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
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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  • Posts: 0 jeff

    i guess krod has had a rough year. he beat up his father in law. the juice is not flowing anymore. plus his crystal ball stopped working.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    If BIG Brown ks again I will screeeeeeaaam


  • Posts: 0 jeff

    GOD HE S U C K S AT TIMES. I know we have to live with this but this guy gets hot for a couple week and thats it. Never been a fan

  • Posts: 0 terri

    howard is killing us tonight. should have more runs on scoreboard.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Wertz and Howard are killing us tonight

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    i can live without howie. i understand he will hit 30 homers but he strikes out more then any player i have ever seen in my entire life of living. swings at garbage. bonds was a juice head but the guy was great at the plate.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Wish Howard or Werth would of got a single….

  • Posts: 0 charlie

    Ryan Howard is killing us.always in the hole in the count and he sucks with 2 strikes on him

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    relax tommy. my grandmother could of made that catch.

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    jeff , i’ll give you that , the only player i can remember that struck out as
    much as ryan was Dave Kingman , young fans might not remember him
    he was a met and a cub , i didn’t look anything up just goin by memory

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    uhm… at work and not able to catch what is going on but I saw that Ryan came up with 2 on no outs… then Werth was behind him? What up, no change in the scoring??

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    wow nice play ol man Ibanez still got it…next inning is where Blanton usually starts to implode get them runs in…howard been hurting us a lil lately…

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    6 complete by JB with only a 66 pitch count.
    I’d have to keep him in but I also think its asking for trouble…

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    like when beltran called time and the ump ran. the guys throws 50 miles…lol

    why do umps run away. wouldnt you hide behind the catcher.



  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    yea jeff , but i heard your grandmom was an olympic athlete 1960 summer games

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Nats up 3-1, Spanks getting spanked – looking pretty good.
    Any predictions when we’ll see a clincher? Saturday? Sunday?

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    oh no the dreaded blanton 7th inning.

  • Posts: 0 jeff


  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    philly , i love ryan and back him all the time referencing his slug perc.

    i’m commenting on the k’s , sometimes a k is better , dp’s worse

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Kingman had a career avg of .236 though

    if howard had that hed have been run out of town already

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Joe is in uncharted territory

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    bobs big boy is always getting hit with 2 outs

    Wheeler likes pitching and defense. My guy.


  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Double means nothing…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    joe is on like 80 pitches maybe will come back out
    yes he usually gets hit in the 6th or 7th

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m thinking written on Ryan’s tombstone – “He couldn’t hit the offspeed stuff…”

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Wow, Joe has been waay in control.
    Dare he start the 8th? Man this is a quickie.


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    hit chase?
    we cant get into that stuff now

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    philly does have a point though , maybe the rest of the country is right only in negadelphia could fans complain considering what this team has overcome and is ABOUT to accomplish (they are gonna win it again).
    I guess some people are amazed how much ryan k’s.
    If your old enough to remember though there has been alot of big hr hitters that k alot , ryans just at or near the top of the list. Give Andrew a few minutes he’ll tell us where ryan ranks in k’s per at bats so far for his career


  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    The Phils atbats are going by too quickly too – but here comes the show stoppers for the month of September!

    Andrew? Are you praying yet? We will get on our knees with you buddy.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I dont mind the Ks.
    An outs an out. There are times you can have a productive out though and Ks make that impossible.

    Ryan is up there with the Mark Reynolds of the world.
    The thing is when he doesnt swing at the ball in the dirt hes so much better. I am also thinking his walk total is way to low.
    He is what he is. You make a mistake you will pay.
    Guys a winner. I pick him as my 1b of all in majors even over pujus.
    I do still think hes 20% over paid. No 1b is worth 25 million. 20 million max.

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    big joe with only 2 er and 6 k’s , not bad kid — even though it was the mets theyre still pro’s

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I have faith in Mad dog and Lidge now.
    But I can get a prayer if one is needed.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Debatable as to the mets being pros at this point.
    They are getting paid for performing I will give you that.


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    doody is my favorite met

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    prayin —” hari hari , hari chrishna , chrishna chrishna , hari hari
    “can i give you a flower sir ?”

    MOW EM DOWN MADSON/LIDGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Nice Doody Luca -

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    some cheese on the knees

  • Posts: 0 biz

    I see the moron, Howard hating, short-bus riders are out in force again tonight. An out is an out, idiots. Even the best hitters in the world make 7 of them per 10 AB’s.

    Let me remind all of you simpletons that no man has hit more HR in the past 5 seasons than Howard. No man has more RBI’s in the past 5 seasons than Howard. And no player in the history of MLB has gotten to 250 HR’s faster than Ryan Howard.

    Every one of you idiots should fellate a shotgun as soon as possible.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Braves still behind, Yanks getting rocked, Twins down – Phils with chance to pull ahead of best record race… I think the Twins had 1 less loss

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    My name is luca
    i live on the second floor

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    dookie , is my favorite green day album

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    so, “Pass the dooby doody”?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ biz
    chill out lol

    and yes he got to 250 in the least games but not at the younfest age.
    just having some fun

    I beleive I said I pick him as my 1b over Pujos.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf


    Can you fellate a shotgun? Is that logical?

    Loving the nation tonight

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I think JB’s performance needs a little more attention – 7 complete, 74 pitches!
    only 2 runs, 6 hits, 6 k’s and 1 walk.

    Nice job JB (no one has said the &*$*#burger name yet..)
    Of course Mad Dog looking awesome – Phils looking in good shape here.

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