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Gameday: Phillies (99-60) vs. Braves (89-70)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 26, 2011 06:10 PM | Comments: 22
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Philadelphia Phillies (99-60) at Atlanta Braves (89-70)

Time: 7:10, Turner Field
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Isolated Storms, 77
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s the beginning of the end for the Phillies. They finish out the 2011 season against their divisional rival on the road. However, the Braves have plenty more riding on this series than do the Phils. With a good showing, Atlanta will secure a playoff spot. But, they’re up just one game on the St. Louis Cardinals meaning any slip up in the next three days could mean they fall out of the postseason; something that was all but assured for Atlanta not even a month ago. They went cold at the very moment that St. Louis got hot and here we are. A photo finish is ahead.

What does this mean for the Phillies? Well, if the Cards overtake the Braves in the Wild Card standings, the Phillies will head to STL for games three and four (if necessary) in the NLDS. If Atlanta hangs on, it comes down to Milwaukee or Arizona. So there is plenty to watch for in the next 72+ hours. Postseason baseball is nearly upon us, but before that can happen it’ll be hell of an ending in the National League.

In this game, unfortunately, Cliff Lee cannot win himself the NL Cy Young award. That looks to be going to Clayton Kershaw, who has basically locked up the pitching Triple Crown. According to Jayson Stark, if Lee were to throw nine shutout innings tonight, he would fall short of Kershaw’s ERA mark by 0.01. Ah well. The Phillies are in the playoffs while the Dodgers hope to find a money tree somewhere in Chavez Ravine. Lee – and Roy Halladay for that matter – have had unbelievable seasons.

The Phillies will put their full lineup out there tonight as they look to build a little continuity. On Sunday against the Mets, nine runs with the regulars was a nice start. All we can ask for tonight is to see some hard hit balls and good, clean play in the field.

What do you think of this new look lineup with Chase batting 2nd and Polanco seemingly buried?

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Ruiz C, Lee P

GAMEDAY BEER: Philadephia Lager

Philadelphia Original LagerBrewed by Red Bell Brewery out of the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, this beer is a classic microbrew lager. It’s a bit heavier than Yuengling, with more of a roasted malt flavor and some sweet coffee and caramel hints. Its supreme drinkability coupled with a pour that looks like iced tea means you can sneakily house several of these bad boys. Have your favorite pasta with some marinara sauce and a few Philly Lagers. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Either the cards or braves can beat us. Chipper is the best. Braves will spank us. Uggla is the best.

     
  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Did hunter forget how to play he field another dropped catch.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    That’s OK. Chip away at the Braves’ lead. We really wore their pitcher down. It’s only a matter of time. GO PHILS!!!!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOW!!!!! What a catch by Polly!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOO HOO!!! JRoll ties it up!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    FLYIN HAWAIIAN!

     
  • Posts: 517 Morris Buttermaker

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    Ok guys. We got a game with the Braves tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Braves.

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Bring on the Bad News! Good to see you, Morris!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    WOW! What a catch!

    Can we start doing the Toma-mock now? Or is that premature?

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Good sign when Stutes gets a 1-2-3

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Has Shane recaptured his stroke? It’s looking better for Jimmy -

     
  • Posts: 517 Morris Buttermaker

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    I’m afraid to mention it, or make a big deal. But they are looking pretty solid tonight,

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Rauuullll!
    Sweet!
    C’omon bull pen – take it to the Braves!
    Anyone notice how the Bosox are crumbling? Losing tonight to the Orioles, the Rays are beating the Yanks -

     
  • Posts: 517 Morris Buttermaker

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    This has been a fun game to watch.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    C’mon Brad, no meltdown!

     
  • Posts: 5189 Lefty

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    Raaaauuuuullll!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    This has been a great game -

     
  • Posts: 517 Morris Buttermaker

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    As Rollins and Victorino go, so goes the Phillies offense. When those two are getting on base, it’s hard to stop the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 517 Morris Buttermaker

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    This strike zone is atrocious.

    A called strike on McCann prompted that response. I’m not being a homer.

     
  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Win # 100! I was a little concerned they wouldn’ get there folks!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Gutty win tonight. Lee settled in nicely. They tacked on runs against tough pitchers. Bullpen held. Exactly what we needed to see… Feelin’ better.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Congrats on 100 wins.

    The braves and red sox both dont deserve to make the playoffs.

     
 
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