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Gameday: Blue Jays (36-31) At Phillies (36-27)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, June 18, 2009 11:49 AM | Comments: 323
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jayslogo Toronto Blue Jays (36-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-27)
Brad Mills vs. Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.17 ERA)
Time: 1:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Cloudy, 67
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Joe Blanton and the Phillies will face off with Brad Mills and the Blue Jays for a Business Person’s Special today at the Bank.

Mills is making his major league debut against the Phillies. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, ascending the Jays’ system quickly thanks to some high strikeout numbers. Mills went 3-2 with a 1.10 ERA for triple-A New Hampshire this season, getting the call to Toronto because Casey Janssen hit the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. The lefty has a weird delivery, throwing a lot of curveballs and changeups with his fastball to get his strikeouts.

The Phils will be without its best lefty hitter, as Raul Ibanez hit the disabled list today. In his place comes John Mayberry Jr., who will start in right field today. Jayson Werth goes to left field; meanwhile, Jimmy Rollins will lead off and Mayberry will hit seventh.

Your gameday beer: We’re feeling pretty crummy lately, so we need something hard and strong. I suggest Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada. This Barleywine is loaded with flavor and alcohol content, coming in at more than 9 percent. It’ll hit you like a ton of bricks. Get ready for the Gs. We sure need them today.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Blue Jays today. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Blue Jays!

     
  • Posts: 0 Caleb

    With these at-home numbers, I wonder if I should pull for the AL at the all-star game this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    I can’t have a gameday beer for a !:00 game.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    Morris, no, it’s bad news for the Phillies..

    You do say that same line everyday don’t you? lol

     
  • Posts: 0 John Fire

    hey tim – nice call on the big foot barleywine! a great, great beer. i’ve got a few in the fridge that i might tap into tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Just a quick comment on the Toronto’s patchwork rotation and yet another rookie pitcher starting today. It’s amazing to see the Blue Jays hanging tough in their division when they lost ALL FIVE of their starters to injuries. It’s an indication of how talented their position players are and the depth for replacements (pitchers).

     
  • Posts: 0 metsblow4show

    Hey Tim, New Hampshire is the Blue Jays Double A affiliate, not Triple A. I saw them 3 weeks ago against the Reading Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Oh, right, sorry. He’s a double-A callup.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    A crappy day and the Phillies crappy play have put us all in a crappy mood.

    Only 10 more games and then it’s intraleague time!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    The rain has been steady here in Central NJ. The same in Philly?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Little Guy

    Why don’t they just post-pone the game until like 7:05? When the weather is supposed to clear up? No point in starting the game since it’s going to be a steady rain. They have a home game tomorrow anyway.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    1st and 2nd no out and we don’t even get a guy to 3rd base.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    Depressing. I don’t know what to make of this team, but I am loving Joey B. these days. Hopefully, I don’t have to eat these words in the near future.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: No sweeps allowed. Let’s take these birds down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    ugh.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Raul freaking Chavez hits a home run. The backup freaking catcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    I give up. Just awful…

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    50 pitches through 2 innings for Blanton. Looks like the pen will get abused again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    This pitching staff has COMPLETELY melted down and burned out and tanked. EVERY one of these guys has looked like garbage at some point this season. IF YOURE GOING TO BUILD A SMALL BALLPARK YOU NEED CRAZY GOOD PITCHING! Yes, Happ and Hamels are still going well, Blanton is ok. But TOO MANY home runs, too LITTLE innings pitched leads to a tired burned out and injured bullpen.

    Amaro and Charlie get it, they know they need at least one SP and oone RP, and a bat. but theyre trying to get away with buying time until the deadline. GUESS WHAT GUYS? YOU DONT HAVE THAT TIME. You have to start making moves THIS WEEK.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    I am watching the play by play and I can already see the Werth at bat play out… look at strikes and swing at balls, missing badly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Thank you Jayson Werth.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah… that’s more like it…

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Forget the bullpen…we need 10 starting pitchers, so each one can pitch a half game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    Sweet… the re-jinx is on!

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    I am sick of the gloom here

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    AJ – sorry, I was trying to be funny.

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Geoff

    Can anyone who is watching the game on TV give me an update on the weather? All I am getting through Gamecast is a light rain.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Look, theyre still in first, but we know what it takes to win and we ALL know they need a few more good arms if theyre going to repeat this time. Thats TOTALLY feasible to get which is why I still think theyre going to repeat.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    JeffS – not you. Just everyone implying the season is over. We’ll be fine, maybe not in June, but we’ll be fine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    way to hold the runner there, Joe.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Guarnateed Charlie gets thrown out of this game…

     
  • Posts: 0 Marc H

    These American league clubs are just flat out better than we are. The Blkue jays would probably anyt division other than the AL East

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    NOBODY is saying the season is over..NOBODY. They CLEARLY need help though, and they cant afford to wait to go and get that help.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Why? What is Charlie doing? I hate weekday afternoon games…we should put a TV in our office.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    No theyre not. THe Phillies are one of the top 2/3 teams in abseball talentwise. theyre just not PLAYING like we know they can…its called a slump offensively.

    Pitching wise the Phillies need help.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Geoff – read the other board. They are, they are.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Theyre playing so bad that if I was the manager id get thrown out to try and fire them up and because i cant even watch them scuffle like this without blowing up.

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    No – we are a better team. They are PLAYING better.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    The Phillies starting pitching is getting beat down by the worst offense in the AL East.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    70 pitches through 3

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan

    You all are doomed. LET’S GO METS. They are playing the Os, which you all could not even beet in 1983

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    This is the worst series of the season. Charlie needs to get tossed or something.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg B

    My bad, didn’t notice that had already been discussed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Look, this is happening because the club is taking too long to bring in help..so the universe is basically beating Amaro over the head saying ” YOU CANT WAIT THAT LONG, YOU HAVE TO MOVE NOW” Its making it really obvious that they need TWO starting pitchers not just one. Moyer…SEYA PAL, Bastardo..BULLPEN. bring in cliff lee & a RH 4th starter. bring in bullpen help, bring in bench help.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Have the Phils been swept in a 3 game series this year? I know they lost both games of a 2 game series against the Mets, but have they been swept in a 3 game series?

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan

    Yes Griffin, they did LOOSE to the METS. LETS GO METS

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    IM SICK of arguing about Moyer…its over, get it over with, hes gone. GONE. THey need to beef up their rotation now, screw him. He can only beat bad teams now.

    they have a DEEP farm system and theyre going to need that depth once theyre finished dealing prospects.

     
  • Posts: 0 PGD

    the phillies should petition to play all their games on the road

     
  • Posts: 0 A.J.

    Moyer is not done. he is fine. We also do NOT need to blow up the farm system or we will be the Washington Nationals in 2012 until 2018

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    I wish we were playing the Nationals this weekend

     
 
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