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
Partly Cloudy, 88
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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

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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

    1 down

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    2 down

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    look at the crowd

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Take our chances with Prado

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    suspense at its best !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mostone


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    3 down!

  • Posts: 0 Lefty


    Magic number 4!

  • Posts: 0 miked63


  • Posts: 0 ChuckS


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    paging all braves fans?
    i count 0 runs on the phils pen for the series

    how many on the GREAT braves pen?

    What a joke.

    I said this when the phils were 7 back. I said it would be over by the end of this series. Dont worry about it. 1 more start for the big 3.
    Rest people. Concentrate on best record in NL. Which is looking good.
    the braves are moot. If they make it who cares if they dont who cares. Enjoy the retirement bobby.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    oh babbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbby. 4 is the number

    6 games up. the division is ours. just win a couple against the mets and nats. nice to give our aces off in atlanta.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Mike who has a better pen?

    1 hitter baby

    charlie is genius

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I Hope brave fans don’t come on and try to make this a glass half full in any way —– “we had a good season , we played hard , we overachieved ” ——— bull$hit —- The Phillies showed you what a champion does —– THEY BURIED YOU !

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    ill be there next tues
    hope its the night we clinch home field throughout the playoffs

    Where are the braves trolls

    so sorry

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    There we go! 10 straight wins, a sweep of the Braves!!!!!!!! 18-3 in the month of September

  • Posts: 0 therookie300


    That’s all I have to say…..

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Felt like that game was setting up for a loss. But Raul! Against another tough lefty! Talk of platooning him seems so … July.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    There is a birthday present for Kate!

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    Andrew , our pen outpitched the braves pen this series——


  • hell yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The braves own oswalt
    bravoturd told me LOL

    thats 1 hit MEAT

    Now you enjoy watching the phillies in the playoffs and stick around

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    BROOKS SAID IT —– WOW — 18 AND 3 IN SEPT ——-



  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Im taking the dog for a walk be good nation.
    Ill check in to see if the trolls surfaced
    they tend to be gutless

    and hate to say it

    but i predicted all of this 6 weeks ago didnt i bravo turd?

    like john kruk would LOLOLOL
    a real psychic

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    So where are you Bravo? C’mon man it’s okay, you were starting to grow on me- you know, like algae on a limestone.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Not always the prettiest too many RISP left but somehow we did it again…i think this is why Oswalt was brought in RAJ knew this was a problem for us…prior to June with a shaky Cole we where a supposedly high powered offense with a 1 trick Pony(Roy H)…still work to be done boys….the always tough RA Slickey is next……the Phils have to go with the mentality that we are only 1 game up on the Braves…..

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Hey all!

    Im not sure what way is a better way to sweep the Braves. Is it better to have won in the 8th and 9th inning to take the 2nd and 3rd game or is it better to just flat pound them? LOL. I just remember bravoidiot spurting out stupidity about “The braves are a better team and we will find that out in Philly”, We have a better clutch team after the 7th inning”, we have a MUCH better bullpen”, if we can get to the bullpen, the Phillies will lose easily. Can someone refresh my memory of what inning the Phillies scored in the 2nd and 3rd innings? Just curious. LOL

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I meant 2nd and 3rd GAMES, not innings. Sorry, a little drained from studying.

  • GREAT SERIES,AND LOOK FORWARD TO BEING BACK ON THE GAMETHREADS WITH YOU GUYS……………AS ALWAYS GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S.-BRAVOMAN ITS BEEN FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Ok, first of all I need to get something out of my system.

    *Deep Breath*

    “Ha! Finally! For all those times the Braves broke my heart, payback!!!!”

    I feel better now.

    What a job by the Phils and the three headed monster they created. This series is the blueprint on how the Phillies will win in the post season. Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt crushing the hopes and dreams of any team that gets in our way. This is a good time to live. Man I love those guys!

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Oswalt gave up a hit.

    I guess that will give him something to work on between now and the NLCS.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    First sweep of the Braves in CBP. Dynamite.

  • Posts: 0 TARich

    Why don’t my comments ever show up?

  • Posts: 0 TARich

    Wow, one of them finally did!

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Great job H2O and Lidge! This pitching staff is everything the ESPN propaganda has made it out to be and more! Btw…the Braves blogs were ripping their team worse than I’ve seen among a group of fans. I almost feel sorry for them…..almost.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Bravoman must be doing the same thing, lmao.

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Braves contended all year, and finally ran into a buzz saw (Hamels, Halladay, Oswalt). Just as planned; sometimes the best laid plans do work out. If they didn’t know it before, now whoever else makes it to the NLCS – as well as the AL winner – can see what they’re up against in a playoff series with the Phillies.

    Braves did a lot with what they had – and they might make the playoffs yet. Their fans should stop bitching enough to see that (probable) 90-or-so wins by their club is really pretty good. Great job again by Bobby Cox.

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