Gameday: Nationals (62-84) at Phillies (86-61)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, September 17, 2010 04:42 PM | Comments: 0
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Washington Nationals (62-84) at Philadelphia Phillies 86-61)washington-nationals-logo

Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (12-13, 2.94 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
74 Mostly Sunny
TV: Comcast
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It’s September.  The Phillies are in first place and on a tear.  Tip your hats to the visiting Nationals coming into town after taking two of three from the Braves.  The Phillies, on their current four game win streak, are now three games ahead of said Braves in the NL East.

The Phillies will look to stay hot against a pitcher who has yet to warm up this season.  To say Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60) hasn’t lived up to his role would be an understatement.  He was brought in this past off-season to be an inning eater and lead a rotation of young pitchers.  He has pitched just over 46 innings in 10 starts this year.  And though he is Jewish, he decided to take his spot in the rotation and pitch tonight, the start of Yom Kipper.

The Phillies should be greatful as well.  Against the Phils, Marquis’ ERA is over five in 91 innings pitched.  This season, Marquis is 0-3 with a 8.78 ERA against the Phillies.  Chase Utley has 12 hits in 25 at bats in his career against the righty.  Along with Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth have all homered of Marquis.

Roy Oswalt (12-13, 2.94) will be on the hill for the Phillies one day earlier than his scheduled start for tomorrow.  The bump will allow Oswalt to pitch against the Braves next week.  This move also allow the Phillies to have their big three or H2O (Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt) go against Atlanta.

Since the beginning of August, Oswalt has been untouchable.  He is 6-0 with a 1.56 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .177 batting average.

UPDATE, 5:50 : The word on Jimmy Rollins is he may be ready for the Atlanta series. He did take grounders in bp and looked to be moving pretty well. There is no timetable yet, but looks like within the next week, according to Charlie Manuel. -Pat Gallen

Today’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Oswalt P

Your gamenight beer: Today’s offering is from Harpoon, and it’s Harpoon Munich Type Dark Beer. It’s your typical brown ale: Hoppy, malty, roasted. Toffee-like. Coffee-like. A nice beer to have, and definitely fitting with some ribs. - By Tim


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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Marquis was the opening day starter for the Nats. And their big free agent signing. So hope the phils are ready to go.
    This series scares me a little. Phils should get 2 or 3 though.
    Hope Roy reaches .500

  • I agree andrew,the nats should get 1 of the 3……..BUT NOT TONIGHT!!!

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Any word on Rollins? Oswalt has been a great signing for the Phils. I do not see him disappointing. I have my fingers crossed for our offense — hot or cold. Hopefully hot tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Whatever happened to CHIEN MING WANG? !

  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    Word on Rollins is maybe ready for Atlanta series, he did take grounders in bp and looked to be moving pretty well. There is no timetable yet, but looks like within the next week.


  • Posts: 0 George

    Chien Ming Wang has yet to recover from his shoulder issues. He’s had the problem for a few years now, and may never regain his abilities. He was a risk; had things worked out, the Nats would be in way better shape.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    After 2 more arm surgeries the Mets will sign Wang.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Charlie likes to win I dont see him putting Jimmy in the 1 hole with 15 games left and just hoping it works out.
    Him batting 5th or 6th makes sense
    Really to me him hitting 8th and Ruiz 8th is the most common sense thing. But with egos etc etc it wont happen.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    I love how generous you guys are saying that the Nats will get a game in this series. That’s so sweet. xD

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Hit ‘em early, hit ‘em often.


  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Those Nats are slippery. I think they do take a game.

    But we’re taking the series.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Victorino and Ruiz are having good nights.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Lol I know the Nats are pesky and play the Phillies hard, but if you look at the situation, the reality is the Nats would be lucky to get a game in this series. I expect them to as well…but it’s just that the big picture says this has a high chance of being a sweep.

    …and also it was a joke…but it wasn’t that funny. xP



  • Posts: 0 jeff

    come on roy. lots of pitches already. this is the worst franchise in mlb. next to the pirates of course.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I had a feeling the Nats would play well.
    Phils will need to score this series.
    tongiht and the next 2 nights. 5 a game minimum

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Not really jeff

    The mets are a worse franchise. They are in the biggest market in the world with no salary cap and suck every year.

    As a franchise the Nats franchise is pretty good. they have certain handicaps. But they are doing it right. the Strsburg thing really hurts them. He needs to change his delivery. And when he does he will lose some on his fastball. but he is going to have to do it to be in the bigs any amount of significant time.


  • Posts: 0 jeff

    andrew, the mets have a world series in 86. then another appearance in the 90s against the yankees. they were even in division races with us for two season. they nats are in last every year. they are horrible. no reason to even have a team. they bring in good players and let them walk. they are worst in baseball.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The franchise was handicapped by being in Montreal
    Anything over 10 years ago has almost no relevance when accesing a franchise.
    they are currently a better run franchise than the Mets. Not even close. The mets are probably the worst with who they sign and what they pay and what they produce.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    No wheeler for me tonight. The terrible Nats play by play guy and Dibbles replacement. Who is Ray knight and hes OK.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    i agree the mets are run horrible by the owner. they will be a better team in the future then the nats. the nats ruined strausberg.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    should of scored. bad base running

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Good job

    Going to have to win this series with the bats

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    here comes an out with no runs. mr. werthless

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    the nats super babied Strasburg
    They over babied him if anything.
    The Mets will get a new GM and coach and if they are competant yes the mets may be trouble down the road. But its years away

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    and here comes the k

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Werth is 7 for 14 with 2 homers vs this guy
    no excuses

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    the nats should of left him down in the minors. learn how to pitch. instead of selling tickets.

    werth hit that hard. good job.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Werth put a charge into that one!
    A hits a hit

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    He knows how to pitch he has a bad delivery.
    Unless they were going to change it this was going to happen.
    He will change it now
    see him in 2012

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    this is what we needed
    Now Roy can settle in

    keep scoring boys


  • Posts: 0 jeff

    we get a break on that. double play

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    double play ball hits the ump

    phils catching all the breaks

    was bound to happen

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Wilson was gonna GIDP! Lucky break!

  • LOVING IT!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    cocks already ejected from Braves Mets

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Roy 2 please teach werth to hit with runners in scoring postion.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Oswalt wit the hardest hit ball in the inning!

    Babe Oswalt

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    That was the hardest hit ball by the Phillies! LOL

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    So much for Marquis

    This is huge

    the Nats maybe wont be so motivated at the plate now an Roy can settle in.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Mets 2
    braves 0

  • LOVVVVVINNNNGGGGG IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 ray

    8 straight reached base….if victorino hits into a double play that means he would make all 3 outs in the inning..has that ever happened?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Mets pitcher got the RBI too LOL

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Baseball history is so long everything has happened

    I am pretty sure a player has made all 3 outs in an inning before. On single ABs not even a DP

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