Gameday: Braves (86-64) at Phillies (89-61)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, September 20, 2010 06:37 PM | Comments: 0
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Atlanta Braves (86-64) at Philadelphia Phillies (88-61)Atlanta Braves

Brandon Beachy (0-0, – ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Partly cloudy, 72
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You want a playoff atmosphere? Well, you got it my friend. Tonight the Bank will be rocking – rally towels and all. The Phillies enter with a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East with 12 games remaining, six against each other.

To add to the drama, the Braves scheduled starter, Jair Jurrjens, has been scratched due to injury. 24-year-old rookie Brandon Beachy will start in his place. This move may favor the Braves as the Phils have not done well against guys they have not seen before. Not to mention Jurrjens’ struggles lately. Beachy has spent most of this season in AA and went 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 8 games in AAA before being called up earlier this month. He has an impressive 5.29 K/BB ratio – but of course, he has yet to face major league hitting.

And the Phillies have plenty of that. Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Phils have won 11 of their last 12. They are hot at the right time; even if those wins came against the bottom-feeders of the division. Nonetheless the bats are connecting, especially those of Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Plus, Cole Hamels is tossing some of his best games of his career. He has given up just a single run in his last 31 1/3 innings and over his last 13 games is 5-3 with a stingy 1.79 ERA.

There is no doubt tonight’s game a big one. Where will you be watching?

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Hamels P

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  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Pheeling, We Braves fan don’t blame our players no matter what. We take pride in whatever they do., We live and die liking and loving them.,

    Braves are here today because of what Heyward has provided to the club day in and out., He is a complete ball player and a great thinking mind.

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    He’s a rookie, I’m not sure u have phans. At least not at the games

  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    BTW Braves still lead the season 7-6 against Phillies :)

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Gooooooooood for you!!!!

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    The good Doc will see you tomorrow

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    What does that mean? You can beat our AAA team.

    Roy Halladay

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it


  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Valdez is no longer a AAA player and hasn’t been for quite a while now.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    braves lead the reg season series lol

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Gutsy win. Hamels was superb, despite being squeezed by the ump. Seemed to get slightly rattled, but dug deep for the big outs. They could have plated a few more runs if some of those balls had dropped, but a win’s a win.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    hwo important is defense?

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Your right, but he AAA was earlier. I love Valdez

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    It is Andrew, in September it’s what talks. I love Valdez and his glove

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    some clown on here a few weeks ago said chase was poor defensively

    of al the comments EVER on PN its the worst

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    What other team could have this record after having the MOST starters on the DL in the league this year. Most teams had injurys including the Braves but not to the extent of the Phils. Desi — your only winning the meaningless season series stat because of that , besides it adds to the point I tried to make to you earlier , april , may , june games absolutely count but Champions do what the Phils have done the last 2 months.
    I dont have it in front of me , whats the Phils record since the allstar break Andrew ?




  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    MikeD, You are able to say that because you have a healthy club now., Imagine what would have happend if Howard’s injury happend a week ago and missed the rest of the season and same with utley.

    We lost Chipper the face of the franchise when we need him the most. Troy Glaus who lifted the team in may had to go on DL a month ago when we needed him alot,

    Losing Medlen and Chipper for the rest of the season affected us a lot.

    But we are still here with 2 games lead in Wild Card. I am very happy about that.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    I expect Halladay to get roughed up a little tomorrow. He’s gonna have his work cut out for him. These Braves I think will fair better against him this time and have a better idea of how to hit him. Our offense should have little problems hitting a pitcher with an era well over 5.00…we should that is.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    I’d say Chipper was doing about as much for the Braves as Rollins was for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Chipper? He couldn’t hit for anything this season

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    For you Braves fans, they will win the 3rd game easily.

  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Chipper was hitting .350+ in the last 20 games before he went on DL..,
    Just having him in the lineup will give the team a shot in the arm

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Chipper was turning it on though, until he got injured.

  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Cole is a BEAST! I love this man and this entire team.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the Braves couldnt overcome it though
    they dont have other players to pick it up

    Derek Lee?
    Again LOL

    thats throwing in the towel

    phils are 16-3 in sept

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    lawrence is actually a charachter guy as much as i despise him

    they missed that most of all

    you lose him your in trouble

    you lose carlos beltran and your team is better

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Fab job by Cole…they never score much when he pitches..a few lucky breaks…we couldnt deliver that knockout blow but we still got the job done…the Braves are a good team no doubt…they gone a far way and always find ways to win no matter what…I will hope that we can get 2 out 3….We have to get to their starters as the Braves bullpen is excellent…

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    It’s rediculous to think it, but the Phillies actually have a shot at 100 wins now…99% chance it won’t happen, but still that’s pretty amazing for all the injuries we’ve had.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I am a fan

    cole hamels is my favoirte 2010 player

    cole hamels was my least favorite 09 player

    i have that right.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Hate to say it…but the Yankees are beating the stuffing out of the ball right now. If we play them in the WS, H2O will have nothing on them. All those batters with 20+ homers now….

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Regardless of Chipper’s turnaround, Rollins is also a “face of the franchise,” the “spark of the lineup,” and he’s on the DL. That’s the only point I was trying to make.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    BravoTurd is calling Howard fat? He’s right about Hinski, McCann and Melky, but Howard is solid as a rock. That guy has no paunch on him. You can see a belly on the others, not on Ryno. Dude is a brick Sh!t

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    desi , that doesnt matter we still had to win games with the most injuries , the total is the total they all add up. Braves are having a nice year but theyre not in the same class as the phils , dont feel bad though knowone else is either , bring on the yankees.

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    gotta go —– yo philly-boy ——— nite brother ! see ya tomorrow

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Yankees will lose alcs

  • Posts: 0 biz

    # Ryan Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Hate to say it…but the Yankees are beating the stuffing out of the ball right now. If we play them in the WS, H2O will have nothing on them. All those batters with 20+ homers now….

    Yankee Stadium is a joke. 316 ft porch down the line in right. Plus, since the all star break they are 9 games behind us. And we have 3 stud pitchers, they have 1.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Im hoping someone can knock out the Yankees…some one please…

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Desi, how many Braves have been injured this year?

    When you’re finished with that, go tally up the number of Phillies who have spent significant time on the DL this year.

    We lost Moyer, who had the potential for a career year (providing he wouldn’t have started tiring after the All-Star break), just like you lost Chipper (one of the greats), only significantly earlier in the season.

    Rollins, who was starting to come around in the middle of the order, is still out on the DL.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Are the Braves fans on here really surprised that Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus didn’t make it through the season healthy?

    I could have called that back in April. When was the last time EITHER OF THEM played more than 150 games in a season?

    That was always the problem with the Braves. Great starting pitching, but they were trying to get by on the cheap in other areas—relying on aging or injury-prone players. And it bit them in the ass….

    Frankly, they’re lucky Wagner and Saito have both been healthy this year. I figured one of them would be hurt.

    Anyway, Cole Hamels is a beast. What else can you say?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @phlly texan

    agree. i wonder if J roll may not be in the same boat going forward and if you dont maybe try to trade him this offseason?
    Just saying if hes playing 110 games a year is he better traded?

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Victory beer and pepperoni pizza was the medicine Nation.

    I’m going to see the good Doc tomorrow.

    GO ROY

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    I agree J-Roll’s been too injury prone lately, but I don’t think he’s in the Chipper/Glaus category just yet. And I don’t think you trade him. He’s still a big part of this team, especially with the glove (Valdez has been a real lift this year, but he’s not the answer, and I don’t want him playing short in the playoffs.)

    Let’s see what Rollins does in the postseason. Next year will be big for him. His contract year and he needs to show he can stay healthy.

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    It’s a game of inches and Hamels should NOT have pitched 8 innings. MeldDud Cabrera is a freakin joke. EVERY pitcher makes him look silly. Prado missed a 2-run shot by a matter of a few ft, which would’ve tied the ball game.

    For those that keep bashing Heyward and saying he’s overrated, well, in his defense, that ball was knuckling a bit and was smacked pretty hard. He should’ve had it, but y’all show your ignorance judging him and that play calling him overrated. Come on now!

    Hey, sh** happens and that just this game. Roll with the punches and come back tomorrow scratchin’ and clawin’.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Bravo, there is essentially nothing wrong with your comments there, but face it: All you do is “troll,” and when someone voices objection, or when you get butt hurt for whatever reason, you cry. You have issues. I’m not trying to offend you, it’s the ugly truth. Find something better to do. I leave, come back 2 hours later, and you’re STILL here, just trying to get that last laugh. You’re pathetic. I can’t believe I defended you a couple times…

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Ah, more loser talk from BravoMan.

    We could play the what-if game all night. The Phils hit some rockets of Beachy in the first three innings that went right to fielders or were knocked down by the wind.

    And Cole Hamels was filthy tonight. The Braves had a great chance to get to him in the 2nd, but they missed it and Cole shut the door after that. If you can’t tip your hat to the opposing pitcher when he’s got great stuff, then I’ve got nothing for ya.

    Bottom line is the Phils played a better game. I expect these games to be playoff-like, tight, well played games that will come down to a few plays. So man up and admit your team didn’t make the big plays when it had to and ours did.

    I will agree about Heyward, though. Does anyone really think he’s over-rated? I don’t. I’m a die-hard Phils fan and I know that kid’s a stud. If y’all ever want to trade him, we’ll gladly take him off your hands…….

    Now let’s tee it up and go at it again tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 radio in america

    Regardless of Chipper’s turnaround, Rollins is also a “face of the franchise,” the “spark of the lineup,” and he’s on the DL. That’s the only point I was trying to make.

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