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Gameday: Phillies (94-63) at Nationals (67-90)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 28, 2010 05:34 PM | Comments: 0
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Philadelphia Phillies (94-63) at Washington Nationals (67-90)

NationalsRoy Oswalt (13-13, 2.80 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Stadium
Weather:
Cloudy, 68
TV: CSN
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They call it “The Hangover.” Not the movie, the lineup. No Zach Galifinakis making funnies, but a lineup short the normal starters. Utley and Howard are still in there, with nothing really to play for. It’s obvious Charlie Manuel wants to keep his guys fresh.

Plaicdo Polanco is out, and you may not see him for the rest of the season as he’ll rest that bum elbow. So the good news is he’ll get more than a week to heal. Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, and Jayson Werth are the other regulars to get a blow tonight.

It’s also official: The Phillies will begin their playoff schedule on Wednesday, October 6 at Citizens Bank Park. Going with that start date (the Phils had the choice between Wednesday the 6th or Thursday the 7th), they’ll be assured normal rest for Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt until Game 4 of the NLCS (not getting too far ahead of ourselves). That means Joe Blanton is your long man in the pen and we’ll get to see plenty of the Big 3. Nothing wrong with that.

Tonight is a fine opportunity to take a look at the bench the Phillies will have in the postseason. Greg Dobbs, Dom Brown, Brian Schneider, and Ben Francisco will all get some hacks as they get prepared for the playoff run. More importantly, Jimmy Rollins is back in the order. He’ll get some at bats before the regular season ends. He hasn’t started a game since September 8.

Today’s lineup: Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Francisco CF, Brown RF, Dobbs 3B, Schneider C, Oswalt P

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  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Anyone know why they batted for JRoll?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Charlie LOVES Dobbs. I just don’t get it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    JRoll probably just getting a set number of ABs. I’m sure it’s all ok.

     
  • This is like watching a preseason game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Memo to J.C. :

    Remember how to do that when called upon starting next week!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    JPB I’ve got that feeling again- here it comes

     
  • UGH-NOT FIRST PITCH SWINGING–LOL

     
  • BEN IS A SOLID PLAYER……..

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Maybe I just had gas.

     
  • Posts: 0 SAM

    Greg Dobbs just struck out!!! I think he’s batting 185 now. This guy really belongs on a championship team. I’m sure he’s not the best the Phillies minor league has to offer.

     
  • DOBBS BETTER BE NO WHERE NEAR A POSTSEASON ROSTER…….

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I feel Like I want Greg Dobbs to be hit real hard by a ball….drilled…to the point where that’s it. Is that wrong?? It feels somehow wrong. I can’t help it. This guy SUCKS!!!!!

     
  • BASTARDO AT 97 M.P.H.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Memo to Antonio:

    See the “Memo to J.C”

    WoW!!!! Nice!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Glorius Bastardo

     
  • HE LOOKED REAL GOOD!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Bocock bailing on breaking balls just like I used to.

     
  • LOL-ME TOO LEFTY!!!

     
  • Hopefully Grapefruit League rules are in effect and both manager decide to call this thing if its tied after nine innings.

     
  • NEVERMIND—LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I sort of called that in my mind. Oh well. Let’s win tomorrow so at least we don’t lose two straight series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Oh well, we’re doing the right thing resting guys. Need everyone fresh one week from tomorrow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    …..on a positive note, it was good to see players get a rest. Tomorrow, let’s see Sweeney at first base and Howard rest. Gload in left with Ibanez resting. Let the bench get the rust out.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Whoa….On Postgame Live, Ricky Bo just kind of hinted that there COULD be a case for putting Dobbs on the postseason roster. Because of Polanco and Jimmy nursing injuries and Valdez being the only utility guy.

     
  • Posts: 0 BravoMan

    I love the “Braves don’t have a fanbase” BS. LOL …ok, sure. Why is it then whenever they travel they have tons of fans in the bleachers with Braves hats or jersey’s on? Remember that Braves fans are loyal no matter what, unlike so many of the badwagon Phillies fans. Don’t say it isn’t true either. About Braves blogs ….David O’Brien has the best MLB/sports blog around. Yes, it’s a Braves blog. Y’all oughta check it out and see what I’m sayin’.

    Don’t talk what you don’t know because somebody will call you out on the truth. That’s my job, to call out ignorant Philly fans that get away with it only talking to each other.

    Where’s Andouche with his constant, “Braves are a joke, they won’t even sniff the playoffs” silliness?

     
  • BRAVOMAN-NO ONE HAS HEARD OF YOU AT DAVID O’BRIEN’S BLOG…………

     
  • AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE,THE BRAVELESS HAVE SOME GOOD PITCHING,BUT THERE OFFENSE IS PRETTY BAD,AND NO PRADO FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR…………YOU MAY SNEAK INTO THE PLAYOFFS,BUT IT WILL BE AN EARLY EXIT!

     
  • Rollins said he will be 100 percent by next February. “I probably won’t be getting any infield singles,” he said.

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    I was at the game tonight, and all I can say it is, it was painful to watch Dobbs. Oswalt is gonna be rock-solid.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lefty/Jay/Mike I missed you guys the last few days.
    Was there tongiht agan great seats. The Dunn homer is ok.
    As hard as I am on the the Mets. I respect the Nats that much. I tell you they fight.

    I feel bad for Greggy. I did give him a standing ovation.
    We hope the Braves make the NLCS it would be a walk over.

    bocock has a very funny name. He s my new hero.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Howie will be fine.
    If Rollins cant run till next feb lets discuss him not on a playoff roster.

     
 
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