Gameday: Phillies (96-64) at Braves (90-70)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, October 02, 2010 01:28 PM | Comments: 293
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Philadelphia Phillies (96-64) at Atlanta Braves (90-70)Atlanta Braves

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41 ERA)

Time: 4:10 p.m., Turner Field
Partly Cloudy, 67
TV: Fox
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Last night’s meaningless game, along with San Diego’s season-saving victory over the Giants, turned out not to be entirely meaningless after all. The Braves’ embarrassing 11-5 defeat dropped their playoff probability from 96.1 percent to 85.1, and raised the Padres’ from 7.6 to 20.6 percent. With every game, it seems, this Wild Card race is getting more and more interesting. A repeat of last night’s results (an Atlanta loss and a San Diego win) would drop the Braves into a tie with the Padres, only a game behind San Francisco.

For the Phillies’ part, a victory this afternoon would tie the team’s third-highest all-time win total, set in 1993. If they finish the sweep, not only would the Phillies’ 98 wins be the most since 1977, when they won 101, but they’d win the division by eight games, their widest margin of victory in the division since 1976, when they outpaced the second-place Pirates by nine games.

For the first time in their head-to-head stretch run meetings, the Braves will have a distinct advantage in the starting pitching matchup, sending Tommy Hanson, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, behind Chris Coghlan and J.A. Happ, to face rookie righthander Vance Worley.

Worley, who turned 23 last week, is a former third-round pick out of Long Beach State whose major league career comprises eight innings and only 129 pitches. This afternoon he will make his fifth major league appearance and second major league start. Worley allowed two runs in five innings and took the loss in the first game of a doubleheader against Florida on September 6. Apart from that, he has thrice pitched scoreless relief innings this season. Today’s tilt will be Worley’s first road appearance in a Phillies uniform.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Victorino CF, Brown RF, Schneider C, Worley P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest
Not only is it now October, but today, as it happens, is the 32nd anniversary of the Bucky Dent home run. So in honor of a time when we felt bad for Red Sox fans, let’s throw back a seasonal Sam Adams offering. A couple interesting notes about that game: Dent only hit 40 regular-season home runs in his 12-year career, including the three-run jack off Mike Torrez in that one-game playoff. Torrez, for his part, is most famous for 1) giving up Dent’s homer, and 2) beaning Dickie Thon in 1984. However, he was the first of only four starting pitchers in the division play era to be traded and win a World Series game in the same season. The last two men to do it? Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. -by Michael


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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

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 Andrew from waldorf

    2:30 pm on versus
    Navy @ Air Force
    If anyone really wants to watch some athletes.
    Not only do they not have dreams of the NFL and money to play but they will be serving this country in a year.


  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    JAY… was that your idea of negativity?

    Phils win tonight, Braves stink

  • Well if you look at the pitching matchup,it favors them,but you are right———–THEY STILL SUCK!!!!!!!!

  • Braves have painted Bobby Cox’s jersey on the field. http://plixi.com/p/48359880

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I can’t actually believe that I am typing this: I want the Braves to win today.

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    I read those articles about the big red machine, the only thing it tells me is that we are destined for the same thing.

    They fell apart after they traded Tony Perez. Jayson Werth?

    But what a game last night, and what a game today could be if Worley pitches well. Don’t we want the Braves to win so we can beat them?

    If the Giants get swept, by the Padres at home, how amazing would that be?

    Padres and Braves are so inferior to the Fightin’ Phils, instant World Series

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Perez was clutch
    opposite of Werth so far this year

    Perez was Ruiz.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    No you dont
    I remember wanting to play carolina over the Rams etc etc

    You want to win and you want to play who you are given.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Looks like Charlie went and done did it. He put Jimmy back in the leadoff spot with Vic in the lineup. I knew it was coming.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Let’s see what Vance Worley brings to the table today. A lot of people in Atlanta do not like Bobby Cox. He has a real attitude with the fans and is considered to be a genuine obnoxious character outside the uniform. Many people from Atlanta cannot wait for him to leave town.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    No, I actually do want the Brave to win today, I want to see the Braves, Pads, and Giants all finish with the same record. That would mean the Braves have to win one game in the next two. I choose for the Braves to win today an lose to Hamels tomorrow. Then all the Pads have to do is sweep the Giants.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Phillies fans are going to be surprised when they see Werth in the top 10 MVP voting… Everyone else won’t.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    ChuckS: Hamels will only throw 70 pitches or less, so that game is also up in the air. I rather the Braves lose today… imagine the added drama tomorrow…with the possibility of getting eliminated!

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I guess your right, I would be nice to see old Bobby Cocks last game a loss to the phils, and miss the playoff

  • High Cheese: Get your Phillies-Reds Match-ups Here http://dlvr.it/6Lwdt

  • Posts: 0 biz

    I’d rather see Cox and ATL swept right out of the playoffs in Atlanta. F them.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    As long as the Giants don’t end up with the Wild Card… I’ll be happy. If the Braves get eliminated, that’s a sweet, sweet bonus!

  • Hypothetical Phils/Reds match-ups: Game 1 – Cueto/Halladay, Game 2 – Wood/Oswalt, Game 3 – ArroyoVolquez/Hamels. http://tinyurl.com/25ejyss

  • magelb Entire Phillies dugout on top step as Bobby Cox ceremony begins.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Manny
    If the giants mess around enough to get the wild card bring them on.
    I do agree they are by far today (at this moment) the second best team in the NL.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    pheeling, let’s break down the lineup though. First and foremost, the entire infield has spent time on the DL, moreso with the middle of the if than the corners. All power figures are down (aside from Vic) decidedly so. Victorino is having an off year (average), until August, Raul was almost a negative in the lineup. Werth’s year looks good on paper but analyze what has happened and you know that his production (rbi) is way down from where it should be.

    All these negatives and look where the Phils are? Sure, the lineup has been mostly intact for September but its the pitching that separates this crew from the rest of the league and its the pitching along with the hitting that will bring us our second WS trophy in 3 years. Too cool.

  • Screw Bobby Cox. I was sickened last week to see Phillies fans cheer the guy. I cant imagine how any true Phillies fan could cheer for him 4!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I’m glad the Phillies fans cheered Cox only so that the national media was screwed out of another chance to point at us and say how classless we are.


  • MAYBE I WAS HARD ON COX- In the middle of Cox’s speech, he congratulates Phillies for winning division. Tips his cap and Charlie tips his.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I want the Braves to win one too, but for a different reason. I don’t care who we play, they will lose.

    What I would like to see is the three teams tied so that they have to play Monday to see who wins the west, and then on Tuesday to see who wins the WC.

    Let them use up their best pitchers a little bit more than they should have to.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    meant who we play in the playoffs-

  • Posts: 0 Diz

    So I’m on Fox trying to watch the game, but its Red Sox/Yankees. What’s up with that?

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    They might pitch both Hamels and Oswalt some tomorrow per Scott and LA

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Padres 1-0 Zito walked in a run


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    your Fed
    and i pay to see every game

    airforce 7 navy 6 for those who care

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Charlie is all class always will be

  • 2-0 PADS…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    And the phils?
    I got no feed here

    The Navy football team is worse at clock management than Andy Reid and the Eagles.
    I am serious about that.

    Cant complain about college though.

  • 0-0 BOTTOM OF 1RST




  • Posts: 0 Manny

    No Phillies game here on TV… FOX is showing the Yankees game… but FOX Sports en Espanol is showing the Giants – Padres game… so I’m watching that.


  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Someone mentioned Jamie Moyer pitching in the series, does anyone have an details





  • WORLEY K’S…..2-OUT

  • Posts: 0 Diz

    Ah. Well this sucks. Guess I’ll have to stream it.

  • 3-1 TO JIMMY

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