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Gameday: Braves (48-34) at Phillies (42-38)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Mon, July 05, 2010 05:58 PM | Comments: 148
2010 Gameday, Posts

Braves Atlanta Braves (48-34) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-38)

Derek Lowe (5-3, 4.53) vs. Roy Halladay (9-7, 2.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Partly Cloudy, 94

TV: Comcast SportsNet/ESPN

Twitter: @philliesnation

There haven’t been a lot of reasons to feel optimistic about the Phillies recently. From bullpen implosions to losing Chase Utley and Placido Polanco for the indefinite future to dropping three of four to the perennially meek Pirates (and I’m not talking about their lone All-Star representative), the Phillies have suffered the kind of body blows that normally put a contender on the mat.

But though they are staggering like Rocky Balboa in his first bout with Apollo Creed, the Phils still have their feet under them. And starting tonight, with a three-game series at the Bank against the resurgent Braves, they have a chance to quickly regain their balance and make up lost ground in the NL East. And not only that, but to kick off this all-important series, the Phillies have the man who is unquestionably their ace, Roy Halladay.

But as good as he is, Halladay is not immune to failure. And just like his teammates (and in large part because of them), Doc has fallen on hard times recently, losing four of his last five starts, most recently on a two-run, eighth-inning homer by Jay Bruce on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss after having been staked to a 3-0 lead. Following a dazzling 6-1 start to the season, Halladay has sunk to a confounding, and in many ways stunning, 9-7. But there are always other considerations, and in this case a major one is that in those four most recent losses, Halladay received a grand total of seven runs of support. Not exactly a lot to work with, even for a pitcher with a 2.42 ERA.

I don’t have any hard numbers, but since mid-May the Phillies have seemed to play more nervously when Halladay is on the mound. In that span, the offense has scored more than three runs just once (the 9-0 blowout against the Blue Jays in the “road” series at CBP) and the defense even has seemed to play with less efficiency (and with so many starters out, that likely will be the norm for a while).

So, yes, it is still early July and the All-Star Game has yet to be played, but plain and simple, these next three games are the most important of the season so far.

Phillies Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Dobbs 3B, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C, Halladay P

Hoegaarden

Your gameday beer: Ayinger Brau-Weisse

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Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Wow first comment.
    I predict someohow Roy pitches a another perfect game but somhow the Phils lose.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Ugly lineup. At least Rollins is leading off. Ibañez shouldn’t be third, Valdez or Francisco should. Ibañez shouldn’t even be in the line up, actually. And whatever happened to Schneider feeling better? Oh well, I’ll take Ryan Sardinha’s homeruns. Maybe Dane Howard can start to hit some, too.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    And yes, I mixed up their names on purpose.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I have a good feeling about tonight…

    Also, Drabek threw a No No in AA the other night.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    where i live the game will actually be on t.v.so i will not be here to listen to all the negative stuff,so to all my real philly fans,gl we really need these 3 games more than ever!!! phillies win8-3 go phillies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    We brought the good Doc in for this kind of game. WIN…..Raul is just becoming an expensive pinch hitter. Bring Little Brown up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ok so are we gonna win tonight or what! GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Wis

    hey: j-roll is back.

     
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  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    It’s hot and Charlie calls it hittin’ weather. They need some bombs tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

    This is it Jeff. Either the Phils step up and play like champions or get ready for the October MLB also rans golf tournament.

    Braves look like they are ready to B-slap Roy. Gettin SMACKED.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we need a bomb by mr. howard.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    boy when you look at the bottom of our order, you want to cry.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The line up sucks I agree.
    Ibanez act I am tired of. Completely.

    Does the roadkill on top of Wheelers head ever show signs of life or movement? I heard he hit on the way over to the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Try middle of the order.
    I have no problem with Valdez and Sardines the phils 2 best current hitters.
    They should be hitting 3 and 4

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    On the bright side (?) Halladay has not thrown a ball yet – oops 1 ball 13 strikes

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    A 10 pitch first inning, 9 pitch second inning.
    Is it a Halladay?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Here is the lineup I would like to see,

    D. Brown, Victorino, Rollins, Howard, Werth…that should be the top.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    come on J.W.

     
  • Posts: 0 Realist

    Prediction. 2-1 loss. Halladay will request trade after the season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    OK Jay – how about some Dobbs love here?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    LOL
    Request a trade

    and ill go with 1-0

    How would the Phillies possibly score a run? 4 base error by Lawrence?

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

    Remember, they have better players out of their lineup, than the Phils have out of theirs.

    No excuses.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    How about Jay taking this base?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I love Greggy.

    He hit .132 when he went to the minors and was immediately brought back up.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    HOLY COW. DOBBS…..Hey how bout Happ and a prospect for Lee.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    thats the beauty of the sport andrew. you can be batting .132 and just get hot. the average doesnt matter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    2 men on base, nobody out and Valdez up with Sardinha on deck

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    .132 in the minors and .117 in the majors and its the 4th of july weekend.
    I’d call that a trend.
    But you are only as good or bad as your last at bat so to me Greggy is hitting 1.000

     
  • Posts: 0 Realist

    Its funny how everyone is bashing Ibanez and not saying anything about Werth? Since mid May, Ibanez has a better average than Werthless. Ibanez avg at least went up by abouth 10 pnts I think, while Werthless DROPPED 60 Points, maybe more.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Moved the runners up, that will do.. just no DP, hit the ball in the OF

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    At least it was not a DP

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    just hit the ball. its a run.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Werth is not unnoticed by me. I still have some hope for Werth though. I have none for Ibanez.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    oh man. thats terrible. just put the ball in play. lowe is not a strike out pitcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ball is 4 feet outside and the sardine sandwich swings.

    I guess Howard has been mentoring him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    SOB, the last thing we needed

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    OMG

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

    This inning’s subtitle:

    Why they are 5 games up on the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Who did not see that coming

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Andrew, I think Howard, Werth and a few others might have been mentoring that Sardinha swing!

     
  • Posts: 0 knowsall

    nobody raises hand brooksie

     
  • Posts: 0 Realist

    Way to go WerthLESS. It SHOULD have been 1-1 on that pitch to get by the catcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Trying to keep it funny tonight and not rant. I see the Phils will test that.

    Has the Phanatic being sued by a woman been brought up on this site yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    95 degrees out there. Upside? Lowe had to throw 25pitches that inning.
    Downside? Whenever the Phils blow a run opp (as we have seen many), the next half inning they give up what they coulda scored..

     
  • Posts: 0 jt

    They have no heart what’s so ever…a major change is need soon to light a fire under their ass…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Why isnt there a Zambrano type of blow up?
    I dont care who does it. But someone besides the old man needs to melt down.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    I know your going to say I am nuts but we will bash Lowe at some point.

     
  • Posts: 0 Realist

    I think the Phillies will fall below .500 and Charlie might get Canned.

     
 
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