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

    I love the macho guys. I got bigger balls than you type.

    You go over and fight mike tyson. If given a choice Ill fight richard simmons.

    Make no doubt abut it the biggest threat to the phillies is the giants in a 5 game series with Timmy on full rest. not the yankees not the Rays not injuries not anything but that. In a 7 gamer he doesnt matter as much. Its simple math. But hey call me a pussy.
    I am not rooting for the phillies to lose. If they lose it isnt a bad thing though.
    Yup I fear Koufax and Halladay and Lincecum. They are 3 of the best ever.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Round 2 is 7 games

    in a 5 gamer he pitches 40% of the games on full rest

    he starts 2 in a NLCs

    simple math

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Not rooting against but not gonna go ga ga for a win

    the giants with Timmy on full rest in a 5 gamer is the biggest threat to this team possible.
    More than any other team or scenario

    sorry to be realistic

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Lincecum has 2 years in the majors and 2 cy young awards
    thats 100%

    Dont get me wrong the Phillies beat the Giants round 1 or round 2.
    I am assessing the threat and IMO that is the biggest thrreat to this team winning a WS.

    and the threat is 2 times as big in a shorter series. MLB should move round 1 to 7 games.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Tim Lincecum isn’t exactly invincible.

    Lifetime against the Phils…he’s been very good….2-1 in 7 starts with a 3.17 ERA.

    At CBP for his career he’s 0-1 in 3 starts with a 3.66 ERA.

    Good stats…but nothing that the Phillies can’t deal with.

    If they have to face him twice….they can easily win one of those games.

    Bring him on.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    And if the Phils are gonna lose to the Giants…and not advance….I’d rather it be because of one of the top 5 pitchers in the game…and not some stiff.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    And I’m sure that the Giants fans are saying the SAME thing about Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

    I wouldn’t want to be any of those teams right now having to face the red-hot Phillies with their 3-headed monster.

  • Here are the scenarios that will decide the Phillies’ opponent in the NLDS: http://bit.ly/byTQ9W

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Chuck I am just saying
    Not to mention that us losing and Sd winning causes the chaos of a 3 team tie.

    I do not want the phillies to lose tomorrow. I simply dont really want them to win that badly.

    It is in the giants interst to win tomorrow regardless.
    It will play out. Its jsut a funny situation.
    trust me i have no fear of the Reds or Padres or Twins or Yankees or rangers. Certainly not the Braveless. Who should man up and win tomorrow.

  • ITS ALL GOOD……………

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Its all good agreed
    Just funny how it played out. If the giants burn timmy tomorrow you want to play them more than any other team. Because minus him in a game 1 or 2 they are the worst team in the playoffs.
    Will be intersting and tomorrow is my last chance to see Wheeler and his har. Ill miss him. Really wish he was doing the playoffs. I cant stand mccarver.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I want the Phils to win tomorrow. As a fan….that’s always the goal.

    But I’m not gonna be broken-hearted if they don’t win.

    I DO think, however, that a win to end the regular season will help them momentum-wise heading into Wednesday…whoever they face.

    This possible 3-way tie is pretty cool, though. It’s a baseball fan’s dream.

    Think about this, too….

    If the Braves get in…they’re damaged goods anyway. The way they back-doored it after blowing the division.

    If the Padres get in…they actually could be dangerous in the first round…because they will have pulled something out of a hat this weekend that NOBODY thought was possible. But they will be beat up in the process.

    If the Giants get in….but lose tomorow….they are damaged goods too….and beat up from an extra playoff game (or two).

    The Reds are secure in their spot and could be the most dangerous team right now (outside of the Phillies).

    Baseball’s a funny, funny game….ANYTHING can happen.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    Lincecum isn’t even the best pitcher on his own team this year. We have a better lineup and a better staff than the Giants.

    I’d rather have them in a 7 game series, but i tdoesnt really matter.

  • Phils playoff opponent still up in the air. We’ll know 2moro if we lose and Pads lose (Reds) or we win and Pads win

  • (GIANTS)should be at the end of that last comment

  • If Phils win and Padres lose or Phils lose and Padres win, we’ll have to wait for the potential of one or two tie-breaking games w/ teams.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    It is funny.
    i am not even saying there should be any lack of effort etc etc.

    Just saying that hypothetcily a phillies loss tomorrow may benefit the team.
    when I thnk about how pathetic the Braves are. The last 2 games are an absolute disgrace.
    Honesly worse than the Mets collapses
    This is the end of bobbys career. They actually have some fans in attendence. Phils start KK and Worley
    They dont deserve to be in any playoffs.
    If it wasnt for my man crush on wheeler id nto watch tomorrow even

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ biz
    Hes the best him and Halladay
    hands down above CC oswalt hamels etc etc

    but its moot. You play who you draw

  • ok-good night all——see you guys tomorrow!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Give Vance Worley credit. He pitched VERY well.

    He’ll be in the mix next Spring.

    And Kendrick did a nice job too. double digit wins in 3 of his 4 ML seasons.

    It’s not like the Braves lost to college pitchers.

    If anything, those two losses can almost be put on the shoulders of Brooks Conrad at 3B….two absolute BONEHEAD plays that turned close games into easy Phillies wins.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    I couldnt watch today.

    Still the braves lost to the phillies 5th and 6th starters

    In a way be very funny if the phils knocked the braves out

    but regardless the phils have done thier part beating them 2 times.

    tomorrow is sanchez vs latos for the west. Latos not so good lately

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Worley did a nice job today. He threw to many pitches up in the zone but was able to mix it up enough to keep them off balance. Im liking what i see. The Phils need to audition more of there young talent. Specially next year when we lose Durbin, JC, Contreras and yes Moyer. The Phils might get 2 on the market but they still will have to bring up at least one of these guys up from minors i believe.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Braves are looking terrible right about now but, then again, none of the National League contenders are looking really good except for the Phillies. The Reds are getting in on the strength of the Cardinals collapsing. The Padres gave the Division to the Giants and the Giants now want to give it back to them. All the Braves had to do was beat Kendrick, Worley, and the mish-mash of pitchers we will throw tomorrow two out of three times, AT HOME, as they would be the Wild Card but they have failed spectacularly at it so far.

    The only National League team who is playing like they belong in the big show is the Philadelphia Phillies. At this point I don’t care how things work out tomorrow. We can beat anyone of them.

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    listen you eagle h o m o s. who cares who we play. we are the best f in team in the league. now let biz get his sis home.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    # jeff Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    listen you eagle h o m o s. who cares who we play. we are the best f in team in the league. now let biz get his sis home.


    Leave it to the guy who whines and complains about the best team in the major leagues to mention other posters family members. What a pathetic piece of human waste. Go kill yourself.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    The Phils will beat any team they face. They are hot, they have been here before, they know what to expect and how to prepare. They also have two outstanding pitchers (Halladay and Oswalt) who want to win more than anything. This team will beat every team it plays in the playoffs and the World Series. It will be fun and it will be eye-opening. Don’t sweat a thing. We are the best Phillies team in history. And we are the best team in baseball right now….by far. Look at our record during August and September. That record is for real. So are the Phils. Plus Rollins is going to be healthy and he is anxious to play under the limelight. Time to place your bets !!!!! If you are listening to sports talk radio in Cincinnatti, San Francisco, or San Diego you will realize that the fans out there are scared to death of the Phillies Machine.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    @ biz and jeff
    thanks for making me laugh

  • Posts: 0 ray

    Sad, pathetic ny giants fan who pretends to be a phillies fan only when things are going good….worst fan ever in any sport or city

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Our scrubs can beat this Braves team.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    another reason to lose tomorrow
    the braves in
    and they certainly arent a threat lol

    but we shall see

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    agreed ray…

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    yeah Eli should play for the Eagles. He would make a GREAT 3rd stringer…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ever see the video 2 mannings one cup?

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    no, do tell.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    its like the 2 girls one cup

    seriously the braves trolls arent going to come on?

    every night the braves win they are here in force

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Yankees lost game 2 of a double-header with the BoSox…that means that YOUR Philadelphia Phillies have clinched the best record in baseball for the 2010 regular season!!!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    dnt care bout best record just wanna win the world series

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    well you’ll get your wish this year bacardipro – this team is built for a series with this pitching staff

  • : Rollins 6, Polanco 5, Utley 4, Howard 3, Werth 9, Ibanez 7, Victorino 8, Ruiz 2, Hamels 1

  • Idea: Instead of spending the next week whining about your city’s bad rep, try not booing the ish out of one of the best QBs in club history

  • The brass ring is at Jayson Werth’s fingertips http://bit.ly/a7YPM1

  • FUN FACT OF THE DAY-This month has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. It happens only once in 823 years.

  • Thank you RedSox it’s nice to wake up and see that my Phillies have clinched BEST record in MLB for the 1st time in 127 years

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