Gamenight: Mets (10-6) At Phillies (8-10) – Phillies Nation

Gamenight: Mets (10-6) At Phillies (8-10)

I originally wrote this lede: “Are we jumping off bridges yet?”

That was sardonic five hours ago, now it’s painful to write. The Phils have just lost Jimmy Rollins to the DL (and Chris Snelling), and have to face the Mets in the final game of a three-game set without both.

The Mets beat the Phillies again — well, the Phillies beat the Phillies again, and the home club is now 8-10, still swimming in a shallow pool of ridiculous mediocrity. Usual suspects did usual things, and it’s becoming more apparent Charlie Manuel needs to shake things up for a moment, just to send a small message.

Tonight, though, one man can right the ship again: Adam Eaton. Of all people, it’s he who’s been a nice, solid innings eater this season. He’ll have to work his Mets magic again as he faces the New York nine. Hopefully Eaton can go six or seven and the Phils decide to play a little small ball and score some early runs. Hopefully.

But “hopefully,” with all the troubles mounting by hour, is becoming much more painful to write.

For the second consecutive day the entire country will be watching.

Phillies: Adam Eaton (0-0), 4.12 ERA
Mets: Mike Pelfrey (2-0), 1.50 ERA

Gametime: 8:05 p.m.
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy
Lineup: Werth/Dobbs/Utley/Howard/Burrell/Jenkins/Coste/Bruntlett/Eaton

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Your gamenight beer: Leaving Citizens Bank Park yesterday I was in a daze — an angry daze. Angry that the combination of Ryan Howard, Geoff Jenkins, Jayson Werth and Pat Burrell couldn’t get it done against the Mets. Moreso, I was angry I knew it wouldn’t happen — this team is too predictable. And so I’ve been lost at sea, and for that, I hold tight my Lost Sailor India Pale Ale, made by the Berkshire Brewing Co. up in Western Mass. Delicious. I’ll have some pork with it.

Go Phillies!

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  1. rob

    April 20, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Hoping for some Smallball?

    I give you far more credit than that, especially against Pelfrey.

    Forget Smallball. In more than half of all Major League games, the winning team scores more runs in a single inning, than the loser does in the entire game.

    The Phils are likely going to lead the NL in runs scored again this year, and it ain’t gonna be because the Flying Hawaiin is laying down bunts while wearing his double ear flapped, little leaguebatting helmet.

    As a Met fan, Burrell, Utley, Jenkins and yes, Howard, scare the hell out of me, and it ain’t because they can hit and run nicely, or steal a base.

    Hang in there guys…you’ll explode shortly.

    Hopefully not tonight.

  2. rob

    April 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I should note that J-Roll is obviously very scary as well.

    Just not tonight.

  3. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hey, I want singles and doubles – guys to make swings that put balls in play. I’ve seen too many wild flails for the fences the past two days.

  4. Tim

    April 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    what? did the phillies just not allow any first inning runs?
    Is that allowed? Has it ever happened before?

  5. Mike T.

    April 20, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    I love how the Phillies Nation poll results have taken a HUGE turn this weekend. It says something, right?

  6. rob

    April 20, 2008 at 8:40 pm


    So would you like Dobbs (should have been gone) or Utley to tone their swing down a bit?


  7. Tim

    April 20, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    The Sixers just beat the Pistons 90-86

  8. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Haha – I’ll take anything, really, but rob, Howard’s single — that’s what I want to see. Get the guys on track.

    Also, GO SIXERS. What an awesome win today.

  9. Tim

    April 20, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Does Pat think he’s Jimmy or Victorino… is he trying to make us miss them more

  10. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    When I saw Burrell turn the corner, I thought, “really?”

    Also, that single by Bruntlett would’ve made it 2-0.

  11. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    see what happenes when we dont give up runs in the 1st

  12. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    HOLY SHIT! What a bomb! UTLEY!!!

  13. rob

    April 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I won’t even tease ya Tim. 🙂

  14. Paul

    April 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Utley is pretty good isn’t he? WOW!

    And it’s good to see Eaton pitching well again…

  15. Clare

    April 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I despise Reyes; he’s so damn cocky. (And from the female perspective: ugly)

  16. Mike T.

    April 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I swear, if we don’t score 5 more runs like we’re capable of – a move has to be made this month. I don’t know where, but something has to change.

  17. rob

    April 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Mike T,

    I have two blockbuster proposals for ya.

    How about replacing Bruntlett and Dobbs, with Rollins and Victorino?

    I’d say that should do the trick.

  18. Mike W.

    April 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    What a win by the Sixers.

    also – i’m guessin the phillies nation vote about howard is because the same people keep voting over and over and over.

  19. Mike T.

    April 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    They just said Reyes lost consciousness when he “hit Ultey’s knee”. What a bunch of shit — I still don’t believe that.

  20. Clare

    April 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Woaaaah, Howard made a good play.

  21. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Helms would of never hit a HR in that situation. Great job Feliz!!!!

  22. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Big knock, Pedro! [/loubrown]

    Why wasn’t Taguchi pinch hitting there?

  23. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Why would Taguchi pinch hit there? or was that sarcastic?

  24. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    there goes Taguchi PR for Burrell

  25. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Jenkins against a lefty? I’m sorry, I’d rather have Taguchi in there.

  26. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    oooooooooooo i thought you ment for Feliz. Yeah that made no sense putting Jenkins in there,

  27. Mike T.

    April 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Eric Bruntlett may have just saved the season.

  28. Tim Malcolm

    April 20, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    wheeeeeeeeeeew what a win!

  29. Fran

    April 20, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Bruntlett just gained a lot of respect back from me. What a grab.

  30. Tim

    April 20, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    thank god (or utley) for a win against the mets finally

  31. chris m

    April 20, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    bruntlett sorry for my bad words abewt u lately…i sincerly apoligize….for howrd… u still suck

  32. Paul

    April 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I guess that is why the Phils got Bruntlett, great grab!

  33. Slugwart

    April 21, 2008 at 12:20 am

    The blind squirrel is finally getting a meal…

  34. Bruce

    April 21, 2008 at 12:20 am

    It’s funny; one week Bruntlett is a scapegoat for making errors and even a few here wanted him off the team. Today’s he’s a “hero” for saving a win with a great fielding play.

    Ah-h…. the fickle finger of fate. 🙂

  35. Clare

    April 21, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Or the fickle fans of Philadelphia…

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