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Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Grassie taking an unorthodox route with no thread pic. Hopefully it will work for a win.

That's a winning lineup if I've ever see one.

I swear, with some of these lineups, I wonder whether Charlie reapply cares if they win again this season.

A more positive comment: I think that JRoll will snap to offensive life, to help the Phillies win at least 2 games, so his prediction of a 100-win season will be realized.

Sorry, "reapply" should be "really."

I see a big game from Bowker and Orr. Rollins will land one of his pop-ups in the bleachers.

Wahh, the Phillies aren't resting enough regulars!! Wahh the Phillies are resting too many regulars!! Wahh I want my binky!!

Looks like a good game to tip the beer vendor $10 his first time through and tell him to come back every inning.

Just saw footage of Vic opening his Boys and Girls Club & his speech (Daily News Live). Look for it. He got very emotional speaking about Philadelphia. Pretty neat to see how much he cares.

Maybe John Bowker is just one of those guys who needs to be in the starting lineup to be effective.

One way or another, Bowker just needs playing time.

If Bowker hits a long ball tonight, I'll eat my Pizza Hat.

From Corey Seidman: "Though, what might be more important than a win Thursday is another good game from Oswalt, who has struggled to put together a string of consistent efforts since returning from a second DL stint August 7."

True dat.

I agree, Bob, and I look forward to another great start from Oswalt.

So if Oswalt has a typical night Phils should lose 2.95 to 1, right?

@GBrettfan: I'm just glad Vic made it out of Nicetown alive and unharmed.

Mayberry said the team meeting (sounds like it was players only) was about "other things" than the recent losing streak. FWIW. I bet it was held because of the losing/bad play, regardless of what the topic was.

He also said his mentor on the team is Ibanez, and what he learned from his dad was to have fun.

Dickie: The only thing I know about Nicetown is that it has this Boys and Girls Club. I take it Nicetown is not so nice?

Murphy said Shane's emotional speech should be shown to every athlete who signs a contract.

If Bowker hits one out, I think he clearly has the inside track at the RF starter position in the postseason.

Bowker haha!

Well, good for Mayberry. Raul plays the game the right way. That was a big part of the reason we signed him.

I want the team to have another parade! I want to hear Utley cuss on TV again! Best of times!

why not UC home after the 4th inning and have Ryne manage the rest of the game- seems more like a minor league game... are ya kidding me?

why not UC home after the 4th inning and have Ryne manage the rest of the game- seems more like a minor league game... are ya kidding me?

Is Farmer Dick still in business?

sorry about the double post//

how about - Doan Calhoun, the Chevrolet tycoon?

Nothing says "we appreciate our fans" like a lineup that contains Ross Gload and John Bowker. Probably why Florida and Pittsburgh have always drawn so well.

I think its smart for Cholly to get Gload and Bowker AB's. Its not like anyone else is doing much offensively. Give them a shot to play. Certainly it worked with Francisco last night.

I actually would like to see Valdez get back in there again. If Utley and/or Rollins was doing anything, he probably would be.

Interesting game within the game tonight with Bowker versus Orr. Could be a battle for the final roster spot. I think if all things were equal, the Phils want Bowker to win the spot. Rube brought him here to be the 2nd lefty PH option for the playoffs. He has to do something though.

And if Bowker does look bad again tonight, I think it brings either Moss or even Brown into the discussion again. But they have to do something too.

Basically, some of these fringe roster guys better show something soon. And whoever does, could be in uniform next Saturday.

Also will be interesting to see the battle for the final couple of bullpen spots. I think 5 are already locked up (Madson, Lidge, Bastardo, Worley and surprisingly, Kendrick). I think Stutes is very likely to get a spot. That leaves Blanton and Herndon likely squaring off for one spot, with Savery a very distant 3rd in that race).

THE GAME HASN'T EVEN STARTED AND I'M ALREADY STEAMED!!

Man, STL is on a roll. Looks like they will be within 1 game after they win today.

Willard Preacher is on a crusade to paint the organization in a bad light. Kind of hard to do when the team has the best record in baseball and has done exactly what the fans wanted which was to spend money. It seems like you would be really happy cheering for a team like the Pirates.

Im dreading an NLDS match up with Cardinals. Pujols can win 2 games by himself

RedBurb, I'm actually quite astounded how this team has turned its entire philosophy around, to create a perennial winner, with little to no real change in the "old guard" from the Front Office to Scouting (Hell, the Dallas Green Award was given to a scout with the org for 30+ yrs the other night). Truly a remarkable turnaround, in a business/process sense. It's actually a story that makes me proud to cheer for the Phillies organization.

I just find it ironic that on "Fan Appreciation Night" the starting lineup is 1/3 comprised of players who will see little to no playoff playing time. I don't think it's breaking news to confirm that fans aren't paying to see Bowker/Gload/Orr playing. But hey, fans get a rally towel, so it's a wash.

(and to be honest, I can't say that fans want to see injured Howard/Pence playing, so whatever)

It's kind of sad that John Bowker is playing RF and Dom isn't. If the kid wasn't already confused, he will be after these 2 weeks spectating at the end of the bench.

Funny for a year that supposedly had no great races the WC races in both leagues have been pretty entertaining with a good chance at least one ends with an epic historical collapse by the Braves/Red Sox.

I still am not crazy though about how it diminishes winning your division a bit. Wouldn't mind seeing even another WC winner added even but instead making both WC winners play a 1-game playoff game to advance.

It would reward the division winners a bit more for their performance over 162 games, it would be fun, and it wouldn't be that difficult/troublesome to add to the schedule.


I don't care about the lineup, other than wondering why Dom Brown isn't allowed to play ever.

Maybe because he isn't an MLB-level player yet?

There are fans in the LF bleachers...there are big safety concerns if you put a butcher like Brown out there.

So Werth is apparently either a platoon guy or a bench guy.

Neither is Bowker. I'd have played Brown in every one of these games to see if he could get hot.

Willard - Ok at least you explained yourself. You came off as a grumpy old man in some of those posts earlier. I felt compelled to call you out on it.

And the Phils turnaround is an interesting study. Obviously they hit on talent with Rollins, Utley, Howard, Hamels and Madson. But I think having a fanbase that was willing to support them, helped fuel them to keep the team's success going rather than fill their pockets. I don't think that can be stated enough.

I've been pretty loyal all year, but Sarge replacing LA on radio tonite is sending me to the diner in search of banana cream pie. Check in with you later.

I wasn't going to watch this game, but I want to see how Oswalt looks like coming off a strong performance.

I love seeing AT show up in the threads trolling.

My jinx of STL worked. Mets scoring some runs in the 9th.

Mets have scored 4 in the top of the 9th to tie St. Louis. And still only 1 out.

I also don't see how you don't play Mayberry here. He needs work against righties, and he's the only available pop.

I generally DVR the games and watch when I get home from work. This week, though, I've decided not to record the games in case someone sees those games recorded and thinks I need counseling. It seems I've spared myself some considerable heartburn. Speaking of which, I should go find some banana cream pie.

Mayberry has an OPS around .800 vs RHPs...he hits them just fine.

RedBurb, I can understand how some of my comments come across as "grumpy old man." I tend to lean on sarcasm and play up the Debbie Downer side quite a bit. Though, I'm just 33 yrs old, so maybe I don't quite fit the "old" bill yet. All else, guilty as charged.

On that other note, it's not often that management/execs completely change their go-to-market strategy and operating model. I, for one, cannot be more thankful that someone in this organization (presumably with deep pockets - cigar money?) was able to convince the same cast of characters to change their behavior. Truly remarkable. And, so far, everyone wins. Maybe some other noted cheapskate teams will take note.

First two left handed hitters lazily fly the ball to LF.

The poor ABs continue.

And now the Mets take a 2-run lead.

Sad.

Three fly outs to left to start the offensive onslaught.

I dont want to vote for the Mets but I also really dont want to face a red hot Cardinals team in the post-season.

Hell of a dilemma.

Oswalt is looking good. This is a good sign.

At least Oswalt's not looking half bad so far.

NEPP: I hate the Mets & Braves, but I am willing to put that aside for a few days & root against St. Louis (who I also hate, incidentally).

If we play a red hot Cardinal team in the NLDS, we will get absolutely annihilated.

Glad lil Roy wants to win a game. Looks sharp fastball got life. Making those hitters look "GOOFY".

The Mets just pretty much spiked the dreams in St.Louis for another year.

Definitely rooting for the Mets and Braves. I learned my lesson in 2007 about facing a hot team. Of course, with the said, I should be careful what I wish for....

So the meeting must have been to talk about how they're going to uppercut every pitch tonight.

Nice socks Chooch!

I would say that Ibanez has had the best AB as he flew out to CF.

Nice job by Ruiz. Now Bowker just needs to keep to the game plan and leave him stranded.

NEPP: I hate the Mets & Braves, but I am willing to put that aside for a few days & root against St. Louis (who I also hate, incidentally).

If we play a red hot Cardinal team in the NLDS, we will get absolutely annihilated.

Posted by: bay_area_phan | Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 07:25 PM

Just like the Mets did tonight.

Oswalt looking good is all that matters from this game.

I might continue to watch if Brown was in the lineup. But for now, I'll go back to hibernation until October 1st. As fun as it would be to stay and talk about a game that doesn't matter, I've got better things to do. Much like our players.

So close Bowker

Fat, the Cards bullpen is just atrocious.

I'm fearful, however, that if we drew them in the playoff, unless the Phils bats wake up, we might never get a chance to exploit it.

Remember when this team was lights out with 2 outs? Of course, we didn't have Bowker in the lineup then.

Bowker, getting the job done.

Brutal.

Of all the stupid sh*t I've seen over the years, wasting ABs on Bowker is right up there.

Tampa out early on the Yankees, 3-0 in the 2nd.

Brown could have done the same thing. At least then we could call it a "development opportunity." With Bowker, it's just terrible baseball.

You guys sound as though you actually care about this game.

I'll make a bet with someone. You can pick any of the eight Phillies regulars, and I'll take them to have a better NLDS than whoever finishes the hottest over the last two weeks. To put my money where my mouth is that streakiness doesn't matter. Someone chooses a regular who's cold (basically all of them), and I'll take their numbers in the NLDS over whatever Phillie regular is the hottest going in (presumably Ibanez, Polly or Ruiz at this point). Deal?

Jeter just airmailed one into the camera well behind first and it wasn't even close. The fix is in!

ABs like this kill a pitcher.

At this point, just hit him.

Nice pitch, O.

"I'll make a bet with someone. You can pick any of the eight Phillies regulars, and I'll take them to have a better NLDS than whoever finishes the hottest over the last two weeks. To put my money where my mouth is that streakiness doesn't matter. Someone chooses a regular who's cold (basically all of them), and I'll take their numbers in the NLDS over whatever Phillie regular is the hottest going in (presumably Ibanez, Polly or Ruiz at this point). Deal?"

So, wait, I thought you had better things to do?

Mayberry catches that easily...good think we started Bowker.

Just absolutely terrible defense. Chase needs to give up on that ball. That's the right fielder's all the way.

That was not pretty.

I care.

Also...WTF Utley, let the fvcking RF make a play.

At least Bowker has a decent glove...

Bowker and Utley. No blood.

That run's entirely on Cholly.

Yea, that was Bowker's ball.

And these runs are earned and charged to Oswalt BTW...

No, its on Chase. He needs to yield to the RF there.

Terrible play by Utley.

And that run's entirely on Cholly too.

I know this game means nothing, but this is just painful to watch. Oswalt does a great job to work around a lead off double, and Chase Utley effing just blows an easy pop-up by not conceding to the RFer.

Credit the Nats for playing hard, but this inning was over a long time ago. Now Oswalt has to work through a really long inning in a meaningless game.

Utley's never played with Bowker, but he knows the guy's a stiff, so he's going for it. One of our normal RFs would've taken charge.

Despite 2 ER (which should both be unearned), Oswalt looks real good.

Like many (all?) that's all I care about tonight.

Utley never yields to the OF.

You know how some pitchers just have a knack for buckling down & stranding the opposing team's runners on base? Well, this year's Roy Oswalt just has a knack for allowing every opposing runner to score.

bap, he gets out of the inning clean if Bowker is allowed to field the ball.

Although, in fairness, most of that wasn't Oswalt's fault.

BAP, probably not a quality you want out of a bullpen guy. Yet another reason (as if you needed one) that you won't see Oswalt in the 'pen.

It's kind of the anti-Kendrick phenomenon.

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