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Gameday: Phillies (45-54) at Braves (54-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 27, 2012 06:35 PM | Comments: 63
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Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) at Atlanta Braves (54-44)

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 7:35, Turner Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Upper 70′s chance of rain, t-storms
Media: Twitter and  Facebook

The Phillies take on the division-rival Braves tonight in Atlanta, the first of three they will play at Turner Field this weekend. The Braves are 9.5 games ahead of the Phillies in the standings, and 5 games back of the division-leading Nationals. At this point, the Phillies–who have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN–could really only hope to play spoilers for the Braves, barring something drastic.

Cole Hamels, who just signed an extension with the Phillies, will take the mound tonight for the first time with his new contract. So far this year, he’s posted an 11-4 record to go along with a 3.23 ERA. He isn’t having his best year, but for the most part, he is getting the job done.

Opposing him will be Ben Sheets, a guy that the Braves signed with minimal expectations, but who has also been quite good for them so far. In his two starts, he has pitched a total of 12 innings, given up just seven hits–and no runs. However, the deciding factor in the game may lie in the hands of Brian McCann, who is hitting .364 against the Phillies this year, to go along with five home runs and 13 runs batted in. If Hamels can shut him down–and that is likely considering that McCann has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats against him–along with the other big lefties in the Braves lineup, the Phils may be able to scratch off a few runs and win the game.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Pierre LF, Fontenot 3B, Hamels P.

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    “At this point, the Phillies–who have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN”

    This is probably overkill analysis, but it’s interesting to think of the types of mindsets that would include that in their thinking, and those that wouldn’t.

    An NL GM said in the past few days that in his view, if the Phillies get within 5 games on September 1st, he thinks they will get in.

    Different match classes, no doubt.

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      Yeah, they have something like a 0.8% chance of making the playoffs. The smart move is to sell the pieces you have that won’t be back after this season, get something for them, and look to next year. Of course, Ruben doesn’t always make the “smart moves.”

       
  • Posts: 0 CCD

    Anyone notice the oddity of the last three games won? 76 76 76. Omen?

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    @CCD: Yup, I was going to ask if anybody else noticed that historically-apt outcome! I just hope they win more than 76 games this year!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    I like the early strategy, going right after Sheets. He’s a composed veteran, but taking it right to him already gives him something to think about he didn’t run into V the mets or nats.

    Good, aggressive start.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Meaning mostly not playing for 1 run by sacrificing, but they were 0-2 w/ RISP.

       
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Apparently Jimmy and Shane read Ians previous post.
    Getting on base is the key to this teams success and the key to anyone pitching to Howard is junk, junk and more junk

     
    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      When is Howard going to learn how to punch those pitches on the outside of the plate (that gets him out) away from the shift, to the left side of the infield. He’d hit .400 if he could learn how and then they’d stop putting that shift on him. He is a professional hitter, isn’t he??

       
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    1-2-3! Nice to see that the big deal didn’t make Cole complacent!

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    First pitch swinging – if it works its great if it doesn’t it sucks

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Could have a pretty good idea about just how om Cole is after this inning. Couple tough at bats between Chipper and McCann.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Rats. Yhere goes the no-hitter

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    19 pitch first inning for Sheets, 8 pitch second inning

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    HA!!! Gotcha!!!

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Choochie has just been amazing

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Good to see McAnn go down so easily. Everyone needs to remember every time this Phillie killer comes to bat, he has hit 2 GS vs us and is probably hitting .900 vs the Phils

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    2 walks in the inning. What are we in for?

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Yikes… maybe I spoke too soon…

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Good lord

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Cole normally gives up less than 2 walks per 9 innings. Rich man.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    WTF???

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    WTF are you kidding me?????????????????//
    First Doc smells up the joint, then Lee stinks it up now Cole continues with the much vaunted pitching crap – this is stupid.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    where is baby jeffy, need some real negativity here

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    WHEW!!

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    What is going on with Cole tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Fact of life, as opposed to excuse, Cole threw 128 pitches last Saturday, does have an extra day of rest, but that was laborsome, and it is hot and humid. So it’s a little difficult.

    That said,I anticipated a killer performance tonight, but no reason he can’t keep grinding and keep it competitive.

    But no A game tonight.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Whew! got out of another tight spot.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    @Ken: Yeah, I noticed he looked overhreated.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Ryan knows there is nothing but junk coming his way, he has to know

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Nice haul for Grienke. 3 top 8 Angels prospects including their #1 ss Segura and 2 23 year old AA righties.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      It’d fit within the theme of craziness in baseball this year if Greinke, a massively expensive acquisition matched up in a World Series game with Ben Sheets, the signing of the year. It’s only his 3rd start, but this guy’s been to the top, so he should know how to get back there.
      And 3 starts in, he’s doing it so far.

      Nice haul, but I’ll take the Angels picking him up as greatness. Helluva place to live and play. Might have an inside track on a long term deal.

       
      • Posts: 0 c schreiber

        In case you gentlemen don’t remember, the Phils went to Sheets workout and for some reason didn’t make an offer for him. Nice job, scouts and Rube.

         
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Owned

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Paul Janish. .184 hitter this year and Cole is wisely keeping the ball away from him. 2 walks for Janish
    Anybody know what Coles single game high for walks is? Has he broken it already?

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      tied it tonight at 5.

      Per Braves TV.

      Let’s see if Fontenot can get some redemption going to kick things off. Good clubs have players who forget mistakes.

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    I kinda like the WHIP stat, but it’s funny how it works. Cole’s walked 5, but only given up 2 hits, so his WHIP’s gone up tonight so far, but not commensurate with his off he’s been so far.

    But, you pitch to the score, and it’s a ballgame.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Jamie Moyer always seemed to go against the grain with WHIP. More hits than innings pitched, and he nibbled the corners so much, he usually walked 2 to 4 batters. Yet he found a way to win.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Wow, I blinked and another walk, this one on 4 pitches.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    that stinking McAnn is on deck

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    Cole is just about to go over 100 pitches in 5 innings. If he lets in 2 runs, is he gone tonight – its just not there tonight or the last outting

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    crap crap crap

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    And there you have it, McAnn did not wait for the bases to be loaded -

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I said the last time the Phillies played the Btaves that Chipper handed over the Phillies killer helm to hideous McCann. Who knew he’d be a juggernaut with it? You’re a tool McCann. Hey Rich Dubee, any idea WTF is up with the starting rotation? Sheesh. Do we have yet another comeback in us? We should be clobbering Sheets, his scoreless streak is just a facade.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Oh baby!!!

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Argh. Well, they made Sheets work. 9 pitches to Pence; 7 more to Pierre.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Mayberry been working on his outfield skills with Pence? Jesus!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Cant make up ground with fielding like this.

    Period.

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    crap… well, now we’re positioned to get another 7-6 come from behind win. :^}

     
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    CRAP!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Mr clutch howard the big welfare

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Last I heard, RyHo is engaged to an ex, or current Eagles cheerleader.

    This will probably be bigamy.

    He’s already married to low and away.

    He takes a bunch of pitches, giving him whatever chance he has against Venters, and then finally swings.

    At a pitch that was headed for Pensauken.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    C’mon Howard. For god sakes. Just make contact! Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    This team needs to wait until next year. No trades will make this team better just relieve salary. Give Halladay the rest of the year off to let his arm rest or at least keep him to a strict pitch count. Limit the number of pitches Lee throws. Give Ruiz some days off too. RAJ is going to have to play some money ball with the tiny little bit of money he’s got left to fill CF, LF, 3rd, Blanton’s spot. We need to be thinking about 2013.

     
    • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

      No room at the inn for Chad Durbin???

       
  • Posts: 2504 Tracey

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    Hmn… well, they’ve made some amazing come-backs lately, so I haven’t entirely thrown in the towel on this game, but I’m not counting on anything…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    I think I’d prefer scoring 6 runs here in the 9th. Scoring 5 and fretting a tie game in the bottom of the 9th just has no appeal.

    So let’s get 6. Then it’s safe to use the closer since federal law prohibits using the closer on the road unless its a save ordeal.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    No comeback tonight. Braves made the Phillies look like little leaguers tonight. Man, I despise the Braves.

     
 
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