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Gameday: Phillies (85-60) at Braves (78-68)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 18, 2009 06:45 PM | Comments: 183
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Philadelphia Phillies (85-60) at Atlanta Braves (78-68)

J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77) vs. Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.63)

Time: 7:30 p.m at Turner Field in Atlanta
Weather: 60% chance of showers, 71
TV: MyPHL 17
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The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip that starts tonight in Atlanta, and will move them through Miami and Milwaukee thereafter. They will try to follow up yet another outstanding performance by a starting pitcher, the latest from Cole Hamels.

Hamels fanned 10 over eight strong innings, even taking a perfect game into the sixth inning.  Tonight, J.A. Happ returns from a strained oblique muscle to face the Braves for the third time this year as a starter. He has also faced them once as a reliever.  His numbers are fantastic against Atlanta in ’09, as Happ stands 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA over 16 innings of work (two starts).  All told, he’s faced the Braves as a starter four times, (five times overall) with a 2-0 record and an ERA just a shade above two.  One would think Happ will be put on some sort of pitch limit, being his first appearance in 16 days.

Tim Hudson takes the hill for the 15th time in his career against the Phillies.  His track record is decent, going 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA.  This year has been a short one for the diminutive hurler as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He can still be lights out, although his best days were certainly with the Oakland A’s.  A few Phils have great lifetime stats against Hudson. Ryan Howard has a .323 average against him, with three bombs (all coming in one game), and Raul Ibanez has seen plenty of Hudson in the AL.  He’s slammed 13 hits in 38 at-bats, including a homer.  Shane Victorino has two homers and six RBI in 25 career AB’s, but is out with gastrointestinal problems. Ben Francisco will start in his place.

The Braves will come out with all they have tonight as they attempt to make a late run at the NL Wild Card.  Will J.A. Happ be up to the challenge?

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  • Posts: 0 Drew Pellegrini

    Happ needs a good start tonight to get back ahead in the race for Rookie of the Year…Let’s hope he continues our awesome starting pitching streak.
    Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Sarge

    I left Chicago because they wouldn’t let me wear “my hats.” I believe that a man’s hat leads to his soul…..So I really enjoyed myself when we went in to Chicago this year. I got to show off my ring, me and my grandson song “take me out to the ballgame” and we swept the Cubbies. Sweet!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    the sinkerball: the Honda Accord of pitching…it won’t get you laid, but it gets the job done

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    nice analogy j-reed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sarge

    you guys……..

     
  • Posts: 0 Sarge

    Thanks Escki.. Way to hustle!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    That is a big strikezone

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Win tonite and this thing is over……It probably is already…but anyhting less than a sweep by either the Braves and Fish against our Phils won’t mean very much….

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Hudson is going to murder us tonight, isn’t he?

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    is Hudson pitching many innings or are they holding him back?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    No… I don’t see that….But it’s up to the Phils hitters to make Hudson work… It starts with J-Roll..

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    He’s out! Hell yeah!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    OH MY GOODNESS WHAT A PLAY BY RAUUUUUUUUUUL AND CHOOOOOOCH!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I’m not sure if he’s on some sort of a pitch count.. But theyll probably push the envelope since it’s a sweep or bust… Esco….just got pullled by Bobby… Someone said this before, but this guy is easy to hate…. And he’s the best in the bigs with hitting w/risp. Fish down 1-0…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Chooch gets all the credit here though… Raul was playing rather swallow and his throw still took a lifetime and a half to reach the plate on about 30 bounces… Way to hang in there Chooch!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Oh, damn…please don’t be hurt, JA, and please don’t swing the bat again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Oh no…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ed r. – did you ever throw a sinker…it’s not exactly a typical closer’s pitch esp. because when it doesn’t break correctly it s an 88 mph meatball. 3 outs doesn’t give you alot of time to play around with your pitches. And other than Krazy K. had we ever had a legit sinkerballer beside Cory Lidle (RIP)? You’d think we would considering CBP is kind to fly balls and with our defense…Krazy K. is showing promise so far, one game is not much to judge by but his change-up has improved alot, it looks a major leaguer’s pitch…was wondering, during his outing did you see him finding his pitch grip out in the open…shouldn’t that be done in your glove…or is it somekind of misdirection trick.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    They should take Happ out. Better be safe than sorry.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    No big deal….

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    But is Happ hurt, or did he just miss his spot on that one pitch? Watch at how he’s hitting his spots for a few more innings, and don’t let let him swing the bat. He’s close to most of his spots.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yeah Terri, but they have to finish this thing off 1st…. I’m sure they’ll watch him closely though…. Come on O!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I did not throw a sinker. I threw a 2 and 4 seamer, a change up, and a 12-6 curve ball. I tinkered with a slider but I never used it in a game.

    I agree, that you would think the Phillies would try harder to get sinker ball pitchers, they certainly made a run at Lowe who does have a good sinker ball. I think what hurts them more than anything else is that pitchers just don’t want to pitch in Philly. They are afraid that their numbers will sky rocket having to pitch in a hitters park, and maybe they will go up a little but if you are that good then you make adjustments.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    1st pitch Rollins. %&&*^*(0

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It’s a disgrace that Rollins continuously swings at the first pitch. If I am the Phillies I spend the off season trying to find a guy who can actually hit lead off. I guess 3b is their only opening, so Chone Figgins anyone?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Is it sinker ballers or is it the Phillies undisclipned approach to hitting?? Lowe was lights out on Opening Night and his last start against us, but his numbers have been all over the place…… September Howard ain’t nothing pluck with it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Oh there goes! Kick it, Ryan!

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    can anybody explain why in the world Howard would EVER see a strike against the Braves?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    What can Brown do for you?

     
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    Baseballbriefs.com tracking back Gameday: Phillies (85-60) at Braves (78-68)…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Ok Edr…. Nice compl. of pitches… Repeat! vs the curve ball… 0-for lifetime…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well Repeat I do think that Sinker ball pitchers do have a better chance at success at CBP as guys who naturally keep the ball down will not get bitten by the long ball as much as guys who rely on pitches that don’t drop in the zone. However, the Phillies do make Lowe look better than he is because of their undisciplined approach.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    OH DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Terri, you were correct… Let’s go Kyle..Feliz…Hell of a play!

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I really hope Happ will be ok. We already have chan ho out for 2-3 weeks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I was pretty much 0 for my lifetime on any pitch…couldn’t hit worth a lick, probably why I focused on my pitching. I am actually blind in my right eye, birth defect and so my depth perception is off, thus why hitting was so impossible for me.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris.I

    Wait a second…I missed it! What happened to Happ? Why is Kendrick in the game?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    You’re right EDR…The sinker at the Bank is deadly… I have confidence in Kyle tonite!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Chan Ho will hopefully be okay. Happ, I don’t know, he didn’t look really hurt, but they probably don’t want to chance it.

    Cautionary reasons? I guess they would’ve told us if it was worse…right?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Hudson can hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Same here. I think Kyle will continue to show us that he has made significant progress and deserves to be here. Of course he just gave up two solid singles so who knows. Keep the faith.

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Phillies said Happ was removed from the game for precautionary reasons.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I love that Bobby took out Eski because he is a lazy sob. Prada is a better player. HUSTLE MAN YOU MAKE MILLIONS.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    it’s clobbering time! what is it about Turner Field and Busch stadium and Howard…i know Turner Field is at an elevation of 1000 ft so when Baby Huey gets ahold one there’s not a whole air resistance that gonna stop him from touching them all. And maybe since Busch Stadium is in his home town…he’s more comfortable and extra loose.

    So what about oblique strains that i have been screaming about didn’t anyone get! the trainer needs to call Ballys Total Fitness to see if he can get his job back….

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Actually, Yunel makes less than 500,000. Still, RUN.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    My freshman year…no abs/two stints in the field in blowouts. My twin brother and I split the team’ss pinch running duties..My brother was robinson#1 (he was the oldest) and I was robinson#2. When he needed a pinch runner, he would yell out robinson#1 or robinson#2 at the top of his lungs.. He was voice was very high pitched.. It was very embrassing. My brother and I still joke about it til this day. Our team lost in the state playoffs that year…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    How bout chooch at the plate with that swagger! Man last year there were times when he took swings that were so bad you could hear the baseball gods sigh. I’m liking what i see

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    hahahaha, I have heard coaches call players much worse so I guess Robinson isn’t the worst thing ever. A bit racist but all in all, not that bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chooch is definitely more comfortable. I feel like he is a silent leader on this team. Every pitcher on this team loves him for the way he handles the game and I am sure the rest of the team appreciates his hard nosed play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Honestly all Frisco does is produce when he gets a chance to. I love it.

     
 
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