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Gameday: Phillies (73-57) at Dodgers (67-64)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Mon, August 30, 2010 09:10 PM | Comments: 261
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Philadelphia Phillies (73-57) at Los Angeles Dodgers (67-64)

Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.22 ERA) vs. 
Hiroki Kuroda (9-11, 3.56)

Time: 10:10 p.m at Dodger Stadium
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 67
Twitter: @philliesnation

This is what sets 2010 apart for the Phillies.

Faced with a similar position the past two seasons – heading into a big road series in need of wins, the Phillies would have had one hot starting pitcher (Cole Hamels in 2008, Cliff Lee in 2009) and a grab bag (Brett Myers and Joe Blanton ’08, Hamels and Pedro Martinez in ’09) for the rest of the series.

But not this year. This is why they got Roy Halladay and then added Roy Oswalt. Not to slight Kyle Kendrick, a serviceable fifth starter, but with the ability to hand the ball to Halladay and Oswalt heading into a key series – whether it’s at Dodger Stadium or Yankee Stadium – you have to like the Phillies’ chances.

Tonight it’s Halladay’s turn, and if anyone can maintain the staff’s momentum after an overpowering series against the first-place Padres, it’s Halladay. He’s been so dominant since his Sunday night clunker against at Wrigley Field in mid-July, until last week it seemed he might not lose the rest of the season. But then a bloop single and the Phillies’ inability to score in the Astros series ended that bid (Amazing bonus stat: Halladay has failed to pitched at least seven innings only four times this season).

But no matter how well Halladay pitches, the offense has to score runs. And before their five-run “explosion” yesterday, the Phillies hadn’t scored that many runs in a week. The struggles of Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino from the left side of the plate – and from Ryan Howard and Chase Utley in general – are a major threat to the Phillies’ playoff hopes with each day they continue.

Your Gameday Beer – Philadelphia Original Lager

Philadelphia Original LagerBrewed by Red Bell Brewery out of the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, this beer is a classic microbrew lager. It’s a bit heavier than Yuengling, with more of a roasted malt flavor and some sweet coffee and caramel hints. Its supreme drinkability coupled with a pour that looks like iced tea means you can sneakily house several of these bad boys. Have your favorite pasta with some marinara sauce and a few Philly Lagers. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    Bold much?

    Haha, but seriously. I’m so glad this is a Halladay.

    I just really hope we can do something against Kuroda. Something like hasn’t allowed the Phils to have more than two hits the last couple times he’s faced us?

    Hoh boy.

    But there’s always Broxton at the end of the tunnel. Hehe. Let’s continue the sweep streak.

     
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  • Posts: 0 TLT

    Big game tonight. I envision a super solid performance from Halladay and hopefully one of our big guys make some noise. Let’s go Fightins!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    Good evening nation-I JUST WANT TO PUT MY 2 CENTS IN THIS LITTLE DEBATE.Ryan howard will end up being the greatest phillie,if he can stay healthy,as for right now you have to say its mike!Should be fun to see ryan’s and chase’s career’s and how it all plays out!!!!As always go phillies!!!!!!! p.s….go mets………boy that feels wrong!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    Well,looks like we will get no help from the gutless mutts………8-3 braves

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    The Braves should take this game tonight, so y’all had better win, or you’re looking at a full 3 games back. It has to be getting frustrating looking at the Braves’ butts since May, don’t it?

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Not that it matters the Muts aren’t going to win, but Heyward looked out at the plate to me.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Anyone see that catch by Lorenzo Cain? Spectacular!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    bravoman-we could be 3 back and we still are going to take care of the braves ourselves…………..

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WHY IS TURNER FIELD SO FREAKING EMPTY?

    I think the Nats get more fans for their home games!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    you keep saying that we are fustrated and so on and so on,but really with all the injurys i am glad we are only 2- back……..

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    MANNY-ITS LIKE THER FANS ALREADY KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN….LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Happ has pitched 8 full innings, only allowed 2 hits vs the Cards! Go Happ!

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    GO HAPP!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    We’ve had injuries too. Not to the extent of the Phillies, I know, but I’ve counted 10 guys, all of them key players, have either hit the DL this year. Two are out for good… Chipper and Medlen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    No way you can compare the Braves injuries to the Phillies

    Chipper is not a real lose anymore with the exception to the clubhouse maybe

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I hope the phils can cruise to a nice easy win with Halladay on on the bump, 6:30 comes awfully early, I don’t need to get worked up.

    LETS GO PHILS

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Happ now going for the CG shutout.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    ANDREW-Looks like i get to listen to old vin scully tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Astros fans must be loving this trade …

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    A two-hitter CG shutout by Happ! Very nice! Most importantly, he beat a Wild Card team. 2 hrs and 1 minute.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Hello Denizens, Hope y’all doing ok.

    Hey Jay, Haven’ gotten a chance to check in here for the past few days.., Hope the series sweep against Pads cooled down Mr MikeD :)

    Braves taking care of themselves today, can’t’ take chances when Halladay is pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    hopefully we can have a 2 hour game as well

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    LOL@DESIBRAVE-MIKE IS A WILD ONE……DONT KNOW IF HE IS BACK FROM VACATION YET!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Chipper is a HOF player. Always dangerous.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    SCULLY JUST SAID JIMMY RONALDS BATTING LEADOFF…LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Is this Braves fan for real. Chipper Jones was good ten years ago. Wasnt he going to retire this season. If the Braves lost Mccann for most of the year we can talk. They are playing the Mets.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Chipper is on the back nine of his career

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I tell you what, just seeing the opening day lineup is a good feeling, slumping or not.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    LOL SAID CHARLIE WAS BORN IN THE BACK OF A CAR….HE IS CRACKING ME UP!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    god utley looks aweful this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Honestly guys, Phillies made a BIIIIIIIIIIG mistake in Trading away Happ. He has a future CY written all over him and he is someone you could control for 6 years,

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    you haven’t heard that before, Jay?

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Just think…. if y’all lose then you’ll be 3 games back again.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Happ wasn’t a mistake, it was a tough pill to swallow. The braves made a huge mistake in trading Yunel.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Jeff, Chipper won the Batting Title 2 years ago. He was driving the ball a ton before his season ended on that play. Plus the fact he still has one the best eyes at the plate in MLB. Dude still takes a ton of walks and doesn’t strike out that much at all. YOU’RE the one who needs to get serious.

     
  • Posts: 0 JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    YES CHUCK-BUT WHY IS HE BRINGING IT UP FIRST PITCH….LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Poly is now 3 for last 22 at bats.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    After watching all the games at Turner Field I am convinced that half of the Braves fans out there are on this blog

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ryan Howard will have to hit 800 plus homers playing a mediocre at best first base to over take schmidt and his being the best offensive and defensive 3b of all tme.

    stop speaking to the feeble minded they are getting annoying. Desibrave has class and is ok.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Chuck, please! Yunel was a cancer in the clubhouse and nearly got his 1st baseman’s arm decapitated on a lazy throw. His head was barely in the game, especially this year, and he wasn’t hitting his weight this year either. The mental errors with that guy was unbelievable. Don’t talk what you obviously don’t know. Plus, I’d much rather have a young lefty with a ton of upside like Happ than an aging Oswalt who is way more expensive. That’s common sense.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    yes 3 braves fans on here every night and 6 in the stands at turner field every night.
    Something doesnt add up

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    come on 25 million dollar man. get that ball and pick it up big man.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    win something hickboy. you have not won anything. until you do shut your mouth.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Better Doc, better

     
  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    ChuckS, Yunel trade was perfect for Braves.. Yunel is another Milton Bradley, Carlos Zambrano in the making.. He is a horrible guy to have in the club house.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    I have class, just not to a Phillies or Mets fan.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Jeff, y’all would love living in the south. I’d help you pick out a truck and might even have yuns meet the fam if y’all’er nice.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    why are brave fans here. this is a philliesnation board. I do not go to your hick sites.

    Howard has to knock that ball down.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Roy Halladay is pigeon toed like a mutha f***. DAMN, boat feet too.

     
 
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