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Gameday: Phillies (87-61) at Marlins (80-70)

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 22, 2009 04:18 PM | Comments: 262
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Marlins Philadelphia Phillies (87-61) at Florida Marlins (80-70)

Game 1: Joe Blanton (10-7, 3.97) vs. Josh Johnson, RHP (15-4, 3.01)

Game 2: Jamie Moyer (12-9, 5.05) vs. Anibal Sanchez, RHP (2-7, 4.50)

Time: Game 1, 4:10 p.m. and Game 2, 7:35 p.m at Land Shark Stadium in Miami
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 83
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It is hard to overstate the importance of this series against the Marlins, beginning with tonight’s doubleheader. Only a Marlins sweep would give the Phils a reason to be concerned heading into the penultimate weekend of the regular season. On the flip side, a Phillies sweep or series win would put Charlie Manuel in a better position to rest his team that lately has been pretty banged up.

The numbers are on the Phillies side with a 6-0 record in Miami this year. They also have the best road record in the Majors. In two starts against the Fish this season, Joe Blanton is 1-1 with a paltry 1.98 ERA, 3-1 against them in his career. The Marlins do have a team average of .299 against him, lead by Nick Johnson with seven hits in 13 ABs.

Josh Johnson will take to the hill for the Marlins. Talk about Phillie-killer – the righty was nasty in two starts against the Phils this season, going 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings. In his career versus the Phillies, he is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts. Pedro Feliz has struck out seven times against him in 14 ABs. He throws mostly fastballs and sliders and opposing batters are just 30-for-150 (.200) veruss Johnson with runners in scoring position this season. It might be a go long or go home game for the twi-night part of this doubleheader.

On paper, the Phillies are in for a much less intimidating pitcher in Anibal Sanchez with his 2-7 record. Although his ERA is lower than Jamie Moyer’s, who would you rather have pitching? It’s been a month since Sanchez’s last win despite having a decent performance in his last start against Cincinnati.

Since Jamie Moyer was officially demoted to the bullpen, he has made three appearances in relief and tonight will be his third consecutive appearance starting. As Dipsy implied earlier today, there might be a case brewing for Jamie Moyer to be a playoff starter.

Jimmy Rollins is one stolen base away from his sixth straight season with 30 or more steals. Chone Figgins is the only other active player with a streak as long.

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GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Phillies will hopefully win game tonight with Moyer. We have no chance with Mr. 1k 2k 3k in the first inning. our hitters will simply be his biatch.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    My, aren’t we optimistic.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    That’s what I’d like to see…. Werth working the count! Let’s hope all of the hitters are this patient.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Just happy my GMEN Beat the Cowgirls and the Eagles got destroyed against the Saints. Watching Drew was a Breeeezzzeee.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Jeff you just dropped down a peg… Pretty sure this is Iggles territory and we aren’t a happy bunch right now.

    Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Intentionally walking Paul Bako? How do some of these managers get hired?

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Giants / Phillies fan? What a very strange combination.

    Phils draw first blood. 1-0

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Griffin: lol!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I agree. My grandfather was a vendor at the old Vet. He took me to alot of baseball games when I was a kid. The Giants have always been my team. I grew up in North Jersey. I hate the Cowboys more then the Eagles. I think the Eagles have a few issues. First is there coach. I dont think Andy is a very solid coach. I like Mccnab. I think Eagle fans that bash him will miss him when he is gone. I sometimes question his big game but he got you the points needed to get by Arizona for the title. The D fell apart. I just did not like Don. in the superbowl on that last drive. It was very sloppy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Marlins.com

    Today’s paid attendance is 4

     
  • Posts: 0 MP

    Oh what is this blog called again? Giants Nation? Eagles Nation? Its Phillies Nation. I don’t care what team you like, but take the football talk elsewhere!

     
  • Posts: 0 Eamonn

    Why is Cairo playing third and not Dobbs?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Florida must just be a horrible place to watch sports unless your a Dolphins fan. Do people in Florida just not care about their sports? Surely not everyone there’s from somewhere else…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    i think the people at the game were already there this morning…too drunk to drive home from last night’s football game

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    snausages!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    NJ – it’s a rain forest climate in miami… oppressive heat and humidity and rains just about everyday from march til oct.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    I would hate to sit near those people jreed…

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Sometimes you can’t blame them – the weather can be terrible. So the Marlins are getting a dome next year; I wonder how much that will help.

    How’s the Ray’s attendance this year? I bet not so good…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    stop MP getting your panties in a bunch. We are sports fans.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    I like this small ball the Phillies have been playing lately. Wouldn’t mind a HR with runners on though.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    That’s the point, at the best of times the Marlins and Rays can barely string together a fanbase let alone a team like the Jags who are so destined for LA

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    If we would just stop “Chasing”…. this guy

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Those last two weren’t even bleeping close Chase!

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Hey at least Johnson’s getting worked. 48 pitches, plus a bunch of throws to first, and it’s only the 3rd. Howard at least get the guy at 3rd home.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Close… But it’s 2-0…I’ll take it

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Not what I was hoping for, but a run is a run.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ben

    phils have really been playing good small ball of late as sdo said. nice to see indeed.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The way this team has failed to advance runners without getting base hits it’s a pretty damn good sign they can plate 2 runs on outs.

    The pen is scarily hurt but this teams looking strong of late.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Well SDO you’re right about that… But this guy has owned us….And pitchers like these normally settle in after about the 3rd inn or so… He’s been buck wild. We should have about 3 or 4 runs by now….. And as I type this, we do it again…

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Well considering the median age of baseball fans is 65….perhaps they were trying to capitialize on the retiree demographic…other than population densities deciding where franchises go and clearwater as the spring training haven why FL gets two teams is beyond me. one of those teams has to go …preferably the fish and they should play in the AL..

     
  • Posts: 0 kaushal

    is there any place i can get a live stream my college doesnt have csn?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Jason: that was so lazy…..but so lucky…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I think there are two things that factor into there being horrible attendance for sporting events in Florida. First, a good majority of people that live in the Miami area are transplants, so they probably grew up rooting for a team other than the Marlins/Dolphins/Heat/Panthers.

    Secondly, in the summer, baseball’s primary time of play, there are so many other things to do in Miami rather than sitting at a baseball game. Can you honestly not blame someone for not wanting to go to a baseball game and sitting in that weather? Don’t forget that Land Shark stadium can hold up to 68,000 people, about 20k more than the Bank and so it looks a whole lot worse when people don’t show at Land Shark than it does at CBP.

    Jacksonville can’t seem to economically support their team, not sure I can much speak to that.

    As for Tampa/St.Petersburg, also a ton of transplants and still relatively new teams, with the exception of the Bucs who do get fans at their games.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yeah. A Phillies bar. There’s tons of them. Just kidding. Try ustream.com

    I have a couple more, but I’m at work….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    after all the intracranial bleeding from smahing their heads against the wall everytime the bull pen imploded, they realized the need to capitialze on every opportunity just in case

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    The Marlins are funny…

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Cairo is having a career day.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a double header with the Marlins tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Marlins!

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ed r – how bout dem twins!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Today’s paid attendence will be announced by name.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    my boys, they never go away. they are like herpes.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    lol@ Today’s paid attendance is 4

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    They should change their nickname to something extinct like their fan base.

     
  • Posts: 0 Amazinsux

    BAKO BLOWS!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I am at work. How many fans are actually there?

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    haha! How does it fell??

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The biggest problem for attendence in Florida is that most people are college football fans. They can’t get enough of it down there. The Bucs drew well when they were doing good. And even when they won the Super Bowl, they were still behind the Seminoles and Gators for interest. The Rays problem is that too many people in that area still have loyalty to the spring training teams in the area. The Yankees still have a bigger following than the Rays in Tampa. I have a lot of family in Tampa so I have heard about this a lot.

    There is just no need for two MLB teams in Florida.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    that’s feel. He won’t be playing tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Honestly, there are at most 8,000 fans at the game. And that is being generous.

     
  • Posts: 0 SDO

    Did he get bonked in the head? ouch!

     
 
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