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You Can’t Win Them All

What a heartbreaker last night as the Phillies lost to the Cardinals 2-1 in 10 innings. The Phillies were finally on the unfortunate side of a dramatic finish. Brett Myers got tagged for his seventh loss on a walk-off single by Yadier Molina. Jamie Moyer pitched well on the road for the first time in almost two months, but his effort was squandered as the bats could not get it going against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Of course the Mets, Padres, Braves and Rockies all won, so after an exciting first half of the week the Phils are now 2.5 games out of a playoff spot.

The club travels to DC for another crucial September series with the Nationals. It’s fall in the nation’s capital, so be sure to pack your cozy Howard-Utley ’08 hoodie. The Phillies cannot afford to let last night’s loss slow their momentum. I expect one of the new Phillies to play a role in this four-game series. Last time the Phils were in Washington, newcomer Russell Branyan was the hero. Chris Roberson or Pete Laforest both have that potential to come up big in a pinch-hit situation. Another newcomer in the form of Kyle Lohse will take to the hill tonight. He is 0-1 this year against the Nationals in two starts. The Phillies did end up winning his last start in DC though, thanks to that Russell Branyan homer.

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  1. Jim

    September 20, 2007 at 10:19 am

    The Phils have 10 games left and are 2.5 games out of both races. With the Phils having 82 wins, does 7-3 over the last 10, getting them to 89 wins, do it? Do they have to go 8-2 and does that even do it? This seems like a huge hill to climb, but should be a wild ride for 10 games.

  2. Greg

    September 20, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Last night hurt. Winning series isn’t enough at this point. 8-2 really puts the pressure on, but 2.5 is a lot to make up in 10-11 games, though. Rollins and co. need to find the bats, and we need solid starts.

    Phils: 4 @ Nats; 3 v. ATL; 3 v. WAS
    Mets: 4 @ Fl; 3 v. WAS; 1 v. STL; 3 v FL
    SD: 1 v PIT; 3 v. Col; 3 @ SF; 4 @ MIL
    AZ: 3 v LAD; 3 @ PIT; 3 @COL

    LAD; COL ~ dont look back.

    let’s go Phils, brew-crew, Fl, and COL
    Now’s a good time for the Nats to mail it in.

  3. mike1360

    September 20, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    oh we will know sooner then next weekend by this time next week we either or in or out so get ur tickets now for the braves series

  4. hew byrd

    September 20, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    We are not out of it yet. The Padres can be taken. If Hammels can come back, if Moyer can pitch as he is capable of doing [historicly he is a strong finisher] and the bullpen holds up we are there

  5. eric

    September 20, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    hey if you dont mind, talk about ed wade a little bit, how he was as a gm in philly. us houston astro fans arent sure what to think yet… thanks

  6. Brian Michael

    September 21, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Fear the no-trade clause.

  7. NateB

    September 21, 2007 at 3:42 am

    i think ed wade is great. because of him we have rollins, utley, howard, myers, hamels, etc. the astros are lucky to get him. gillick got us eaton, barajas, helms, garcia, and also got rid of abreu for nothing in return. tho i did like the iguchi and dobbs pickups, there’s nothing else to brag about with gillick. wade sees the long-term (but sometimes makes long-term deals that he can’t reverse). gillick sees the short-term, and gives away a lot of money to undeserving players.

  8. Greg

    September 21, 2007 at 8:42 am

    I’m not sure you can hand Wade all the credit for products of our farm system. Don’t forget Turk Wendell, Mike Williams and all the other rent-a-wreck relievers he wasted talent on. Gillick’s centerpiece deal has to be getting Rowand and don’t underestimate that. J.C. Romero? Alfonseca? Werth? If the Phils make it to the playoffs, I think Gillick and Manuel deserve the Nobel Prize for their patchwork on a team decimated by injury throughout the season.

  9. Brad

    October 2, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Greg, do your research before making stupid statements.

    Wade “wasted talent on” Turk Wendell and Mike Williams?

    Uh, do you honestly consider minor league pitchers Bruce Chen, Adam Walker and Frank Brooks “wasted talent”? Seriously? Because that’s whom the Phillies traded for Wendell and Williams.

    Look, this IS Ed Wade’s team. We owe him a thank you because we wouldn’t have won the 2007 division without his shrewd moves — and non-moves. The fact is that many people — including you, probably — wanted him to trade Howard, Utley and Hamels — when they were just prospects — for a rent-a-player so that the Phils could make a September run that inevitably would’ve fallen short. Thank God Wade didn’t listen to morons like you.

    I mean, c’mon, Adam Walker was “wasted talent”!? pffft! guffaw.

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