal.

     
  • Posts: 0 CT

    Charlie best not put Stairs into the lineup for Werth, at least not while he’s on fire like this.

    screw Jenkins

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Werth is going to need a day off sooner or later, as will Vic and Burrell. Stairs and/or Dobbs may be a good choice.

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    great situational hitting. great bunt from moyer. i like the way they’re playing this game!

     
  • Posts: 0 philsphan

    Burrell could certainly use a day off soon. Maybe we will see Stairs instead of Burrell against the righty Tim Redding on Monday?

    Manuel always plays the hot hand so I don’t see him taking Werth out of the lineup anytime soon. Maybe for a day off but he would probably still be available to pinch hit/run.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Philsphan, that’s a good idea. I like Stairs over Burrell tomorrow to give him a day off. In 25 plate appearances against Redding, he’s only hitting .240 with 0 HR’s.

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    big inning from durbin. moyer gives a solid start, i would have liked to see him go 6, but it’s good to see him back to his old self (no pun intended) either way

     
  • Posts: 0 Fred

    oh no… madsen

     
  • Posts: 0 CT

    :-( Madson

     
  • Posts: 0 Fred

    That Madsen is great

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    madson =D

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    splitting that series was huge. realistically that was what i was hoping for coming in, i’d have been ecstatic to see them take three, and crazy enough they very well could have done it (or even swept). they were right there in every game, and to take two of four in wrigley against this cubs team is not only big for the season, but also big for this team to prove where they’re at right now. great stuff.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    Tyler Green? What the hell? Is this normal? Boy this is weird.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tim Malcolm

    And wow, Tyler had a bad night last night. Damn you HD.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    Christopher. The thing that is crazy is that with any other manager,we have a chance to win the last game against the mets. And at least three of four against ,maybe a sweep if the manager wasn’t a idiot. And the thing that is unbelievable is to lose the mets game and the first two in chicago and split is great.

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan

    this was a really good series for the phils. about as happy as you could be with a split. they easily could have swept all four against the best team in all of baseball who is nearly unbeatable at home. so you gotta be glad with the way the phils played. the cubs had their rotation set up perfectly and still couldn’t win the series. the phils proved they can dance with the big boys IMO. they have a winning record this year against the cubs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Not that beggars can be choosers, but we really should have swept them – and would have – if the pen didn’t falter those first two. What a boost that would have been. As I said yesterday, though, at least we proved we could play with, and beat the almighty Cubs. I still don’t like to see Madson in there in the 8th with the game on the line, but Durbin seemed to be back to his old self. Great win, and I look forward to Don Sutton and the Nats!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Oh, and Werth with a second consecutive Ashburn??

     
 
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