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Gameday: Braves (86-66) at Phillies (91-61)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, September 22, 2010 05:30 PM | Comments: 0
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Atlanta Braves (86-66) at Philadelphia Phillies (91-61)Atlanta Braves

Tommy Hanson (10-11 3.62 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
Partly Cloudy, 88
TV: CSN
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Five up with 10 to play. It’s amazing that the Phillies have made it this far, just a game and a half back of the Yankees for the best record in all of baseball and hotter than any other contender when it counts the most. Tonight is a chance to go up by 2/3 the number of games remaining in the season. Monday and Tuesday nights, the Phillies sent their two best pitchers out to beat up on children. One wonders if Bobby Cox will ride off into the sunset regretting his failure to set his rotation for the three most important games of the season.

But today, Tommy Hanson takes up Atlanta’s cause. Hanson was spectacular as a rookie last year and has built on that strong performance in 2010, posting 3.8 WAR, a 3.14 K/BB ratio, and a 3.39 FIP. However, he’s going against Roy Oswalt, who, since joining the Phillies has been so good it’s starting to get boring to talk about it.

After winning the first two games of the series, this one is not absolutely essential, but it would certainly make a  difference to go into the last nine games up six, rather than four.

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

Your gameday beer: Butterbeer

Victory LagerIn honor of the Phillies’ (hopeful) impending sweep this evening, we bring to you a beverage served at the Three Broomsticks in the Harry Potter series of books. Butterbeer is one of the few Harry Potter creations that we Muggles can enjoy. It’s one part butterscotch schnapps and seven parts cream soda. It’s certainly not that alcoholic, but it tastes, well, like magic.- Michael Baumann
GO PHILLIES!

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Need this game to inch closer to best record in the NL.

    Colorado is running a little slower like the Padres. So maybe the Braves will be able to back into the playoffs still.
    Not likely though.

    The phils have 5 more wins than the reds.
    Best record in the NL. Look out

     
  • Posts: 0 Billy

    LET’S GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    This game is big psychologically and physiologically. Psychologically, it would instill confidence in the substitutes, who would get a chance to get more playing time and remove the rust off their skills before the postseason play. Physiologically, the starters , especially the pitchers, would get some needed rest ; stiff muscles would heal and the bullpen would have a needed respite. Moreover, our highly touted minor leaguers would get some major league experience.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    I’d like to see us Clinch soon, then play the Postseason bench. An ideal clinched lineup would be:

    SS Rollins (Needs some AB’s, bad)
    CF Victorino
    2B Utley
    1B Howard
    RF Werth
    LF Ibañez
    3B Valdez
    C Schneider
    P

    Around the 4th-inning (roughly 1 AB per person), swap to the following:
    SS Rollins
    CF Francisco
    2B Utley
    1B Sweeney
    RF Gload
    LF Ibañez
    3B Valdez
    C Schneider

    of course, on a few days, Howard would stay in, Polly would play (he needs rest due to his elbow injury, though), and Utley would be the odd-man out. It’s hard to get AB’s for Sweeney when Howard is such a tank at 1B, and that’s the only position he can play. Gload can rest Ibañez if necessary, or Werth.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I’d like to see Worley, Bastardo, Herndon and some of the minor leaguers pitch, as well. Herndon, though not a minor leaguer, is a sinker baller and they tend to pitch better with a lot of use. He has not been getting a lot of pitching time lately.

    I like Greg’s proposed lineups. Nice job.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    I’m feeling pretty confident after seeing Oswalt’s splits versus the Braves: 0-3 in regular season, but 3-0 in postseason. Dude rises to the occasion. Only Johan Santana has a better career record in the second half.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Lets win tonight and talk about rest tomorrow. Tonight is the game of the season for me.

    Butterbeer? WTF

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Raining…..

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    Smack talking aside for a second:

    How’d you guys like Jeff Kellog’s K zone last night. Both pitchers got squeezed most of the night. The difference is a Cy Young pitcher like Halladay knows how to adjust to a terrible ump as opposed to a rookie. That was the difference. Minor split the heart of the plate with a curveball to Howard that should’ve gotten him out, but

    Strike zones are getting smaller and smaller. Curve balls rarely get called a K anymore. Umps get “docked” for calling balls strikes and have no punishment for calling a strike a ball. That’s why so many are hesitant to give corners anymore. It’s obviously a hitters game and they obide by their orders, it appears.

    Very impressive what Halladay,Hamels,Oswalt are doing in that small park just like it was very impressive what Smoltz/Glavine/Maddux did in the steroid era. And believe me, you’d be surprised to find out that trio didn’t get corners as much as some believe. I remember many, many times where they’d get squeezed themselves.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    I think the Braves had a great year. I like to talk smack with the rest of them. The Braves pitching has led them and all those comeback wins. Not having Chipper hurts because the guy is a leader and clutcher hitter. Also can play third like nobody else. I think the season is very long and they faded towards the finish line. There is no question the Phillies have a better lineup that got life back into them when they got healty. Plus our three aces do not hurt. We have been here for a few years now and now what it takes to finish out the year. It would be ashame for the Braves not to make the playoffs. They have worked very hard. Not taking anything away from the west but the Braves are better. Its not the Phillies they have to worry about its what is coming up behind them. I applaud them for giving the Phillies a run this year. It kept us hungry. Thats what baseball is all about.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff Y

    When is JRoll coming back??

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Come on, boys, get the sweep for my big 29!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Kate if I read that right birthday congrats are in order! Too bad you did not have tix for tonight. If I’d known, I was at McFaddens last night too – wow, crowded, I would have bought you a birthday refreshment.

    Happy birthday!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    29….I remember those days. LoL. Im 39.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    jeff, it’s really not close at this point who has the better team. I know that. It’s the Phillies. John Schuerholz said it best…. “Losers make excuses”. I’m not making an excuse here, but you’re right. Losing Chipper hurt them in a bad way. He brought leadership and also brought a very good AB every single time he was up. Pitchers knew that and it made guys around him just a touch better. Guys like Prado and McCann are trying to do way too much and it’s showing. A guy like Infante is more valuable as a play everywhere platoon guy, but has been thrust into an everyday guy. He’s decent everyday, but better for us a utlity player.

    Alright, enough. I’ll go on.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    he is throwing cheese. god its great to have this rotation.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Oswalt already has every pitch working, 2 k’s in the second

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    I read a article about our three aces. They could not be more different. Hamels is a Callllllly boy. Roy 2 loves to hunt. Doc just keeps to himself. Funny. They have one thing in common. They know how to pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Lets see if our boys can stay ” UP ” for this sweep game , its been a long season and its human nature to have a little let down here. They know this things wrapped up and could have a let down subconciously.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    No let down here even if they lose this one

    I am attendng next tuesdays game. I wont say my record when attending. But I think things have changed.

    Can you see that fear in Oswalts eyes? Feeble minded is always on top of things.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Wheeler is just corny enough and the hair is just funny enough that when I dont get the phils feed I do miss him a little. Guess anything can grow on you. Hes still not a world beater as a broadcaster.
    But hes ours.

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    1st baserunner of the game, lets go Rauuuull

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    I agree Andrew

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    andrew — who you referring to ? You lost me with “fear” in Oswalts eyes

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    happy b-day kate —– 29 huh ? — big 30 next year ! (long ago 4 me )

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Mccann can swing, put he cant throw for anything

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    chooch will make them pay for that “E” with a 2 out 2 strike hit

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Bravoturd was rambling about oswalt being scared of the braves today. I dont read him but there was a bunch of it and i read peoples reactions. Desi has said before the Braves own Oswalt etc etc
    People to need to recognized. Everything is out the window now.
    Hell I fully expect Dobbs to get a hit if called upon. Well ok thats a bit of a stretch but you get the sentiment.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Just dont want us to get cold in the playoffs but we have to stay hot to get there. just keep winning. the braves play the nats. they are nats to the braves.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Braves wil have long term issues winning with Mccann. He is good enough that moving him to first or left shuold be considered.
    He is a good hitter and clutch I agree.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Thats the 58th error for the Braves since the Allstar break , this Braves team could never win a WS making that many errors. Many casual fans do not look at “D” enough in baseball , they know how important it is in football , just as important in baseball. Remember all thos great Cardinals teams that did it with pitching , speed , and defense . Those 80′s Cardinals teams barely hit the longball but man could they run and play defense and of course pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The nats took 2 of 3 in atl last week

    If you take out the mets.

    the braves are 5-11 in sept

    The Mets have kept them around going back to the end of august.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    He looks good so far. Lets get this man some runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its more important than hitting but I dont want to get into the debate!
    Enough around these parts understand defense wins championships.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Hanson is no slouch
    He is the real future of the braves
    Needs to learn to keep runners from stealing though

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    7-15 in last 22
    if you take out the mutts

    The Braves best friends

    and i got a feeling the mutts are gonna play us tough in that series

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I should be ashamed for not mentioning the wizard of OZ when i mentioned those Cardinals teams. —– This braves team also lacks speed to go along with poor defense. Pundits always talk about the way the Phils mash the ball , but theyre overall team speed and defense
    are just as big.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    andrew — ” Its more important then hitting but I dont want to get into the debate ” (with an exclamation point )

    Who’s debateing it ?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    be very careful here. no runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Hey guys,
    One more note about great defense. When you understand how hard it is to play this game well, defense is a beautiful thing to watch. So many of my friends say baseball is boring. They only like 10-9 scores, they just don’t see the athleticism that I see.

    I’ll be back later

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    lets get some hits now, please

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Its thundering and lightening with big time wind up here in bucks county
    hope its not heading south

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Most people dont understand defense and how important it is.
    I dont really want to convert them either you and lefty are enough.

    Now how about a hit?

    At least Hanson has heart.

    Now how about some errors like the first 2 games bravos.

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    8:15 bottom of 5th wow

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    this is pretty much the only way the Phils could lose is for the O to shut down. I know, game is not near over but, we need to show a little life!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    That should have been caught , wow the braves d sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Better! Mucho better!

     
  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Will charlie bunt roy ? — he should

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    cmon Shane, you are due

     
  • Posts: 0 terri

    ugh, vic has killed us these past two nights

     
 
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