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Gameday: Astros (73-83) at Phillies (90-66)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, September 29, 2009 06:21 PM | Comments: 307
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Houston Astros (73-83) at Philadelphia Phillies (90-66)

Wilton Lopez, RHP (0-0, 8.44 ERA) vs. J.A Happ, LHP (11-4, 2.79 ERA)

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

The Houston Astros always seem to torture the Phillies in September, but don’t jump off the bandwagon yet!  The beauty of baseball is that there is always a tomorrow.  After a painful loss on Monday, the Phillies will try to rebound.

Last night, the Phillies struggled against Yorman Bazardo.  Once again, they’ll be seeing a new face.  Wilton Lopez is making his first major league start.  In 10.2 innings in relief, the rookie has struggled mightily.  He has allowed 20 hits and his ERA is over eight.  Over the course of the year, the Phillies’ bats have been silent against young pitchers that they’ve never faced before, even if they own high ERA’s.

J.A Happ will try to help his case for the 2009 Rookie of the Year Award.  The left-hander is seeking his twelfth win of the year.  Opponents have batted .236 against him this season.  Happ has been the stopper.  He is a perfect 7-0 after Phillies losses.

Charlie Manuel did most of the talking during a closed-door meeting this afternoon.  Hopefully that will pump up the team and get them back on the right track.  Manuel later said to the media: “Ever since I’ve been in baseball, I’ve been a fighter and I’ve come to whip your [butt] every day.”  So let’s whip some Astro-butt tonight.

Tonight’s lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Ibanez (LF), Werth (RF), Feliz (3B), Bako (C) and Happ (P).

STORM KING STOUT Your Gameday Beer – Storm King Stout
There’s a storm a brewin’ and only the Phillies will decide which way it blows. We’re staying local tonight with a full and flavorful stout from Victory Brewing Co. Dark and rich with roasted malts that do not overpower its Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is a lip smacker.a Storm King is best paired with the sweet taste of victory. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I just realized I haven’t heard much McCarthy or Wheels bashing lately. That shows you the Phils have been playing poorly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Yes it rivals the phillies bull pens reputation.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    I’m the Jamie imposter. I wasn’t trying to be negative. My first thought when I saw that was: “Jamie knows he is on the bubble for the playoff roster and recognizes he’d be the 4th lefty out of the pen. He knows Charlie is a players manager and would likely put him on the roster even at the cost of someone who might be able to contribute more. He might be embelishing the injury to help make Charlie’s decision easier.” It was meant as a compliment to Jamie. I love the guy and was cheering like crazy when he went out last year after Game 5 and dug the rubber out of the ground. Shame on you.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Cardinals lose again.

     
  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    I’m a midget of a troll with a red face and beady little eyes

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I swear to God, if Charlie brings in Lidge, even with a 3 run lead I am going to blow my cool.

    Lidge threw one decent inning in the last month, that does not mean that Lidge is all better now.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    brian jamie was actually playing well and i doubt he thought he was trying to make charlie’s job any easier…shame on you

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Does this mean J-Roll in the 9th?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ian

    Madson for 9th? Top of order for Astros

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    It’s all good Brian… I’ve made jokes on here that were a lot worse….

     
  • Posts: 0 cas

    Getting down to crunch time here….great job, Madson. Fish still ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the 7th, Braves have 2 out and no one on.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Say it aint Lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Didnt moyer let you try on his world series ring too?
    Shame shame shame

    I wouldnt kmind moyer on the roster. Certainly before Lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    what i mean is, jamie was pissed when he got demoted. he’s such a competitor and he always wants to battle. doubt if he was embellishing an injury to keep himself off the playoff roster to make charlie’s job easier, if anything he wants to prove for the 30th time that he’s not done

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    I never said he wasn’t playing well. In fact, I am not even saying that’s what he did, but Jamie is a stand up guy and wouldn’t suprise me if that is what he did. Essentially putting the team above him. Shame on you.

    The problem with the online community is people skim what is posted and reply with knee-jerk reactions instead of thinking about the point the other person is trying to make. Shame on you again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Lidge is warmimg up…. Wow! Now I see the funny side. Again!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    OH MY GOD
    SCORE MORE PLEASE

    THE ARSONIST IS UP IN THE PEN

    YES THIS IS INTENTIONAL CAPS LOCK

    HOLY COW

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    omg tell me i was hallucinating and i didn’t see lidge. tell me someone spiked my snapple with acid. please please please

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Is that Plaxico?

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    Who pitching the 9th?please no lidge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Shame shame shame
    This is all your fault. If lidge blows this brian did it.

    shameful

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Is Charlie for real? Seriously? Can he just not accept that Lidge does not have it this year? I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the team meeting.

    “You guys are playing tight. You gotta go to the mountain, it doesn’t come to you. Unless you’re Brad Lidge. And then I bring the mountain to you.”

    Give me a break Charlie. Madson threw 9 pitches. He is good to go back out.

    If Lidge goes out there I take him out the second someone gets on base.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    thinking that jamie is a stand up guy for faking an injury is kind of weird but ok.
    also suggesting that he did it to make charlie’s playoff roster decisions easier is kind of weird too but ok

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Insurance runs would be nice. Oh wait…phils forgot how to get those. They get all the runs in one inning and then put the bats to bed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    WTF is an ultimate defense? Is Wheels on drugs? SHould he be?

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    I’m a Phils fan, but I have little faith that this time will go anywhere in the playoffs. I really hope I am wrong.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    For the record, I like Moyer, and I think he pitches well, but only when he gets an ump who isn’t squeezing the zone. Unless Eyre and Romero (and maybe Myers and Park) all are not good for NLDS, he doesn’t get a spot. His soft stuff may trip people up in the lazy, hot summer days, but his stuff isn’t fooling anyone in the playoffs. Look at his lines from last year. And please don’t give me the “look at Game 3″ crap. That game started after 10pm EST and he got an ump with a wide zone that night. Half his strikes were balls any other night. Not knocking him, but he doesn’t get a spot if I am the manager, but I certainly appreciate the effort he has given.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Man, this pitcher is one strange dude.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Ray he is joking like i am 90% of the time

    Didnt Madson come in the 7th?
    no wa a 2 plus inning save is in line

    so it isnt wrong to take out Madson imo

    bringing in lidge is disaster unless its a very tight leash liek 1 hiter on your out

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    joedad it’s POOP IN YOUR PANTS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Here we go. Time to put in lidge to blow the game. If he even puts one batter on base. Charlie better take him out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Whizwithout

    why do we get the majority of runs in only one inning these days n have trouble scoring at the end of the game?!

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    The bong is locked and loaded….

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    ‘s all good Brian.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    oooo hot girls

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    hits from the bong

     
  • Posts: 0 Edheck

    The pitcher that snapped his neck was mike fetters. I cannot beleive trivia boy wheels did have that one. Thank god no lidge!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    is mainlining the bong water cool if this is blown?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    here we go

     
  • Posts: 0 Short Jim Hoffmann

    I am brown capping right now, hoping the Phils win this one.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Okay Madson please don’t hang any pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Karen

    Lidge needs to stay in the bullpen

     
  • Posts: 0 Tom McCarthy

    Can you imagine me calling the final out of a World Series game? Yeah, me neither.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Well that didn’t take long. Oh big surprise. We made Kaz Matsui look like an MVP again.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    LOL, ray, it is only turtle time

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    don’t put the tying run on base

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    puff, puff…..?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    ever noticed regardless of who the pitcher is in the 9th inning everything ginds a hole. thats for the whoel season

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Oh Madson brings the tying run to the plate. Our bullpen sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Karen

    Why all this stress. Come on astros, just give the season up

     
 
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