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Polanco Back in the Lineup for Game 2

Placido Polanco is back in his rightful spot in the number two slot of the Phillies order. He had been dealing with back issues during the early part of the week, but felt better yesterday. He was able to take BP and fielding practice, so it’s a go for Polly today. Here is the early Phillies order.

Phillies lineup: Victorino 8, Polanco 5, Utley 4, Howard 3, Werth 9, Rollins 6, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Oswalt 1.

UPDATE, 4:00 pm — Pregame Quotes:

-Charlie Manuel on Jimmy Rollins being able to run: “I think it’s a day-to-day thing. I think it’s a confidence thing…I think that once something happens in the game where he gets confident, once he tests it, I feel like that will tell him…something about how good a shape he’s in and how good his leg feels.”

Manuel on Polanco in the lineup: “He’s feeling very good. He said he feels a lot better. I took it that he’s going to play the game just like he always has.”

Dusty Baker on facing Roy Oswalt tonight: “I think that’s the most important thing here. Get on the board with a win…A chance to go home 1-1 and maybe celebrate at home.”

Baker on the crowd being involved: “…I mean, the crowd means a lot. The noise level, you can feel the energy and the spirit of the crowd energizing your team. So, the crowd means a lot. These guys perform better and play well in a big crowd.”

-More Halladay Fun Facts:

  • The matchup between Roy Halladay and Edinson Volquez ws the fourth in major-league postseason history between a starting pitcher who won more than 20 games that season against a starting pitcher who won fewer than five games. The last time was the 2001 World Series between the Diamondbacks Curt Schilling (22-6) and the Yankees Orlando Hernandez (4-7). In each of the previous four games, the team with the starting pitcher with fewer wins won the game.
  • Halladay agreed to donate his No. 34 jersey to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. Andrew from waldorf

    October 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    My favorite line up at this point

  2. Georgie

    October 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    OT, but since none of my comments get posted anymore, it’s a moot point, but…..MLB Network’s running banner says “Reds lead series 1-0”

    I just sent them an e-mail, as a Phillies fan I am quite offended!

  3. Manny

    October 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    This could be our 2011 lineup, too…

  4. Manny

    October 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    $hit forgot about Werth 🙁

  5. Lefty

    October 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!! Back later

  6. Kate

    October 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I got a feelin’… that tonight’s gonna be a good night, that tonight’s gonna be a good good night… that tonight’s gonna be a good good night… a feelin’…

    Go PHILS!

  7. Bart Shart

    October 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I am psyched !!!! Wishing the BEST for Little Roy and Polly. Also, I hope Big Ryan starts to hit and Chase does as well. Let’s go two up !!!!

  8. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    October 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Manuel says he wanted a couple right handed bats behind Howard because of the Reds LHP depth in pen.

  9. fred

    October 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Phillies win 5-2. Bottom of order looks mighty strong, especially compared to the reds who have laynce nix hitting 5th !

  10. Lou

    October 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Manny, if we forget about J Wetrh because you think he is $hit. Who would
    you replace him with??? I think you are wrong, buddie

  11. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    October 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    CROWD NEEDS TO PUMP IT UP A NOTCH!!!-Dusty Baker “I don’t think we were affected at all by this crowd. We were affected by Doc Halladay and Doc affected the crowd”

  12. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    October 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    In his last 4 starts against the Phillies , Bronson Arroyo is 0-4 w/a 8.10 ERA.

  13. Keegan

    October 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Thank the good Lord Jimmy’s down in the 6 hole. He produces more down there and Vic produces big at the very top; they both get more relaxed and loose. I’m glad Manuel recognizes this and puts the best lineup out on the field.

  14. Philly Geoff

    October 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I like this line-up… any line-up where a hitter the caliber of Chooch is batting 8th, must be rock solid.

  15. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    October 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Placido Polanco a lifetime .353 hitter against Bronson Arroyo (6-17).

  16. Manny

    October 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Has this exact same lineup been used this year??? I think it’s pretty damn solid.

  17. JAY-AKA-PHILLYBOY

    October 8, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    YEA,I’M LOVING THIS LINEUP SOOOOO MUCH………….

  18. Mark B

    October 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Dusty suggesting that the Reds could celebrate at home ??

    Come on, get real. Phils win tonight, 6-1.

  19. Desibrave

    October 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I think Dusty playing mental games.., I kinda felt he is the most brilliant manager. He saw that no way Reds could win against Halladay so he sent his #4 or #5 pitcher to start the game vs Halladay. No use wasting his #1 pitcher against Halladay. He knows he can’t’ beat phillies physically

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