Gameday 2009

Gameday: Marlins (87-74) at Phillies (92-69)

Florida Marlins (87-74) at Philadelphia Phillies (92-69)

Josh Johnson (15-5) vs. J.A Happ (12-4)

Time: 1:35 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 64
TV: MY PHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

This is it.  Game number 162.   The final game of the regular season.  It will be the Phillies final tuneup before facing the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series on Wednesday.

J.A Happ will make his final campaign for the Rookie of the Year Award, but he may also be pitching for a spot in the postseason rotation.  “When I think about it, you want him in [the rotation] because he is a starter, but missing [J.C] Romero … if [Happ] pitches one inning in three days, he could come back and pitch on his regular turn. I’m not saying we’re going to do that, but that does enter my mind,” Charlie Manuel said.

It is unlikely Happ will pitch more than six innings today.  He’ll pitch long enough so he doesn’t become rusty, but short enough to avoid an injury.  It will also allow relievers to audition for a spot on the playoff roster.  Happ pitched seven shutout innings when he last faced the Marlins.

Happ will be opposed by the Marlins’ ace, Josh Johnson.  Johnson is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA against the Phillies this year.  In 18 innings, Johnson has struck out 24 Phillies.  Phillies hitters are batting .212 against him.

It is Fan Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park.  The fans would really appreciate a win, ending the season on a positive note.  Being swept is not a good way to enter the postseason.

Today’s Lineup: Cairo 2B, Dobbs 3B, Werth RF, Stairs LF, Francisco CF, Tracy 1B, Bruntlett SS, Bako C, Happ P

Birra MorettiYour Gameday Beer – Birra Moretti
We’re going with an easy drinker for what hopes to be an easy Sunday. This Italian Pilsner has a crisp golden pour and similarly light flavor. It’s both bubbly and hoppy and since neither are overwhelming it makes for a nice party in your mouth. Keep it going with your favorite hoagie. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

111 Comments

111 Comments

  1. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    We beat the rockies, cards beat the dodgers, there’s your home field advantage peeps

  2. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    is the starting rotation trying to pull a rope a dope by playing so badly…like when the Rox come will they suddenly look like major league pitchers and take the hard hitting Rox by suprise

  3. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    It’s called hustling isn’t it jreed?

  4. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    the phils will dominate the rockies and sweep them and say “Hey you hustled us” and then a big brawl will break out..lol

  5. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    boy this game looks uggla

  6. Phan in TN

    October 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    last game on MLB.TV for this year.

    have to say it was an interesting year.

  7. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    yeah well you have to say the cards, dodgers and phils are limping into the postseason while the rockies are dominating. even though the dodgers won last night they are struggling and you could even say the rockies are the favorite to get to the world series even though they won’t be in vegas because they don’t have home field

  8. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I know the game is meaningless but I just wanted to see something from the starters….were not scaring any line-up and its gotta be looming over the head of the bullpen….order more arm epoxy stat

  9. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    it looks like happ is going in the bullpen because all of the injuries. It’s weird the beginning of the season the phils starters weren’t very good and the bullpen carried them, then the starters started playing well and going deep and the bullpen fell apart. Now nothing is going well. A few days off will do this team good

  10. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    why do we give up 2 runs in the first inning every game now?

  11. NJ

    October 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    The starting pitchers look like their going out just trying to get some work in, not much more.

    Birra Moretti… Great choice Brian! Got my cupboard stocked with 2 pint bottles. Honestly one of the best beers in the world!

  12. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    on a positive note, this team is due to get hot, may as well make it the postseason

  13. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    they also lost del la rosa and their bp is not much more healthy then ours.

  14. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Happ sucks. Trade Happ for Dontrelle Willis.

  15. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Joedad only speaks the truth folks

  16. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    joedad – as much as i like to make fun of the leminings, the starters are a legit concern. They are the key to going any where in the post season.

  17. Harry Kalas

    October 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    huh?? Must have been the Clinton joke…Who gives a f*ck… Phillies Nation it may be better to just turn the game off… It’s not worth the stress…..
    Save the emotion for Wednesday!

  18. karen

    October 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I just hope that the Phillies are saving their magic, power, and motivation to win. If not, it may be a longer offseason than we wanted.

  19. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Yeah but here’s the problem Jreed. Concern is one thing, the crap you’ve seen on these threads the past week seems like pure hatred on this team. Why? Everyone guns for the champions. It’s hard to repeat. The phillies until the end of october last year with basically the same team that is tired now.(where are the tampa bay rays now?) Even if they go out in the first round do we need to hear screaming about what a bunch of bums they are? Call them heartless? Appreciate what happend last year, it was 100 seasons between championships for all philly teams until the phillies won last year. Being concerned and upset when they lose? All well and fine. Ripping this team like a bunch of lowlife Howard Eskins is just wrong. I think Joedad is trying to point that out with his sarcastic posts.

  20. homer simpson

    October 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Remember what vince lombardi said: If you lose you’re out of the family!!

  21. chris wheeler

    October 4, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for the 4 people who showed up to let me sign my book for them.

  22. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Cairo hits his first homerun in forever!

    Chris Wheeler is great as well.

  23. nm

    October 4, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    cairo better get that spot on the roster over bruntlett…bruntlett has done nothing this year

  24. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    tied game!

  25. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    so my prediction for postseason roster

    Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Feliz, Ruiz
    Dobbs, Francisco, Stairs, Bruntlett, Bako
    Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Pedro
    Happ, Kendrick, Myers, Durbin, Eyre, Condrey, Madson, Lidge

  26. chris wheeler

    October 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I’m great? Harry Kalas didn’t even like me for christ sakes

  27. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    How about Wes Helms as Phils 3rd baseman next year?

  28. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    well this game sucks, oh well.

  29. karen

    October 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    How can anyone justify bruntlett on the post season roster over cairo? bruntlett should not even be on a major league team…he is awful. and I do not care what he did in any season before this year….he sucks

  30. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    ray – i am aware of that and i know joedad is being sarcastic. In fact, several of my posts often suggest trading Jayson Werth for a sack of magic beans. And I always rail against people saying they are playing heartless….our champs deserve more than that psychological tripe. But you see that i said i like to make fun of the leminings…you know the cousins of prarie dogs that commit mass suicided by jumping off cliffs. I am happy with what this team has done, i do think that the upper managemet could have been more aggressive in securing the bull pen (closer issue aside, nothing to be there) with some middle relievers. I don’t expect alot out of the post season but still believe this team is capable of anything. This believe however has grown smaller with each one of these putrid starts.

  31. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    j reed, starting pitching is usually the most important aspect of the postseason. I think they will get a lift facing the Rockies who don’t hit lefties well and will use the momentum the rest of the way.

  32. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    …and I’d trade Werth for Navy beans because he strikes out too much. No magic beans needed

  33. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    ray- that’s “nothing to be done there”

    the bench is looking good….pushes away some of the dark clouds

  34. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    The Detroit game is getting interesting in the 8th

  35. chris wheeler

    October 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    although i agree with karen about bruntlett being left off the roster, she seems to have the opposite jinx effect on this team..lol
    jreed i do agree with you there are concerns, i’m just pointing out the overhatred for this team since they started slumping

  36. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Bruntlett gets an RBI single and tells everyone that he deserves to make the team.

    and Chris Wheeler, aren’t u busy announcing the game? 😉

  37. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    joedad -i was thinking Goya Navy Beans – you can get a sh*t load of Goya anything for Werth. What’s alarming about the starters is its been across the board…like their bodies are in sync something. Weird

  38. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    i forgot to change my name after my smartass book remark..lol

  39. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    who said he deserves to make the roster? did you read wheeler’s post. for the record, i’m not always chris wheeler, maybe every once and awhile but that’s it

  40. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    that’s “in sync or something”

  41. ray

    October 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    oooo sorry karen i thought you blaming chris for saying that bruntlett should make the team

  42. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    tied game! again.

  43. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    j reed, I agree and that is exactly why I think the Rockies as a first round opponent is best for them. Throw Hamels, Lee and Happ against them and they are back in sync the rest of the way.

  44. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    well ray, i keep saying that they play 162 games for a reason….For baseball fan that can’t handle losses and slumps it has to be a painful six months. I learned this lesson when I was 10 in little league

  45. The cow

    October 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    moo

  46. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    joedad – aren’t you glad yor not a tigers fan? talk about nerve racking

  47. the cow's wife

    October 4, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    moo

  48. Harry Kalas

    October 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Say what…….

  49. Harry Kalas

    October 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Hey Jreed, his curve is back!

  50. Jim Bunning

    October 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Hey everyone. The Phillies are the best!

  51. ralph wiggum

    October 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    my dr says i wouldn’t have so many nose bleeds if i kept my finger out of there

  52. The dog

    October 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    woof

  53. homer simpson

    October 4, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn’t, it’s that girls should stick to girls sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such.

  54. Mighty Mouse

    October 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Here I come to save the daaaaaaay

  55. Andrew

    October 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    anyone else listen to the marlins idiot broadcasters talk about some record gload just set?
    LOL
    I tune in for 2 minutes and see that crap.
    Back to monitoring my fantasy team in the nfl.
    Go phils in the playoffs.
    If I am home for games I will post into game night threads as we march to the world series.

  56. Georgie

    October 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Well, that ad for the book “Honey, It Won’t Come Off” on here got me intrigued, so I googled it, it’s about the old almshouse which became Phila. State Hosp, which led me to websites and pics of Byberry Mental Hosp, wow, what a creepy place that was. Did any of you locals ever explore in there before they tore it all down? Yikes! Very interesting stuff, though.

    Oooo, tie game!

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  58. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Georgie, I remember my mom would say, “you are driving me to Byberry” when we were driving her crazy. It was full of crazy people who were eventually released thats to even crazier do-gooders so many of the poor people who lived there became homeless.

  59. Rockies fan

    October 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    sorry to say we will know you out..Just like a couple of years ago. Oh no we should be afraid of Hamels and Lee. LOL. They stink. My pitching is not much better but I have a feeling we win this series. Lidge in the 9th Im shaking. Your so scary. Cant beat the Marlins, Stros, LOL LOL LOL

  60. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Eyre is doing a great job…. and the fact that they’re throwing Escalona out there a lot probably means that Happ would get to start against the Rockies….

  61. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    HK – are you talking about myers…i didn’t see him pitch…I’m in and out. Building some stairs for my moms. If it is then that’s a good sign

  62. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Rockies fan – kiss the ring

  63. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    How about a walkoff to end the regular season?? It’s been awhile since we last had one of those…

  64. Rockies fan

    October 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    ok j reed- kiss my ass

  65. homer simpson

    October 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    BOOBIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  66. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    what is going on?

  67. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Aww jreed he really got you with that one…..how about winning the world series instead of just the NL…..RED SOX 4-0

  68. Georgie

    October 4, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    joedad, I missed most of the game, I got so caught up in the Byberry story, just unbelievable. I’m trying to find some books on the subject, I’ve now become obscessed with it.

    Walk-off, that would be nice.

  69. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    The Beard with a walkoff??

  70. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    rockies fan – when we got to the world series we won….you did couldn’t even win a game

  71. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Finish it Feliz!

  72. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    let’s not forget the Rox play in the weakest division in baseball for the past decade

  73. jt

    October 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    francisco looked safe…these umps must like helms.

  74. Georgie

    October 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Last thing we need right now is an extra inning game, crap.

  75. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Oh well… at least the bullpen can get some much-needed work!

  76. Rockies fan

    October 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Yea and J reed your division is so tought. The Nats are the laughing stock in baseball. The Marlins and Braves. Please. The Mets. LOL

  77. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I think we should pinch-hit Howard to finish this thing off!

  78. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Wow now we know why Francisco isn’t an everday player….he makes some of Vics. brain farts smell good

  79. Rockies fan

    October 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    You played the RAYS. So stop. We played a much tougher team.

  80. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    don’t just be satisfied with your team beating the phillies rockies fan, hope they try and win it all dope…i know you’re obsessed with us or you wouldn’t be here
    of course maybe beating the phillies is like winning the world series for them

  81. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Rox – what about the last decade.

  82. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    The RAYS who beat the same RED SOX team….what an idiot

  83. Rockies fan

    October 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    red sox were not the same team last year you homo ray. go play with mommy and daddy. when we knock you out and we will, i will come back to this room and blast you. your team is just horrible right now. we are playing you at the right time. i cant wait.

  84. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    they weren’t? that’s how much you know dumbass. you mean the 2008 red sox with 95 wins as opposed to the 2007 red sox with 96 wins and 4 teams well over 500 in that division..go back to your hole and stop being obsessed with the WORLD CHAMPS…come back when you when it all

  85. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Uuuuu … an extra-inning walkoff? These guys love the drama.

  86. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    2008 had 4 teams over 500 and one game difference

  87. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    You know what, after reading Rockies fan’s careful analysis of the upcoming playoff series, I now realize that the Phillies have no chance at all. What was I thinking?

  88. jt

    October 4, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    oh boy i see the rockies fans are coming out of the woodworks…they did the same thing and 07 and were nowhere to be found last year.

  89. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I smell a Werth walkoff

  90. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Cairo is about to knock Bruntlett off the postseason roster….

  91. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Werth absolutely NEEDS his 100th RBI

  92. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    LEFTY KILLER UP NEXT!

  93. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Disgusting…

  94. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    big difference Rox fan we don’t crap ourselves under pressure you did…13-1 game one of the 2007 World series….you didn’t even give the NL an ounce of respect. 4-0 sweep

  95. jt

    October 4, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    dame marlins walking him.

  96. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    hoover we only need a base hit not a HR

  97. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVER

  99. Georgie

    October 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    YIPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!

  100. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    happy day and how fitting…wes helms thank you

  101. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    yeah Rox fan our BENCH played the entire game and just beat Josh Johnson

  102. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    We got a better record than last year!

  103. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    woo! 😀

    on to the playoffs!

  104. Prince Fielder's Bat

    October 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I tied big Ryan with 45 homers today and now want to at least tie him for the RBI crown. I am just one away and maybe, if I get the chance, will win that title from Big Ryan. Also, I’m hitting near .300. I’m younger, and I’m better. period and I am out to prove it. Too bad I am on the frickin Brewers. You Phils WILL NOT last long in the post-season, but at least you made it.

  105. joedad

    October 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks Prince’s wood.

  106. Manny

    October 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Ryan Howard is getting hot lately… will he carry this team during the playoffs this year?

  107. Prince Fielder's Bat

    October 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Big Prince just cut a wicked fart over on first base that literally forced the umpire to move about ten feet back and the first base coach almost puked. That means he will be swinging heavy lumber next inning and may take the RBI crown.

  108. Prince Fielder's Bat

    October 4, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Just passed Big Ryan in homers and tied him in RBI’s. Thank you Charlie Manual for keeping Big Ryan’s bat idle today. You bet your bottom dollar that Big Ryan is pissed about this because he had at least one homer and two RBI’s in his bat today. Now THE PRINCE gets to eat the pudding. Big Ryan is NOT happy with Old Charlie.

  109. Ray

    October 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    it’s great that everyone is gunning for the world champs. i’d be jealous too

  110. Keith

    October 4, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Phillies > Brewers

  111. j reed

    October 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    i’m pretty sure an NL MVP and WS ring will suffice for Howard…Fielder can have his video game commerical, stupid walk-off celebrations and can lay claim to leading the NL in HR and RBI this year while he watches the play -offs on his plasma screen

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