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Gameday: Phillies (28-21) at Braves (28-22)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, May 31, 2010 12:15 PM | Comments: 176
2010 Gameday, Posts

BravesPhiladelphia Phillies (28-21) at Atlanta Braves (28-22)

Joe Blanton (1-3, 5.63) vs. Tommy Hanson (4-3, 4.06)

Time: 1:05, Turner Field
Weather: Clear, 65
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

This is a big series.  Due to the Phillies’ offensive hiatus and the Braves’ five game win streak, the Braves find themselves a half game behind the Phillies.  If the Phillies want to stay in first, they need to find their bats.

The Phillies certaintly can not count on breaking out of their slump against Tommy Hanson.  The young righty has proved that his rookie year was no fluke, and that he is the real deal.

The Phillies pitching has been great of late.  Joe Blanton has been one of the few that has struggled, however.  In addition, his numbers against the Atlanta Braves are not pretty.  Regardless, no matter how well Blanton pitches, the Phillies need to score.

Your gameday beer: The Trippel Belgian Style Ale from the New Belgian Brewing Co. of Colorado is a nice American version of the tripel. There might be a little too much banana flavor in it, but it’s worthy of a drink or two with its sweetness. I’d enjoy some barbecued chicken and corn on the cob with this. –By Tim

Have a nice Memorial Day!  Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Jamie's Babies

    Yeah, there seems to be a lack of focus, something internal. I really disagree with a Gload/Dobbs 1-2???????? How is that going to spur our offensive woes? Chawlie has to stick with Werth, and this team needs to start batting less selfishly, and much smarter. Get runners in, and start some sort of momentum

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I don’t mind the lineup change.

    Charlie had to try something to shake it up. He’s trying to put some punch in the bottom of the order by moving Victorino and Ibanez down.

    With this offense, 6-0 might as well be 35-0. Game’s over.

    But maybe if they get down a bunch of runs, they can loosen up a bit a get some hits and runs.

    At this point, I just want to see a little life in the offense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    This is not a collapse. It’s a prolonged slump….and the Phillies WILL come out of it and play well again. We all just have to have phaith. I know it’s hard to do right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, with Polanco and Rollins injured, and Werth striking out 4 times last night, I’m not surprised that Charlie tried to shake things up, but this isn’t shaking the way we’d like!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    This is disgusting. We’ll be under 500 by the end of the week.

     
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    I think that this game is a hopeless cause. Might as well just go do something else and enjoy the holiday.

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    List of things I can not stand with the Phillies right now:

    1. Ibanez literally being unable to hit a fastball
    2. Howard swinging at breaking pitchers (I would rather him literally strike out 300 times then watch him swing a breaking balls and roll them over to first base)
    3. Ryan Howard being unable to throw to second base
    4. Greg Dobbs’ general existence
    5. Wilson Valdez’s mandatory DP ground out every game
    6. Chooch having awful at-bats
    7. The Phillies playing with literally no fire at all.

    For all non-Phillies fans posting: You can talk all you want but the fact is the Phillies can’t do a thing right at the moment and remain in first place. Met fans just need to stop thinking their team is any good. No team with Rod Barajas is any better than a third place team.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Okay I’m in the wrong, I just think its hilarious how mad ed is. The thing is, although I do like the reds and root for them second, I can’t call them a favorite, because by definition of the word, there can only be one “favorite”. And mine is the fightens.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Phillies will be in third place very soon

     
  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I’m starting to get worried.

    For a week, I’ve been saying this team was just in a slump and they’d break out of it. But they look like a beaten team right now. Victorino isn’t hustling — took two steps toward 1st and stopped on his last ground out. That’s inexcusable — slump or no slump.

    In the dugout they look like a beaten team. You rarely see this team giving up, but that’s what it looks like.

    Just because the Phils have survived slumps before doesn’t mean it will happen again. We need J-Roll back big time.

    Hopefully they’ll break out of it soon — before we lost too much ground.

    But, like I said. I’m worried.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK! 1-2-3! We need more of that! Oh, and we need some runs too…

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Ok glutenous….so just what was/is your whole point then?

     
  • Posts: 0 John

    Beerleaguer is such a better blog than this place.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I’m not mad glutenous, but I have no patience for hypocrites. Now, I don’t disagree with what you said, you can only have one favorite team. I have no issue though with people who root for two teams. But you made a statement that was incorrect in calling Chuck BS for no reason. That statement was hypocritical when paired with your other comments. That was my issue. Now it’s over. Let’s all move on.

     
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    A win by Atlanta today was pretty much a given considering all things.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    So why are you here then?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh, goodie, let’s get more managers thrown out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I agree. Let’s move on. We’re all Phils fans, so let’s root these guys out of this awful stretch they’re in.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @John: we had some trolls here early today, and it has soured the whole discussion. It’s not usually like this. Well… it’s not always like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    I guess what I said in the beginning about people that wear a different team cap everyday? I just disagree with it. It doesn’t matter. Anymore or did it ever, just an opinion of mine and you know what they say about opinions. Philly texan, I’m starting to worry too. Bright side is that its just the beginning of june, not september.

     
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Chuck; I am not here. Am going. What concern is it of yours anyway? You do not run the site.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Uh oh, cat fight going on here boys? You sound like my hubby and his best friend who have been ticked at each other for weeks now over some petty fb message. And they say women are difficult!

    Just got in a little bit ago, 3-0 when I turned it on…..
    They look like a different bunch of guys now, I don’t know what to make of it. They all look so listless, have they been tested for mono or anything? What did Chase have when he was out? I just don’t see how these guys went from happy, driven, energetic, lovin’ baseball, to BLAH.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Mike B….John was complaining about this site, saying the “Beerleaguer is such a better blog than this place”

    All I asked him was why he was here? Mind your own business.

    —–

    Georgie….if you would have been here earlier, you might understand why the tone of this thread is what it is. A few malcontents were on early and it kind of went from there.

    That’s why I don’t always like “Gameday” threads. The good posters like yourself and Ed R. are few and far between making it somewhat of a challenge.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    The problem is that when a team is marred in such a bad slump, its hard for them to get back in the right frame of mind mentally, so naturally if they aren’t with it mentally they will have a very difficult time doing. The physical part. I thought roys perfecto would save the team morale but it has not.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Doesn’t help that this team has an AL line up that isn’t hitting homers. Thus…they suck.

    God I can’t wait for them to start hitting, then things will be right with the world again.

    Hopefully the Flyers can get a W and turn the night around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    BTW, thanks Chuck. You’re not so bad yourself.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    For those complaining about the lineup…RAJ hasn’t exactly given Charlie much of a bench to work with. Except for Brown (who after 1600 minor league PAs is still deemed not ready to contribute at the big league level) there aren’t any prospects waiting in the wings either. The bench is old and slow, and it’s magnified when a couple of them have to be in the lineup at the same time.

    If you want to feel good, read some of the comments in the gameday threads during the first week of the season. “This lineup can’t be stopped, you can only hope to contain it”, and so on. Those were the days…

    I’m Ted Bell.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    No problem, Ed.

    Go Phils!!

    Go Flyers!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEE!! No more shutouts!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Wheeler just used the term “baby steps” and I was thinking the same thing earlier. Little by little the Phils WILL climb out of this…..and be a BETTER team for it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    FOUR straight doubles!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Woo hoo! Three runs for the Phils! Can they get 4 for the first time in 10 days?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    TMac wonders what Charlie will counter with. Um… nothing, because Charlie’s not in this game any more.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yeah!!!! Maybe this is the start of a return of the Phillies we know and love! Crap, I gotta leave for a picnic, listen on the radio on the way, I guess.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Chuck I like your optimism. I hope you are right.

    Anyone up for a nice 7 run comeback of our own to start a massive win streak?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Tracey….

    Charlie’s still running this game from the clubhouse.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    There’s some life in the boys yet.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ed: Hey, we’re almost halfway there! How’s their bullpen? They’ve already gone through two relief pitchers.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Good Lord! Where’s the out pitch?!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Uh… how about a 10 run comeback?

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    you know things aren’t going well when that happens

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So: do you think the fans in the stands are actually making that racist chant, or is that prerecorded? I know they’re doing the choppy thing, but the chant just sounds too precise each time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Just when you thought things might turn around…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Their bullpen is decent, not great but as a whole they are pitching well.

    Though after that Glaus bomb it won’t matter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Huh. Lidge struck somebody out. Could the old Lidge be back?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    nice play there

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Hmn… well, we’ve scored 6 runs in a single inning before. We scored 9 runs in one inning earlier this month. OK, it was against the Mutts, but we did it…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    The Marlins are selling unused game tickets from Saturday night’s perfect game. They go on sale tomorrow for face value. Yikes.

    I’m Ted Bell.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (sigh)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Ted: that’s… weird. I suppose there’s no overestimating the greed of a baseball team.

     
 
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