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 Lefty

    That would be great Mike, a PN showing at the parade for the World F#$*kin champions.

    Just got to get through the short NLDS, it’s the only series someone could pull off a fluke.

    Oh god I starting to sound like jeff now.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    dick enburg doing the padres games
    pretty interesting

    matt stairs stole a homer lol
    wih the vertical leap

  • Posts: 0 Lefty


  • TY LEFTY!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    thanks for the link
    Chase just basicly slid into the bag
    the mets are a joke on every level at this point
    seriously. now you care?

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    At the end Tejada says he had no problem with it, and Chase asked if he was okay.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    The Muts are just trying to do whatever they can to fire themselves up- they’ve lost six straight and their manager is a joke.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the mets cant be bullied

    try winning some games clowns

    they are just jealous

  • David Wright, on Chase Utley’s slide: “If he doesn’t mind guys coming like that after him, then everything’s good.”


  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    If the Phils had taken the junk series vs the Stros/Bucs – we would not be in this race right now, the Phils would be playing the seconds, already in possession of their 4th consecutive division title.

    Does anyone know if the Phils would receive any monetory award for having the best record in all baseball? A few days ago I recall Werth saying they are going for that record but I dont know if it means $$$ or just – phhttt! – prestige.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I dont think so brooks. There is a trophy for most points in the NHL by a team but thats it.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Andrew, I told ya the Rockies were bringing too little, too late. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the Braves, though. I said they wouldn’t fold. Woops! lol

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I don’t think so Brooks, but damn it sure looks good


  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    Wheres forrest ? I know your out there , we knew he’d disappear and not have the kahoneys to show up and take his medicine.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    September 24th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    David Wright, on Chase Utley’s slide: “If he doesn’t mind guys coming like that after him, then everything’s good.”


    LOL. Who’s going to do that, David? You? LOL. You gotta have heart to do something like that. Currently, there are no members of your team who have any. So instead, the Mutts are going to try to bean Chase. Punks. Gutless punks. All of em.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    LOL biz

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    In the end the Rockies had too far to come.
    The game the phils took from them up there was huge for both franchises

    the Mets are a full on joke

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    wow those standings look great ! I never doubted we could win the division but knowone could have predicted it would look like that a month ago , not even andrew predicted it would be 7 games up on 09/24. I cant believe the pirates are 53-100 how can a team be that bad for what , 20 years ! —– I wish they could get back to respectability they were a great franchise in the 70′s . I have family there and theyre beyond despair , they have the steelers though 6 rings and counting , they might win it again this year , theyre my pick , best D in the NFL again

  • Posts: 0 Miked63

    Nite Nation , gettin up at 6am , see u guys tomorrow.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Night Mike!

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