Gameday: Phillies (94-51) at Astros (51-97)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, September 14, 2011 01:05 PM | Comments: 19
2011 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (94-51) at Houston Astros (51-97)

Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) vs. Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78)

Time: 2:05 pm, Minute Maid Park
TV:Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 99 (Roof closed)
Media: Twitter and Facebook

What is going on with the Phillies? They have three straight losses, and are on the verge of being swept by a team that has a .345 winning percentage. This is a very rare situation for the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies.

Around this time every year, it seems like the Astros beat up on the Phillies. Late season struggles against Houston have been a recurring theme in recent Phillies history. Minute Maid Park usually isn’t friendly to the Phillies, as they are 16-24 all time there.

Doc will try to stop the bleeding. Roy Halladay is continuing to make his push for his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award. In three career starts against the Astros, Halladay is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA.

Bud Norris is looking to do what Brett Myers and J.A Happ did: shut down the Phillies offense. In four career starts against the Phillies, Norris has tallied a lot of strikeouts. However, he has a career 5.30 ERA and 1.65 WHIP against Philadelphia.

Once again, the Phillies can clinch a postseason spot with a win, or a St. Louis loss. If the Phillies clinch today, it will mark the earliest the Phillies have clinched a playoff berth in team history. The Phillies are hoping they can officially lock up that playoff spot and start getting back into the winning mode.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Martinez SS, Halladay P.

Your gameday beer: Okay — so Budweiser went forth and embraced crafts with their American Ale. How is it? Not bad. Really. Okay, so it ain’t no Stoudt’s APA or Sierra Nevada-quality ale, but I’d drink it at a party or bar, if it carried that with other Bud crud. So tap into one and eat some American food with it — you know, French fries. Ha. Or pizza. Ha. Ha. – By Tim


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  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I’ve got a feeling that Big Roy will win #18 today. The Phils need to hit !!!!

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Where the he’ll is the offense. Bad bunt.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Howard of course clutch. Bases loaded and a k. He is so clutch.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    There offense sucks all of the sudden. Please mr Ruben trade the big planet.

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    PHILLIES LIKELY to get SWEPT by thw wors t team in baseball…DOC will lose as the offense wont score more than 1 or 2 runs today…

    over the last 4 years the Phillies have a losing record against only 1 team the astros… the Phillies are 12 or 14 games below 500 vs Houston. Take this game for example … last time Cole game up 5 runs in a game was back in April … and he does it against the Astros.?? Ok so Cole has a bad game… maybe he was due… but JA HAPP? that guy was 5-16 going into the game and era over 5.00
    Even worse is the Phillies defense looks like shit …up unti Sunday it was the BEST feidling team in all of MLB

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    6 pitches. Pathetic. No reason to bunt with doc on second. Martizez Orr and Valdez are just bad.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    “Steamrolling” yet?

  • Posts: 543 Morris Buttermaker

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

  • Posts: 543 Morris Buttermaker

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    Howard should have just batted right handed this series. He would not have done any worse.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Planet struck out again. 8 in the series. 0-13. He is so overrated.

  • Posts: 3668 Tracey

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    And yet, regardless of all the bitching and moaning by the “fans,”


    … and we’re going to the postseason!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Eh wasnt pretty but we got it. Doc is counted on when the Phils cant muster anything. If this offense an team doesnt perk up “steamrolled” we will be…Just remember folks the team is good but every so often our alter ego flares up so we cant say we will steamroll by anyone..

  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    LARRY ANDERSON on Ryan Howards’ pathetic strike out in the 9th.. .” he is just swinging away out of desparation… he has no idea where the strike zone is”….

    Larry welcome to 2009

  • Posts: 0 KH

    We wish Howard was the player he was in 2009 not sure what you are talking about.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    only in Philadelphia would people give a sh!t about a guy striking out in the 8th inning of a game in which we had the lead… held the lead.. and clinched a playoff spot !

  • Posts: 0 biz


    I see this site’s denigration into the abyss that is the Eagles’ fan’s mentality of doom and gloom is now complete.

    You would think this team was 51-95, not the other way around.

    News flash to Jeff, you pathetic sack of excrement: In baseball, the mean is failure.

    Try to figure it out.

    In the history of MLB, no one has more HR in their 1st 1,000 games than Ryan Howard. And no one other than the great Ted Williams has more RBIs.

    Perspective, try and gain some, you clowns.

    You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    • Posts: 549 Brian Sr. of CO

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      Dude, don’t lump everyone with him. We are talking about the same guy who said that Cholly needed to be fired yesterday. Some people actually have a clue. Having said that, as a TEAM, the offense is slumping and not looking pretty. What a difference a week will make.

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    If my memory serves me correctly, this was our second-longest “losing streak” of the year. That, in and of itself, is an unbelievable statistic.

    As we all know, this team’s offense will occasionally go to sleep. Over the last few games – with the exception of the invaluable Pence – our offense looks like it should be sent as a group back to Lakewood, to learn how to hit.

    This can’t, and won’t, last forever. If we’re going to go into this type of mini-funk, this a good time to get it all out of our system – and way, way better now than in October.

  • Posts: 0 SavannahPhillyPhan

    I think after the stellar performance by the Phillies against the Braves and the Brewers, I think the team mentally relaxed and took a hiatus. It seemed like they were playing so hard to beat the better teams that they could relax because they had nothing to prove by beating the Astros, Alot of these guys are hurting and tired….they need some time off. Especially Ryan Howard who needs to get off that foot for awhile. I don’t understand why they can’t do anything with it….inject it with cortezone. I wonder if that would help.

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