2011 Gameday

Gameday: Nationals (75-79) at Phillies (98-57)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Thu, September 22, 2011 05:57 PM Comments: 45

Washington Nationals (75-79) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-57)

Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42) vs. Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66)

TIME: 7:05; Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Ungodly humid, 74
Media: Twitter and Facebook

I have a confession to make: despite possessing a fair bit of knowledge of the top minor league players of not only the Phillies but their National League rivals, and despite possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of major league journeymen and roster filler, I have no idea who Brad Peacock is. I know he’s starting for the Nationals tonight, and I know he’s right-handed and is listed at 6-foot-1, but I only know these things because I looked them up five minutes ago. I had never heard his name before listening to the latest FanGraphs podcast earlier this week. Brad Peacock could walk up to me on the street and stomp on my foot ten minutes from now, while wearing his Nationals jersey, and I wouldn’t know who he is. Continue reading Gameday: Nationals (75-79) at Phillies (98-57)


Gameday: Nationals (74-79) vs Phillies (98-56)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 21, 2011 05:10 PM Comments: 33

Washington Nationals (74-79) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-56)

John Lannan (9-13, 3.68) vs. Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85)

TIME: 7:05; Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Showers, 72
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Right off the bat, a shameless plug. Tomorrow morning at 930, I’ll be on the 94 WIP morning show with Angelo, Rhea, and the rest of the crazy morning team. We’ll be talking Phillies, of course, so tune in and listen to me represent the Nation!

Now onto business for tonight…if there is any. No one really sees to want to play baseball right now – it’s truly an ugly time to be a Phillie. Last night, two humans named Ross Detwiler and Tom Milone shut down the Phillies for three runs in 19 innings over two games. Despicable. I know everyone is mailing it in, but geez, it’s really ugly.

Anyway, for tonight Vance Worley gets the ball, and could be his final start of the season. He is likely to come out of the bullpen in the playoffs, so Rich Dubee and Charlie Manuel could look to get him a few appearances in the later innings before the season ends.

The rotation for the final games (tentatively) is Oswalt, Hamels, Kendrick, Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels. That way, Halladay and Lee will be set up to pitch games 1 and 2 of the NLDS on one extra day of rest on October 1 and 2.

PENCE UPDATE: Here is Hunter Pence speaking to the media today about his left knee patella tendon strain that is keeping him out of the lineup after the jump:
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Gameday: Nationals (72-79) at Phillies (98-54)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, September 20, 2011 12:25 PM Comments: 24

Washington Nationals (72-79) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-54)

Game 1: Tom Milone (1-0, 4.60) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) at 1:05 p.m.
Game 2: Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.76) vs. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38) at 7:05 p.m

TIME: 1:05, 7:05; Citizens Bank Park
Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Showers, 72
Media: Twitter and Facebook

First, check out the Iron Pigs lineup below! Then, be prepared for baseball all day!  It’s another day-night doubleheader!  The Phillies and Nationals will make up a rainout from mid-August.  Today’s weather isn’t great, but hopefully the rain will hold off so the two teams can get both games in.

Despite clinching the National League East, the Phillies dropped three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Keeping the Cardinals in the Wild Card race could actually help the Phillies down the road, if that means that both the Cardinals and the Braves have to wear out their players.  Regardless, it would be nice to have the Phillies win, wrapping up home field advantage in the playoffs.

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Gameday: Cardinals (83-69) at Phillies (98-53)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, September 19, 2011 05:30 PM Comments: 10

St. Louis Cardinals (83-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-53)

Kyle Lohse (13-8, 3.62) vs Roy Halladay (18-5, 2.34)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 64
TV:Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A day after clinching the National League East, the Phillies weren’t able to do much against the Cardinals.  Monday night is the fourth and final game of the series, and hopefully the Phillies have recovered from their “hangover” so they can focus on finishing the season on a strong note.

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Gameday: Cardinals (82-69) vs. Phillies (98-52)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 18, 2011 08:36 PM Comments: 13

St. Louis Cardinals (82-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (98-52)

Chris Carpenter vs. Cole Hamels

Time: 8:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 63
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are the NL East champions. In the grand scheme, this game means very little. Just keep the guys healthy and ready for the playoffs. That’s all you can ask for.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Gload 1B, Schneider C, Hamels P.

GAMEDAY BEER: Irish Car Bomb

Anyone else see the Temple-Penn State game this afternoon? That on top of Arsenal’s collapse against Blackburn Rovers this morning, and suffice it to say I could use an Irish Car Bomb. Or seven.

-by Michael


Phillies are 2011 NL East Division Champions

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, September 17, 2011 10:32 PM Comments: 23

Phillies 2011 NL East Champions

The Philadelphia Phillies are the NL East Champions for the fifth consecutive year and eleventh season overall. In beating the Cardinals tonight 9-2 at Citizens Bank Park, the Phils take another step toward their ultimate goal for 2011 – a World Series crown.

The final game score tonight does not quite tell the tale of the game. Roy Oswalt gave a solid performance striking out seven while walking none and allowing five hits and no runs over seven innings. If this was a playoff audition, he certainly passed the test.

But with a shutout going through the eighth, the Cardinals made it interesting with four consecutive singles off Michael Stutes to close the Phillies lead to 3-2. Brad Lidge rescued the inning and in the bottom frame, the Phils decided to take out some insurance.

With a few singles of their own and Raul Ibanez grand slam BOMB to right-field, the Phillies took a commanding 9-2 lead heading into the ninth. Ryan Madson came in for the save and the champagne started popping.

As we mentioned, this is the Phils 5th division title in as many years – and to be honest, they are getting easier – at least on the nerves. Remember sweating through Jamie Moyer’s starts on the final days, watching Brett Myers close out the game? Today, rather, the club is twelve games from the end of the season and the win was an easy one.

Enjoy the accomplishment everyone, the real season starts soon.


Gameday: Phillies (97-51) vs Cardinals (82-68)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, September 17, 2011 06:00 PM Comments: 28

St. Louis Cardinals (82-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (97-52)

Jake Westbrook, RHP (12-8. 4.61) vs. Roy Oswalt, RHP (7-9, 3.88)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 63
Media: Twitter and Facebook

What this game means depends largely on the outcome of the Mets-Braves game (currently in progress). If the Braves lose, the Phillies will have clinched their fifth (FIFTH!) straight division title, win or lose. If the Braves win, the Phillies will need to either win this game or wait until tomorrow night to try again.

But wait–what the Braves do probably affects St. Louis more than it does the Phillies, because if the Braves lose and the Cardinals win, not only will the Phillies clinch the division, but the Cards will pull to within 2 1/2 games of the wild card with 11 games to play, putting more pressure on an Atlanta team that has seemed a mortal lock to make the playoffs all season. Continue reading Gameday: Phillies (97-51) vs Cardinals (82-68)


Gameday: Phillies (97-51) vs Cardinals (81-68)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 16, 2011 05:45 PM Comments: 39

Philadelphia Phillies (97-51) vs St. Louis Cardinals (81-68)

Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) vs Jaime Garcia (12-7, 3.68)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, low 60′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

For the first time in 2011, the Phillies have an opportunity to clinch the National League East. They would need a win and a Braves loss to clinch. Depending on the clinching situation, the Phillies may put the Braves-Mets game on the jumbotron.

MLB.com must have a Phillies fan working on MLB.TV tonight, as the Braves-Mets game is the free game of the day for out of market viewers. So if you are in the Philadelphia market, you can watch the Phillies on TV and scoreboard-watch the Braves game online. Nice.

Vance Worley will start for the Phillies, coming off his first loss since May 29. He’s had 14 starts since then, and the Phillies have had 14 wins. September 11 was the first time the Phils had lost a Worley start since the May 29 game where he got shelled by the Mets. Continue reading Gameday: Phillies (97-51) vs Cardinals (81-68)


Gameday: Marlins (67-81) at Phillies (95-51)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, September 15, 2011 01:50 PM Comments: 54

Florida Marlins (67-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (95-51)

GM 1: Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29)
GM 2: Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) vs. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44)

Time: 2:35, 7:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 60′s Cloudy, chance of t-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Three months ago today, Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay pitched for the Phillies–in a double header–against the Marlins–at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils swept that double header. Today, Kendrick teams up with Cliff Lee in an attempt to bring the Phils’ magic number down to two. That’s right, with a sweep of the double header today, the Phillies would be within striking distance of securing the NL East Crown for the fifth straight year. Continue reading Gameday: Marlins (67-81) at Phillies (95-51)


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

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

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.

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