Take That L.A.: Rollins, Phillies Boot Dodgers

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Mon, August 25, 2008 11:23 PM | Comments: 148


That’s the score of the four-game series between the Phillies and Dodgers, a series almost completely owned by the Phils. They finished off the four-game sweep with a 5-0 win Monday night, setting up a giant two-game set with the Mets for first place in the National League East.

Let’s start with Jimmy Rollins, who broke out the bat and did much damage. He went 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple, and reached base all five times. He scored once and drove in two runs while busting the whole time for his hits. This is the Jimmy we’ve been waiting for, the Jimmy that we love cheering. Keep it going, Young.

The offense continued their fine play, and situational hitting was on full display. Rollins knocked his two-run single with two outs in the second inning; Jayson Werth deposited Ryan Howard on a single in the seventh. In all the Phils had 10 hits and took enough advantage of their chances. Sure they left 22 on — including eight left on by Pat Burrell — but across the board the offense resembled more of a fine-tuned machine, one capable of winning games on singles and doubles, not bombs.

And hey, at least the Phils weren’t the Dodgers, who left 32 men on base. Blue should leave Philadelphia pretty steamed with how they were unable to execute, and it’s definitely nice to see the shoe on someone else’s foot. But credit Brett Myers, who wasn’t dominant, but made huge pitches in tight situations. He induced two double plays, a few more groundouts and struck out nine, never letting up when runners reached base (12 of them). It’s truly amazing to see the Myers of May and June stacked up with the Myers of these last seven starts. He’s poised, gritty, confident in his pitches, and back to his old, bulldog self.

JC Romero (despite not being a good spot for him) pulled another Romero-esque outing, polishing off three hitters after letting the first two reach base. Clay Condrey had the same sort of inning in the ninth, and struck out Manny Ramirez in the process. By the way: Ramirez went 2-for-17 without an extra-base hit in the series, a far cry from the happy-go-lucky, new-haircut Manny of two weeks back. LA can have its Manny-do, we got the Victo-beard.

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  • Posts: 0 Matt

    im determined to grow out a victo-beard

  • Posts: 0 Asphincter

    I’ll be there tomorrow. And I’ll be cheering. I would have been cheering if Young James put up an 0-fer tonight. Such a big series coming up, let’s get behind them! I wish we could somehow get EVERYONE there to do the whole campaign cheer. I know that if I cheer when something bad happens, everyone’s just gonna call me an asshole and tell me to sit down.

    A side note- why is Scott Eyre making 3.8 mill? And how much of that are we paying?

  • Posts: 0 Jimmy Rollins


  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Mike Schmidt made some interesting comments about Philly fans on Baseball Tonight (they used the “greatest franchise players” segment to talk more about we fans … ugh). He said we’re the most passionate out there, and if you can’t get that, then you’re an idiot (basically).

    Then John Kruk uncharacteristically took a shot at us, saying we didn’t appreciate Schmidt while he played here. Yeah, kinda true, but the whole no world championship ever thing was hanging out there. Schmidt happened to be the face of a franchise that wasn’t quite there yet.

    Also, I should’ve mentioned Jayson Werth’s ridiculous hustle to get from second to home on a groundout. Just fantastic stuff.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    This is the team we’ve been waiting for. Pitching has been good and the hitting has been good. They won ball games the way they are supposed to win them. If they had been playing this well the past month, we’d be running away with the division right now. Next two games are essential. If the team of this weekend shows up, I have no worries whatsoever.

  • Posts: 0 Sean M

    2 Weeks ago, me and my father attended 2 of the games at Dodger Stadium, and left very concerned for the play of our Phils. But they are looking like they are getting it going. They seem to really pick it up around this time of year, let’s hope they keep it going! OUR SEASON DEPENDS UPON IT!!!

  • Posts: 0 Nationals#1

    Asphincter: i’ll be there tomorrow, and i’ll be cheering. i’m not ready to give up on jimmy. we fucking need jimmy and we shoud do everything we can to help him out. if he keeps this up and the offense keeps clicking like in this series and i wouldn’t be shocked to see us cruise past the mets in this stretch run.

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    Ill be there tomorrow as well, around three I think I’ll start up the grill in the linc parking lot.

  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    Great to see the Phils sweep this series…Man i wish the team we’ve seen the last 4 games can play like this the rest of the year.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I wonder if Brett Myers can win player of the month? That dude has been ridiculous so far.

  • Posts: 0 Sam

    @ Schmidt

    I saw that interview too…it was a beautiful sentiment that he passed along on the air. I just wish it had come while Steve Phillips and all the other guys who have done the nationally televised games the last 3 days were running their mouths off about playing in philly. Schmidt mentioned how the crowds booed the umps when they didn’t feel they made the right call. That’s how baseball is on the east coast, where we live and die on each pitch.

    Tonight’s game was good but I still say last night’s was the game of the series…the kind we’ve all seen the phillies lose many times this season, except you could practically feel their collective will and effort to win and they battled and they did. That inning with Romero picking off Pierre then striking out Kemp might be the best demonstration of what true pitching is that I have seen this season (although myers today also made excellent pitches when he had to).

  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Myers was clutch on Tuesday. 16 straight shut out innings. Dodgers can have their Manny 4-14 goat!!

  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    Brett Myers = juiced?

  • Posts: 0 Mike T.

    this is the season right here — tonight.

  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    I didn’t know juiced = locating your fastball.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Yeah seriously! It’s not like he went from throwing 89 to 97. His fastball is still hovering around 90. He’s just hitting his spots. The one strikeout where he just barely nibbled the inside corner was a perfect example. Quite frankly there should have been a second strikeout with the same exact pitch in another at-bat as well. I think they were both against Kent. The ump just didn’t give him the call that time so he went back to the curve and got him anyway.

  • Posts: 0 the truth hurts

    I’m only speculating. But the juice wouldn’t help a pitcher throw faster, anyway. It would help him be more durable, allow him to go longer into ballgames with higher pitch counts, and allow his body to stay as fresh in the 8th inning as he was in the 1st. Roger Clemens wasn’t throwing 98 in Houston when he was juicing, but he was still successful. I’m just saying, if we’re encouraged to speculate that Carlos Delgado and Fernando Tatis are juicing, then why should Brett Myers be immune to the conversation? If you want a witch hunt, you have to include even the witches on your own team. I doubt any of the 3 are juicing, or they would have been caught by now. I’m just bringing it up to be fair.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Why does the series with the Mets scare me? I’m not worried about Martinez vs. Moyer but Santana vs. Kendrick scares the crap out of me. I love Kendrick but he gets a bit shaky under pressure.

  • Posts: 0 Bill

    This series and especially last night game was exactly what we have all been waiting for. I just really want to believe that Jimmy Rollins and the offense have finally turned the page and that the rest of the season we will see the Phillies offense we know and love!


  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Myers is back. He can stick around for 3-4 more years if he is THIS type of pitcher now. bring in another 2/3 guy at the very least and youll have a good rotation next year. Whatever was wrong with him was mental and has been cured by the staff in AAA Lehigh. Far, Far away from Rich Dubee.

    meanwhile, where did this outburst come from? jimmy rollins mustve drank a gallon of “juice” because he had energy last night. unlike, yknow, the entire season. shane victorino is still better than him at this point. lets not forget if you take out the MVP season rollins is like a .270 hitter most of the time. thats why he cant leadoff. they dont have a leadoff hitter because i actually like shane where he currently is being used in the lineup. very dangerous right there because he keeps rallies going. theyll have to go get a leadoff hitter in the offseason with rollins on the chopping block. for now they can get away with it in the national league though.

    interesting series tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Dennis

    I’ll be there tonight too! I’ll be cheering my ass off but if this teams comes out with no heart and lets down against the Mets I will Booo! That’s what we do in Philly, it’s called passion. The fans will have come ready to cheer, I just hope the Phils come ready to play. Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 John Q.

    I don’t think we’re going to win any of the games against the Mets. They are just a better team. If you break it down, they are better at catcher, shortstop, third base, centerfield and right field- and first base right now. Their starting pitching is better with Johan, Pelfrey and Perez. Their bullpen is obviously not as good but overall they are a better team with a smarter manager. I just don’t see the Phillies winning the division and I think it will be clear after tomorrow’s game.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    i think youre holding hte mets in a little bit too high of a regard. this is almost the same situation as last year except the teams are closer in the standings. the mets are getting injuries and falling apart at the critical time again. their bullpen is more than a liability.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    the critical game is tonight. moyer HAS to win this game because itll be hard to do a lot against santana.

  • Posts: 0 PhilPhan

    John Q. – That wasn’t a very compelling argument. That’s the kind of argument you do before the season starts when all you can do is speculate. Besides, Centerfield and Right Field are debatable – Leaving you with 3 positions better than ours.

    The Mets haven’t played consistently well all season, how can you stand by them? Put it this way, if the Phillies could play as BAD as they did for July and August and still be only 2.0 game out before the dodgers series, what does that say about the Mets team? And now the Phils are clicking, watch out big guy. It’s gonna get roudy tonight in Philly….

  • Posts: 0 PhilPhan

    And Geoff, when you gonna stop ripping Dubee. The pitching has been sensational this year, period.

    Ok off to AC I go to gamble. Have a good one fellas…

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    the mets catcher is a serviceable major league catcher, dont get carried away there. they are not better in right field. they are not better in centerfield, they are not better at shortstop even with rollins having a down season.

    it doesnt really mean wphillies are better either at those positions, but it does mean that they are closer to being a wash then they are really of any great difference.

    it comes down to the mets bullpen man.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    is Brian Schneider really better than Coste/Ruiz? Howard is better than Delgado.
    and remember that the Phillies bullpen has 3 guys (durbin, romero, lidge) who are better than anyone in the Muts pen.

    I agree that the Muts are better, but it’s not like they’re in a totally different league than the Phils.

    MUST win tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    also, don’t forget about John Maine’s injury. That’s a big loss for them. El Duque is retiring so there’s no viable alternative in the minor leagues for them.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    i have full confidence that the mets will fold at the critical time. it may not even be in this series. but rest assured they will too. dont forget, theyre a bunch of old overpaid primadonnas too. and theyre even older than the phillies are.

  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    woops, I just read that they’re bringing up their top prospect Jon Niese. He’s good, but will be thrown right into the fire.

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    In full disclosure. I am a philly fan. I know athletes personally who have “juiced’.
    Many players Juice during the off-season. That is why someone like J-Roll starts the season hot (remember last year Only A Rod had more HR’s through April).

    It might explain why Utley had more hrs in april than may june july combined.

    If J-Roll is feeling the “heat” and increased media attention.. that’s a compelling reason to juice during the season.. Risky but potentially very rewarding.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    A-Rod has an IV of juice hooked up to him. I think hes beyond steroids. Hes probably on some really really advanced synthetic compound of hgh. he looks like genetically engineered.

  • Posts: 0 that guy

    If brett myers was on steroids, the side effects would have gotten him into severe trouble by now. When he had that argument with Cholly, a roided up Myers would have easily bit off Manuels ear. However, Fernando Tatis is absolutely injecting dinosaur growth roids directly in his forearms. We are talking about a guy with zero homeruns in his career of 2000 at bats. Then he washes ashore in Queens and hits 10 dingers in 11 at bats. I call bullshit. He must have inherited Paul Loduca’s old locker.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    yeah tatis juiced theres no doubt about it. the guy is total trash.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    A-Rod does not juice…Rollins may have which would explain his past 2 seasons. Utley did not juice.

  • Posts: 0 John Q.

    Geoff- “total trash?” Really? How do you know that? Do you know that Tatis came back to the league to get enough money to help his home town build a church? Do you know he is one of the most respected players in the league amongst the players because of the teammate he is? Have you seen him give up his spot in the lineup to Ryan Church without any whining? I wish we had Tatis. You can speculate all you want about roids, but lets be honest, there are many Phils who we could have done the same with. I won’t even go there.

    How can anyone say that Victorino is better than Beltran? I won’t bother arguing that one. I can see the argument that right field is close but Church/Tatis is definetly no push over. I agree it comes down to the pen, which is what gives me hope. I just don’t think the Phils pen is that much better.

  • Posts: 0 fred

    I hate all this talk about steroids, it’s all total speculation with no foundation at all. Until someone is caught (or as good as i.e bonds) then they are clean. Let’s go phils, I can’t wait till september when me and my dad are coming over from england to watch the Phils at shea ! I think we sweep this series, Moyer is brilliant and too clever for the mutts. Kendrick worries me also, but the offence will smash Johan and prove that Hamels is #1 in the east

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    You don’t think the Phillies bullpen in that much better than the Mets bullpen???

    …. and you expect anyone to take anything you say on here seriously?

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Don M who was that written to?

  • Posts: 0 Eb

    Jon….I thought Neice was there closer prospect

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    i didnt say tatis was trash as a human, just trash as a baseball player without steroids.

    carlos beltran is one of the most overrated players in baseball. itd be hard to argue that victorino is better, but hes noticeably worse with the way he has been playing the past few months.

    i like kendrick, but i think next season he will have to improve to retain his spot in the rotation.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    if shane victorino plays this well regularly and consistently THERE IS NO QUESTION shane is better. you must not have seen the new shane. if only he can be consistent all season like this.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    it was written to John Q… “I just don’t think the Phils pen is that much better.”

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Honestly, nobody knows who does or doesn’t take anything, HGH, steroids, other supplements, etc.. no point in arguing that somebody does it.

    If I was playing baseball, and they didn’t check for it.. and i’d hit better, and thus make MILLIONS more dollars in my contracts… I probably would have juiced too.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Listen all I am saying is that I’m going to the game tonight with my “New York Mess The great collapse of 2007″ shirt and will be drowning out those lowlife mut fans. Anybody else with me!! Let’s do this now!! Take this division once and for all!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    John Q is a Mets fan trying to start trouble. Don’t listen to him.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    obvsiouly.. anyone that uses “we” and “us” and then talks about how the Mets are better at every position just doesn’t know baseball.

    The two teams are pretty evenly matched.. right now the Mets pitching doesn’t look as strong as the Phillies.. but their hitting has been much more consistent.. its going to be a tight race for the rest of the year

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    wow, jimmy rollins had a great game last night, that really should boost his trade value for the offseason…

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Jimmy Rollins proved last night exactly why you want HIM on your team.. his bat and his glove…

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