Phils Win, And Split Werth Every Penny

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, August 31, 2008 05:50 PM | Comments: 39

The Phillies struck early, padded a bit and held the lead, beating the Cubs 5-3 and splitting the four-game series in Chicago. The win kept the Phils a game back of the Mets in the National League East.

Good news came through early, when the Phils learned Carlos Zambrano was scratched for having a tired arm. The offense took advantage off emergency starter Sean Marshall, scoring three in the first inning. The big hit of the the inning: A two-run double by Jayson Werth. And he added to it, launching a solo home run in the fifth. He went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game, finishing a sizzling series (7-for-13) in Chi-town. The rest of the offense had a nice day — Ryan Howard drove in a run and had three hits; Shane Victorino had two hits; Chase Utley added two more.

Jamie Moyer got the win, going 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out four. Behind him, the bullpen was clutch. Chad Durbin bridged the start to the finish, going a strong two innings and escaping trouble in the sixth. While the Cubs scored on JC Romero in the eighth, Ryan Madson struck out Alfonso Soriano to defuse the rally.

Brad Lidge grabbed his 33rd save in as many chances with three quick outs.

A huge win, and a huge salvage to a four-gamer that started terribly. I’ll say this, however: The Phils absolutely outplayed the Cubs in this series. They could’ve and should’ve won every game. But take this win, take the split, and go into Washington (and our Labor Day bus trip) feeling pretty good about how September lines up.

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  • Posts: 0 fred

    Man i wish I was going on the trip tomorrow. Is anyone on here going to either the mets game on friday or saturday ?

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Man, I really think this team can go to the world series, and here’s why. If we make the playoffs we’re going to play the Brewers, Cardinals, or Cubs in the 1st round. If our pitching can keep us in the game I think we can get to the Brewers horrible bullpen and beat them. We already proved we can beat the Cardinals and Cubs. 2nd round would be against one of those 3 teams and the D-Backs. We proved we can beat them all, and I told you why we can take the Brewers. If we do get to the World Series then we’ll get swept, but still…it would be nice to get there. Honestly, I think any NL team would get swept in the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I mean swept in the world series.

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    This Phillies team is going nowhere near October. Sorry all, it just ain’t happening this year. Not with this inconsistent offense. Not with this starting pitching. And not with the way those Mets are playing.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Hello troll.

    Phillies offense is back.
    The pitching is fantastic, probably our best feature.
    Mets bullpen is atrocious.

  • Posts: 0 erik

    a lot was said of these last 10 games before they started. a hot dodgers team(coming into the the vault), the muts, and then the cubs with the best home record in baseball. 7-3, with what very well could have been 10-0. great great baseball over a diffiucult ten games. i love it.

  • Posts: 0 Callison

    Well to give credit where it is due CHARLIE did a GREAT job against the Cubs today. Howard 3-5 with 2 singles and a 2b is what we need out of him from here on out. The HR’s will be there if he just continues to get the bat on the ball in fact 48 would not be unrealistic by the end of Sept. Pat Burrell looked much better his last 3 AB’s and I hope he keeps working on the stroke cause we need you Pat. Rollins and Utley are both hitting for average since the move and both will be over .300 with in 3 weeks if Charlie leaves them where they are now. Werth has just been tearing the cover off the ball lately and could be the catalyst we need to start pulling away from the Mets. It might be a good move to swap him and Victorino at this point. Once again Durbin comes in and gives an outstanding performance in the roll he was supposed to fill. WE ARE ONLY LACKING A RIGHT HANDER TO REPLACE GORDON. Time to shit or get off the pot Gillick!

  • Posts: 0 Kennedy

    We’d have a shot against anyone in the NL if we keep playing the way we are, but lets keep in mind that we could just as easily go cold the way our offense works. Its not like you can count on Werth to hit 2 hrs a game against the Cubs in October.

    On the other hand, if Hamels, Myers and Moyer all keep pitching incredibly we could beat the Rays or the Angels (I feel like the Angels are easily the strongest AL team, they’ve got great pitching and a better lineup then the Rays).

  • Posts: 0 Phillies Suck

    Did you seriously just can that the pitching was the best aspect of you’re team?

    Yeah sure, you can old the lead for two straight games doesn’t take away the three straight blown games before these two victories.

  • Posts: 0 must be a muts fan

    three straight blown games came from middle relief, pickle hole. i believe the initial comment was about starting pitching. starting pitching has been consistent for a while minus kendrick’s rough outing, but he came back with a gem. runs have come from top and bottom of the order which is great, and the team doesn’t have a cry baby attitude like the muts, which in the end will be their demise once again.

    gillick said today he is looking to pick up another player quickly, but its gillick and the way he just sits on the pot we probably rn’t gonna see a new face. great find in matt stairs at least

  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    No relief pitching is going to get the job done 100 percent of the time. There will be some games over the course of the season that will be blown and left get away.

    You have to give credit where credit is due. The Cub’s Ramirez, who hit that grand slammer on Friday to beat the Phils, is another good clutch hitter who is going to win out over relief pitching sometimes.

    The Mets had a day off before they went on to play at Florida whereas the Phillies had to go right on to Chicago to play the Cubs and did not get a break after they played the Mets.

    I was a little apprehensive about the Phillies chances against the Cubs before they went into Chicago but after watching the games, I feel that the Phils are capable of doing quite well against them should they meet in the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Smith


    I’m no troll, you idiot. I’m just a realistic Phillies fan. Unlike everyone else on here who is suicidal when we lose and ready to take on the Angels in the World Series when we win, I remain pessimistic the entire time.

    The fact of the matter is that since the beginning of June, the Phillies are a .500 team. Look it up. We were 13 games over .500 at one point in the beginning of June, and we are 15 games over .500 today. And since that time, the Mets are about 18 over.

    It’s not happening this year. You all should know that and start focusing on football.

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Ooops – scratch that. We are 13 games over .500 today, not 15.

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Oh, and maybe I should add – the Mets are 10-5 against us this year.

  • Posts: 0 tom

    well smith, you’re right.

    season’s over.

    this is just like last year, 7 games out in september and they were cooked. good thing you stopped watching baseball and started watching football then huh?

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Point taken, but I’m not counting on another miracle. The 2008 Mets are not the 2007 Mets.

    Our bullpen sucked major balls last year and down the stretch last year too.

  • Posts: 0 KM

    I hate the Mets, and Mets fans, but this team has no chance in the playoffs. They will probably make it, but they won’t be able to beat the Brewers or the Cubs in the first round. They better hope to play the Cardinals.

  • Posts: 0 C.J. Henry

    Dude if your so against the Phillies, don’t comment here. Adding your negativity doesn’t help when the phils have been playing great ball against the NL Powerhouse.

    The Phillies look really good I hope they stay on track this roadtrip

  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    Smith ~

    You must be a blast at parties, how can you write off this team. In the last 10 games the Phillies played Dodgers for 4, Mets for 2, and Cubs for 4. And went 7-3 and in those three loses they had the lead late in the game! There is no reason why this team can not make and preform well in the playoffs. More importantly the fire that has been shown by Shane and not JC will start to get into others as Lidge said yesterday.

    The Mets have a huge problem in their rotation without Mane and everyone knows of their bullpen – which is only going to be used more.


  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    Add KM to the list of people you want at your next party

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    hahahaha – you bring up negativity. Haven’t you been on this blog when the Phillies are losing? It turns into a freggin morgue.

    The Phillies are a .500 team since the first week of June. That’s what they have become. A .500 team.

    Expect the worst, because it is coming.

  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    Those splits do not matter. What matters is who is hot at the right time. Apparently you were watching football last year and did not notice the Rockies! Who were worse then a .500 team and then got hot.

    Smith go watch football please!

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Go Eagles.

    I’ll be back to say “I told you so” on the day the Mets win the division.

  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    Let me guess – the 2008 Phillies are not the 2007 Rockies? And this team will not get hot, and not many teams get hot at the end of the season ( expect to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Yankees, several times). Enjoy the ride and this past week.

  • Posts: 0 Sean

    Marson got called up for the expanded roster. I’m excited to see the boy play. Golson is coming up also, along with Happ and Eaton. more to come soon, I guess.

  • Posts: 0 Estebomb

    I wasn’t aware that 1 game back in the division with a month to play is no chance to play in October.

  • Posts: 0 matthew vandusen

    did any one watch the phillies offense last year in the playoffs. They are not clutch whatsoever. They rely to much on the homerun and try to hit one at every at bat. They will freeze up and choke if they make the playoffs just like last year.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    smith, at the end of the season it’s the overall record that counts, not what you did before or after june. teams get hot and cold over the course of a season as long as baseball’s. it happens, it all levels out by the end of the season. the mets are ONE GAME ahead of the phillies at this point in the season. that’s what counts, not who has done what since when, but who is where in the standings. if the phillies continue to stay right there with them, and finish the season strong, like they usually do, then they’ll be in the playoffs. from there on out, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen.

    also, just because some fans around here start to freak out when the team loses, some stay realistic. and the realistic outlook on this team is that being 13 games over .500 at this point in the year is a damn fine place to be. taking a pessimistic outlook on the reigning division champs who are a half game out of first isn’t realistic, it’s just being negative for the sake of it.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Smith is a Mets fan trying to stir up trouble. If he was a Phillies fan he’d know how great our rotation was and wouldn’t bash it.

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    Okay Phil. Look – our rotation is anything but great. We have an ace, a 75 year old playing out of his mind (a good thing), and then three huge question marks. Kendrick basically blows, I don’t trust Blanton, and one day all those baserunners that Myers allows are eventually going to score.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    No, Myers is fixed. He has the ability to keep poise in great situations. You can say Pelfrey and Ollie are pitching over their heads too. Maine is injured. You really have no idea what you’re talking about at all. You’re either a Mets fan or you’re not a real Phillies fan. Our rotation is great.

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    No – I’m just not delusional like you. Our rotation is good, I’ll agree to that at most. Great? – Hardly. If Kendrick didn’t benefit from 7 runs per start in run support in the first half, he’d have maybe 5, maybe 6, 7 at most wins by now. I hope you really don’t think THAT highly of Blanton and Myers. Hammels is an ace as I said, and Moyer has been a pleasant surprise – clearly having a career year. God knows where that came from.

    Even with Maine hurt, the Mets have a better starting rotation than us. There’s something wrong with you if you can’t see that.

    Now, do we have a better bullpen than them? – of course. Is our offense better? Well, I’d say no right now, though of course – it all remains to be seen.

    Go Eagles.

  • Posts: 0 christopher

    i definitely wouldn’t call the rotation great, but it’s good. it’s been very good, borderline great this season, but overall i’d say it’s above average, but not on par with the best in the majors. still, a team is the sum of it’s parts, and i like the overall product of this team a lot. hell, i’ve liked them ever since they traded abreu and handed the team over to the younger guys. and this year is the best team they’ve had since ’93, so let’s see how far they can go.

    go flyers. but right now, go phillies!!

  • Posts: 0 KM

    I am not negative, I am a realist. I hope this team wins, and I root for them every game. I just don’t see it even remotely possible that the Phillies win in the first round. They can’t hit good pitching(especially lefties), and that is what you see in the playoffs.

    For all you hardcore homers out there, open your eyes and see what this team is – a fundamentally flawed ball club that can’t score without the homerun. take off your blinders and turn off your tunnel-vision because all you guys can see is the one game every four or five games when the Phillies hit 4 homeruns and score 8 runs. You have to take notice to the games in between where they score 0, 1, 2 runs and can’t advance runners past second base.

    By the way, to comment on the rotation – this rotation is decent to good. Hamels is a stud, when he wants to be; Moyer is a cerebral assassin, and drives hitters crazy with his location on his slop fastball; Myers is a headcase, but has been pitching well – hopefully he can continue to keep runners off the scoreboard with the amount of hits he has been giving up; Blanton was a nice addition, a huge upgrade to Eaton, but he is no Sabathia; Kendrick keeps you in the game, given you can scrape together 5+ runs. The top 3-4 pitchers are definitely good enough to win in the playoffs if they can get run support. The bullpen is nice, hopefully they can hold together long enough to win the division.

    The Mets do have a better rotation, even with Maine hurt, but they better hope to throw complete games every night or their bullpen will blow most games.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Here’s what all of you people calling me delusional are saying. Myers is suspect and he gives up a lot of hits. Do you watch the hits he gives up? They’re little blooper singles or hits down the middle. Noone is hitting him hard. He is pitching to contact to keep his pitch count down. If he gets into a big situation with runners on he merely goes into k mode and strikes them out. Very Brandon Webb like of him. Hamels is an ace. Moyer is solid. Blanton has been a good #4 since getting here. Kendrick is a good #5. Our rotation is great, and for those of you who don’t see it, or are saying it isn’t because of remembering how Myers pitched the 1st half of the season, then obviously you shouldn’t be watching the Phillies. Myers is the 2nd best starter in the NL in the month of August only next to CC Sabathia who has been just ridiculous since coming to the NL. If we’re comparing Myers to CC and Webb then obviously he is doing something right. If Myers can pitch like this next year then mark my words he’ll be in cy young talks.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Myers isn’t Cy Young good but he’s everything you want from your number 2 with plus stuff. Cole’s every bit an ace and his numbers this year are incredible for a guy that’s had to endure a lot, he’s not dominanting but nor way Maddux when he might as well have been called Cy Maddux.

    I’d like to see Myers and Blanton switched up but we have the prototypical rotation now with an ace, a guy with plus stuff, an inning eater, solid veteran and a guy in the 5 whole who won’t implode often and will make his starts. This is a rotation superior to most that hasn’t come at the cost of the offense. Sure Arizona and Milwaukee are stacked but they’ve paid a higher price.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    So you’re saying if Myers can pitch as consistently next year as he has in August this year that he couldn’t win the cy young next year? I do.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Phil, I’m with you 100%. Do you also question Smith’s claim that he’s a Phils fan? Someone who can’t even spell Cole Hamels’ name right doesn’t seem like someone who knows a lot about their starting rotation, which he was quick to bash. Maybe I’m wrong and he’s just a “frontrunner” who only pays attention when they’re doing well, I don’t know.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    On another note, the troll (or whatever they are) pointed out that our bullpen blew a few games in the past couple of weeks. However, our bullpen has blown less leads all season than the Mets pen did in just August alone.

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