Phils End Season with Loss, Will Play Reds in NLDS

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 03, 2010 05:49 PM | Comments: 137
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

As of now, the Phillies still do not know which team they’ll face in the NLDS starting Wednesday. This, after Atlanta took the finale, 8-7, to keep their season alive.

In what was a wild game that saw the Phillies use Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Joe Blanton, the Phillies were unable to finish off a comeback from an 8-2 deficit. In the end, the Braves turned it on with their backs against the wall and pounded the likes of Danys Baez, J.C. Romero and Blanton, while the Phillies seemingly used their entire 40-man roster. Atlanta absolutely needed to win, especially with this being Bobby Cox final regular season game as manager.

The Phillies were given a couple of injury scares in a meaningless game. Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch on the elbow and was taken out of the game. X-rays were negative, and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Ruiz thinks he should be OK to go for Wednesday – so breathe a sigh of relief. Also, J.C. Romero left with a tight lower back, he too should be fine for the start of the NLDS.

So, about Wednesday. We’ll soon know what happens with the Padres and Giants game and once that game is through, the Phillies will know if they’ll have an opponent or if they’ll have to wait until tuesday.

As far as the postseason roster is concerned, the Phillies don’t have to make any decision until Wednesday at 10 a.m.

We’ll update this post when the Giants/Padres game is over.

UPDATE, 8:15 pm: The Phillies will play the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS after the Giants dispatched the Padres, 3-0, to win the NL West.

Game 1 will begin at 5:07 p.m. on Wednesday. Game 2 on Friday starts at 6:07 p.m. More coming here on PhilliesNation.com!

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  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    That wasn’t an actual quote either, but they were asserting such things.

  • 5:07 WED-JT

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    @Ryan – after this weekend when the “Gigiantes” just barely got by the Padres, you’re now callling for a Giants WS win? Please share more on this uninspiring team that squeaked in to the playoffs.



  • Posts: 0 biz

    Lefty, I gather as much. lol

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I wouldn’t say that the Giants “squeaked into the playoffs”

    They were something like 6 games out at the beginning of Sept. and went something like 18-8 during that month.

    All while the Padres sh*t their bed.

    Giants are a good team that took advantage…and they’re in.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    How long does it take to “navigate back” Ryan….???

    Is there such a site??

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I meant almost blew it Friday and Saturday Chuck- had to win today, uninspiring

  • Posts: 0 jt

    the phils games on tbs usually start at like 2:30 or 3:00 the last years i didn’t know if they’d start then or they’d be later game.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Sorry, it’s not actually a Reds blog, but it’s mostly Reds fans. It was this one guy that ticked me off.

    It’s: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2010/news/story?id=5644266

    …hope that works…

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I believe we’ve lost Ryan. Earth to Ryan?

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    I’m “BleedsPhilly” lol

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    click on the comments # on the bottom.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    dmanthony seems a lot like Bravoman imo.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    The yankees ended up with the WC?
    I predicted they wouldnt make the WS this just cements it

    I am thinking minn maybe. TB is banged up

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    “ohio – the phillies beat jimenez, santana, hudson, cain, carpenter, kershaw, and pettitte this year. chapman has a great arm but your statement that “Howard, Utley and the rest of that crew will not know what to think when that 103 to 105 mph fastball hits the catchers glove while they swing away at the air” … that’s just stupid. ”

    It really is- the only thing we can’t hit are 80 mph knucklers

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Ryan goes from saying he’s on a Red’s blog to giving us a link from MLB.

    Here’s a REAL Reds blog. I didn’t read anything yet but……




  • Posts: 0 Kate

    Any other year, and I wouldn’t have celebrated the Wild Card, as a Phillies fan.

    But I’ve been saying since we were in third place with half a roster and running out of bench guys who were still on the bench that if the Phillies could somehow pull it out enough for that Wild Card, I would be celebrating all over the place. I see no reason to change that tune just because we took back the East.

    Once Ibanez, Werth, Valdez, and the bench guys clawed their way back to second place, my hopes for the Wild Card were replaced with expectations of the Wild Card. Then we took the Wild Card spot. After the Astros series, came the big push past the Dodgers, the Padres, and a night in Colorado that was almost as crazy as that sixteen-inning outing at home.

    And then came September.

    Now comes October. Here we are.

    I have high hopes against the Reds. The Giants still scare me, but we can beat them. But let’s focus on the Reds this week, because there’s always the small chance we won’t meet the Giants.

    And that’s what’s going to make this postseason magical.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    No sure why my comment is awaiting moderation. Because I posted links to two Reds blogs???

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Chuck, You have to post them on seperate entries. I learned that when I was trying to show comparison stats.

  • Posts: 0 biz

    What did Cueto do to LaRue? Anyone know?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from waldorf

    Thank you to dusty for not using Wood.
    The pitching match ups are very one sided.
    Needless to say if the phillies lost this the disappointment level would be very high.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    The phils are gonna need h20 to show up big the reds pitching isn’t light out but I don’t see our offense rocking their pitching we know how the offense has been up and down…doc been waiting his whole career to get to playoffs let’s see if he can handle the playoff pressure.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Thanks, Lefty.

    (Stupid computers!!)

  • Posts: 0 paul garrett

    If I’m not mistaken we were 5-2 against the Reds this year:
    6/28 Kendrick gives up 5 earned in about 6 innings we lose
    6/29 9-6 Phils win
    6/30 4-3 loss on 2 run HR by Bruce and solo from Votto 3 run HR by Sardina wasted. Halladay gets complete game loss.
    7/8 4-3 Phils win
    7/9 down 7-1 in ninth we win 9-7 Best game of year
    7/10 and 7/ 11 1-0 Philly wins (Halladay and Hamels)
    Looking OK for Phils…

  • Posts: 0 biz

    6/30 4-3 loss on 2 run HR by Bruce and solo from Votto 3 run HR by Sardina wasted. Halladay gets complete game loss.


    I remember that game well. Charlie saw a gassed Doc give up 1 in the 6th, 1 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th. Another example of Charlie not being proactive. He allowed 8 hits in those innings while Manuel just sat and watched. I recall being furious about it.

    It reminds me of about a dozen Blanton starts this season where he looks good thru 5 and in the 6th/7th inning he starts to get in trouble and Charlie waits until he implodes and coughs up the lead before giving him the hook. Very frustrating.

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Obviously, the Phils are the favorites in the NL.

    But anything can happen in the playoffs. If the bats go cold and Votto and Rolen and Phillips get some big hits….who knows.

    The Reds are a young, cocky team—not unlike the Phils a few years ago. They’re dangerous.

    And so are the Giants, but I won’t even think about them cause we have to get through Cincy first.

    Anyway, it’s the best time of year. Let’s enjoy this week, y’all.

    Go Phils!!!

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    What I hate about the playoffs. Cold, rainy weather. End the season at the end of August and play in September. We will have rain all week. No game Wednesday, you can count on that. Does not feel like baseball anymore. They will wait a week to play this first game. Baseball is every day.

    GO G MEN.

    To bad Vick did not break all those ribs. WHO LET THE DOGS OUT.


  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Its going to be a nice ride coming up the Phils can keep it together. They have shown at times they can put it together. The offense needs to get it together dont strand to many runners. H2o and Madson, Lidge, Contreras and Durbin need to do their job on there bullpen. We can do this do everyone has to give it that extra effort. We been here before…

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Chuck really grows on you – I knew what he meant when he said not to be surprised if the Giants found a way to beat the Phils – even though I dont think its possible.

    The Braves, Reds, Yanks, Twins are all just kind of limping into the playoffs this year. I’m thinking the Phils, Giants are in the NLCS and Yanks will be at Tampa. I have no doubt will be the Phils from the NL and I guess I’d slant towards Tampa this year. The Rays handled the Yanks during the season and the Yanks starting pitching is questionable past CC this year.

    I love fall ball! Ain’t nothing better!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I’m thinking that we will see a few games where the Phils leave tons of men on base, they always do but H2O has pulled us out. So, I am counting on someone one or 2 (Howard, Utley, Werth, Vic, Rollins, Ibanez, Jroll – so many to choose from!)) of our stars give us a show -

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Biz- As I have said over and over this season, if we never let Blanton bat a third time, we win. The most egregious mistake was the 1-1 tie game against the Cardinals. JB Batted top of the seventh and I was fuming. As usual he was pitching well in the middle innings, but self imploded in the bottom of the seventh and Cholly ends up lifting him but it was too late.

    It was as plain as day to me, but he couldn’t see it.

    And as strange as it may sound after that rant, I still think the stubborn old goat should be Manager of the Year.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Lefty, I just don’t see how Cholly can be denied. All the crazy injuries and yet AS game victory, NL East Division champions, best record in all of baseball. Cholly for Manager of the Year in NL

  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Reds are going to be tough…..next year. This year, they have the look of a team who is happy to have made it, and they have no starting pitching. I think they’ll pull one game off against our pen in some late innings heroics, but will fall short – Phils in 4. Giants don’t have much after their starting pitching – Braves are similiar, but their starters are faltering. Giants will win that series – probably sweep.

    The most competitive series may be the Giants – Phils NLCS, but I like the Phil’s chances. While their starters are good, we can hit the two righties, and I don’t think their closer matches up well against the Phils offense. Looking at 6.

    All the AL teams are limping into the postseason. While the Yanks can hit, CC can’t pitch every game.and no other post season eligible starter on the team has a winning record after the all-star break. This is the year the Twins beat the Yanks. Rays are in a similar situation as the Yanks, but may be able to take advantage of the lack of experience of the Rangers – I think that series goes 5, with the Rays taking it. The Twins will take the Rays in 6, Rays won’t be able to handle playing in the snow.

    The WS may take until Dec to finish – how do you build a stadium in MN without at least a retractable roof? If the left side of our infield is reasonably healthy, Phils take it in 5. If not, may go 6, but I don’t see H2O losing more than 2 games.

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