NLDS Gameday: Reds at Phillies, Game 1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 06, 2010 02:30 PM | Comments: 142
2010 Gameday, Posts

Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves

Time: 5:07 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Partly Cloudy, 60
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Some huge breaking news at about 1 p.m. was that Placido Polanco is NOT in today’s Game 1 lineup. He’s been scratched with back spasms, Wilson Valdez will take his place. This is a pretty significant blow heading into what everyone believed was a very winnable series. The question now becomes, how much harder will this be for the Phillies without arguably their best contact hitter in Polly.

Polanco hasn’t seen Reds starter Edinson Volquez all that much (1-for-2 lifetime), but he is truly an important component of a lineup that has struggled with consistency all season. Let’s hope with the off day tomorrow that Polly can make a return for Game 2.

Let’s also try to get past the bad news and focus on the good: Roy Halladay pitches today. He lost his last start against the Reds on June 30. He was touched up for 13 hits over eight innings. This was also during June when Halladay struggle with a couple of rough outings. He met with the Reds again in July and shut them down over nine innings by allowing no runs. However, he left with a no-decision because Travis Wood was in the midst of a perfect game. The Phillies came away with a 1-0 win in 10 innings, and Doc narrowly missed another complete game shutout.

Which Halladay will the Reds see today? If the end of the regular season is a precursor to today, they’ll get a charged-up ace looking to make a name for himself on the biggest stage in baseball.

Edinson Volquez has two career starts against the Phillies, both coming in 2008. He allowed only seven hits and one earned run over 12 1/3 innings, going 2-0. The 27 year-old is coming in having had three good outings to finish September. However, late in July, he struggled so much that he was sent down to Triple-A to figure some things out. He’s done that, and then some.

Against lefties, Volquez is having his way. Left-handers are batting just .229 against him, 44 points lower than righties. That obviously hinders Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez a bit. But still, this is Volquez’s first taste of postseason baseball, can he rise to the challenge of the two-time NL champs?

On the flip side, Roy Halladay is also making his first career playoff appearance, but the feeling is that he’s more than ready.

It’s the start of another round of October baseball for the Phillies. Can they make it three striaght trips to the World Series? Tonight, the first chapter of the story will be written.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez 3B, Halladay P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest

Here’s to a lengthy Octoberfest for the Phillies.

Gan bei.

-by Michael


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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Ill be out watching the game so i wont be on the thread during the game.

    GO phillies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Too bad about Polly but I think its good that its a sore back and not the elbow.

  • Posts: 0 Manny


    No Polanco! Now that’s a big blow… especially when you realize the bottom of your lineup has Valdez and Roy… almost back to back outs.

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Well, it wouldn’t be the 2010 postseason without an unexpected starting line-up change. I’m telling people right now, don’t panic. This is still a very familiar line-up. The fans are familiar with this line-up and, most importantly, the players are familiar with this line-up.

    Valdez will be fine. He’d probably feel stranger warming the bench and coming in for relief later on at this point. Exxon’s proven he can be trusted. Hopefully, Polanco can start game 2.

    The most unfortunate part of all this is that it puts the Dobber one man closer to a bat in his hands.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Polly out is a huge blow I hope they can overome that.


  • Posts: 0 Dr

    We are toast now.

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Rangers looking great, Franceour or whatever he names is is a first pitch swinger, took advantage earlier and their smashing the ball

    Rangers vs. Twins

    Braves in 5, we were so smart to lose one to the Braves, I just wished Padres won and knocked out Giants.

    Phillies vs. Braves

    I think it could be us and the Rangers at this point. I’d love to beat Cliff Lee in the World Series.

    Polanco is out, this means Jimmy must be healthy. I’m glad to hear it’s not his elbow? But get well soon

  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    Let’s go PHILLIES let’s go! Been waiting all year.

    The third episode begins.

  • Manuel also said that in Phillies” original lineup Rollins wasn’t leading off. But Polanco injury forced him to change.

  • Amaro said Polanco has improved after getting treatment today. Said Polly first felt back problems getting out of his car Monday.

  • Wilson Valdez is ready. Dyed his goatee red for playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I think it means Jimmy can bend over, Polanco can’t. PP has been playing most of the season with a fractured elbow, bone chips. He’s as tough as it gets, for him to come out must mean serious pain. I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses Friday also.

    Jimmy at lead-off means he’s healthy. Charlie takes his share of abuse (nationally and locally, even on this site), but I fully believe Rollins would not be at lead off if he couldn’t go full out. Even Dobb’s Mom doesn’t want to see him starting.

    Replace Feliz with Valdez, and this is the same line-up that did it in 2008, with better pitching.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Get Well Soon, Polly !!!!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    So THAT’S why the baseball gods gave Valdez so much playing time this year. So as to not give the fans a heart attack when he’s in the starting line-up for Game 1.

    GAME ON.

  • Here’s an update on Placido Polanco’s back injury: http://bit.ly/b5yyue

  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Rollins was not originally scheduled to lead off because Manuel thought he was not yet at full speed to steal bases. With Polanco’s injury, I guess he had no choice but to use Rollins at the top of the lineup.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Just when I thought Charlie was going to make the right call… he’s forced to switch things up.

    “Originally, Shane Victorino was going to lead off, with Polanco hitting second and Jimmy Rollins batting seventh. Instead, Manuel moved Rollins into the leadoff hole, hit Victorino second and inserted Wilson Valdez at third base, batting eighth.”

    J-roll batting seventh, Shane leadoff was the way to go. Get better soon Polanco!

  • Posts: 0 jt

    yeah with the exception of feliz this is the same lineup that went to world series last year.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Hate having Polanco out. But have to say I am glad Valdez is in.I have complete faith in him in every way and he deserves some post season starts. He earned them.

    See you guys after the big win

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Rudy

    Why isn’t everybody singing the new Phillies Song
    “Swing Phillies Swing”
    Check it out on you tube at

  • Posts: 0 BravoMan


  • Posts: 0 Ryan


  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    lol…jk. GO PHILS today…

  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Where is my friend MikeD ? Is he is at CBP..,

  • Have not seen him desibrave……maybe

  • Posts: 0 Groty

    Even with the best record in baseball, we don’t get the primetime slot. Naturally that goes to the Yankees. Heading out of work in 15 to hit the nearest bar.

  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Go DOC !! He deserves the day.. All these years he scared the hell out of Yankees and Boston but come October he was releagated to his couch.

  • Posts: 0 Desibrave

    Groty, I hear ya, darn mlb yankee bias

  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    Volques is about to get clap’t up. Let’s do this fightins!!!!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I hope Rolen, Volques, and the Reds get a nice South Philly style beatdown from the fans at CBP tonight.

    I have PHAITH in Valdez. He’s ready.

    Let’s get this party started.

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Let’s go Phils! Get well soon Polly!

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    game time, lets go phils!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    MVP Vs. Cy Young! First round goes to Cy Young.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    The radio (1210) was behind in the top of the first – now its behind. Maybe it will be just right soon.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    *now its ahead.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Way to start things off SHANE!

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Oh yeah! According to LA, Victorino now has more hits in the postseason than any other player Phils history.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Way to draw first blood!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Woo hoo! Nice start to the game!

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    @ Mostone your right, its weird how it keeps changing

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’ve got my rally towel warmed up…

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Online audio is about a second ahead of TV.

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Is it just me or should Valdez get consideration for a gold glove?

  • Posts: 0 fred

    Halladays dealing. And yes, Valdez has an absoloute cannon !

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Phils are really making Volquez work. He’s already over 25 pitches with only 4 outs.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    :: waving rally towel ::
    :: cats think I’m weird ::

  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Incoming infield groundout!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Woo hoo!!!

  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Hahaha he tries his darnedest to GIDP with two outs

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