Gameday: Phillies (95-64) at Braves (90-69)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, October 01, 2010 05:47 PM | Comments: 288
2010 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (95-64) at Atlanta Braves (90-69)Atlanta Braves

Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.76 ERA) vs. Brandon Beachy (0-1, 2.89 ERA)

Time: 7:35 p.m., Turner Field
Cloudy, 78
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Remember that playoff atmosphere from the last Braves-Phillies series? Well, with the Phils hell-bent on emptying the bench and the best record in the National League locked up, there’s not really a whole lot for La Furia Roja to play for. Of course, you could say that knocking the Braves out of the playoffs would be reward enough, but the Wild Card (to say nothing of the NL West race) will be decided in California this weekend.

For the past two months, the Braves and Padres have been stumbling like two drunks toward the finish line, and it looks like Atlanta has been the less incapacitated of the drunks leading up to this weekend. Any Atlanta win or San Diego loss will guarantee the Braves at least a one-game playoff for the Wild Card.

Kyle Kendrick will make his last-gasp case for a spot on the playoff roster tonight. Kendrick’s two starts in Atlanta this year were arguably his two best–eight innings of four-hit shutout ball on April 20 and seven innings, one earned run, five hits and four strikeouts on June 2. Of course, both of those starts turned out to be one-run losses, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Today’s lineup: Rollins SS, Francisco RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth CF, Ibanez LF, Dobbs 3B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P

Victory LagerYour gameday beer: Sweetwater 420
This is the signature beverage from the best Atlanta-based bottler this side of Coca-Cola. Sweetwater 420 is a light, crisp ale. It’s not as hoppy as most IPAs, but while it’s not a particularly serious beverage, it’s from Atlanta and it’s pretty tasty. -by Michael


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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Bobby Cox gave that GS to Jimmy on a silver platter. He’s got to know the difference in how JRoll hits righty vs lefty, and he brought in the lefty one batter before Jimmy due up.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Last 4 Braves-phils
    all must win for braves
    they have made crucial errors


  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Hey, our buddy Diaz!

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    BravoMan slinks silently into the dark sewers, his dreams shredded and his hopes dashed. No longer can he hold his head high. Only the spew of sewage fills his nostrils as he sinks slowly deeper into the the filth of humiliation and defeat. He cannot even open his mouth for fear of it being filled with a severely bad taste. Yes, this defeat will leave a bad taste in his mouth that will be remembered for years to come. Poor bastard !!!!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Kate: I think the Phillies fans will cheer Burrell… as long as he doesn’t do anything that helps his team!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I still can’t believe that Rollins grand slam.


    Well, of course I can believe it, but I can’t.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Hey brother mike ! how you doing buddy? I’m not normally this obnoxious, but I am so tired of the Trolls invading our board.

    You are right about the AL- the Twins limping too, but they haven’t had Mauer.

    Where are the trolls
    There ought to be trolls
    Maybe next year.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Oh, they’ll give him some love. I didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. But this is the postseason.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The reds can swing the bat. If thier starters stepped up
    the Reds could maybe do something. I doubt it though.

    SF has the kind of pitching that could hypotheticly beat anyone. So there should be some fear. But the phils should win both series.

    The braves should be barred from the post season. It reflects poorly on the sport.

    Gonna monitor Giants-pads now for you guys.
    arent i the trooper!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Next time you’re found, with your chin on the ground…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ lefty

    I thnk that you understand alot of my Braves bashing is 100% for the trolls. They deserve it and have made it where I am not giving the Braves any respect even if they did hypotheticly earn some.

    2 hits for Greggy!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Good for you, Dobber.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    0-0 top of 2nd in SF

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    I dont think the Yankees are a lock at all to make WS. Theyre pitching problems are not a mirage. Look up the ERA’S , Pettitte is getting old fast , Burnett just stinks , Hughes is a kid but not bad. After CC they have nothing compared to our big three. I really dont think theyre gonna be there , plus that 8-15 record coming in is no fluke either theyre pitching has been getting hammered. The Rays have a better chance to make it. Not sure about Texas havent seen much of them this year. Twins have a nice club , with a little luck anyone can make it in the AL theyre all pretty good teams.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Hoover tomorrow and Schneider sunday

    Hanson vs Worley tomorrow

    How far will the braves disgrace themselves?
    How bad can they get?

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Outside of the Phillies and San Fran, the NL is just plain bad. Cincy couldn’t give away the Central. No one wanted it. San Diego reminds me of the Braves, only more anemic. How the team with the best record in the NL in late August misses the playoffs all together is just pathetic.

    The Braves stink.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ill be shocked if Yankees make the WS

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    CC may have done well against us last year, but anyone remember how he got pwned back in good ol’ 2008?

  • What is the MLB procedure when no team proves worthy of the Wild Card?

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Ah, so that’s why we haven’t seen Hoover tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    That was choochs last AB as a Catcher this year
    Maybe will be a PH in the next 2

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    @Jay: They could always just disqualify the Central on general principle. Skip straight to the NLCS.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Theres a way we may yet face the padres LOL

    Reds losing to the Brewers even

    what a joke

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Give it up for CHOOCH! Great 2010 regular season!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Now watch the Padres take 3 at SF

    then its a real joke

    and looking at the pitchng match ups
    its possible


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    That chooch is done catching reg season is hypothetical
    but id say its a good bet


    If SD wins tongiht.
    The old man will believe that integrity wise he needs to try to win tomorrow. So may see more of the starters depending on how that game goes.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Andrew I definitely understand.

    Braves announcer soooo frustrated that Ruiz has killed them this year.
    ” Maybe Brian Schneiders dad will call up Charlie and ask him to play his son”

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Zigurski can’t possibly do too much damage tonight. It’s nearly impossible.

    (said while Kate knocks on wood)

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I agree 100% with the old man. The game and its integrity is bigger than anything else.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    @Lefty: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for that little gem!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ bostonkate

    yankees-red sox postponed LOL

    hope you didnt get too wet

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    If Pads take two and Braves continue to embarrass themselves, there could be two seperate “play in” games. First to get the winner of the west on Monday, and then to get the wild card on Tuesday.

  • Chooch-watch: .302. Interesting to note: Phillies haven’t had a regular hit .300 or better since 2007: Utley (.332) and Rowand (.309).

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I agree with Cholly too, but to a point, no injuries!!!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I can’t believe there are actually people doing that chop with the Braves down 11-2.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    ut oh
    Bronco nagurski getting hit around!

    like a member of the braves pen

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    That chop wasn’t pathetic back when it was tied.

    It’s pathetic now.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    If SD wins we gotta play to win big time tomorrow
    If not then do stuff liek start bocock at first

    what a great name that is

    all time top 5

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Kate I remember well what we did to CC in 08, what Vic did mostly.

    = D

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    @andrew — remember I teased you the other day about being drunk when you mentioned leaving Jimmy off the playoff roster ? Even if he couldn’t play SS , no team in either league could have a more clutch hitter come off the bench in a big spot. I’ll take Jimmy up there any time in a big spot.—— I can only assume you were kidding about leaving him off the roster. I didn’t here anyone , anywhere , suggest that.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    To be fair, Mike, that grand slam was Rollins’ only hit of the evening.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Reminds me of mocking with the chop while leaving Citizens Bank Park back on the 21st.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    No way Heyward gets ROY over Posey

    Mike I was jsut saying and hows this sound?

    Jimmy vs lefties and Valdez vs righties,

    But if jimmy is hitting and can run. He is in there and its huge.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    OOOHHHH oh oh… OOOHHHH oh oh…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    come on nagurski

    dont embarrass yourself like a Brave would
    have some self respect

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Aw, come on Ziggy!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Hahahahaha! Here it comes!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Come on, Zigurski. Build some character.

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