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

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, August 28, 2008 06:00 PM | Comments: 287

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 SJ Mike

    Is it me or is Manuel crying during his postgame interview?

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    SJ Mike, is he really? I don’t live in Philly so don’t have access to the feed. What is the post-game reaction?

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    I’d cry after that crap game too if I was the manager! Actually no, I’d probably just throw shit and curse!

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Kyle, it was on Sports Nite on Comcast Sportsnet. The way he was talking, his eyes were glassy and he looked like he was fighting back every urge to just start bawling. I could just be imagining it because you know how Manuel gets when he mumbles and rambles.

    But he looks extremely upset. No reactions from players from what I saw.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    My advice? Cut So Tagguchi, Geoff Jenkins, Adam Eaton, Ryan Madson, and Rudy Seanez and bring some prospects up! I’m sick of this stupid game we play with all these stiffs we have! The money’s gone! Fuck it! Might as well try to win a few games to save face!

  • Posts: 0 LetsGoMets!

    at least you can look forward to the eagles finishing 3rd, thats something to be proud about, isn’t it?

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    Thanks, Mike. I would be pissed too. But tears? Come on. There are 30 games left. If anything, Cole should be the one bawling. It’s like each time he pitches the team finds a way to fuck him over. Whether it’s CHarlie, the offense or the pen, it’s awful

  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Kyle, it seemed very much like he was lost. Like still in shock from the grand slam. Almost like a “I really don’t know what the hell else to do.”

    And very glassy eyed and seemed to look like he was about to break out.

    I wanted to see if we got a reaction from Hamels. Because I wonder if he will snap sooner or later.

  • Posts: 0 Christian

    Pat the bat is hitting .189 in August. Charlie needs to do something with the order.

  • Posts: 0 that guy

    Ryan Madson is a complete asshole. By the way Muts fans, the short bus is heading to Marlinsblog. I think you kids missed it. Please leave our blog and come back after you are dead. Also, I heard they are auctioning off a “Taz” pleather jacket on mutsblog. First three hundred visitors also get the Whitesnake box set. You guys better hurry up. These items won’t last.

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    HE can’t do much else. If your eighth inning set-up dude is throwing 87 down the pike to hitters 2-3-4 of the Cubs, you’re likely not winning. What I really want to know is if Cole lobbied to stay in the game. If he didn’t I don’t blame Manual a bit. If Cole did in fact lobby to stay, its a damn shame.

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    I want some answers. Zolecki or someone needs to flat out ask Hamels or others in the dugout: Did Cole Hamels tell Manual he was pitching the 8th, did he demand to stay in? Or did he simply pipe down? This is the aspect I want to know about, and why I liked seeing that fire from Red Ass Myers.

  • Posts: 0 that guy

    I made that last comment because most Muts fans are white trash and white trash find “Looney Toons” pleather jackets appealing.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    they need to make the sacrafices necessary. move rollins and howard for the young pieces needed to win. just do it.. build it and they will win.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    in the offseason. if they dont make the playoffs and ONLY if you get the right deals…

  • Posts: 0 that guy

    I think tyler, grumpy miner, dave, rivlez, philthadelphia, and douche the mets fan all share a dorm room at Rutgers.

  • Posts: 0 JeffR

    Kyle, that’s just it- neither Madson or Durbin are 8th inning set-up “dudes”. Manuel looked like he was crying already before the game was over; then again, it was over after the Ramirez slam.

  • Posts: 0 adam

    phils picked up stairs from toronto

  • Posts: 0 Tyler

    Come on, we can all be friends!

    AC, that might be the first response I got from you with any curses.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    whats stairs hitting?

  • Posts: 0 Geoff


    hes hitting .250 11hr 44 rbi.. not bad for this late in the season

    guess what? hes ALSO under contract, cheaply, for next season as well…inetesting…..hes s left fielder. either they think burrell will leave or theyll move howard and keep burrell to move to first.very interesting. so at elast we have a serviceable body there for next season if they want to keep him.

  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Who’d the Phils give up for Matt Stairs

  • Posts: 0 Geoff


  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    This can’t be a player of any real value. It’s got to be some stiff like that guy who pitched a scoreless inning yesterday.

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    I like Stairs better than Jenkins anyhow at this point. It’s nothing thrilling, but it’s better than the status quo, for sure.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    stairs is 40 years old. hes signed through next season, but hes 40 years old. retirement time after this year, perhaps???

  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Maybe if were lucky it’s Ryan Madson…lol JK i doubt it,but yea it’s prolly someone thats not near major league ready or something.

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    uh that guy…..do me a favor…..don’t DARE put me into that group of schlubs……..that said,I don’t come in here with drivel like (insert team here) sucks or HAHAHAHAHAHA.I don’t have time for that carp.I come in here with honesty and call it down the middle whichever way it goes.Now YOU on the other hand (No I don’t want milk and cookies) come in here and belittle everyone….Why? What it does is showing lack of class and it oooozes out everytime YOU post.So before you lump someone into a group,you better think befpre you blog.BTaw tough loss for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 Kyle

    40 or not, he is a solid bench player. And better than Jenkins at this point, no?

  • Posts: 0 Kyle




  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Congrats on the phillies & eagles last night! Philly just can’t beat NY at anything! Well, atleast maybe they can beat the Knicks?

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Oh and BTW that guy…..I have been a Mets fan for close to 40 years and Ibm pretty damn proud of it.I rooted for guys like Pat Zachray,Dave Kingman,Lee Mazzilli,88 vs the Dodgers killed me as well as “The best team money can buy” with Bonilla,Saberhagen,Anthony Young,Kevin McReynolds…..you get my point.I am not one of those “Johnny Come Lately” Mets fans who thinks its the fashionable thing to do because they aren’t gona see October.

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    You forgot George Foster!

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    George Foster,Joel Youngblood,Vince Coleman,Juan Samuel,Todd (Idon’t wanna play first or outfield) Hundley,Hell….I’ll throw in George Bamburger,Frank Howard and Mike Cubbage managing the Mets OH and mention of Joe Torre as well.

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Brutal end to a game that I thought was in the bag! Should have left Hamels in until Lidge time!

  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    Yeh, I agree with you Mark on that one.

  • Posts: 0 rocky

    The thing that gets me is the mets and phils are fighting to win a bad division .They don’t have a chance in hell of winning against the brewers or cubs. Both teams can’t match up with the starters or bullpens of the cubs .

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