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 terri

    man, imagine if they lost that game. would have been a riot at CBP

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    its always something!

    11 in a row

    magic number about to be 2

    paging bravo turd

    see i told you so
    nanny nanny voo voo stick your head in doo doo

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS


  • UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 mary

    espn gamecast said madson was closing?

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    is anyone nervous we will cool off. that scares me

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    FOR THE PEOPLE NOT WATCHING LOCAL , Wheels just said that Braves play day game tomorrow so —- they lose tonite and tomorrow we could clinch tomorrow nite !

  • Posts: 0 mary

    what did that ump do?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the mets are crying about how Chase went into 3rd LOL

    Its called playoff baseball and caring you turds

    The mets. Meet the mets

  • PELF-STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    The Atlanta game is the free MLB game on the at-bat app on my phone so I’m also watching them do their best to blow the WC too.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Great pitching, some timely hits , and stellar defense


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    nats 7
    braves 1

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    7-1 nats.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Willie Harris hits an inside the park homerun, thats great


  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    hey philly —- you know, church mice are really just rodents when you think about it ? Some of those little fockers really love baseball though.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    no way jay

    magc number is 2

    could even sit chase one of these games

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Phils only 5 for the last 38 w RISP- but pitching and defense has been so spectacular we’re still 4-0 in that stretch.

    Now 7-1 Nats

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    hey biz , have a great nite bro !

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    lefty — where you been dude ?

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    HOLY CRAP —- 32 GAMES ABOVE 500 AND A 7 GAME LEAD !!!!!! WOW !!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    My predictions have been great. But I come from it with a gamblers mentality and an ability to analyze a situation. Gambling is an information game. like horse racing or Poker. I have much knowledge of baseball and an ability to analyze it. As a gambler would. Unfortunately my knowledge of the NFL isnt what it once was or id give out some winners here. But my knowledge of baseball is at the sick level at this point.

    The braves are done. May limp into playoffs but its moot.

    Phils are favored to win it all at this point. Dont need some brawl to mess with stuff.
    Series will be Rays and Phils take 2

    told you guys to nto worry. And dont even consider the last 3 games of the season.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Hey Mike
    Had to work late, heard the whole game, and caught the last inning here.

    This is the greatest Phillies team ever

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the phils all time win streak is 13?

    wow thats in jeopardy

    defence pitching and fundamentals

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Andrew, I won big at poker the other night,

    Well as big as you can in a friendly neighborhood game. LOL

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Did Jay leave without a HElLLLLLLL YEAH??

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lefty need to win the whole thing
    then its dynysty time

    and yes this is the best phillies team ever

    Making it to game 6 of the WS last year with Lee and Pedro as your 2 pitchers was amazing

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Good deal lefty.

    Bravoturd is MIA whod have thunk it

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Every nights a great night in my world mike! =)

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    KK on the mound when the phls clinch

    OH MY!

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    When you count on hitting, some times it just goes cold. Defense never does.

    Even Joe B with a belly flop ! LOL

    Defense is effort, these guys give it.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    It’s a shame Bravoturd is not here. He was starting to grow on me. Kind of like Algae grows on limestone.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Wow, what a great night.

    Ryno will work it out. It’s nice that this team is at the point where it’d sure be great if he could produce every game, but he doesn’t have to.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Braves rallying a little
    7-2 no outs braves runners on 2nd and 3rd

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Bravoturd was growing on me too. Like an anal fizure in a world wthout preperation H.

  • Posts: 0 mary

    that nats team can easily blow a game we seen that last weekend hopefully nats can hold on……………

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Nats pen actually pretty good

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    This team is so good that every night someone different picks them up. Andrew is spot on, Chooch is our MVP this year.
    Ryno is having a bit of a down season, but his down season is better than most guys good seasons. Hope he gets hot in October.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    storren has struggled a little though yes

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Twins losing 10-0, Yankees down 10-7…if things hold up, the Phillies will own the best record in baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Ray Knight is way worse than Wheeler, that’s hard to do.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Poor ray
    he wasnt even hired for that job. Hes just filling in for dibble

    bob carpenter so bad though ray seems ok

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    bravo was growin on me too , like the hairs that grow on my a$$.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Braves brign in billy the goat
    who jsut threw a ball away
    8-3 braves

    even I didnt think the braves would fundamentaly break down to this level
    they are a .500 team and not a threat next year

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Mike did you know that church mice could get anal fissures?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    8-3 nats i mean

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    got to spell it fizures lol
    Special Bravoturd spelling

    Everyone in NL but phils not playing well.

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    Andrew , we have to work on your self confidence , your too modest also. ha ha —- seriously though i gave you props for saying braves will drop off back in summer —– as far as your baseball knowledge your allright your almost at my level , ha ha . —– whats a rodent know about baseball anyway ?

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