Could we witness history tonight? The Phillies can set their franchise record with 102 wins in a sweep over the Braves. At the same time, they could severely injure Atlanta’s chances of making the postseason.
On the Phillies side, they’ll go with the full lineup tonight, except for Shane Victorino who has a stiff back, but it’s very mild. He could have played tonight, but Charlie Manuel wants to get John Mayberry some at-bats before the playoffs begin.
Over on the Braves side, things have to be TENSE. And that might be an understatement. You know what it means tonight; a win and a Cardinals loss and they’re in. A loss and a Cardinals win, they’re out. Both win or lose, they play a one game playoff in St. Louis. I’d expect Atlanta to come out guns blazing. They have a lot to lose tonight.
Enjoy the regular season finale, you all should be watching. This is a playoff game for the Braves and it’s a nice ending to what has been a magical season for the Phillies.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Maybery CF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Ruiz C, Blanton P
Your Gameday Beer – Guinness
It’s one of my favorite beers, so enjoy this as you sit back, relax, and watch playoff baseball unfold before your very eyes. No, the Phillies aren’t yet in the postseason, but this is a fun night nonetheless. It’s a damp, dreary night in Philly, so Guinness goes with the mood. And it’s so smooth for a darker beer, too. My mouth is watering, and not just over beer, but also over the baseball we’re going to see tonight involving the Braves, Cardinals, Red Sox, Rays, and even the DBacks and Brewers -Pat Gallen