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Gameday: Phillies (90-48) vs. Braves (82-59)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 07, 2011 06:51 PM | Comments: 19
2011 Gameday, Analysis, News, Posts


Atlanta Braves (82-59) at Philadelphia Phillies (90-48)

Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.37) vs. Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80)

Time: 7:05 PM ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN, ESPN
Weather: Cloudy/Showers, 78
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The good news is, rain shouldn’t be much of a factor tonight as the Phillies look for a sweep. Even better news; the Phillies are looking for a sweep of the Atlanta Braves, something that hasn’t happened all season.The Braves and Phillies are the only two teams who have not been swept in a series of three games or more this year.

Roy Oswalt takes the ball and people aren’t so much worried about the stats as they are the velocity and location of his pitches. He has been somewhat shaky since returning from the DL, but signs are point toward a full recovery, always a good sign. Charlie Manuel said earlier today he wants to see seven innings from Oswalt, over 100 pitches, and crispness of his pitches. I would love to see him hit 94 on that fastball a few times, to show he is indeed 100 percent.

Brandon Beachy will look to stop the sweep and presents a challenge. Not only is he fast becoming a top-of-the-rotation hurler for Atlanta – more out of necessity due to the absence of their top two pitchers, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson – but he’s also a guy who has been so consistent as of late. Beachy as thrown at least five innings and surrendered at most four earned runs in each of his last eight starts. Not bad for a kid.

But the Phillies have had plenty of success against him. Beachy is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA against them in his short career.

Beyond the pitching matchup, the Phils can put a stake in the hearts of the Braves for good with a demoralizing sweep. The magic number can go from 14 to 12 tonight with a win. With a win, it would be a 10 1/2 game advantage in the division. Wow.I keep thinking of the video game Mortal Kombat and famous line “Finish Him!” It applies here because the Phils can do just that.

And, finally, the Phillies were denied their protest by MLB stemming from the game against the Marlins on Sunday. You know the play.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Martinez SS, Oswalt SP

Victory LagerYour gameday beer: Sierra Nevada Torpedo
A bold, bountiful American IPA with a citrus, pine, and herbal character to it. With all IPA’s comes some strength, and Torpedo follows that trend. Its Bitterness Unit is 65, rather high (to compare, the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a 37) a pungent. With that said, it’s a strong, tasty beer that will make your hair stand up as the Phillies do much the same tonight. In the kitchen, pair this bold beer with the bold flavors of Jambalaya. – By Pat

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  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    bleh. Mini Mart really blew that.

     
  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    WOO HOO!!! Three up, three down. Never mind that little error…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Juurjens done for the reg season.
    Probably the playoffs too.

    Hope the Braves can hang on to the WC cause they are in trouble.
    They are 0 threat reg season or playoffs now.

    So hope they get the WC and beat Milwaukee. But they wont.

     
  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    Ugh. Roy’s not looking so good this inning.

     
  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    Whew!

     
  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLL!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Hey dypsy how bout raul

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    BS alert

    Wheeler said his father was born 1917
    Since he was born in 1911 himself. I find that some shady math may be at play.

     
  • Posts: 2846 Tracey

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    Less than 60 pitches over four innings. Oswalt is looking OK!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Thank god baby Roy will not be back. Bourne is baby planet and Ryan is the main planet. Great flick

     
  • Posts: 0 charlie

    Ryan the K Howard- he may make 145 mil but he is one big fat K with runners in scoring position

     
  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    Truck is right Ryan! At bat started well enough, but that Venters’ slider is just too tough to lay off. Let’s go bottom of the order, win it in the 9th!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Ryan waste Madison is in

     
  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    I just blew my Gload. Unreal!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I dont want to hear ANYTHING about the braves anymore playoffs or regular season.
    Or otherwise

    Teams we can even discuss are Cardinlas or Giants if they take the WC from the sorry ass Braves. And the Brewers.

    Then the AL world series team.

    The braves are done . May back into the playoffs. But they are castrated.

     
  • Posts: 45 JakeyJ

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    After two ideal chances for Howard to put this game away,it ends up Gload is tonight’s hero. With some breathing space between the Phils and Braves, Charlie should be able to give some of the key players some rest. Sounds like Chase is OK.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ut oh charlie saying Utley says he has a headache. \

    not good. but he needs off days anyway

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Planet sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ryan Church got way messed up traveling after a concussion.

    Do not put him on a plane tonight let him stay home.
    Its locked down.
    REST HIM

     
 
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