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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
Weather:
Partly Cloudy, 60
TV: TBS
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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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Nope, but thanks for playing our game, Publius!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    YEAH!!! GO PHILS!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    How awesome that in his first postseason at-bat ever he gets a hit and an RBI.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Seriously, NJ! This is what he has waited for his whole career.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    and the troll will slink back in it’s hole

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    DOC!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    LA says the Reds are getting somebody ready in the bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    45 pitches. 2 runs. 3 hits. 5 outs.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Take it easy Doc’ we need you.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Surprised about Polly just turn the Tv on an was like what happen now…is he going to be back game 2…as a person who deals with back spasms now an then its a pain in the back…sometimes its a day or two last time it lasted me a month…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Bacardi: they were saying that he might be available to PH.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Oh man… good night, Volquez!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    On the radio they are pointing out that Victorino has hit a grand slam in the playoffs before.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Of course, you can’t hit a grand slam if the pitcher walks you…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    55 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So that’s Roy Halladay’s first ever post-season run.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    WooHoo! Great at-bat by Victorino!

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    @ Tracey amazing. first postseason at bat – hit, RBI, run scored

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    at the game and the place is going crazy. OH BABBBY. This will be a no sweat series. This is not the Pirates, Astros, or that other bad team in there division. THE DOC IS IN THE HOUSE.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Tracey, clearly you weren’t a fan in 2008…Vic hit a BOMB Grand slam down the LF line against CC Sabathia. Right after Brett Myers walked after, I think, 10 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO!!! 9 up, 9 down!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Valdez… my man.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Let Doc be Doc. SHUT DOWN THE REDS.

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Hmmm… maybe it wasn’t in our best interest to send Volquez to the showers so early.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Greg, I have been a season ticket holder since 2000. As a matter of fact, I was at that game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Infield groundball time!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Come on, Wilson! Show what they’re walking to get to!

     
  • Posts: 0 Kate

    @Publius: Leave.

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Whoa, nice charge on that there Wilson

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    @Kate no thanks :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Kate: No, let him stay. It’s always fun to watch tools eat crow.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    12 up, 12 down.

     
  • Posts: 0 joe444

    oh yeah.
    12 up 12 down.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    oops… Franzke used the “p” word. I was hoping they wouldn’t do that

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Don’t worry kate, I’m just an idiot who’s talking crap even though the phillies are kicking ass

     
  • Posts: 0 joe444

    35 strikes 8 balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    I’m glad Franzke isn’t buying into this stupid jinx thing, so juvenile

     
  • Posts: 0 joe444

    Isn’t it Tom McCarthy right now?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    No, really Publius, we all know you’re a tool. You don’t have to prove it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Indeed, being a grown person and not believing in superstitions render me a tool. Well done.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    tracey why give it the time of day? A grown person doesn’t act this way

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    pubic claiming it’s the grown person i mean

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    I don’t believe in superstitions, but plenty of ballplayers do. No matter – Roy will never know that Franzke uttered the “p” word.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Why are Mccarthy and Wheels on the radio instead of Franzke and LA. I mean Jim Jackson is one thing but…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    rats

     
  • Posts: 0 Publius

    That was clearly a result of Franzke talking about the perfecto

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @NJ: Oops, is that McCarthy and Wheels? I’m mostly listening to my HK play-by-play app and didn’t notice.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I guess they’re on radio because they’re not on TV.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff

    Not in your best interest to send there pitcher to the showers. DUH…A girl does not belong watching sports.

     
 
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