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Gameday: Phillies (48-45) at Cardinals (53-41)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Wed, July 21, 2010 08:22 PM | Comments: 184
2010 Gameday, Posts

CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (48-45) at St. Louis Cardinals (53-41)

Joe Blanton, RHP (3-5, 6.21 ERA) vs. Jamie Garcia, RHP (8-4, 2.27 ERA)

Time: 8:15 p.m., Busch Stadium
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 90
TV: WPHL
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

Seven.

Not a lucky number – not for the 2010 Phillies. Seven is an unforgiving number gauging how frustrating, disappointing and utterly befuddling this season has been. It is how many games the team that was heavily favored to return to the World Series has fallen behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

Ten years ago – even five years ago – being seven games back of the Braves might have been regarded as an achievement. Now it is merely cause for fear, loathing and macabre jokes about enduring 25 more years without a title.

So as GM Ruben Amaro works the phones and rumors swirl about Roy Oswalt coming to Philadelphia in another megadeal (it’s worth noting that Oswalt is a year older than Cliff Lee), the only certainty around the 2010 Phillies is injuries. The seemingly indestructible Jamie Moyer suffered an elbow strain Tuesday night, meaning Amaro is going to be at high risk of developing that rare condition known as BlackBerry Ear as he tries to swing a trade for an arm or two.

In the meantime, the Phillies still have ballgames to play, and lately they haven’t been playing them very well. They easily could have lost all six games since the All-Star break, but even their one win Saturday wasn’t much consolation. The task doesn’t get any easier tonight, with Joe Blanton going up against rookie Jamie Garcia. After getting into a handful of games last season, the 24-year-old Garcia has been an outstanding addition to an already loaded Cardinals staff; his 2.27 ERA ranks third in the NL. Blanton has been inconsistent after missing the first month of the season, though his last start, against the Cubs, was one of his sharpest.

Bottom line: Phillies need a win almost as much as they need another starting pitcher.

LINEUP: Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Francisco LF, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Rollins SS, Ransom 2B, Ruiz C, Blanton P.

Your gamnight beer: I sessioned this Friday night and it wasn’t bad: Steamworks Brewery’s Steam Engine Lager. It calls itself “arguably the best American amber lager in the world.” Heavy words, but it is a good lager. It pours with a golden-to-amber look, like Yuengling, but tastes much sweeter, with hints of yeast and even some fruit: I noted banana, but it might be more citrus. For me it was a session – can’t pound lagers usually – but for those who prefer Yuenglings and the like, seek this out to try. Goes good with pizza.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Someone try to convince that this team is not completely inept? Someone attempt to say this team is not out of it? If you do you are just dead wrong. If they fail to score 3+ runs tonight it will be the 46th time out of 93 games they will be held under 3 runs. This team straight up blows. It is over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    So MLB Extra Innings KNEW how terrible this was gonna be and they just blocked the signal for 5 seconds while Werth got himself out… I’m glad I didn’t get to watch it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    how charlie had nobody up is amazing. valdez would have more of a chance then blanton. you have to play to win not lose. my god. werth, please just get rid of him. he makes me sick with his non hitting and greasy hair. pig. go to the yankees and they will make him clean it up. we should wipe the cards. outside of albert and there pitching they are average. dammm…im going crazy. this team is a joke.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    blanton is still in?

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLOLOL

    oh man

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Now Charlie’s managing is getting worse. The whole team is just plain bad and the fan base has every right to be pissed at these underachievers. Blanton is in too long. He’ll give up five runs before Charlie pulls him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    And here comes the daily collapse.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    This is just laughable now. I wonder if the team knows they suck.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    ok Charlie gets the jeltz
    this is so laughable

    ok i dont even care if they make a trade now LOL
    it probably doesnt matter

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Blanton should of been pulled by now. Good ole Charlie and his leaving his pitchers in too long. Blanton is throwing in the dirt every pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    the best game blantons pitched all year
    and the old man is gonna leave him in untill its 6-1

    LOLOLOL

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Trades at this point means nothing. They are out of playoff contention. They simply are not good enough.

     
  • Posts: 0 "PHILLYBOY"

    I’M AT A LOSS OF WORDS……..

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    classic

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    I could of told you that was coming Oh NOW he takes him out. Charlie should be ashamed of himself

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    Good thing they signed Blanton instead of keeping Cliff Lee

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Dear Charlie,

    Way to ruin a golden opportunity when the bases were loaded.
    Way to ruin what was going to be a great outing from Blanton.
    Way to ruin this game.

    With love,
    Philadelphia
    xoxo

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    So they keep Joe in too give up 2 runs

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    It is so hard to be a Phillies fan. Now we know how Met fans have felt the last three years.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike From VA

    I want Charlie’s head, his fault Kendrick got demoted, he left him in too long again, and same thing with Blanton he only looks good cause he manged a good team, he is TERRIBLE

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    whats the deal with wheeler selling the company line for everything?
    i am sick of that and his hair piece

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Andrew,

    Charlie definitely gets the jeltz. Blanton hasn’t done well past 6, bases loaded so what dies he do. This is no surprise. Charlie makes tactical mistakes all the time and has since he got here. The difference is the team isn’t over coming it anymore. Why? I have no clue.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I want torre or Larussa type. A guy I cant second guess

    this one is a KILLER

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    8 games back

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    its called selective memory–you only remember the last 3 years, nothing previous!

     
  • Posts: 0 "PHILLYBOY"

    IF I WAS OSWALT I WOULD LAUGH AT COMING TO PHILLY!!!WHY DO I WANT TO PLAY FOR A .500 TEAM LOL….

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Season’s over unless the Braves pull a 2007 or 2008 Mets

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    yuo know i sit here
    and i expect a loss. i expect all the crap. all of it

    then SOMEHOW they top themselves

    as soon as blanton stepped in the batters box this game was over

    i am not the type to say the seasons over. i really hope it isnt
    this is a killer though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Yanks,twins, rangers … Might need a lefty reliever. This is when RAJ should rebuild the farm! Trade jc at the deadline if phils out of it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Like I said before, fans should boycott a game during the next homestand to show our anger towards this team. They are the biggest group of underachievers I have ever seen. Amaro thinks he can’t go beyond 140 million selling out nearly every game for two years…just wait until his payroll is slashed when 20k instead of 45k show up to watch this awful group. No fire whatsoever. Absolutely no fight in them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    you’re right–that’s the only reason the Phillies made it! A Met collapse

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    The Mets are possibly the worst franchise in baseball. You also have the most stupid and annoying chant in baseball Lets Go Mets blah blah blah.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    phillyboy tomorrow i am gonna go strong positive
    i cannot right now though
    why not leave blanton in? this is over and its a day game tomorrow
    so blow out the pen to lsoe 8-1

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The Mutts are the worst franchise in organized athletics. Dont short sell them.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    By the way, Citi Field is a billion dollar piece of crap ballpark where no one can hit home runs. They’ll never be able to get free agents anymore. Jason Bay is killing himself for signing a five year deal.

     
  • Posts: 0 DC

    Oh boy time for another team meeting after this one. How many have they had since May?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    The other recent losses made me sad and upset…
    But this one makes me ANGRY and PISSED.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I mean what are they doing?
    Anyone here think the phils will get 2 hits in the 9th?

    even 1?

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    mets chant matches that dumb ass mascot you generated in Philly to help dry fans at the Vet. What is that green thing anyway?

     
  • Posts: 0 repeat!

    the philles had their chance to be the team to beat. not just the division or even the NL but in all of mlb. 1st half 2009 even the Yankees appeared a bit intimated by the Phillies. They could have easily gotten both Lee and Doc last July. No way the Yankees, Redsox, Angels or even the bleeping Pirates would’ve made such a dubious blunder. That was a once in a generation if not life opp to snatch 2 of the top 5 pitchers in mlb. You have both fo the 2009 run and all if 2010. At worst both for 2010. No way we lose to Yanks last yr with those two. This was our time. Finally. To brag and boast and be really arrogant and smug. And the kicker?? They both were dying to come to Philly. Easily the moves make us a serious 3 peat dynasty. That window is closed and will not reopen. Not like that anyway The Oswalt poss trade is retarded and makes the Phils organization look even more incompt. I do not want this guy at 16 mill in 2011. Obviously 16mill in 2012 wouldn’t happen anyway. The phils have been chasing the 2009 WS tiltle from the moment Shane grounded out in Game 6.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    6 runs charged to JOE

    ok i cant take it

    LOLOLOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    DC, at lest Citi has major league dimensions! Not like Lamade Stadium in South Philly!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    i swear on my mothers life

    i have enjoyed seasons the phillies sucked

    this is not enjoyable. we could be the pirates and id knwo what we had and id enjoy

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Alright, who wants to bet that the Phils go 1.2.3 in the top of the 8th – that is just the way they have been rolling lately.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    you are the lamest met troll so far
    congrats cause there are alot of them

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    its the ninth brooks

     
  • Posts: 0 Shea Goodbye

    to the dumb ass Met fan- win once in a while, then talk

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    jimmy put a charge into that

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ohhhhh so NOWWWWWWWWWWWW you pinch-hit RAULL?????????????????????????????????????

     
  • Posts: 0 repeat!

    like you don’t know? it’s your granny’s vagina. she needs to trim that sh*t down if she ever wants to convince Mr. Met to go down on her again. Last time he tried he got lost in there for 3weeks like in “Honey I shrunked the Kids”

     
  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    Start the chant E-A-G-L-E-S. Don’t worry you have a crucial series coming up against the Nationals!

     
 
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