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Gameday: Phillies (88-48) vs. Braves (82-57)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 05, 2011 05:45 PM | Comments: 35
2011 Gameday, Analysis, News, Opinion, Posts

Atlanta Braves (82-57) at Philadelpia Phillies (88-47)

Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52) vs. Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59)

Time: 7:05 PM ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN, MLB Network
Weather: Overcast/Chance of storms, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

HAPPY LABOR DAY, NATION!

Hope you’re having a fantastic BBQing day with friends and family. The perfect scenario for today is no rain, grill hot, beers cold, Phils on the radio. That might be the most fantastic situation possible, so I hope you achieve something close to that today.

On the field, it’s a big freakin’ series. There aren’t any real playoff implications, but if the Phillies can take 2 of 3 here, it’ll give everyone associated with red pinstripes a great feeling, and will push the Phillies even farther ahead in the standings.

Right now, the Phillies lead the Braves by 7.5 games in the division. They hold a 6.5 game lead in the NL over the surging Brewers – the Phillies will be in Milwaukee for four games later this week. What an incredible week of baseball ahead…

Cliff Lee gets the ball and who, at this point, would you rather have in this situation? Lately, he’s been Cy Young worthy, in much the same fashion as he was in June. His August numbers were obnoxious, almost video game-like again. He’s going for his seventh straight win; his last loss was July 25. Lee is one of those zones we’ve become accustomed to. No sense in stopping now, and not for a below-average Braves offense, either.

Derek Lowe gets the ball for Atlanta and has not had a very strong season to this point. We’ve seen Lowe kill the Phils at times with that deadly sinker, but he appears to have lost confidence. His August was an odd one; he gave up eight runs in a start, five runs in another, but recently has been better, allowing just three earned over his last 13 innings. Which Derek Lowe will we get?

The weather is going to play a factor in this series, who woulda thought!? The remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lee are making their way from the Gulf Coast to the Philadelphia area, and could be here in time for Tuesday’s game. It looks like it’ll get here – and dump 2-6 inches of rain in the process – but not until Wednesday. The Phillies can ill afford more makeup games. Hell, they might end up playing like 159 games this year at this pace.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Ruiz C, Martinez SS, Halladay P

GAMEDAY BEER: Sam Adams Summer Ale

Sam Adams Summer Ale is another of their ridiculously good brews. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. It tickles the tongue. And since summer isn’t over juuuust yet, ed it on a great note with this excellent beverage. Tomorrow, we’ll have to look ahead to the Octoberfest beers. But for one more day, we live in summer. And what a summer it has been! -by Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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Pat is Editor-in-Chief of Phillies Nation. He also covers the Phils for 97.5 FM in Philly.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    Has anyone looked at an extended weather forecast? How in heaven’s name do we manage if any of these games gets rained out, let alone more than one?

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Great question. The radar looks ugly and the extended forecast for the next few days looks even worse. Hope they get in one of these and then hope it clears out before Wednesday.

       
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Let’s enjoy another dominant performance by Cliff Lee and a solid game by Mr. Mayberry..

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    If it isnt rained out and tomorrow looks worse.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Oh yea and Sam adams is my all time favorite beer.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Ah… score early and score often…

     
  • Posts: 0 Dark Leviathan

    Cliff Lee reached 200 Ks, very solid. Cliff Lee continues to look even more promising as a potential Cy Young winner.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Please mr jr. Do not bring back Oswalt. Poly. Blanton Kendrick. Herdon. Contraros. Raul. Thank you

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!!!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    oops…

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Wow! Howard is getting really good at those falling catches!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    I’m not sure Howard actually caught that.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Wow that half inning was awesome, feels like the Braves might have lit a fire under the Phils. Thanks Chipper!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Damn, Chase scores on that throw if Sammy doesn’t hold him.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Mayberry with some great AB’s tonight!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Luv it!

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    What did chipper do/say?

     
    • Posts: 579 Brian Michael

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      He pretty much said that the Braves are resigned to winning the Wild Card.

       
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Great Beer Choice!

    Great Game!

    Home everyone is enjoying their Holiday Weekend!!

    Gotta go back to Teaching tomorrow!

    Have a nice night all

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Maryland is winning 13-7

    I see the Phils scored and went for 2. And made it!

    One more post about the Braves possibly ever coming to win this division is too much.

    Better chance of a nuclear war ending civiilazation. So before you post about the Braves winning the division. Talk about that. Much greater chance of that happening.

    the Braves pose no threat reg or post season. Jurgens and Hanson and Lowe all are wearing down and out.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I think Chipper said that he isnt scared of the Phils. They flip flop first they say they arent challenging the Phls and are holding on to wildcard. We all know that’s a bunch of crap an they want the top spot.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Phils opened up a Can on the Braves tonight!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Save some for tomorrow, guys! (assuming you can get the game in…)

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Lee is just a stud. The Braves are trending in the wrong direction… Jurrjens’ knee, Hanson’s shoulder, Heyward hasn’t been right all year, Prado spend a long time on the DL, Lowe’s vajjine, Chipper’s AARP card… It’s Hudson, McCann, Uggla (the most overrated 2B in baseball) and the ghost of Bobby Cox.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Ah, the Tomamock…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Lee makes doc look like a coc

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lawrence has the flu cut him some slack.

    Just for future reference.
    Every time Howard walks his first time up he and the phillies have a big game.

    Good things always happen

     
    • Posts: 5189 Lefty

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      Who told you that about Howard, that’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.

       
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    SHUTOUT!!!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Just too eazy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    With the 6 shutouts

    I think CLiff may be ahead of halladay for the Cy.

    Its close.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Lee should have 7 shutouts… I still can’t believe they pulled him with 2 outs in the ninth his last time out.

    6 shutouts is just remarkable.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lee 2.47 ERA Roy 2.49 Kershaw 2.45

    Kershaw a few more Ks and and 1 more win.

    But 6 shutouts is really impressive in this day and age.
    I def think Cliff is now the leading phillie contender.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Kershaw is gonna be the favorite. I don’t like it…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I dunno.
    If they leave him in he loses the shutout streak maybe

    Glad thats still going.

    Kershaw will get to face those crappy NL west line ups too.

     
 
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