I have a confession to make: despite possessing a fair bit of knowledge of the top minor league players of not only the Phillies but their National League rivals, and despite possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of major league journeymen and roster filler, I have no idea who Brad Peacock is. I know he’s starting for the Nationals tonight, and I know he’s right-handed and is listed at 6-foot-1, but I only know these things because I looked them up five minutes ago. I had never heard his name before listening to the latest FanGraphs podcast earlier this week. Brad Peacock could walk up to me on the street and stomp on my foot ten minutes from now, while wearing his Nationals jersey, and I wouldn’t know who he is.
NEWS UPDATE: It looks like Dom Brown might not be on the playoff roster at all. Charlie Manuel said today that the Phillies’ top prospect will be headed to fall instructional league to learn how to play left field and would only make the playoff roster in case of injury. One might argue that Brown is not the man most in need of instruction as to how to play the outfield, but that’s a separate argument.
Second, if you’re as sick of seeing the third-stringers drop meaningless, but still frustrating, games to inferior opponents, take heart: Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard could make their respective returns to the lineup this weekend.
Finally, Vance Worley may have started for the last time this season; Uncle Cholly said he wants to get the bespectacled sneaker enthusiast some innings out of the bullpen to prepare him for his postseason role. Manuel speculated that Worley could be used as a back-end guy, which comes as welcome news to a fan base that has borne witness to the sudden and inexplicable return to earth of one Antonio Bastardo these past few weeks.
LINEUP: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Ibanez LF, Gload 1B, Ruiz C, Bowker RF, Orr 3B, Oswalt P
Your Gameday Beer – Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale is breathtakingly complex in much the same manner as some of the best works of the composer Gustav Holst, to say nothing of being a particularly tasty libation that comes in a bitchin’ bottle. But that’s not why I’m recommending it here. Tonight’s beer is Double Dead Guy because, after watching Ross Gload and John Bowker hit a combined seven or eight times tonight, that’s what you’ll want to be. Gan bei. -by Michael