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Gameday: Phillies (92-48) at Brewers (85-60)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 09, 2011 07:20 PM | Comments: 47
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Philadelphia Phillies (92-48) at Milwaukee Brewers (85-60)

Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs. Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)

Time: 8:10 pm, Miller Park
TV: CSN, MLB Network
Weather: Broken clouds, 64
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies take on the Brewers tonight in the 2nd of this 4 game set after winning the first last night. Roy Halladay will take the mound tonight, facing his former teammeate, Shaun Marcum. Halladay still leads the Cy Young Award race, but Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw are right on his heels.

The Brewers lineup looks like this tonight along with their average against Halladay: Hart (.500), Morgan (.143), Braun (.500), Fielder (.600), McGehee (.000), Green (N/A), Betancourt (.333), Lucroy (.000), Marcum (N/A)

Notice anything? How about the top 4 hitters in the lineup hitting a combined .382 against Halladay with four home runs. Hart has two hits against Halladay (2-4)–both of them round-trippers. Braun and Fielder are a combined 9-16 against him. Hopefully Halladay makes those numbers go down tonight.

His former teammate Shaun Marcum will pitch for the Brewers. Marcum has had himself quite a year so far. His FIP is good for 20th in the National League, and is 3 points higher than his previous career best. He faced the Phillies way back on April 18, tossing six innings of one-run ball, with the lone run he gave up being unearned. He’s had struggles against three Phillies hitters–Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, and Placido Polanco.

Tonight may not be the pitchers duel that it looks like it will be on the surface. Halladay and Marcum are both having good years (Halladay obviously having a GREAT year), but both pitchers have had struggles against multiple hitters in the lineup they will face. I’ll never pick against Halladay, so I see the Phils taking this one in a tight game.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P

Your Gameday Beer – Milwaukee’s Best Light

Coors  OriginalI’d be remiss if we left Milwaukee without featuring a Miller product. Tonight, it’s Milwaukee’s Best Light. Beast Light is famous for sponsoring the World Series of Poker on ESPN and for allowing college students to make bad decisions on the cheap. Even in rotgut circles (think Natty Light, PBR, or Busch), Beast Light has a special reputation for being revolting.– By Michael

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  • Posts: 462 Morris Buttermaker

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    Ok guys, we got a game with the Brewers tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Brewers!

     
    • Posts: 0 bostonkate

      If this were a Facebook status, I’d like it. I always like what you have to say.

      GO PHILS!

       
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    GO BIG BROWN!!!

     
  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    Let’s knock Marcum out early. Howard and September are a match made in heaven.

     
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    We’ve blown Marcum’s ERA sky high.

     
  • Posts: 36 jkaydee

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    Valdez’ ARM is the TERMINATOR

     
  • Posts: 462 Morris Buttermaker

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    Nice to see Howard hit that blast. The big guy knows when to come up big.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Andrew should be exploding by now – a 3 run hr and another walk?!

     
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    WTF???

     
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    OK, seriously, we need some outs here.

     
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    YES!!!! TURN that DP!!!

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    That was just what the Doctor ordered! Sweet!

     
  • Posts: 462 Morris Buttermaker

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    There should be an MLB rule preventing guys like Yuneisky Betancourt from even having to face a pitcher like Roy Halladay. It’s just not fair.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    a few more runs would always be nice – it is time for a Vic pop?

     
  • Posts: 2591 Tracey

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    Marcum is not long for this game. He’d be lucky to get out of this inning with < 100 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Little Petey Orr getting the inning started off right – comon Chooch, move him over

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Between this guy taking an hour to pitch this game is boring.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    10 men on base in 5 innings – this guys has got to be heading to the showers

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    God just like that. Valdez couldn’t get laid in a whorehouse. He sucks

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Wilson still has the best BA of any Philly with men in scoring position and 2 outs – even though tonight is the antithesis of all that theory

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Hello Brooks

    First I have been giving Howard a 3.5 ll year. I am now giving him a 5.

    Hes really doing so much better. As I said in an earlier thread in September he has more walks then strikeouts. And now has the 1.150 ish OPS
    If he ever had a season where he had more walks than strikeouts. He would be the best and greatest and all the things some people like to think.
    To me it seems the walks fuel everything. When he takes them he is great and this team is on par with the 1927 Yankees.

    Now I heard through the grapevine that someone was forwarding him all of my speeches on here. So I am the one who motivated him. And will take the credit.

    Cant wait to get that Howard Jersey in november. Or late oct.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    You’d better talk to Santa Andrew – it might take a while

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Do they sell his jersey in tall and fat sizes?

    Doing a little drinking tonight Brooks. Enjoy.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    BTW – Doc is looking pretty tough so far. I dont know about the rest of you but I believe I have only witnessed 1 game where he gave up the lead and lost in the late innings. A 3 run lead at this point looks pretty solid.

     
  • Posts: 462 Morris Buttermaker

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    I’m looking forward to the day when Wilson Valdez shuts me up about my line about how someday he will be the first MLB player to lead off an inning by hitting into a double play. Looking forward to eating crow.

    Also, somebody needs to let Marcum know he is not in the AL East anymore. Just throw the damn ball. Isn’t there supposed to be time limit?

     
    • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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      Have you read George Will’s book “Men at Work”? In his first intro, he talks about the only triple play ever where the ball was not touched by a fielder.
      A double play to lead off the inning – nah, cannot happen -

       
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    I’m jealous and dry tonight but childless – heheheh…
    well, here be another run opp for the big man -

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Comon Raul, make him eat it big

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Rauuuuuull!!!!

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    I heard on the pre game show the Phils lead the league in 2 out rbi – honestly I was surprised.. now Wilson has another shot!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    The Brewer really need these games too.

    the Phillies are so good.

    If Howard swings at strikes only they could have won 125 games this year.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Go figure that one – 4 plate appearances and 10 runners left on base. Wow – would have been 11 if he did not hit into a DP.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    We can deal with that one run – no problem

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    How can that run count for Milwaukee?

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    I dont think we have seen the F-raud all year yet – lets Eat!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Chooch dropped the ball should have tagged him. Someone shuold have seen that the ump didnt signal. It maters only for the Cy Young race though.

    I think we faced the senior citizen abuser when he was still with the Mess earlier this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Kershaw pitching for the Dodgers tonight vs sorry ass Giants line up.
    Already 1-0 Giants in the first.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Stupid ruling, if the ump sees the guy doesn’t touch home and he goes and sits in the dugout he should be out.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    That’s it Roy, stay focused big guy

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Andrew – I think its debatable who comes in the 9th to pitch. If its Halladay you are resting the relievers who really never seem to get a rest. Which is a bigger part of your game? 6 IP with 3 runs in and a strong pen or a 7 innings strong, and a pen that falls apart due to so much work?

    Let him pitch, let the relief rest

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Look Screach got hit by a foul ball!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    So they burn both Madson and Bastardo.

    The old man!
    He is hard to understand.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Someone called mike f on wfan. They how bout the mets go after madson. His response. He is a 31 year old average closer. Agree mike

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Madson takes care of the brewers. Really. Lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Winner winner chicken dinner

    I think Pence is making the game fun for everyone. Thats huge

    Sweep the braves and now this.

    Its over. Home field throughout the playoffs.

    If this team doesnt at least represent the NL in te WS I will be a very sad young man.
    How can they not?
    But thats why they play the games.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Winner Winner Pizza dinner…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Watching Vin Scully and the Dodgers Giants game.

    Cody fing Ross just missed a homer.
    I still wouldnt be shocked if the Giants came back id not be shocked

    Winner winner shot and a 4 loko

     
 
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