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Gameday: Marlins (87-74) at Phillies (92-69)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, October 04, 2009 12:31 PM | Comments: 111
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Florida Marlins (87-74) at Philadelphia Phillies (92-69)

Josh Johnson (15-5) vs. J.A Happ (12-4)

Time: 1:35 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 64
TV: MY PHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

This is it.  Game number 162.   The final game of the regular season.  It will be the Phillies final tuneup before facing the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series on Wednesday.

J.A Happ will make his final campaign for the Rookie of the Year Award, but he may also be pitching for a spot in the postseason rotation.  “When I think about it, you want him in [the rotation] because he is a starter, but missing [J.C] Romero … if [Happ] pitches one inning in three days, he could come back and pitch on his regular turn. I’m not saying we’re going to do that, but that does enter my mind,” Charlie Manuel said.

It is unlikely Happ will pitch more than six innings today.  He’ll pitch long enough so he doesn’t become rusty, but short enough to avoid an injury.  It will also allow relievers to audition for a spot on the playoff roster.  Happ pitched seven shutout innings when he last faced the Marlins.

Happ will be opposed by the Marlins’ ace, Josh Johnson.  Johnson is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA against the Phillies this year.  In 18 innings, Johnson has struck out 24 Phillies.  Phillies hitters are batting .212 against him.

It is Fan Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park.  The fans would really appreciate a win, ending the season on a positive note.  Being swept is not a good way to enter the postseason.

Today’s Lineup: Cairo 2B, Dobbs 3B, Werth RF, Stairs LF, Francisco CF, Tracy 1B, Bruntlett SS, Bako C, Happ P

Birra MorettiYour Gameday Beer – Birra Moretti
We’re going with an easy drinker for what hopes to be an easy Sunday. This Italian Pilsner has a crisp golden pour and similarly light flavor. It’s both bubbly and hoppy and since neither are overwhelming it makes for a nice party in your mouth. Keep it going with your favorite hoagie. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 ray

    We beat the rockies, cards beat the dodgers, there’s your home field advantage peeps

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    is the starting rotation trying to pull a rope a dope by playing so badly…like when the Rox come will they suddenly look like major league pitchers and take the hard hitting Rox by suprise

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    It’s called hustling isn’t it jreed?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    the phils will dominate the rockies and sweep them and say “Hey you hustled us” and then a big brawl will break out..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    boy this game looks uggla

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    last game on MLB.TV for this year.

    have to say it was an interesting year.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    yeah well you have to say the cards, dodgers and phils are limping into the postseason while the rockies are dominating. even though the dodgers won last night they are struggling and you could even say the rockies are the favorite to get to the world series even though they won’t be in vegas because they don’t have home field

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    I know the game is meaningless but I just wanted to see something from the starters….were not scaring any line-up and its gotta be looming over the head of the bullpen….order more arm epoxy stat

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    it looks like happ is going in the bullpen because all of the injuries. It’s weird the beginning of the season the phils starters weren’t very good and the bullpen carried them, then the starters started playing well and going deep and the bullpen fell apart. Now nothing is going well. A few days off will do this team good

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    why do we give up 2 runs in the first inning every game now?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The starting pitchers look like their going out just trying to get some work in, not much more.

    Birra Moretti… Great choice Brian! Got my cupboard stocked with 2 pint bottles. Honestly one of the best beers in the world!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    on a positive note, this team is due to get hot, may as well make it the postseason

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    they also lost del la rosa and their bp is not much more healthy then ours.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Happ sucks. Trade Happ for Dontrelle Willis.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Joedad only speaks the truth folks

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    joedad – as much as i like to make fun of the leminings, the starters are a legit concern. They are the key to going any where in the post season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    huh?? Must have been the Clinton joke…Who gives a f*ck… Phillies Nation it may be better to just turn the game off… It’s not worth the stress…..
    Save the emotion for Wednesday!

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    I just hope that the Phillies are saving their magic, power, and motivation to win. If not, it may be a longer offseason than we wanted.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    Yeah but here’s the problem Jreed. Concern is one thing, the crap you’ve seen on these threads the past week seems like pure hatred on this team. Why? Everyone guns for the champions. It’s hard to repeat. The phillies until the end of october last year with basically the same team that is tired now.(where are the tampa bay rays now?) Even if they go out in the first round do we need to hear screaming about what a bunch of bums they are? Call them heartless? Appreciate what happend last year, it was 100 seasons between championships for all philly teams until the phillies won last year. Being concerned and upset when they lose? All well and fine. Ripping this team like a bunch of lowlife Howard Eskins is just wrong. I think Joedad is trying to point that out with his sarcastic posts.

     
  • Posts: 0 homer simpson

    Remember what vince lombardi said: If you lose you’re out of the family!!

     
  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    Thanks for the 4 people who showed up to let me sign my book for them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Cairo hits his first homerun in forever!

    Chris Wheeler is great as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 nm

    cairo better get that spot on the roster over bruntlett…bruntlett has done nothing this year

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    tied game!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    so my prediction for postseason roster

    Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Feliz, Ruiz
    Dobbs, Francisco, Stairs, Bruntlett, Bako
    Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Pedro
    Happ, Kendrick, Myers, Durbin, Eyre, Condrey, Madson, Lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    I’m great? Harry Kalas didn’t even like me for christ sakes

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    How about Wes Helms as Phils 3rd baseman next year?

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    well this game sucks, oh well.

     
  • Posts: 0 karen

    How can anyone justify bruntlett on the post season roster over cairo? bruntlett should not even be on a major league team…he is awful. and I do not care what he did in any season before this year….he sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ray – i am aware of that and i know joedad is being sarcastic. In fact, several of my posts often suggest trading Jayson Werth for a sack of magic beans. And I always rail against people saying they are playing heartless….our champs deserve more than that psychological tripe. But you see that i said i like to make fun of the leminings…you know the cousins of prarie dogs that commit mass suicided by jumping off cliffs. I am happy with what this team has done, i do think that the upper managemet could have been more aggressive in securing the bull pen (closer issue aside, nothing to be there) with some middle relievers. I don’t expect alot out of the post season but still believe this team is capable of anything. This believe however has grown smaller with each one of these putrid starts.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    j reed, starting pitching is usually the most important aspect of the postseason. I think they will get a lift facing the Rockies who don’t hit lefties well and will use the momentum the rest of the way.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    …and I’d trade Werth for Navy beans because he strikes out too much. No magic beans needed

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    ray- that’s “nothing to be done there”

    the bench is looking good….pushes away some of the dark clouds

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    The Detroit game is getting interesting in the 8th

     
  • Posts: 0 chris wheeler

    although i agree with karen about bruntlett being left off the roster, she seems to have the opposite jinx effect on this team..lol
    jreed i do agree with you there are concerns, i’m just pointing out the overhatred for this team since they started slumping

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Bruntlett gets an RBI single and tells everyone that he deserves to make the team.

    and Chris Wheeler, aren’t u busy announcing the game? ;)

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    joedad -i was thinking Goya Navy Beans – you can get a sh*t load of Goya anything for Werth. What’s alarming about the starters is its been across the board…like their bodies are in sync something. Weird

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    i forgot to change my name after my smartass book remark..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    who said he deserves to make the roster? did you read wheeler’s post. for the record, i’m not always chris wheeler, maybe every once and awhile but that’s it

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    that’s “in sync or something”

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    oooo sorry karen i thought you blaming chris for saying that bruntlett should make the team

     
  • Posts: 0 Keith

    tied game! again.

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    j reed, I agree and that is exactly why I think the Rockies as a first round opponent is best for them. Throw Hamels, Lee and Happ against them and they are back in sync the rest of the way.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    well ray, i keep saying that they play 162 games for a reason….For baseball fan that can’t handle losses and slumps it has to be a painful six months. I learned this lesson when I was 10 in little league

     
  • Posts: 0 The cow

    moo

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    joedad – aren’t you glad yor not a tigers fan? talk about nerve racking

     
  • Posts: 0 the cow's wife

    moo

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Say what…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Harry Kalas

    Hey Jreed, his curve is back!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jim Bunning

    Hey everyone. The Phillies are the best!

     
 
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