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 Tracey

    So the perfect game is like a SEPTA bus: after something happens, a lot of people who weren’t there claim they were?

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Bart Shart is right again. Seems like everyone is down in the dumps today. Good thing you have me to give advice, cheer you up and encourage esprit de corps among the loyal Phillies Fans. Watching the Phils right now is like watching a submarine race — who will sink the fastest. Another abysmal performance at the plate by that wealthy first baseman — Ryan Howard. A real shame the Phils could not take advantage of some solid pitching over the last week. Maybe Roy Halladay will pitch another perfect game and win by a run. The Phils really are pathetic right now and I am afraid, my friends, it will indeed last at least all month.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Here is an idea. Tomorrow, the Phils could all gather in the outfield and get hosed down by Atlanta’s ground crew. Hopefully it will wash the stink off them.

  • Posts: 0 Phils fan in Tampa

    Is there a way of ignoring certain posters. I have been looking for a decent board for a while but this one seems dominated by the incoherent musings of a meth head with internet access. The BS initials seem well placed.

  • Posts: 0 Phils fan in Tampa

    I hope the Phils can make a run at Crawford at the end of the year because Ibanez just seems to be out of gas completely.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Too bad there isn’t anyway to keep the crap out of the blog site.
    Ed, you were right when you said game day blogs aren’t what they used to be. Hey, we’re all human and most of us are suffering along with the Phils in this dreaded slump – to have to deal with idiots making no sense whatsoever on top of it just makes you want to do something else rather than lament with your friends over sure cures for the Phillies woes.
    I worked last night, knew the game was on this afternoon and did NOT get up for it. I guess I’m lucky because it surely would have dampened my spirits for tonight.
    Hamels vs Hudson tomorrow night. Should be a good matchup, well let me qualify that – if we see some lumber, if Ryan, Chase & Werth hit (all in the same inning???) Then we’ll be a happy bunch again.

    Go Phils! Wakeup!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    BTW – I think Cholly will play Dobbs until he is hurt. My original thought was he might take him out when he sinks his BA under .100 but, he is too close to that now at .125.
    Times up for the “Natural” – day has come and gone, you got your ring brother – follow the path of Coste & Stairs – its over. I always liked Dobbs, he had a propensity for coming through when needed, with men on base – not any more. The arguments that he does not get enough playing time – does that hold?
    Bring up some of the kids, what do you have to lose?

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    I agree that the team could use a spark that younger players sometimes provide. The problem is that there are no kids to bring up except Domonic Brown. I doubt that RAJ is ready to admit that his first major move, the Ibanez signing, was a bust by making him a $10 million a year fourth outfielder. Let’s face it though, since June 1 of last season Raul’s been a .240 hitter.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    I think that Ibanez will be in a straight platoon with Francisco for the forseeable future. Its a shame. All that money.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 David

    Checked with my company’s human resource department. No bereavement days for falling out of first place. No bereavement days for being shut out 3 games in a row by the Mets. Guess we will all have to get over this and just hope tomorrow brings a better result.

  • Posts: 0 mrbrave90-97

    braves 1st place yeaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 PattheBat

    I am getting very concerned about Atlanta. They seem to be firing on all cylinders.. they have shook off their early season woes. I really think we need to get focussed here. The Phils have looked sluggish for weeks now. If the Braves get hot, they have the pedrigry in the form of Bobby Cox to run away with it.

  • Posts: 0 mrbrave90-97

    phills stink, bye bye philly nation, back to the bottom you guys go. The hopeless METS are a better team, the nats, marlins, hell the minor league is better than this poo poo butter cheating team of yours. So say goodbye to 1st place, and say hello to last. Phils sucks.

  • Posts: 0 mrbrave90-97

    hey phills fans how does it feel hanging around the scrotums, does it taste good huh, nice and salty for you guys. Phils sucks.

  • Posts: 0 mrbrave90-97

    we’ve been silenty waiting to take over the NL east, here we come. Phils sucks

  • Posts: 0 PattheBat

    The one secret weapon Atlanta has is Cox. The man seems to be a winnner. Now granted hes not the same without Glavine, Maddox and Smoltz but he still worries me.

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Ted and Dipsy, what you’re saying about Ibanez is very important. It would be nice if RAJ could give Dom Brown a shot and send a message to this team that, no matter what guys make, they have to play or they’ll be replaced. Not to mention Brown’s solid average so far at Reading and athletic tools. Shouldn’t matter which side he hits or throws on, shouldn’t matter who’s in his way. But it will probably matter in the end. It’s just too hard to imagine RAJ swallowing his pride.

  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Maybe when its mid september and the braves are still in firstt, you can talk. Right now who are the nl east champs 3 years in a row? Wfc in 08? Nl champs last year as well? That’s what I thought. The braves are a good team, but You and everyone else know thislineup is too good to continue hitting this poorly. Good luck to atlanta for the rest of the season, but when the phillies come back, they will be back in a BIG way. Good day sir.

  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Am I the only to notice?

    Blanton has not had ONE good start all year?

    Some good innings, but not one decent start.Can you say Adam Eaton?

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    glutenous, all I’m saying is that this lineup is one of the best in Phils history if not the best and this is the best era in Phils’ history since 1976 through 1983, but that talent and results are two different things. I’m certainly allowed to talk about that, and so is everybody else. The offense will probably be back in a big way the way things are going – likely but not guaranteed. There’s always a bit of tension on this site when some Phans suggest that there are issues. Understandable, ’cause they’ve won three division titles, two pennants, one crown in the last three years – but none of that has happened this year. We all know it likely will happen again this year and we want it to more than anything, but every year’s different. Otherwise, no team would have incentive to knock off the previous year’s winner.
    With that being said, this lineup will probably come around again, and I’d like nothing more than to have my worries proven wrong. I also should correct myself: Ibanez is trying very hard. But I do think it’s fair to consider Ibanez’s struggles and Brown’s potential. No guarantees, but maybe a new face can help this team.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    MG52 — Don’t be intimidated. Say what you want. I know you make sense. Some fans have heads buried deep in the sand. They cannot handle the truth. We have some real die hards who are childish and cannot deal with the truth. I too am a fan and know things are really bad in Phillieland. It deserves to be said.

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Bart, I don’t know that it’s quite that bad. I agree with nearly everyone here that this team has the tools and the potential not only to win the division and the league again, but beat the Yanks or the Rays in the Classic. Having Doc on board has an effect on the whole team – that’s without question. What I’m saying, however, is that it’s okay to speculate sometimes what could be done better. It’s hard to sit back and say this team is guaranteed to win the division when no one has looked into the crystal ball and seen the final standings yet. We Phans expect the best from this team, which I think has a good attitude and a manager the players will do anything for – as well as all the talent. It’s a matter of figuring out these slumps now so that they don’t return at inopportune times – like September or October.
    Still, this is a fantastic team, and whether or not they break out of this slump right away, I’ll still give them props for hanging in there. We as Phans owe them that.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Well said Mg52. We need Dom Brown right now. We need to shake things up. Keep the faith and enjoy the season. Life is too short.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    …. as was poor Gary Coleman. RIP.

  • Posts: 0 PattheBat

    I am worried about Cox. This is his last year. I think there may be some special motivation for him to win this Division.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Chuck; go blow. Put the person’s name to whom you are responding to in your response posting so others know then who your response is intended for. Lighten up. You and some of the other people on here act like you have the “corner market” on this site to the exclusion of others.

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