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
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


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  • Posts: 0 j reed

    yeah Rox fan our BENCH played the entire game and just beat Josh Johnson

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    We got a better record than last year!

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    woo! :D

    on to the playoffs!

  • Posts: 0 Prince Fielder's Bat

    I tied big Ryan with 45 homers today and now want to at least tie him for the RBI crown. I am just one away and maybe, if I get the chance, will win that title from Big Ryan. Also, I’m hitting near .300. I’m younger, and I’m better. period and I am out to prove it. Too bad I am on the frickin Brewers. You Phils WILL NOT last long in the post-season, but at least you made it.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Thanks Prince’s wood.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ryan Howard is getting hot lately… will he carry this team during the playoffs this year?

  • Posts: 0 Prince Fielder's Bat

    Big Prince just cut a wicked fart over on first base that literally forced the umpire to move about ten feet back and the first base coach almost puked. That means he will be swinging heavy lumber next inning and may take the RBI crown.

  • Posts: 0 Prince Fielder's Bat

    Just passed Big Ryan in homers and tied him in RBI’s. Thank you Charlie Manual for keeping Big Ryan’s bat idle today. You bet your bottom dollar that Big Ryan is pissed about this because he had at least one homer and two RBI’s in his bat today. Now THE PRINCE gets to eat the pudding. Big Ryan is NOT happy with Old Charlie.

  • Posts: 0 Ray

    it’s great that everyone is gunning for the world champs. i’d be jealous too

  • Posts: 0 Keith

    Phillies > Brewers

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    i’m pretty sure an NL MVP and WS ring will suffice for Howard…Fielder can have his video game commerical, stupid walk-off celebrations and can lay claim to leading the NL in HR and RBI this year while he watches the play -offs on his plasma screen

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