2010 Gameday

Padres (32-21) at Phillies (28-24)

San Diego Padres (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-24)

Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: @philliesnation
Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Castro SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P

Boy, do the Phillies ever need Roy.

Games such as this one are exactly why the Phillies shuttled a couple of their top prospects to Toronto to pry “Doc” away from the Blue Jays.

You do that to get a pitcher for which there are many nicknames – “horse,” “ace,” “stopper” – in essence, a guy who is his best when the chips are down.

The Phillies need Halladay because they need a win, having fallen three games behind the white-hot Braves in the NL East, and Halladay far and away gives them their best chance at getting one.

It’s probable that Halladay won’t be as good as he was the last time out, when he breezed through the Florida Marlins’ lineup three times as easily as he knocks out a 7 a.m. workout. It’s quite likely that Johnny Vander Meer’s record of consecutive no-hitters will still be standing come Saturday. But the amazing thing about Halladay is that you believe that indeed he could do it again.

In reality, this game is no more about Halladay, though, than it is about the Phillies’ offense. For the past 11 games, the offense has been a shell of its former self because of a combination of slumps and injuries that has turned the clock back on the lineup – as in back to February and March, when you would actually expect to see two or three reserves playing every day. In the Charlie Manuel era, the Phillies’ fate has usually been tied to the offense, and this season is no different.

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  1. The SHART Factor

    June 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Who would have ever thought that the Padres would be eleven games above .500 at 53 games into the season. Most pundits thought they were a shoe-in for last place in their division. While the Phightins are four games above .500 with 52 games played, they have been euphemistically lackluster for a couple of weeks. In fact they outright stunk and played uninspired baseball. The Phils should win this one and score some runs for Roy Halladay. If they don’t then that will indeed speak volumes. Let’s keep our spirits positive and our hopes high. Maybe the positive Karma and home cooking will make a difference.

    I’ll see you at the ballpark.


    Bart Shart.

  2. Jeff

    June 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Im on the way now. Love it. Doc and our offense will put some runs up. Sitting down in the club seats tonight. OH BABBY. A phillies win and a mets lose….GO PHILLIES.

  3. teejvee

    June 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    i secretly have a crush on pee wee herman

  4. ChuckS

    June 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Adrian Gonzalez ending up where?

  5. ChuckS

    June 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    damn, no back to back

  6. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Rats, no chance of another PG. 😀

  7. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Um… there is something seriously effed up with these blog comments — it just told me that I’m posting too quickly, when I tried to post my first comment of the day.

  8. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Hey… there’s a line-up that looks a little more familiar! Maybe we can start turning this around!

  9. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Tracey I have had that issue for about a week now.

  10. ChuckS

    June 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    who is this guy, and what did he do to Chase Utley?

  11. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Ah well. There’s a lot of game left.

  12. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    @Ed: I’ve also been getting that “posting too quickly” error frequently for the last week or so, at times that don’t seem to correspond to me, you know, actually posting quickly. But this is the first time that I’ve gotten that error on my first post of the day near the beginning of the comments.

  13. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Let’s hope so Tracey. Mat Latos isn’t exactly a bum.

  14. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I was about to say, “yeah, but the Phils usually up their game when they play against tough competition…” and then they got a second hit and now have runners at the corners with no out. Eep!

  15. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The luck of this team, a misplayed hit and run and a hit by the number 8 hitter and his .197 avg.

  16. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Werth is due for a bomb.

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  18. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Bleh. Well, we got a baserunner. Nobody’s getting a PG *against* us.

  19. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm


  20. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Halladay helps himself, hahahaha!

  21. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm


  22. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    OK, this would be a really good time for Big Brown to break out of his HR slump…

  23. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    A lead? What is this?

  24. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Tracey…I agree, but Howard had a homer in the Atlanta series.

  25. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    … or a good time for Howard to take a walk. Yeah, that would be good…

  26. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    OK, this would be a REALLY good time for Werth to stop sucking…

  27. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Looks like the beard is coming back. Maybe Werth’s mojo will come back with it…

  28. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    (sigh) Keep working on that beard, Jayson…

  29. The Dipsy

    June 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    If Ibanez were a horse someone would shoot him. Oyyyy.

    The Dipsy

  30. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    hehehe. fans at Phils game cheering Flyers lead.

  31. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    WOO HOO!!! Good night for Victorino!

  32. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    2-0 Flyers…

    Jesus Christ Howard, for 125 mil you better take some classes or rent a DVD on how to hit a breaking ball.

  33. Terri

    June 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Giving him that contract was the worst thing ever. He has underperformed since.

  34. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, Werth didn’t strike out!

  35. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Flyers winning 3-1!

  36. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm


  37. glutenous

    June 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    That used to be a spot where we would break a game open.

  38. teejvee

    June 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    and somebody had the temerity to question my statement that this is the worst team in the league right now?

  39. psujoe

    June 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Anyone else sick of this Chicago homer announcing the Flyers game.

  40. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Well in fairness teejvee…the Orioles still blow pretty bad.

  41. ChuckS

    June 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Are we going to see Lidge tonight???

  42. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    @Ed: yeah, it’s hard to be worse than Baltimore this year.

  43. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    @Chuck: Oh, please, God, no…

  44. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Yes Chuck I think if we are winning or tied in the 9th we will see Lidge.

  45. ChuckS

    June 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    at least Roy only threw 108 pitches

  46. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Typical. Romero walks someone.

  47. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Great play Poly.

  48. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Nice DP!

  49. MikeB.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Would be nice for the offensive to squeeze out one more run at least. Does not matter how they do it.

  50. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:53 pm


  51. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Amazing that Howard’s avg is 13 points higher than Utleys.

  52. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    OK, we could really use some insurance here…

  53. MikeB.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I agree, Ed R.. Has to be something wrong with Chase somewhere.

  54. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    J-Roll can not come back soon enough…eligible to come off the DL on the 6th but I am hearing it will be at least 1 week after that.

    Come on Chooch gives us a gapper.

  55. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Whew! Perlozzo held him for a change. Usually, he sends Howard to make the final out.

  56. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    rats… OK, just 3 outs…

  57. The Real Jeff

    June 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    lidge will blow this save. can ryan howard give back the money. what a waste. these guys still cant hit. pathetic

  58. Huddles Peck

    June 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Lidge …. oh my gosh !!!! If this guy blows the save, then he needs to get the hell out of Philly

  59. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Holy crap…where has this Lidge been?

  60. The Real Jeff

    June 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm


  61. The Real Jeff

    June 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm


  62. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    WHEE!!! PHILS WIN!!!!

  63. Tracey

    June 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Yup, that’s the Lidge we knew and loved!

  64. Terri

    June 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    not going to lie, I was scared to watch, but Brad looks good. Please let this be a sign of good things to come.

  65. NYphilsfan

    June 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    God bless you Brad Lidge…..

  66. Jeff of Nova

    June 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    The Real Jeff please go somewhere else you are such a bandwagoner,

    Anyway Great finish by Lidge

  67. Huddles Peck

    June 4, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    PRAISE THE LORD ! God bless the Phils and Brad Lidge. PRAISE THE LORD. God bless us all

  68. MikeB.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Nice job by Halladay regardless of the 2 runs and 10 hits allowed. Contained San Diego to give the Phils the chance to win.

  69. Ed R.

    June 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Halladay looked mortal and they still won. That’s something to be proud of.

  70. Woody Hankin

    June 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Love dem Phils. Hope Lidge is back. What a boost to the bullpen. Another yeoman’s job by Halladay. Polanco contributed and it is great to have him back. I AM DA WOOOOOOODY !!!!


    June 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Howard still looks lost out there. Manuel should sit the dude for a day or two. He struck out on three pitches earlier with the bases loaded.
    That is pressing too hard. Great to get a win. Nice job Lidge

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  73. teejvee

    June 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I think most fans are coming to the realization that there is something really physically wrong with Utley. That is very bad news, to state the obvious.
    Maybe a 15 day stint? Who knows.

    Because he is giving them absolutely nothing from the 3 hole. Meaning ANY body they threw out there to replace him would do as good or better.

    I think most fans are also coming to the reality that this is not just a slump. Don’t think this will be their year. Happens.

  74. psujoe

    June 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m not one to blame the bench as you all know 3-4-5 are struggling. However, if it looks like Jimmy is still having problems with the calf how about looking at Craig Council? He’d be a one and done and can be had for cheap.

  75. Keenan

    June 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Great night for Philly sports fans…..Phils win, Flyers win. Everyone happy. Let’s see the Phils beat Jon Garland tonight.

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