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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
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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 Joeyo

    I thought JC was our set up man. Its the time of the season that these guys got to take their skirts off and step up. Why is Charlie treating these games like they don’t count. Manage these games to win instead of being afraid someboy might get tired. This is why you play all year for.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Ok, base hit. Need more.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    alright Jimmy!

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    Is JRoll stealing here? how is soto’s arm?

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Utley never comes through in the clutch.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    joeyo manuel is stupid

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    man, phils could use somebody like kerry wood…throws strikes!

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    utley is not clutch its as simple as that

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    Welcome Back JRoll (You have been missed)

     
  • Posts: 0 Joeyo

    Has Utley had a meaningful hit since June? I mean don’t get me wrong I would take him over any other second baseman but he hasn’t been exctly Mr. clutch for a while now.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Damnit. Gave that a good ride too.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    utley wow mvp canidate to worthless

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    What is Burrell’s BA over the last three games? .002?

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    is something wrong with Utley? i’ve heard rumors he’s injured – anyone else?

    now we’re really cooked, with burrell up.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    nice – first pitch, burrell sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Utley’s ball would have been gone in our ballpark, but that ain’t really sayin much.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    utley is not hurt the pitchers learned to pitch to him and he has not adjusted

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    Everyone loves to hate on Utley and call him not clutch yet you have no way to prove this at all. at least he hit it to the warning track much further than Howard’s got

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    they let that one get away. that was a win. they blew that one. damn it.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    utley never comes thru when it counts since april

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Yea i beginning to think it’s time to let Pat go,as long as the got a replacement in line that isn’t a “B-list”player because Pats starting to come back to life.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Ok, last night, I wasn’t really that angry. Disappointed, yes, but not heartbroken. Tonight…..I’m angry.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phils Phan

    Oh well. As I said, still only 1 game. Of course, Chicago easily could turn it into 4, but that’s why they play them.

    I wonder at what point Hamels loses it and flips on this team. He’s had a few bad games, but overall, this team has let him down far more often than he has let the team down.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    im pissed and no the phillies only replace players with b- list players

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    How have the pitchers adjusted to Utley? he has been around for 3+ years now? He was on fire in the beginning of the season and he has been playing with some kind of hip injury that he wont talk about

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    what an awful fucking game. 6 outs away tonite, 4 outs away last night…just when you thought maybe these guys figured it out, got last year’s mojo back – ALL FUCKING GONE NOW.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I feel bad for Hamels.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    He went seven giving up a run, and Ryan “waste of skin” Madson can’t even record an out. He’s pathetic.

    And Chases Ball would not have been a homerun in Philly. It’s 401 at CBP where he hit that.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    “b list” is going to be what Pat Gillick is most remembered for…

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    the pitchers jam utley in hard and then go away soft volquez of the reds pointed it out and they have been doing it to him all year. They jam him and pitch cornor to cornor

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    At least we only get the Cubs now. The Mets get them for 4 the last week of the season.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    by then its to late

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    the mets have a bullshit schedule though. we have the brewers and cubs left stil….

     
  • Posts: 0 PtheBLovestheBallGirls

    Yeah but the last week of the season they may be resting by that point case they are so far ahead of everyone else.

    Its hard to say they learned to pitch him when he was on base everytime but his last at bat. Take off your blinders he is still around or above most of his career numbers

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    chase utley is a carbon copy of scott rolen he is a streaking fielder just not a good fielder but who cares bout that he can light the world on fire for a month then go as cold as ice box

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    The Mets get the Brew Crew next week

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    the time is now to take the lead and pull away. go get a bat. give me mike labd, f it. a veteran bat. bring up some fresh youth and let them work into situations. see what happens. a fresh injection of youth coiuldnt hurt in the coming weeks.

     
  • Posts: 0 AC in NJ

    but again, it comes down to ownership. see how steinbrenner is spouting off on the Yankees, promising changes this summer? would that be the phils owner…oops, I mean ownerS – all 13? 14? of them…

    seriously, how do you think those limited partners are feeling tonite…they don’t give a shit, they probably don’t even watch.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Yeah, I thought they signed Romero to be the setup guy, not just a lefty specialist. Just because a righty’s up Cholly doesn’t mean Romero can’t pitch to them. We get it- you know the difference between left and right. That’s about all you know.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    great we get them in 2 weeks

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    The Cubs will probably have already clinched by the time they play the Mets – a series which is at Shea, btw, where the Mets have a great record. None of this bodes well for us, especially with our bullpen looking like the 2007 bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    I tell ya….wright now as we speak,Cole Hamels has 2 things for Madsen and Durbin….a chip on his shoulder and a baseball bat in his hands.They totally imploded tonight.If this kind of stuff is going to snake bite the Phillies this weekend and the Amazins go down to Miami and get the Albatross fans to start rooting for those anchovies for next Sunday and finish them off once and for all.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I think that Pinella is too much of a gamer and has too much pride to sit back and rest them. And as we saw with the Rockies last year, layoffs can kill a baseball team’s momentum.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    You’re right Geoff! From September 9-22 they face nobody but the Braves and the Nats! FUCK IS THAT!

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    the season is all up to the series at shea at the begining of the month which again hamels prob wont pitch but i think the mets starters will be sanatana fri, martinez sat and then perez sun nght

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    well, all i can say is if they dont make the playoffs they need major changes.

    until then, im going sit back and relax and enjoy as much as i can…

     
  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    This loss goes on Charlie plain and simple he knew our bullpen was outta gas,but chose to pull our ace who was pitching gem and hand it over to them.

     
  • Posts: 0 ball 4

    i want to make the playoff but if the phillies loose the series at shea put the nail in team for the year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Christian

    The Mets and the Phils have basically the exact same schedule coming up. I dunno what everyone is complaining about. We have a comfortable stretch against the Nats and Atlanta to close out the season while they play the Cubs and Marlins. It’s sad that we’re thinking about schedules.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    thats what we face…im going to two of those last 6 games….

    i have one of the brewers games, i hope its the sabathia game. its on saturday.

    im going to get my tickets early next year. i didnt get in early enough to get a mets series game this year.

     
 
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