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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (45-54) at Braves (54-44)

Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) at Atlanta Braves (54-44)

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 7:35, Turner Field
Weather: Upper 70’s chance of rain, t-storms
Media: Twitter and  Facebook

The Phillies take on the division-rival Braves tonight in Atlanta, the first of three they will play at Turner Field this weekend. The Braves are 9.5 games ahead of the Phillies in the standings, and 5 games back of the division-leading Nationals. At this point, the Phillies–who have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN–could really only hope to play spoilers for the Braves, barring something drastic.

Cole Hamels, who just signed an extension with the Phillies, will take the mound tonight for the first time with his new contract. So far this year, he’s posted an 11-4 record to go along with a 3.23 ERA. He isn’t having his best year, but for the most part, he is getting the job done.

Opposing him will be Ben Sheets, a guy that the Braves signed with minimal expectations, but who has also been quite good for them so far. In his two starts, he has pitched a total of 12 innings, given up just seven hits–and no runs. However, the deciding factor in the game may lie in the hands of Brian McCann, who is hitting .364 against the Phillies this year, to go along with five home runs and 13 runs batted in. If Hamels can shut him down–and that is likely considering that McCann has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats against him–along with the other big lefties in the Braves lineup, the Phils may be able to scratch off a few runs and win the game.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Pence RF, Pierre LF, Fontenot 3B, Hamels P.

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  1. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    “At this point, the Phillies–who have less than a 1% chance to make the playoffs according to ESPN”

    This is probably overkill analysis, but it’s interesting to think of the types of mindsets that would include that in their thinking, and those that wouldn’t.

    An NL GM said in the past few days that in his view, if the Phillies get within 5 games on September 1st, he thinks they will get in.

    Different match classes, no doubt.

    • EricL

      July 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah, they have something like a 0.8% chance of making the playoffs. The smart move is to sell the pieces you have that won’t be back after this season, get something for them, and look to next year. Of course, Ruben doesn’t always make the “smart moves.”

  2. CCD

    July 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Anyone notice the oddity of the last three games won? 76 76 76. Omen?

  3. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    @CCD: Yup, I was going to ask if anybody else noticed that historically-apt outcome! I just hope they win more than 76 games this year!

  4. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I like the early strategy, going right after Sheets. He’s a composed veteran, but taking it right to him already gives him something to think about he didn’t run into V the mets or nats.

    Good, aggressive start.

    • Ken Bland

      July 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Meaning mostly not playing for 1 run by sacrificing, but they were 0-2 w/ RISP.

  5. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Apparently Jimmy and Shane read Ians previous post.
    Getting on base is the key to this teams success and the key to anyone pitching to Howard is junk, junk and more junk

    • c schreiber

      July 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      When is Howard going to learn how to punch those pitches on the outside of the plate (that gets him out) away from the shift, to the left side of the infield. He’d hit .400 if he could learn how and then they’d stop putting that shift on him. He is a professional hitter, isn’t he??

  6. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    1-2-3! Nice to see that the big deal didn’t make Cole complacent!

  7. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    First pitch swinging – if it works its great if it doesn’t it sucks

  8. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Could have a pretty good idea about just how om Cole is after this inning. Couple tough at bats between Chipper and McCann.

  9. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Rats. Yhere goes the no-hitter

  10. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    19 pitch first inning for Sheets, 8 pitch second inning

  11. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    HA!!! Gotcha!!!

  12. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Choochie has just been amazing

  13. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Good to see McAnn go down so easily. Everyone needs to remember every time this Phillie killer comes to bat, he has hit 2 GS vs us and is probably hitting .900 vs the Phils

  14. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    2 walks in the inning. What are we in for?

  15. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Yikes… maybe I spoke too soon…

  16. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Good lord

  17. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Cole normally gives up less than 2 walks per 9 innings. Rich man.

  18. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm


  19. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    WTF are you kidding me?????????????????//
    First Doc smells up the joint, then Lee stinks it up now Cole continues with the much vaunted pitching crap – this is stupid.

  20. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    where is baby jeffy, need some real negativity here

  21. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm


  22. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    What is going on with Cole tonight?

  23. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Fact of life, as opposed to excuse, Cole threw 128 pitches last Saturday, does have an extra day of rest, but that was laborsome, and it is hot and humid. So it’s a little difficult.

    That said,I anticipated a killer performance tonight, but no reason he can’t keep grinding and keep it competitive.

    But no A game tonight.

  24. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Whew! got out of another tight spot.

  25. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    @Ken: Yeah, I noticed he looked overhreated.

  26. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Ryan knows there is nothing but junk coming his way, he has to know

  27. psujoe

    July 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Nice haul for Grienke. 3 top 8 Angels prospects including their #1 ss Segura and 2 23 year old AA righties.

    • Ken Bland

      July 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      It’d fit within the theme of craziness in baseball this year if Greinke, a massively expensive acquisition matched up in a World Series game with Ben Sheets, the signing of the year. It’s only his 3rd start, but this guy’s been to the top, so he should know how to get back there.
      And 3 starts in, he’s doing it so far.

      Nice haul, but I’ll take the Angels picking him up as greatness. Helluva place to live and play. Might have an inside track on a long term deal.

      • c schreiber

        July 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        In case you gentlemen don’t remember, the Phils went to Sheets workout and for some reason didn’t make an offer for him. Nice job, scouts and Rube.

  28. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm


  29. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Paul Janish. .184 hitter this year and Cole is wisely keeping the ball away from him. 2 walks for Janish
    Anybody know what Coles single game high for walks is? Has he broken it already?

    • Ken Bland

      July 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      tied it tonight at 5.

      Per Braves TV.

      Let’s see if Fontenot can get some redemption going to kick things off. Good clubs have players who forget mistakes.

  30. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I kinda like the WHIP stat, but it’s funny how it works. Cole’s walked 5, but only given up 2 hits, so his WHIP’s gone up tonight so far, but not commensurate with his off he’s been so far.

    But, you pitch to the score, and it’s a ballgame.

  31. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Jamie Moyer always seemed to go against the grain with WHIP. More hits than innings pitched, and he nibbled the corners so much, he usually walked 2 to 4 batters. Yet he found a way to win.

  32. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, I blinked and another walk, this one on 4 pitches.

  33. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    that stinking McAnn is on deck

  34. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Cole is just about to go over 100 pitches in 5 innings. If he lets in 2 runs, is he gone tonight – its just not there tonight or the last outting

  35. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    crap crap crap

  36. Brooks

    July 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    And there you have it, McAnn did not wait for the bases to be loaded –

  37. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I said the last time the Phillies played the Btaves that Chipper handed over the Phillies killer helm to hideous McCann. Who knew he’d be a juggernaut with it? You’re a tool McCann. Hey Rich Dubee, any idea WTF is up with the starting rotation? Sheesh. Do we have yet another comeback in us? We should be clobbering Sheets, his scoreless streak is just a facade.

  38. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Oh baby!!!

  39. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Argh. Well, they made Sheets work. 9 pitches to Pence; 7 more to Pierre.

  40. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Mayberry been working on his outfield skills with Pence? Jesus!

  41. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Cant make up ground with fielding like this.


  42. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    crap… well, now we’re positioned to get another 7-6 come from behind win. :^}

  43. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm


  44. Jeff

    July 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Mr clutch howard the big welfare

  45. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Last I heard, RyHo is engaged to an ex, or current Eagles cheerleader.

    This will probably be bigamy.

    He’s already married to low and away.

    He takes a bunch of pitches, giving him whatever chance he has against Venters, and then finally swings.

    At a pitch that was headed for Pensauken.

  46. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    C’mon Howard. For god sakes. Just make contact! Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!

  47. Double Trouble Del

    July 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    This team needs to wait until next year. No trades will make this team better just relieve salary. Give Halladay the rest of the year off to let his arm rest or at least keep him to a strict pitch count. Limit the number of pitches Lee throws. Give Ruiz some days off too. RAJ is going to have to play some money ball with the tiny little bit of money he’s got left to fill CF, LF, 3rd, Blanton’s spot. We need to be thinking about 2013.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      No room at the inn for Chad Durbin???

  48. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hmn… well, they’ve made some amazing come-backs lately, so I haven’t entirely thrown in the towel on this game, but I’m not counting on anything…

  49. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I think I’d prefer scoring 6 runs here in the 9th. Scoring 5 and fretting a tie game in the bottom of the 9th just has no appeal.

    So let’s get 6. Then it’s safe to use the closer since federal law prohibits using the closer on the road unless its a save ordeal.

  50. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    No comeback tonight. Braves made the Phillies look like little leaguers tonight. Man, I despise the Braves.

  51. Tracey

    July 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm


  52. Ken Bland

    July 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    What more fitting way to end a very important game that started with a quick 1-0 lead after 2 hitters, with Hamels on the mound than with Jimmy popping out pointlessly. The rise in blood pressure and anger waves through Phillie fandom at intensified levels even before his pop ups land in the fielder of choices glove.

    It just says it all.

    Just a night where the club got beat. Not a lack of effort, or lifelessness, they just got beat.

    I don’t know where the Ben Sheets story peaks, but a tip of the hat on his nice effort.

  53. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I know hindsight is 20/20, but if I was Cholly, and I’m not, I would have walked McCann, grade A Phillies killer recently, and pitched to Uggla with the two outs. Instead they pitch to him and don’t even try to paint the corners. Ken said it: anger and high blood pressure tonight.
    Gotta win the next two or say good bye to the core team.

  54. Ryne Duren

    July 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    they looked boring tonight! couldn’t hit cy sheets! they give you hope then they play like this! c-mon. this whole years been like this! no enthusiasum. i was watching their manerisms, and facial expressions and wasn’t liking what i was seeing. i think lathargic is the word i’m looking for! well whatever, we here all knew for them to do anything, nothing but a sweep was in order to push the mo to the next level! and we’ll hear that it’s just a single game and that the object is to win series! that’s all fine and dandy if you’re close! or if it’s mid may! somebody tell them it’s freakin the end of july and they’re still digging their way to china. and in a little while their gonna run out of games! i wish i could personally tell them ” yo ya gotta win OUT ! does anybody get that ? they have 45 wins. 60 games left! winning out means 95 wins. hahahaha . i don’t think the players are smart enough to fathom that! trade em let’s rebuild.

  55. Ryne Duren

    July 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    i’m sorry people in my zest of anger i made a math miscalculation. 50 wins will get us to 95. ah i feel better now that it’s not 60! TRADE ME!

  56. Jeff

    July 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Tracey. You have not thrown in the towel

    You are a ass. Team has not heart. Like u. Punnk

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