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 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 Manny

    If we win this game… Padres and Braves tied for the Wild Card! With the potential of a three-way tomorrow (if Braves and Padres win)!

    That would mean we would might play in the NLDS against a team with games on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5! If it’s the Giants, that means no Lincecum on Game 1, probably no Cain either.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    It still looks pretty crowded, Lefty

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Andrew- do you mean who will we end up playing?

    That could take until Tuesday

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Cain is skelled out now.
    but if we beat braves? We could play SF?
    in a 5 gamer?

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I wonder if BravoMan is still alive and well??

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ jay
    but the Braves pen is so good
    your kidding me

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Thanks Tracey

    Monday could be the West division winner play-in game and Tuesday could be the WC play-in game.

    Someone will get in on an unearned run for certain.



  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Lol the best bull pen in the league.

    Where are the clowns
    There ought to be clowns

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    At this point, a lot of people will leave any ballpark just to beat the traffic.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    if we can get SF to have to burn lincecum
    we are almost like the ringer

    we are able bodied people picking on the handicapped

    Just how bad are the braves. They are a true pathetic diisgrace.
    This is worse than a Mets collapse
    you knew it was coming because they are the Mets.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    We play the wild card team, unless it’s Atlanta, in which case we play the team with the worst record.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Wow… nice try there.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Tomahawk Choke.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its like tomorrow the phils will start me in left
    and win by 7

    the level of disgrace here is high.

    Come on clowns
    please i am begging

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I know who we play record wise
    this blows everything up

    somehow if we can face SF in a 5 gamer with Timmy in game one on full rest. We lost the lottery

    if that doesnt happen its all good

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    No we are able bodied people watching the handicapped trip on curbs, we’re not even sticking our legs out.- Vance Worley one hitter for five innings???

    How is it possible that Jimenez lost again today? He had -I don’t remember for sure, something like 13 wins at the AS break?

    It’s not just the Braves- Unbelievable


  • Haha, this is a great sign for the playoffs. We’ve lost one game on this trip, and it was the hangover day after we clinched.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Good night folks, I’m off to poker night!


  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    All i am saying is that somehow if we have to play Timmy on full rest wednesday. Its not good.
    I am a worry wart. Once I know thats out. Ill be happy.
    I have 0 respect for everyone else.
    At least cinn won today

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    3-7 suited is not a premium hand keep that in mind

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    That’s the “delivery” of the game? More like failure to deliver….


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Jay: Agreed. Worley through more than 3 hitless innings. He did a really nice job for somebody who has only pitched in the majors once or twice before.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Is there a scenario where we brat the braves and SD beats the giants and we play the Giants Wednesday?

    Because if we do weve shot ourselves in the foot facing Timmy on full rest

  • Posts: 0 Tracey




  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Andrew: If Braves lose tomorrow and Padres win, the West will be tied and will have to have a 1-game playoff to decide who is the division winner and who is the Wild Card, so that would give the Giants an extra game before the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    If Braves lose and Giants win, Giants take the West, and we play Padres as wild card.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    your sure of that?
    would they even want to play if they are both in?
    would it matter who is WC or division?
    Somehow if we get SF and they dont burn timmy
    we messed up

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    If Braves win and Giants win, Braves are the wild card and we play the Reds as worst Division winner.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    if we beat ATL and sf beats SD

    SD and atl have the same record

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Andrew i think that the only way we face the Giants if they lose on Sunday, Monday, and win on Tuesday. You would think that Tim would have to pitch one of those games.


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Andrew: Yes, they play to determine who is the division and who is the Wild Card, because it affects who plays what team. The game is definitely played. Whether they play to win is another matter, but the playoff game is definitely played.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    so then braves play sd for the WC
    and wed get timmy on full rest

  • HEAR WE GO ANDREW-Updated on the blog are the scenarios that will determine the Phils’ 1st-round opponent. http://go.philly.com/highcheese

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    thank you chuckS

    its really the only thing

    Timmy in a 5 gamer can beat anyone

    this should all be lsited on line
    cant find it

  • Posts: 0 Manny


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Jay: No, I think that site has it wrong. If the Padres win tomorrow, the West ends in a tie and they have to play a division play-off.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Here it is
    We have to lose tomorrow

    Cause cant chance SF on timmy full rest and we win and Sd wins we get that

    If the Phillies win and the Padres win, the Phillies will play the Giants.


  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    I hope that ass Billy Wagner does not get to go to the playoffs. That guy is a real jerk. So much for the Braves highly touted bullpen.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I don’t think there is a way to get Tim on full rest in game 1

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Cant win tomorrow

    SD and SF play later too

    would suck to win and know we get Timmy on full rest wednesday
    if padres win

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    and Andrew, Screw Tim anyway

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