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

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 24, 2010 06:14 PM | Comments: 0
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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
Weather:
Partly Cloudy, 80
TV: CSN
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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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • NICE!!!!!

     
  • YOU WANT TO GET A GOOD LAUGH,GO TO TALKING CHOP.COM…….LOL

     
  • THE BRAVE FANS ARE IN OFFICAL PANIC MODE..LOL

     
  • THAT WAS A HANGER JOE!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    They have fans?
    Really even if they make it doesnt matter.
    Its kinda funny though I agree

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    i like valdez at short. can hit like jimmy but his glove is sick

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I see the game I am attending tuesday has Oswalt pitching.
    Wonder if it will be the clincher
    Kinda wanted to see Cy Halladay but its OK

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Ryan Howard has not been Mr. September as of late.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we are now seeing the minus 125 million dollar man…lol

    how is the nfl not suspend this t h u g the beard for a dui. are you kidding me

     
  • I AGREE ,RYAN IS STRUGGLING AND I DONT THINK HE WILL GET ANY BETTER VS R.A.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Game is not over with .. still time for Ryan to shine.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    and joe is back. god he is baddddddddddddddddd

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Pagan goes boom
    2-2

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    mets will take 2 of 3 from us

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    joe , joe , joe —- can’t hang a changeup like that , tie game

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the beard you mean braylon edwards?
    he sucks anyway who cares?

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    angel the green card pagan.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Ryno’s gonna have to step it up tonight.

     
  • THAT IS TRUE,BROOKS!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    @Jeff: Mets take ONE.

    If they’re lucky.

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    pagan’s a nice player , one of the few bright spots for mets this year

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    dunn another bomb

    nats 3
    braves 0

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we will see. with kk going and blanton. i dont think so. let down this weekend.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The mets were ahead of the phils with Pagan in center for 60% of the year.
    Then beltran got healthy and their season was over instantly.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Adam Dunn again

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    3-0 nats. dunn again.

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    Oh cheeseburger….

     
  • GLAD TO SEE YOUR UPBEAT JEFF……..

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    @philly —- now thats its 3-0 i’m gonna take your advice and go check out talkin chop

    @jeff —– what does this team have to do to make you be positive ?
    come on dude , how many games have they won since the AS break ?
    10 in a row , on a pace for high 90′s win total , what do you want ?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Joe threw some tofu burger up there.
    Not good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    MVP MVP MVP

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    mike i have been a phillies fan a long time. they can rip your heart out just as quick. i just have to keep on them.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Chooch=Phillies MVP

     
  • Posts: 0 bostonkate

    CHOOOOOCHHH!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    bunt time

     
  • MIKE YOU WILL LAUGH YOUR AZZ OFF….LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    blanton cant even get a bunt down. you fatso. i have never been a blanton fan. to many pitchers in baseball as good or better.

     
  • LOVE THE RALLY TOWELS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    carmelo anthony traded to the nets. what a horrible trade. they gave away there point guard.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Shanes hitting right vs a rightie

    wheeler missed it lol

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    why is shane batting from the right.

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    Fatso Joe is great at giving up the 2 out dinger. He always brain farts with 2 out instead of bearing down like a real pitcher

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The nba is the WWE

    Do they trade in the WWE?

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    @jeff — i was born in 63 so i know what your saying about philly sports heartbreak , but this team is a 180 from the usual drudgery .
    This Phillies team is like no other ever and should not be lumped in with past philly heartbreak , these last 3 years is what it feels like to be a yankee fan as far as winning goes , whole new world brother .

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    no the wwe is the nfl. a bunch t h u g s.

    makes me laugh. also what the eagles are doing. well what the owner is. first you have the qb of the future and pay him lots. after one half he looks to be traded. now the t h u g dog killer is playing. he cant throw and will never win the big games.

     
  • JEFF-NO COMMENT

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Phils are gonna clinch by sunday,
    I laughed every time someone talked about that final series with the Braves. I mean come on really? Do you look at talent? and roster?
    Tonight its Hudson too

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    except the yankees would of kept lee. lol

    can you imagine, doc, oswalt, hamels, lee, and myers. just dreaming

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The NBA is scripted though.
    Vut this is PHILLIES nation

    Joe is settled in like a cut of prime rib.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    But the yankees wont win the series this year or even make it

    theres more to it than buying players. Ask the mets

     
 
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