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Gamenight: Phillies (73-60) At Cubs (83-50)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, August 28, 2008 06:00 PM | Comments: 287
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Headline: The need for a split starts tonight
The Major Players: Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Aramis Ramirez, Fabio Castro
The Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago
The Number: 0.5 games behind (Mets)

The Phillies split with the Mets, so we’re back at square one. Of course. Tonight a huge four-game set with the Cubs begins. The Cubs are the best team in the National League, by record, and should prove to be an incredibly hard test for the Phightins. The Phils took two from the Cubs back in April at Citizens Bank Park.

Curious Cub: Ryan Dempster is a crazy case. Between 1998 and 2003 he started, and had a 3.66 ERA in 2000. Other than that season, he has been pretty horrible as a starter. But this year? A 2.85 ERA.

Demp Yard: A few Phillies have hit Dempster well. Jimmy Rollins is .444 in nine at bats and Eric Bruntlett has a home run in two bats against Dempster.

Cole Snap: Cole Hamels has pitched twice in Wrigley Field. His numbers: 10 IP, 5.43 ERA.

Phillies: Cole Hamels (11-8) 3.20 ERA
Cubs: Ryan Dempster (15-5) 2.85 ERA

Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 76, cloudy
Lineup:

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Your gamenight beer: My good friend and beer God recommended to me Creme Brulee Stout from the Southern Tier company. He said it wipes out dessert for a whole week, and goes best after chicken and fries. Clearly a dessert drink, it’s made for slow sipping, so enjoy it if you can tonight with Cole on the hill.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Things always turn to shit when I move over here to the computer chair. I’m going back to my recliner.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Like i said before Charlie sucks when it comes to deciding which pitchers to put in which situations…Like Lidge last night he should of never been in the game in that situation.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Twice against LA, MEts, Nationals and tonight. 5 times in 10 days the bullpen has blown the lead.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Bases loaded no outs. Wow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    We have a bunch of long relievers and mop up guys! No set up pitchers! We’re losing this one.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Bases loaded no outs…Were fucked.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    can this guy throw a fuckin strike????

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    GOD FUCKING DAMNIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 CUBS CRUISIN PHILS LOSIN

    HA HA HA HA HA PHILS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    OMG WTF!

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Or a grand slam. hahaha. wow. this is redonkulous.

     
  • Posts: 0 David, the Mets fan from Queens

    Dear Phillies fans,

    Do you now feel empathetic towards us Mets fans with our shitty bullpen? It’s frustrating, right?

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    And a fucking Grand Slam…Charlie you should of just left Cole in who cares how many fucking pitches he’s thrown.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    that’s fucking it. i’m so god damn done with the phillies this year. I can’t watch this shit no more.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    david go fuck yourself and die.

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    How many of you guys are so tired of this fuckin pitch count shit?

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Pitch counts never made sense to me. What difference does 10 more pitches make?

     
  • Posts: 0 David, the Mets fan from Queens

    NOW Charlie decides to come out. Don’t worry. You guys always “phight” back from any deficit. Calm down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Is this the Mets comment section? Gees.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    go to hell david.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yeah, having watched baseball for 35 years, it’s just recently that you hear about the freakin’ pitch count all the time.

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    David…Go on a Mets board or get a fucking life it’s sad how the only thing you have to do is come on a Phillies board when their losing.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Madson is so rarely used in the 8th inning. Why use him there? Seriously?

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    Whatever happened to these guys throwing 150 pitches?!?! It’s as soon as you hit 100 pitches your out of there. Hamels DEFINITELY could’ve finished this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Ya know, it is pretty lame to troll a rival team’s blog.

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    I’m a Mets fan but a baseball fan more than anything.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    I really don’t understand why anyone on here pays attention to trolling Mets fans. Responding only adds wood to the fire. There are trolls on every team blog. The best policy is simply to ignore.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    well lets get ready for eagles season

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    If I were cole I’d be in the clubhouse fuming. What can you do? I mean they literally have to hope a starter goes 8, then Lidge for the 9th. Madson and Durbin are awful.

    No way they make the playoffs – NO WAY.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Robin Roberts had 272 complete games. His arm is still there. It didn’t fall off. Sheesh, I hate pitch counts.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    It really didn’t used to be a big deal for a pitcher to go all 9 innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    durbin, romero and lidge are worn out its plain and simple charlie went to them to much but he didnt have a choice

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    worst loss of the year? I think it is. Cole goes 7 brilliant innings all for naught. There’s no way we’re winning 2 of the next 3, so we have to hope for 1 out of 4 which should bury us pretty good.
    The bullpen was overachieving but they really made up for that the last two nights. Just disgusting.

     
  • Posts: 0 RiVLez

    If this was 20 years ago Cole Hamels would’ve finished this game regardless and there wouldn’t be question about the Phillies winning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    They are one of the least used pens in the league. Romero and Lidge are right in line with their career usages.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Also don’t forget that the Cubs are really freaking good…..

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    So Charlie please explain why you pinch hit for Cole when he is absolutely on fire where there is two outs and no one on in the top of the 8th…
    To turn it over to Ryan “MadDog” Madson? Great idea Charlie real great

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    I’ve never been overly mpressed with Madson – he always follows up a good 2 inning performance with a shit one. He’s better suited for long relief or 7th inning at the latest. Durbin has been overused and is coming back down to earth. They could both use a change of scenery to a middle relief role to gain their stuff and confidence back – put Eyre in Durbin’s old role in the meantime since he’s at least pitching better – anyone for Christsakes. This was a game we could not afford to lose, and it went from 4-1 to 6-4 in less than 10 minutes thanks to that fuckhead Madson.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    but they are up every game and usually come in and its innings not apperances

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Why doesn’t Manual bring Eyre in? He’s more effective lately than Madson or Durbin???

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    look, the bullpen has gotten one out and given up 7 baserunners. I don’t want to hear about complete games, this one is on the bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    YES – LOOK AT THE INNINGS. Their bullpen has tossed the 3rd fewest in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. Lidge and Romero, in particular, have not been used nearly as much as they have for their careers. Durbin yes, but NOT Romero or Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    You know, I sort of agree with the Mets fan above. We’re bitching essentially over the same thing they bitch over when Santana pitches.

    Nevertheless, at least it’s only 1/2 game tonight. 1 is better than 1.5.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    who’s hitting lead off next inning? No first pitch swings – be patient and get on base!

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Yea our bullpen had to work alot in those 2 games against the Mets we needed Cole to go that 8th inning and give it to Lidge…These next 3 games are gonna be ugly because Blanton,Myers,and Moyer are likely to stuggle against an offense like the Cubs and our bullpen is outta gas.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Where is that idiot who blames these types of losses on Hamels. Surprised I haven’t hear from him.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    It’s top of the order

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    Eyre has pitched the last two game i believe and two innings in each so he is most likely unavailable

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Oh ya, One T.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    this is the season this series becasue the mets have cupcakes in the marlins is beileve and we have the best team in the leauge. the rotation needs a guy to step up and give them a gem for a night to rest this pen.

     
 
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