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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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This leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Nothing short of a sweep against the Fish will be acceptable.

At least we have 50 or so hours to let it sink in and solve all of the teams problems.

Thankfully, Ross Gload is no longer a problem. Left handed bat off the bench issue solved.

Keith Hernandez overheard as the game returns: "This game will bring back our viewers."

I wonder if King of the Bop is steamed

I don't know why the ump would have to help a guy throwing the ball at 102 mph, but he sure did. Howard must have p#ssed in his Corn Flakes or something. He called two pitches at least a half foot outside strikes. I had to check if Maddux was pitching. And he screwed Martinez with a strike 2 call that should have been a clear ball 4 n the eighth.

And he didn't ask for help on Pence's check swing. Looks like he was at war with the guy at first base who called Vic safe. But that was probably a makeup call for calling Polanco out.

I know it's kind of lame to whine about umps most of the time. But there were some strange doings at the end of the game today. And all but one of them broke the Mutts' way.

Most posters were probably long gone, but Mini Mart failed to get to a ball that most shortstops would've gotten in the 8th inning.

He should not be playing shortstop at the major league level.

For all the crap he gets here, that's the first game I've seen him actively lose for us... and boydid MiniMart lose it...

MM's error cost us this game. Yeah, KK wasn't at his best and a great pitcher would be able to lock it down, even after an error like that. But, KK isn't a great pitcher and it didn't happen. Hopefully we will never see MM as a SS again.

Mini Mart has been bad for about a month now. It just hasn't been mentioned much because he's not played much.

He was really good for about 10 days there (that series in Chicago he played very well) but he looks like the AA player he was for most of the year before that.

Worley got out of trouble last night because Polanco made a very smart play at 3B. Kendrick got into big trouble today because his SS botched a easy play.

Mini-Mart's shoddy fielding killed us today. The botched DP was unacceptable. This game was over in the first inning. I'm starting to get a bit concerned about the division lead. Braves at Mets this weekend. Doesn't look like we'll get much help. We have to sweep the Marlins. I can see the Phillies and Braves both winning 100+ games.

Yeah, the way the Braves have played this season, the Phillies can't let up on the throttle. As good as they've played, there's pressure. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it keeps a team on their toes - but it also means they can't afford to start slipping.

Is nothing I do good enough for you people? Bruntlett told me about you!

So we play the Braves, then the Brewers, in September, and end the season v. the Braves in Atlanta. The only tough team the Braves face the rest of the way is us.

Important to really gear up for that first series (as the Braves surely will) and beat them. In 6-7 innings, since their BP is so good.

MAN O MAN WHENEVER THE PHILS LOSE TO THE FILTH FROM FLUSHING I GET ***STEAMED***....I

Some of you are actually worried about the Braves?

The Phils are up 8 games in the loss column, with 34 games to go.

The Braves would literally have to win every game the rest of the way to catch the Phils. And the Phils would have to start getting swept by crap teams like the Marlins and Astros.

It ain't happening.

i don't mind them getting close at all. keeps them on their toes

One thing to keep your eye on...

Don't be surprised if MLB decides to schedule a DH on Saturday, with Hurricane Irene coming to the northeast by Sunday.

This is the Marlins last trip in to Philly, so there is no shot of making it up.

So don't be shocked if by tomorrow afternoon, we hear about a day-night DH on Saturday.

I didn't see any previous comments about Mills' little maneuver last night, to use his LOOGY to face two guys, without having to face the righty sandwiched between them: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Wright-field-Astros-reliever-pitches-plays-ou?urn=mlb-wp16906

Incidentally, I'd be all for this kind of a move if Bastardo wasn't as effective on righties as he's shown he can be. Obviously, I'd advocate his replacing Ibanez, then having Ben Fran, JMJ or whomever come in when Tony heads back to the mound.

Just interesting and something you don't see too often.

Is it too late to send Mini mouse back to the Nats? I guess Herdon's success this year makes someone think Mini will be much better next year. From pevious post

It ain't happening.

denny b, would that be referred to as a "preponement?"

At any rate, if it happens, I'm still all for the Bruntlett rain out graphic on Sunday, anyway.

Be concerned the Braves somehow just wont loose. Hope the Cubbies can pull at least one.

Cubs took 2 of 3 from ATL last week, so they should win at least one of their 4 game set. However, the Cubs appear to be getting progressively worse as the season marches on, so they are a worse team now then when they beat ATL last week.

Re: Mills/Wright
That is a classic move. Pinella did it a few years back with the Cubs. I love it.

An error in the first inning cost the Phils the game? Interesting.

Absolutely Willard.

Anytime The Gnomer graphic can be used, the better.

They are talking about 100 MPH winds on Sunday in Philly, DC and New York City.

Actually in looking at the forecast, it might make more sense to try and play a DH on Friday, since there is a 0% chance of rain on Friday.

And then maybe try and play a single game on Saturday afternoon and then get the hell out of dodge. Philly can get to Cincy on Saturday evening before the hurricane gets close.

Florida could be looking at a brutal schedule of games. They play a DH today. Could very well play another DH on Friday. Then a scheduled DH (weather permitting) on Monday in New York.

MLB has a tough job ahead. The Phils, Orioles, Mets and Red Sox are all at home this weekend.

If the Phils do play a DH on Friday, Halladay and Anibel Sanchez will still be on regular rest for Game 2 of the DH. So it wouldn't hurt either of the starters. Lee would also be on regular rest if he started the Saturday afternoon game (as would Nolasco for FLA).

So pitching wise, it would all work out fine for both teams.

I'll say this for those holding tickets for games this weekend...better be flexible.

The Phils played like crap all day. They almost looked hungover.

too lazy to read game thread...where was exxon today?

Those old guys who catch the ball ain't so bad.

100 MPH winds in Philly? I think any of the "they" talking about that may be exaggerating a bit.

" I'm starting to get a bit concerned about the division lead."


"So we play the Braves, then the Brewers, in September, and end the season v. the Braves in Atlanta. The only tough team the Braves face the rest of the way is us."

"Braves at Mets this weekend. Doesn't look like we'll get much help. We have to sweep the Marlins. "

"Yeah, the way the Braves have played this season, the Phillies can't let up on the throttle. "

"Be concerned the Braves somehow just wont loose."


Oh boy, here we go...

GET A DOG!!!


I went to the Pirates game so, I missed this travesty. But, from the box score today and yesterday, I'm wondering if people are still unconcerned about if/ when Rollins returns to SS. Defense up the middle is paramount.

First manager I saw make that move - moving a guy from the mound to the OF and back to the mound - was Chuck Tanner with Kent Tekulve.

Mets are getting all whiny about Sarge calling them crybabies, apparently.

Sooo....the Mets are being crybabies about being called crybabies?

Most posters were probably long gone, but Mini Mart failed to get to a ball that most shortstops would've gotten in the 8th inning.

He should not be playing shortstop at the major league level.

Exactly right. Martinez was barely tolerable at 3B, but at SS he's an outright disaster. Valdez isn't as good as Rollins, but he's more than capable. Martinez, not so much.

I, for one, hope the Braves do keep the pressure on. In the long run it might be better for the Phillies to stay in more of a competitive mode rather than coast in, relax, and lose their edge going into the postseason.

Valdez booted a ball in the first inning of Lee's start too.

season = over

I thought Martinez looked pretty good at third base.

I wouldn't be disappointed to see Galvis get a look at shortstop for the rest of the time Rollins spends on the DL. He's certainly no savior, but he'd be a defensive upgrade over Martinez and I doubt he'd be much worse at the plate than Martinez and Orr.

They should just play a tourney on Friday.

Exxon is fine at SS or 3rd. I agree that MM is better at 3rd.
3-0 Cubs in the 3rd.

"3-0 Cubs in the 3rd."

You mean maybe there's some hope after all?

Thank god I brought my smart phone with me as I climbed on this tower on the Ben Franklin.

Please update the score - I don't want to climb back down again unless there's still some hope when the Braves' game is over.

Will's affection for Galvis shows his discriminatory nature against black and Latino infielders.

martinez gives me a heart attack everytime he throws that weird underhand flip from third

There is no law that states a pitcher must give up a hit or hits after an error. I've seen a few games where that didn't happen.

Martinez was actually good in his time playing third. What the hell are you talking about G-Town?

Maybe it was a fluke, but in his opportunities at third he looked good. I don't think anyone has disputed that. He was not 'barely tolerable.' Good God.

Valdez flubbed a ground ball playing short in the first inning of Monday's game. That didn't cause Cliff Lee to surrender a 3-run homer. I guess Cliff didn't get the memo, but Kyle did.

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