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Gameday: Phillies (85-61) at Marlins (73-71)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, September 15, 2010 04:50 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (85-61) at Florida Marlins (73-71)

Florida MarlinsRoy Halladay (18-10, 2.44 ERA) vs. Jorge Sosa (2-2, 5.82 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m at Sun Life Stadium
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly cloudy, chance of thunderstorms, 84
Twitter: @philliesnation

Two months ago today, the Phillies were in third place, 5 1/2 games out of first place, six games over .500, with, according to Coolstandings.com, a 10.6 percent chance of winning the division and a 20.9 percent chance of making the playoffs at all. Today, the Phillies are 24 games over .500, with a 94.1 percent chance at the division. And after this afternoon’s loss to Washington, the Braves now stand 2 1/2 games behind the Phillies. The momentum is with La Furia Roja, and the foam rubber tomahawk-wielders are starting to sweat.

Now it’s time to step on the bastards’ throats.

This evening, Roy Halladay makes his triumphant return to Sun Life Stadium, where there will most likely be several unused tickets for the Marlins to sell after tonight. A win by the Phillies over Jorge Sosa’s Flying Circus will put them 3 games up going into an off-day, then a season-concluding set of 15 division games, including 6 against those selfsame Braves. Of course, with a soul-crushing edge in the pitching battle tonight, and having taken the first two games of the series, the Phillies could be staring into the eyes of a trap game.

Tonight’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P

Your gamenight beer: Great Lakes Brewery Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

We’ve covered Great Lakes Brewery in this space before, but I hadn’t had this one until last Friday, when it was recommended to me by a friendly bartender named Ruben at Mac’s Tavern on Second and Market. It’s dark, malty, substantial, and above all, tasty. Well-deserving of the effusive praise heaped on it by Gordon Lightfoot.- By Michael

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Gameday: Phillies (84-61) at Marlins (73-70)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 14, 2010 06:19 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (84-61) at Florida Marlins (73-70)

Florida MarlinsCole Hamels (10-10, 3.06 ERA) vs Adalberto Mendez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m at Sun Life Stadium
TV: CSN
Weather: Sunny, chance of thunderstorms – 76
Twitter: @philliesnation

Cole Hamels, with a great start tonight, can go below three with his ERA. Think about that for a second. This guy as come full circle after an unbelievable 2008 and then a terrible 2009 season. It’s been quite the turnaround for him and a win tonight means sole possession of first place, still. The Phils are counting on this guy to be just as good as he’s been the last two-plus months.

On the other end, Adalberto Mendez. He stifled the Phillies in his first career start a week ago, then hurt himself and had to leave the game.  Mendez throws heat, but they’ve now seen him. No time to let up, especially with the Braves on their heels playing the Nats tonight. A win is good.

Tonight’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Blanton P.

Your Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Summerfest
This Northern California summer brew is a traditional lager but its summer flavors make it almost like a Pils. It incorporates a hoppy aroma with hints of citrus, wheat, and light caramel taste. It has a light body too which makes it an easy-drinker. Likewise, you should eat something light with it, like sushi. – By Brian

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Gameday: Phillies (83-61) at Marlins (73-69)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, September 13, 2010 06:37 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (83-61) at Florida Marlins (73-69)

Florida MarlinsJoe Blanton (6-6, 5.15 ERA) vs. Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m at Sun Life Stadium
TV: CSN
Weather: Sunny, chance of thunderstorms – 79
Twitter: @philliesnation

After taking the front-end series of this NL East road trip, the Phils look to continue their winning ways tonight in Miami. The club has won 14 of its last 17 road games after losing the previous 12 of 15.

They will face Andrew Miller again for the second time in a week. As you may recall, the Phils knocked him around in his last appearance, scoring at least one run in every inning he pitched. Miller left the game with a line featuring 7 runs on 11 hits in just four innings.

The Phillies will counter with Joe Blanton who seeks an audience with the top side of .500 as he looks for his 6th win of the season. We all know the story with Joe: if he can get through the first inning unscathed, he should give the Phils a good chance to win. In 11 starts since the All-Star break, he is 3-1 with a 3.67 ERA, so even if he doesn’t leave with the lead, he’s not digging the team into an insurmountable hole. Plus, the offense has been known to awaken when Kentucky Joe is on the mound, unlike with Hollywood Hamels.

Speaking of the offensive machine that is the Phillies lineup, its sparkplug Jimmy Rollins found out via an MRI that he has a mild hamstring strain. He is scheduled to rejoin team tomorrow in Florida but will likely not start.

Tonight’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Blanton P.

Your gamenight beer: Kentucky Joe takes the mound, and what better way to celebrate the man than with Bluegrass Nut Brown Ale, right from his home state’s Bluegrass Brewery. Laced with caramel and nutty flavors, this English Brown is much like Newcastle, but probably a little sweeter. It goes well with a fat burger. A big, fat, Kentucky Joe burger. - By Tim

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Gameday: Phillies (82-61) at Mets (70-72)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 12, 2010 12:21 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (82-61) at New York Mets (70-72)

Roy Oswalt (11-13, 3.09 ERA) vs. Jon Niese (9-7, 3.85 ERA)

Time: 1:10 p.m at Citi Field
TV: My Phl 17
Weather: Cloudy/Rain, 66
Twitter: @philliesnation

It’s Sunday. It’s football season. Get your remote ready because everyone knows you’ll be flipping back and forth.

But as much football as there will be, this Phillies game is slightly important. The Phils are now tied with Atlanta for first place in the NL East after last night’s loss and the Braves win over St. Louis in extras. It’s up to Roy Oswalt to turn it around from yesterday and make sure the Phils stay on pace in the division.

Brooklyn LagerYour Gameday Beer – Brooklyn Pennant Ale

A baseball-themed beer? Yes, please. Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a honey-colored pale ale, right up my alley. It’s aptly named for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship team, a very cool homage to a city that lost its team to the west coast unfortunately.  It’s 5.0% ABV, so not too strong, not too light. It should be paired with some BBQ ribs or a plate of crabcakes. Oh yeah. Whether or not you despise New York, Brooklyn Brewing Co. makes a damn good beer. –By Pat

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Gameday: Phillies (81-60) at Mets (69-71)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, September 10, 2010 03:19 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (81-60) at New York Mets (69-71)

Roy Halladay, RHP, (17-10, 2.36 ERA) vs. Jenrry Mejia, RHP, (0-3, 3.86 ERA)

Time: 7:10 p.m at Citi Field
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 68
Twitter: @philliesnation

I’ve got an uncle who lives in what people up there call Central New Jersey but everyone else calls Greater New York. He’s a Mets and Cowboys fan, but I love him anyway. Since I was old enough to follow sports, he and I have carried on a pointed but friendly repartee about our respective teams–he didn’t rub in the 2000 MLB season too much, and I’ve tried to go easy on references to the 2007 and 2008 division races and the Pickle Juice Game.

But something funny has happened to our dynamic over the past three years or so. I’ve stopped making fun of the Mets in front of my uncle. Entirely. At first, my uncle picked up the slack, taking on the sardonic, jaded, self-loathing tone I knew as an Eagles fan under Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes, and as a Phillies fan under Terry Francona. But in recent months, even my uncle has stopped making fun of the Mets, and our baseball conversations have turned from back-and-forth barbs to solemn expressions of awe, despair, and bemusement. Long story short, the Mets have moved beyond being a joke that makes itself and into Oakland Raiders territory. Mocking the Mets anymore is, to paraphrase the author Bruce Brooks, not so much like mocking a double amputee as it is like challenging him to a footrace.

On a happier note, the celebration of the Jewish New Year ends about the same time a certain Phillies pitcher takes the mound, meaning that we can go from High Holy Day to Halladay with little or no interruption.

Opposing the good doctor this evening will be a man with parents who hated him so much Chone Figgins’ name looks normal by comparison. Jenrry (pronounced “Henry”) Mejia burst onto the scene this spring, unleashing a thunderbolt fastball and hammer curve from his 6-foot frame. He’s struggled some with his control this year, with almost an even K/BB ratio, but he’s only 20 years old. Not only does his age mean he has time to straighten himself out, but it also makes me feel incredibly inadequate to be 23 and doing nothing more exciting than “grad school.”

Also be sure to check out Corey Seidman’s interview by Frank Gray of Mets Gazette. They talked high-points, low-points, and about the upcoming series.

Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Ruiz (C), Valdez (SS), Halladay (P)

Your gameday beer: Old Crow Bourbon Whiskey

If you’re watching nine innings of Mets baseball, beer just ain’t going to cut it. And come to think of it, Citi Field this season has been the site of some offensive displays that make a kindergarten slapfight look like Operation Rolling Thunder by comparison. The point is, if the Phillies manage 4 hits and a walk and lose 3-1, you’ll wish by the end of the night that you had tried sterner stuff than that MGD 64 you’ve been nursing all night. Fortune Brands, which owns Old Crow, makes some spirits you might actually want to drink (Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Sauza Tequila), but this is bottom-shelf rotgut. It’ll make you wish for death.– Michael Baumann

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Gameday: Marlins (70-68) at Phillies (80-60)

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, September 08, 2010 06:20 PM Comments: 0

Florida Marlins (70-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (80-60)

MarlinsAndrew Miller (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.18 ERA)

Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Sunny, 80
Twitter: @philliesnation

You often hear “the best defense is a good offense” and the best thing the Phillies could do to retain their first place status is to keep on winning – put the Braves in the rearview and just keep rolling.

As always with Cole Hamels, the offense needs to produce. Today a .500 record is on the line for King Cole, a stat he surely deserves to go alongside his 3.18 ERA. That ERA breaks down further to 2.16 and 2.79 clips in July and August respectively. As you may recall, Cole didn’t allow a run in his last start on Sept 3rd which bumped his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18. The lefty has had success against Marlins hitters individually, but he sports a just 2-7 record versus them in his career.

Andrew Miller will take to the hill for the Marlins and is coming off his first win in over a year. After starting the season in AAA, he found his way into the rotation after Ricky Nolasco went down with an injury three weeks ago. Chase Utley (.308 in 13 ABs) and Shane Victorino (.529 in 17 ABs), particularly, have had success against the 25-year-old lefty.

Technically the Phillies have a chance to sweep the Fish with a win tonight since this series started with Game 2 on Monday.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Werth RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

 Fire Island's Red Wagon IPAYour Gameday Beer – Fire Island’s Red Wagon IPA

Tonight’s selection comes to us from Fire Island, NY, that crazy place off Long Island where cars are prohibited. And it is this quirky phenomenon that give us the name of the beer since red wagons are what locals use to transport goods around the island. Ah, simple times call for a simple beer. This golden beer is balanced with floral and fruity hops and is perfect for a September evening. Have it with some grilled pork chops.

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Gameday: Marlins (70-67) at Phillies (79-60)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 07, 2010 05:13 PM Comments: 0

Florida Marlins (70-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (79-60)

BrewersChris Volstad (9-9, 4.82 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.52 ERA)

Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Sunny, 83
Twitter: @philliesnation

Lineup update: Dom Brown was in the original lineup posted around 3:30 today, but was replaced around 5 p.m. for Jayson Werth who jumps in to bat 7th. No word yet on why the move was made.

5:15 p.m.: Brown was scratched with a sore right quad, he will be re-evaluated after the game. Doesn’t seem like a serious injury.

Get this: the Phillies have won 31 of their last 45 games and now sit 0.5 behind the Braves. With a Braves loss and Phillies win, they will grab the top spot in the division for the first time since May 30. It’s been a long, crazy summer, but somehow, someway, they can grab first place tonight with some help. Amazing.

It all starts with Joe Blanton, who was crushed in Colorado his last time out. He has to put together a strong performance, and if he does, again…first place could be had!

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Werth RF, Ruiz C, Blanton P

Live the High LifeYour Gameday Beer – Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat

I haven’t given up on summer just yet. Everyone is out there drinking their pumpkin beers and enjoying their octoberfest brews, but I’m not ready. I’m sticking with a summery beer, Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. With the temps still close to 90, it’s important to enjoy a warm-weathered beer. Go with this.

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Gameday: Brewers (62-73) at Phillies (78-58)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 05, 2010 12:43 PM Comments: 0

Milwaukee Brewers (62-73) at Philadelphia Phillies (78-58)

BrewersRandy Wolf (10-10, 4.76) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-7, 4.72)

Time: 1:35 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: MY PHL 17
Weather: Sunny, 73
Twitter: @philliesnation

In Saturday’s 5-4 victory, Roy Halladay surrendered four homers, but the Phillies offense rallied, en route to their fifth straight win.  The Phillies become a scary team in September, and they’re just a game back in the National League East.

Former Phillie Randy Wolf will take the mound for the Brew Crew, but don’t expect a Wolf Pack reunion.  This is Wolf’s second appearance at Citizens Bank Park in an away jersey.  Phillies fans know what Wolf brings to the table.  Sometimes he can be on his “A” game; other times he can get rocked.  That sounds very familiar to Wolf’s counterpart, Kyle Kendrick.

The offense is starting to pick it up, especially Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard.  Howard is always a scary hitter late in the season, thus taking the name Mr. September.  Howard does not have good career numbers against Wolf, but the Phillies need Howard to continue to have his September push.

Live the High LifeYour Gameday Beer – Miller High Life

We’re staying with the Champagne of Beers today as we continue to support our U.S. troops throughout the weekend! For every High Life cap or tab you drop off at select retailers or mail in, Miller will donate 10-cents toward High Life Experiences for returning vets. Up to a million dollars will go toward paying soldiers’ way into sports events, concerts, outdoor adventures and more. So buy it and help us out as well as we send Phillies care-packages to phans abroad serving our country.

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Gameday: Brewers (62-72) at Phillies (77-58)

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, September 04, 2010 06:15 PM Comments: 0

Milwaukee Brewers (62-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (77-58)

BrewersDave Bush (7-11, 4.71) vs. Roy Halladay (16-10, 2.27)

Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Clear, 55
Twitter: @philliesnation

The Phillies – backed by consistently excellent pitching – are rolling. With Cole Hamels tossing another jewel last night, Phillies ace Roy Halladay seeks to continue this trend tonight against the Brewers.

Of course Doc’s 16-10 record does not do him justice. In the pitching Triple Crown race, he’s one strikeout behind the league leader, 0.02 points behind the ERA leader and one win off the top spot. All that could change tonight with another dominant performance. For the Brewers, the nastiness that is Roy Halladay represent uncharted waters – the current Brew Crew has only 15 combined at bats against Doc. That surely favors the Phillies pitcher.

Dave Bush meanwhile will throw for Milwaukee. You may remember him as a character from one of the tales of the legendary Matt Stairs. Last year in Philly, Stairs broke up Bush’s no-hitter in the eighth inning with a long bomb to right.

We may see the recently recalled Greg Dobbs tonight as he is hitting .429 in 14 at bats against Bush with 2 homers, and 5 RBIs. Ryan Howard has similar numbers, so there’s hope he can continue his September breakout on this crisp fall-like evening. He and the rest of the lineup will need to after the bats went silent last night following the shootout in Denver.

Tonight’s “Schedule Watch” takes us to Miami, where Jair Jurrjens (6-4, 4.38) will be pitching for the Braves against the Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.28).

Live the High LifeYour Gameday Beer – Miller High Life

We’re staying with the Champagne of Beers tonight as we continue to support our U.S. troops throughout the weekend! For every High Life cap or tab you drop off at select retailers or mail in, Miller will donate 10-cents toward High Life Experiences for returning vets. Up to a million dollars will go toward paying soldiers’ way into sports events, concerts, outdoor adventures and more. So buy it and help us out as well as we send Phillies care-packages to phans abroad serving our country.

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Gameday: Brewers (62-71) at Phillies (76-58)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 03, 2010 05:30 PM Comments: 0

Milwaukee Brewers (62-71) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-58)

Chris Capuano (2-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (8-10, 3.31 ERA)

Time: 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park
TV: My PHL 17
Weather: Windy/Clouds, 72
Twitter: @philliesnation

A 6-1 west coast road trip; you saw that coming, right? Yeah, sure you did. Whether or not you believed it was possible for the Phillies to pull together after such an awful home stand prior to leaving for San Diego, they put their usual stamp on September and made everyone a believer again.

Tonight, Cole Hamels wants to believe. He wants to believe he can win back to back games for the first time since late MAY! With a clicking offense, that shouldn’t be a problem. The Brewers give up runs in heaps – that too, will help.

In tonight’s “Schedule Watch”, Atlanta is on the road against a Florida team read to kick more ass. San Fran has a late road game in Los Angeles, a team that just had it’s ass handed to it by the Phillies. St. Louis, hanging on by a thread, is at home. Sorry, it’s against Cincinnati. Big series for them. Keep an eye on “Schedule Watch!”

UFO HefeweizenYour Gameday Beer – Miller High Life

Staying with the Champagne of Beers tonight as we continue to support our U.S. troops! For every High Life cap or tab you drop off at select retailers or mail in, Miller will donate 10-cents toward High Life Experiences for returning vets. Up to a million dollars will go toward paying soldiers’ way into sports events, concerts, outdoor adventures and more. So buy it and help us out as well! Come on, you know you want to!!

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