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).

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  • Posts: 0 jt

    now down to 1 guy whew hopefully their fired up and ready get it done tomorrow that astros team is tough their playing like their fighting for a playoff spot btw I seen lidge was warming up I think charlie just did that to punk us.

  • Posts: 0 Terry

    So technically the Phillies will be in the playoffs since if they lose out and the Braves win out there will be a one game playoff. lol

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Terry….. That’s what bongs are for………

  • Posts: 0 ray

    the phillies weren’t collasping they were playing average while the braves were red hot. think about it, the braves just went 15-3 and they are still 5 games back and one game away from being eliminated from the division. the mets we are not

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Still breathing, somehow, even though it took me 20 minutes to scrape my fingers off the steering wheel after listening to the game on the drive home.

    To those idiots who were calling for Charlie’s head, his speech before the game PROVES just how much an effect he has on this team. We would most certainly lose if he were fired.

    Now we just gotta win one more, boys. Come on, Phils, COME ON!

  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    A little bit there ray…. You know with the dropped pop-ups and the blown-saves and all….But that’s why you get that cushion…The Phillies are the best team in the division…The big lead afforded us this slip up… We will clinch tomm. I rather it be by us winning the game….Tomm is just another Phillies Div Clinching Party…. With the Min-fro as the MC… Charlie needs to get this BP/rotation in order…it’s all over the damn place…

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