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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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  • MIKE-I AM A HUGE GREEN DAY FAN———–BIZ-AMEN BROTHER!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    green day blows
    ill take suzanne vega any day

     
  • FOR SH^T AND GIGGLES WHATS THE BRAVELESS DOING?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Brooks if the phils had scored say 5 or 6 i think Joe woulda got to maybe complete the game.
    But dont forget he was facing the mets

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    hey biz , how bout specifying who your calling an idiot

    just in case your curious my iq’s 115

    but then again i wasn’t bashin ryan

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    OMG! Chase just K’d! I hate Chase. I’ve never been a fan. Get rid of him!!!!11!!

    See how stupid that looks? Buncha retards. Give us all a bad name with your constant ragging of super star players.

     
  • LOL-ANDREW

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    3-1 still but nats got bases loaded in 6th

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    4-1 nats

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Without commercial interruptions, I’ll bet the game doesn’t make it an hour and a half.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Howdy Doody

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its great Kate! i love it

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    # Miked63 Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    hey biz , how bout specifying who your calling an idiot

    just in case your curious my iq’s 115

    but then again i wasn’t bashin ryan

    ________

    I thought it was quite clearly specified . If you weren’t bashing Howard and saying the following, then it doesn’t apply to you. Quoted verbatim:

    “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”

    “howard is killing us” X 3

     
  • BOY I AM GOING TO TALKING CHOP RIGHT AFTER THIS…..LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    andrew , g/day not my favorite but they dont blow , what would a Miley Cyrus fan know about rock music anyway

    Suzanne Vega ? —- were you at that concert where all the butch chicks went ? whats it called ? —- Lillith Fair I think , were you the only dude there ?

     
  • YEA MIKE AND ANDREW ARE NOT HOWARD HATERS,BUT THAT JEFF………….

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    OMGZORZ! HOWARD SUCKS! 5 straight 30+ HR, 100+ RBI. I’ve never been a fan. He’s killing us. We would be sooooo much better if Sweeney started!!!!. ANd Utley just K’d! When Jimmy comes back Valdez should be our everyday 2 baseman!!!!1!1!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lord, in the battle that goes on through life
    I ask but a field that is fair
    A chance that is equal with all in strife,
    And courage to strive and to dare.
    And if I should win, let it be by the code,
    With my faith and honor held high;
    And if I should lose,
    let me stand by the road
    And cheer as the winner goes by.
    Amen

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    I can’t believe this team is in 1st place. Howard sucks. Utley just K’d. We’re dooooooooooomed! OMG!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Suzanne sang Luca.
    I am honoring Doody this series.
    Luca Doody the mans man.

     
  • SEE ANDREW SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN THIS SERIES……..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Howard will be fine when locked in in the playoffs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    Thats cool biz , still though you came on a little strong .

    You have been here enough to expect it from jeff , he’s one of us so we let jeff be jeff ——- when he says something positive were all surprised
    I gave jeff a little grief earlier for being negative just didn’t insult him.
    But hey ” sticks and stones ” right .

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @jay
    the phils really cant. The suspensions wont mater so much
    but risk of injury in those things is so high
    wouldnt that be a pisser if one of the big 3 or a regualr hurt himself in a brawl?

    look up Bill Lee for more on this

     
  • Posts: 0 terri

    ughh

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    6-1 nats.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    here comes trouble
    read the prayer

    i am putting on the vest now

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    typical lidge here

    now worried about a pitch in the dirt

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    why in God’s sake is Lidge not pitching???

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    Oh man , were getting an exciting finish , come on BRAD

    6-1 NATS

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    lidge is pitching brooks

     
  • BROOKS-??????

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    ANDREW , RUB BUDDAS BELLY ! , DO SOME VOODOO , GOT A MET DOLL ?
    STICK A PIN IN IT

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    WTF JSUT HAPPENED

    WTF

    OH MY GOD

     
  • Posts: 0 terri

    WTH

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    WTF!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Hah,,, my MLB still shows Ryan Maddog!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Are you kidding me?

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    OH MAN THAT SUCKS !!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    THIS SHIT DOESNT HAPPEN TO OTHER TEAMS

    this Fer is callign time as hes in his motion

    this is a DISGRACE

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    waaaaaaaat??

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    reminds me of joe torre calling that time out from the dugout in the playoffs
    thats a F ING disgrace

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    THAT UMP SHOULD NOT OK THAT TIME OUT IF PITCHER IS IN HIS WINDUP AND LIDGE HAD COME SET THATS BULLSHIT

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    teh third bas ump called time as lidge was delivering the pitch
    the hitter hit it back to lidge

    it was a disgrace

     
  • Posts: 0 biz

    Thats cool biz , still though you came on a little strong .

    ________

    Yeah, that was the point.

     
  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    STRIKE THIS F##KER OUT !

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    HA!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    WooooooooooooHoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    see we give the mets four outs. pig umpire.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaeeee! Screw that ump and the Muss!
    yyeehaa!

     
 
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