Gameday: Astros (72-83) at Phillies (90-65)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, September 28, 2009 06:24 PM | Comments: 202
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Houston Astros (72-83) at Philadelphia Phillies (90-65)

Yorman Bazardo, RHP (0-2, 9.55 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (10-9, 4.11 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 69
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

BREAKING NEWS: According to Meredith Marakovitz of 950 ESPN, J.C. Romero has been activated from the DL.  She also reports that Carlos Ruiz could be back as early as Wednesday.

This could be the deciding series for the Fightin’ Phils.  With their magic number at three, the Phillies could clinch as early as Tuesday depending on the Braves’ outcome.  The Phillies need to take care of their own business by beating the Houston Astros, who swept them in four games at the beginning of September.

When the games get bigger, Cole Hamels gets better.  In his last six starts, Hamels is 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA.  He struggled against Houston, allowing four earned runs in six innings.

Hamels will be opposed by Yorman Bazardo, who his seeking his first win of 2009.  Bazardo is making his fourth start of the season.  He has not lasted more than five innings in any of his starts.  Bazardo allows a lot of base runners, 2.08 walks and hits per innings pitched.  Opponents are batting .341 against him.

The offense has been better lately, and they should be able to handle Bazarado.  However, they have a tendency to struggle against pitchers they’ve never faced before.  The “RISP” stat will be a key stat to look at during tonight’s game.

The Phillies were unable to clinch on the road, but it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise if they can clinch in front of the home crowd.  The rally towels will be out tonight, and the rest of the series.

Miller Genuine DraftYour Gameday Beer – Miller Genuine Draft
Good ole MGD, it always surprises when you can get this beer cheaper than Miller Lite, though it’s definitely not Miller’s best offering. It is heavily carbonated and has simple grain and corn flavoring. You know what you’re getting with this one – it’s an easy drinker. I like it with cheese (wiz) fries – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 cas

    indyShenandoah: What kind of nonsense are you spewing? What does Rush Limbaugh have to do with any of this? Or Republicans? Or Jesus? Stick to baseball. And thank you, section 113, you gave me a little wisp of hope. I’m feeling more optimistic than I did last night. It’s amazing how things look better in the morning after a good night’s sleep!

  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Ibanez gets the Jeltz?
    When the starting pitcher ( who is supposed to be the staff Ace ) gives up 6 runs in 6 innings?

    9 hits, 3 walks…how much worse does it get?

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