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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
Weather:
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

GO PHILLIES!

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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.

 
 
  • VERY NICE BASTERDO!!!!!!—–BRAVES SUCK!

     
  • ANOTHER ERROR BY CONRAD…..LOL

     
  • 1RST AND 3RD NO OUTS——CHASE BATTING!

     
  • YESSSSSSSS—-1-0 PHILS

     
  • STILL 1RST AND 3RD NO OUTS

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    YESSSSSSSSSSS CHASE!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    This guy throws a 94 mph sinker?

     
  • WHY IS BAEZ WARMING UP IN A GAME WE ARE WINNING?

     
  • RAULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-0 PHILS

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLL

     
  • VICCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC 3-0!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    SHANEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Really?
    How embarrassing
    Where are the clowns/trolls?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I’d Let Bastardo hit before this clown

     
  • DOBBS BATTING…..

     
  • WILD PITCH LOL4-0

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Braves must be pressing…..

     
  • LOL-IBB FOR DOBBS——

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Seriously??? The Braves don’t deserve the post-season.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    They walked Dobbs..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Braves are a total disgrace! I can’t believe a team with a chance like this playing a team that virtualy doesn’t care, could play this bad.

    THEY INTENTIONALLY WALKED GREGG DOBBS?????????????

    It doesn’t get much worse than that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    The Padres deserve it. They’re playing like they want it. The Braves just aren’t.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Brian Bocock’s picture on MLB Gameday is priceless……..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Tracey
    the Padres are a disgrace in themselves
    check the Cubs series before this or the collapse of the last 6 weeks.

    But we digress

    @ lefty
    The braves
    LOLOLOLOLOL
    come on clowns appear

     
  • Attendance of 54,296 is the largest regular-season crowd since the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    How can we get the mets in?

    What a game to attend.

     
  • LOL-ANDREW,BAEZ MOWING DOWN…LOL

     
  • WHEN YOU LET BAEZ MAKE YOU LOOK BAD………..

     
  • FROM TWIITE Keep in mind if Braves lose: Hamels, Oswalt, Madson, Lidge all expected to pitch against them tomorrowR-

     
  • 4-2 PADS—2-ON FOR SF

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    wow, the giants just made it interesting……

     
  • SAN DIEGO WINS!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    SD wins
    I am guessing Timmy and all hands will be on deck tomorrow

    this is great. Yet pitiful

    one team stepped up
    the Phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Seriously, this team does not deserve the wild card.

     
  • ANOTHER ERROR ON MCCAN-BRAVES ARE PRESSING REAL BAD!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ Jay
    where is he?
    Come on
    He has to come post now. How could you not? This is at the funny level

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (Braves, I mean)

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Mccann is terrible can never win a regular season title with him

    but he did have a big hit to get us home field vs the Rays

     
  • ANDREW-YOU WILL NOT SEE FORREST—-5-0 PHILLIES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Calling Forrest, please come in , do you copy 10-4 good buddy?

     
  • PASSED BALL ON MCCAN? OR WILD PITCH…LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Where are the clowns
    There ought to be clowns
    Maybe next year

     
  • OHHH WILD PITCH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Can anyone see the game? Is the 54,000 crowd leaving and bailing on their “heroes” yet?

     
  • YES-SOME ARE LEAVING!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    HAHAH Oh Braves fans….

     
  • WE ARE STILL BATTING 2-ON,2- OUTS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    This is unbielavable.

    someone who knows what are all the ramifications for the
    fightins?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I am still holding out hope that the Mets can back in

     
  • WE HAVE HAD 16-MEN BAT IN THE LAST 2 INNINGS….

     
 
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