Gameday: Mets (74-78) at Phillies (92-61)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 24, 2010 06:14 PM | Comments: 0
2010 Gameday, Posts

New York Mets (74-78) at Philadelphia Phillies (92-61)

Atlanta BravesR.A. Dickey, RHP (11-7, 2.92 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (7-6, 5.04 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Partly Cloudy, 80
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The interesting news from Charlie Manuel’s pre-game chat was that Jimmy Rollins could be ready to return on Sunday. It’s something we’ve heard before during this hamstring healing process, however, Manuel said he may even be ready to pinch hit before that. Rollins took part in a simulated game yesterday and by all accounts looked great. Let’s hope.

Today, I was interview by Mets Gazette Editor Frank Gray who asked me a few questions about the upcoming series. Here’s the interview in full.

Mets Gazette: How deep do you see the Phillies going in the playoffs? Why?

Pat -If the present is any indicator of the future for the Phillies, then they have an outstanding chance of winning the World Series for the second time in three years. However, I don’t want to jinx the team by looking too far ahead. Every single day, manager Charlie Manuel says we’re worried about today’s game, not tomorrow, not yesterday. It’s that mantra that has helped them succeed throughout a tumultuous season, even though it’s cliche as hell.

But since you’re asking me to look ahead (and assuming the Phils are in with a magic number of 4) I will say that at this point, they may very well have the best team in baseball. They are certainly the most dangerous. So with that said, I see them making it back to the World Series and I don’t think there are many people out there who would disagree.

Mets Gazette: Your team strengths and weaknesses?

Pat- For about two months in the middle of the summer, we were shown the Phillies weaknesses. They fell into a slump of epic proportions, something we haven’t seen around here in a few years. Amazingly, they’ve turned it around with a complete 180 and now it seems they have no weaknesses, only strengths. Here are a few of both.

Strengths: -Obviously, the rotation beginning with Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt. As I outlined a few days ago, this triumvirate has a chance to become one of the greatest of all time with a solid October. This strength might be the biggest strength of any team in the hunt for the playoffs. And as we all know, pitching wins you titles, and the Phils have three of the absolute best in the game. Lucky them.

-Another strength is their “been there/done that” attitude. Most of these players have witnessed postseason baseball firsthand over the last few season, so they know what to expect. They understand the grind and how a new season changes things completely. All season, through thick and thin, this Phillies team has been as even keeled in the clubhouse as you’ll see out of a team, and that serves to help them once the playoffs begin.

-I’ll choose one more, even though they have a bevy of strong points. This one may come as a shock, but the back of the bullpen has been a real source of stability for quite some time now. Ryan Madson missed two months after kicking a chair in the clubhouse. He’s now back and pitching some of the best baseball of his life. He also has a relatively fresh arm, although since coming off the DL in early July, Manuel has used him the most out of any other reliever in baseball. Post All-Star break, he’s pitched in 40 games but has been ridiculously good, sporting a 1.14 ERA over 39 1/3 innings. Brad Lidge, who many left for dead after a lost 2009 campaign, has been nearly as beneficial to this team after the break. His ERA stands at 2.23 since the midsummer classic, and he’s saves 20 games in his last 22 appearances. What was once a beleaguered part of the Phillies has been a boon for a team that needs some stability in an otherwise up-and-down pen.

Read the rest here, at MetsGazette.com

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

Your gameday beer: Yards Love Stout
Victory LagerAnything from Yards is a friend of mine. They just make damn good beers. My favorite is Yards ESA, but this Love Stout is intriguing. Right now, it’s cask conditioned at Grey Lodge Pub in Northeast Philadelphia, another enticing factor. Since I’v never tried the Love Stout, I can’t say first hand how it looks or tastes. But by all accounts, it’s a very dark beer with a dark head that has a chocolate and coffee aroma. For you java lovers, this could be gold. If your in Philly, get down to the Grey Lodge and order a burger med-well with one of these and enjoy the game. -Pat Gallen


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  • BIG 3….LOL SRY

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    sup philly ! —- RA gives us trouble be curious to see if we hit him tonite


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I am starting RA in fantasy tonight but I also picked up blanton for a spot start.

    no matter what if say the mets win tonight and take 2 of 3 here. Which I dont think is happening. I am just saying relax and enjoy it nation.
    This is probably the best phillies team ever.

    Got guys on ESPN literaly predicting they wont lose a game in the NL playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Hey guys wonder if bravoturd will come by?
    Colorado is pretty muchdone Arizona knocked em out.
    Braves may back into it. Especially since the phils will be starting the AAA team those last 3 games



  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ha Jay
    Its really doesnt matter for the phils if they make it or not.
    With colorado out its good fo phils. SF is probably the hottest 2nd best team and they are making it.

    I do favor SD over the braves but the braves have a chance

    that the phils wont need any of the last 3 helps the braves chances

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Brad Lidge since July 31:

    21 saves in 22 opportunities, 0.83 ERA

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    been great philly —— wonder which joe will joe up tonite
    a—– burger with cchheesseee
    b—– or just plain burger

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the funks are over
    like i said last game
    I halfway expect Dobbs to hit now

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Andrew, we can all relax now. It’s not over, but it’s close. We may only get 1 of 3, but I still think the Mets have all but quit. With a Magic number of 4 and 9 games left, the Braves can go 7-2 and we caqn go 2-7 and still clinch. Im feeling good.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Andrew, I almost want to see Dobbs spel Polly against this K-Baller. Give Polly a night off AND not mess his swing up. I think we should start 4 or 5 backups.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the doucher mets scare me a little

    They havent showed up for a month for anything and watch them show up. The braves series they played was the worst fundamental baseball ive ever seen. It was a disgrace to MLB

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    no way in hell this team doesn’t play over .500 rest of way unless they clinch real early and rest everyone

  • I HATE R.A. DICKEY!!!!

  • I HATE R.A.!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    grabbin some chow be back in a bit

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I hope the Mets’ knuckleballer R.A. Dikki does not put our bats to sleep for several games and Cheesburger Joe gets a solid performance under his belt and doesn’t crap the bed in the first couple of innings.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I was hoping that we wouldn’t send all our regulars out there tonight… because I fear that Dic*ey has the potential to throw us off our hitting groove

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Biz — i agree with you 100%. It would be good to see Dobbs at third, Sweeney at first, Gload in left and Schneider behind the plate.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Bart – Yes, it would. I don’t want to see out regulars face him. I guess the brilliant Cholly Manuel sees it different. Who are we to question such intelligence?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Look jay
    doody is up to .184

    they actually say he is supposed to be good in the future


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Really how can you hate on the old man?

    It would be like hating on your mom for baking you a cake every day.
    Sure we can question some in game decisions
    But the guy is manager of the year and if they win it all this year hes a hall of famer.
    And then the statue is made in front of cbp

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Watch doody get the game winning hit

    Id have tinkered a little with the line up tonight. But we all know charlie isnt that type. Hes gonna go hard till its clinched.


  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Let’s go cheeseburger! A nice juicy one, plus a shake awaits if you pull this off!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    1-0 phils


  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Victorino: “What slump?”

    Hey, everyone.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Thats a good way to start

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    wheels says the phils came out lucy goosey LOL

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the Mets are dead men walking

    I wonder if they will even get anythign good back for Reyes?


  • Posts: 0 biz

    Andrew, a trained chimp could take this talent to the WS. I’m not hating on the old man, but I’m not going to give him credit for driving jet at mach speed. This team has won plenty of games despite the old man. I don’t know about you, but I remember all the games he cost us in 05 and 06. It used to drive me insane. The team got better (so has he) and has been able to overcome some of his blunders, like Dobbs PHing in the 7th the other night. Or the Robertson debacle. Anyway, you get my drift. No need to take this any further.

  • CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Votto is out again today for a mysterious sinus infection.
    He has a history of some mental issues.
    wondering whats really going on there.
    Probably resting him but 3 days in a row is long enough to effect your swing


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    history will look back on his record.

    I am of the opinion that other managers “geniuses” like larussa and Torre wouldnt win here. They would tinker too much. Torre would have lost Lidge and Hamels. Ibanez would have been benched or even sent to minors. He was the worst every day player in the majors for 2 or 3 months this year.

    I refuse to goto the hall of fame because of the Rose slight which I consider a disgrace. But if the Phils win another WS or 2 I will go when the old man is put in.

    The baseball HOF without Rose is like the Beatles for some reason not being in the rock and roll hall of fame.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ jay
    Blanton or the phanatic?

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    and thats why the Mets are bad…

    I just hope we do not have a let down against this team. We need to get this done and give our three pitchers off.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    man how bad are the mets?

    Pagan is the one who put them in front of the phils at the all star break too. You can see that the overall patheticness of the franchise has rubbed off on him. Thanks Carlos Beltran.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    nats 1
    braves 0

    paging bravotued


  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Hi kate numero dos!

  • Posts: 0 bostonkate


    It’ll be embarassing if the braves lose to the nats. Bravoturd wouldn’t dare show his face because there is no valid argument to make his beloved, always- can- produce a- sellout- crowd team look decent.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The Nats are playing hard. their pen is good.
    Are way better than the Mets at this point. They try.
    if they lose the nats series. Hudson is going tongiht its very bad.

    Seems like no one wants to make the playoffs in the NL

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    2 rbi for shane

    the leadoff hitter

    the jimmy thing is the question mark at this point

    dont mess us up j roll

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