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
Twitter: @PhilliesNation


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 Brooks

    There’s one and 2

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    what a team

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    And here is Dobbsy for 3?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    i must be way ahead of you brooks its over

  • Posts: 0 SAM

    What happened to this team? They border on pathetic!!! Jimmy Rollins is starting to hit like Valdez

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    true andrew – wow – how weak is this team? They just dont want to play.
    I think Cholly should just sit Jay. How bad can a player be with men on base?

  • Posts: 0 repeat!

    i know this is going to sound f*cked up. But I can’t help it. Lou Brock is dark as f*ck! I saw the white shirt, but that’s about it. lord please forgive me.

  • Posts: 0 Manny



    Howard should gather the troops, yell at them (including Charlie).. and then we can all hope for the best.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    who was it the other night that predicted a 3-2 win in extra innings in game 4? Could be right – still no Offense.

  • Posts: 0 Let's Go Mets

    To quote Buttermaker “You have enough problems without bringing race into it”

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ive never seen anythign like it. When the Mets go through their collapses you can see it in their faces. The phils have that look. Its not a look you want.
    Can lou brock still swing the bat? sign him for tomorrow

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    I’m an optimist by nature, but flip who you can for what will help the team in 2011 and beyond.


    Get what you can players, prospects or salary relief. RAJ make it happen!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I turned over to the braves
    In a way i hope they win

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Braves are in extras… let’s hope they lose??

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Cardinals front-runners for Oswalt (MLB NETWORK)

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    And the NL got home field this year
    I cant even think who I think is gonna win teh pennant now
    I always thougt the phils till this series

    I am gonna say the Reds in the WS

    volquez is really good now

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    OK the padres got 2 runs
    6-4 padres

  • Posts: 0 Ted

    Even if this team were to somehow pull together and be the wild card team (highly unlikely), with their bullpen and bench there is ZERO chance they’d win their 1st series. This season is over, time to regroup and for Amaro & co. to figure out how to again be a serious WC contender in 2011. Also, a trade for Oswalt would be dumb at this point.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Blanton didnt pitch bad today…he should been pulled after the 7th though..Blanton doesnt go past the 7th much..especially against a hot hitting team..

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yes trading for Oswalt is dumb. Keeping Werth is too though.
    I tell you I saw this when Andruw Jones was in his contract year and he never ever came back. Hes hitting like 186 this year 3 years later.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    bacardip – Joe has not completed 7 this year until tonight, this was the first time.
    So, celebrate?
    Joe should have been pulled when he completed 7, good night – this offense is very much funked -

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Braves lose
    phils blew a chance

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Braves lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The ONLY good thing about tonight.

    Mets losing in the 6th.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    7 games out, 68 to play.

    Sounds stupid but this isn’t over, guys.

    Trade or no trade the Phils WILL make some sort of run. There is no way that this team….with all its ability….lets this season totally get away from them.

    At the least, they will make it interesting down the stretch.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Open question: Will they finish with a winning record?

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


  • Posts: 0 "PHILLYBOY"


  • Posts: 0 "PHILLYBOY"


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I dont know. If i was betting id say yes. I expect them to finish ahead of the Mets at least.

  • Posts: 0 Archer

    Let’s face it, there are just going to be times in your family or organization when you are are the end of your rope; you’ve tried it all and nothing has worked. What are you going to do, and how are you going to fix things? I state this because the Philadelphia Phillies, my team, are at a stage where they have lost their confidence. They can’t win a game to save their life, and yet, they aren’t that bad a team. What are they going to do, what should they do, and how can we learn from them?

    To begin with confidence does not come from success; confidence produces success. Confidence is the calm attitude that if you take a series of steps within a relaxed state, more than likely a good result will ensue. When people lose their confidence, they revert to a state of fear where they forget or lose this attitude.

    Success does not breed confidence; if it did, the successful would never fall down. But they do, and often. What success often does is cloud one’s mind with emotion and a sense of euphoria; when this occurs, successful people often loses perspective as to why they became successful in the first place. They become more focused on the end result of success, and its attendant glory, rather than the steps that were necessary to achieve that success. As a result, they lose the fundamental attitude of confidence that produced success in the first place.

    Let me repeat, confidence is an attitude, not a result.

    You can apply this to yourself and your family when times get tough. If you are pressing, if you are frustrated, relax and return to the basics. Calm down and remind yourself that if you follow the basic rules, success more often than not will ensue.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Brooks i agree he should of been pulled after the 7th…he actually pitched very well….except of that 8th…even then defense let him down a little

  • Posts: 0 Rob H

    The Cards beat the Philadelphia Ryan Howards tonight. Sadly, Howard is the *only* offense the Phils have had since the break. I have this sick feeling in my gut that tells me that this is how the Phillies are going to be for the near and distant future: a one man offensive team with 1 good start out of 5 from a starting pitcher, whoever that may be on that night. Rollins is done. Victorino is done. Ibanez has been done for a while. Utley is a question mark when he comes back. Werth is on his way out the door. The bench sucks badly. The only viable offensive threat the Phils have at any given time is Howard (obviously), and you can count on Polanco to get on base and Chooch to show flashes of greatness. On the mound, you have to pray Halladay has the right guy catching him and that Hamels meditates correctly before the game. Every single other pitcher is a question mark all the time. Ugh this only proves that talent alone usually doesn’t win — something is terribly wrong in the Phillies clubhouse.

  • Posts: 0 repeat!

    . Lack of hrs has exposed this team’s flaws big time. But the problem with this team is that there is no real leadership. Rollins talks a good game. He is always trying to give his teamates tips on hitting during a slump, but he doesn’t even follow his own advice. Whatever that is. Of course as J-Roll goes so goes the Phils. We all know that the Phils winning% goes way up when Rollins scores a run. His abs are just as infurtiating as Jason’s are. If not more because rollins swings at the 1st pitch. And Chase has proven that he is’t much of a leader either. He seems too anti-social on the bench. Espec. during a slump. Then their’s Howard. The 25mill a yr man looked p*ssed with J-roll’s ab following his hr. The Phils need to see more of that. Much more. In 2008 Charlie changed the lineup daily it seemed based on who was hot. He’s doing it again as of late. But for the wrong reasons. 1st no one is hitting besides Howard and 2nd Charlie isn’t doing it right. As someone said. Raul needs to be in the lineup in the three hole. He is playing well and has even hit lefties well. Cholly’s have no ryme or reason. And it clearly indicates that both Charlie and this team is in full panic mood. Charlie is likeable. But he is way too nice. He needs to stop trying to be these guys’ little buddy. We need to see Charlie embarrass these guys for poor abs by benching them mid-game or the next day. Look at the 3rd inn. Howard k’d(he’s white hot right now so i’m not mad at him per say). But he should’ve walked. Same with Werth and Rollins. Phils should’ve had bases loaded nobody out. Instead they go down in order. And Cholly justs sit there. I love the guy. But it’s safe to say that we are all fed up with Cholly’s bone headed managerial meltdowns. From being way too loyal, to mismanging the pitching and his overall stubborness and of course his unexplainable decision making. Won’t go over WS 2009 again. But Cholly mismanged the pitching all post season. His luck finally ran out in the WS. The overall disapp. 2010 isn’t all Charlie’s fault. But there is no excuse for these guys to continue to have such poor abs. Why aren’t they listening?? And what are the consequences for doing so?? None apparently. Listening to Ruben on DNL the other day was maddening. Why didn’t he demand another current impact player in the Roy deal??

  • Posts: 0 mike

    it seems to me that charile left blanton in with the bases full to show the GM we need HELP and if thats what it takes then…………good for charile.

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