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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (45-56) at Braves (56-44)

Philadelphia Phillies (45-56) at Atlanta Braves (56-44)

Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs. Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

Time: 1:35, Turner Field
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Lower 90’s, mostly sunny, some clouds
Media: Twitter and  Facebook

Welp. The Phillies will try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Braves today after losing again last night. If this were last year, I would have said the chances of them getting the W today would be pretty high, considering that Roy Halladay will be on the mound. But 2012 is a different year, and Halladay, who is off the DL, still doesn’t look “right” to me.

He gave up six runs in six innings in his last outing, and his pitches seemed pretty flat. They didn’t have the normal Halladay movement to them and his velocity even seemed a little down as well.

He will be opposing righty Tim Hudson, and he is 9-4 on the year with a 3.71 ERA. He is coming off a start against the Marlins where he gave up three runs over seven innings and got the win. Considering the year that both these pitchers have had so far, the Braves probably have the advantage today. But then again, I said last night’s game would feature a lot of runs and, well, it didn’t.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ruiz C, Nix RF, Pierre LF, Frandsen 3B, Halladay P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Dos Equis

It’s not hard to stay thirsty, my friends, in Georgia, which is where today’s game is. Dos Equis will not wow you, but it’s easy to drink. Its brewery is stationed in Monterrey, Mexico, which has a penchant for being quite warm, much like the state of Georgia. Fun fact: Heineken saw a 20 percent increase in sales after the acquisition of Dos Equis in just the first quarter alone. The power of the Most Interesting Man in the World. -By Pat


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  1. Brain

    July 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    No pence eh? Interesting. Day off? Or being moved?

  2. Double Trouble Del

    July 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I can’t imagine they would trade the only legitimate right handed bat protection for Howard. People need to understand the Phillies are going to get little to nothing for the Pierres , Victorinos and Polancos of this team. Maybe they get a little something for Blanton, but then who takes his spot in the rotation? Kendrick? Then the bullpen is screwed up more than it already is.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

      DTD yea i can’t imagine trading pence for the reason you stated, unless they were to get a bat in return. which if that’s the case why and who would make a trade like that on the other end? unless it was a major multiplayer deal. that’s the only scenario i could envision. as far as kendrick goes! if the phils brass had brains ????? why would they want to take him from a bullpen that’s struggled all year and put him in a spot that he’s been pretty bad at this year? i’m not blaming you for your comment but again that wouldn’t make any sense. how ever since the season is shot all they can do is to make a few trades minor- major- or whatever to position themselves for the probable winter trades to get back to being competitive. now with that said the remainder of the year should be to find out what we do have in the minors that could be of help next year. one would be to move cloyd up into the rotation if blanton were traded. and i’d also lessen doc’s load and bring up pettibone also. let these two guys get their feet wet and that would help to weigh our pitching depth for next year. i’d try some position players also. rest howard let him heal u some more and bring up darin ruf. same with utley try ceasar hernandez at scd who knows if one or two of these players shows some promise that’s less you have to deal for. and leandro castro . he plays left


    July 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Maybe we’ll get some excitement with trades in the the next two days….We certainly aren’t getting much joy watching these Phillies this year.

    Maybe we’ll see Pence , Rollins, Pierre, Wigginton, Blanton, Lee and Victorino change uniforms. We’ll probably get some prospects and some bullpen help in return. We gotta do something to right this ship. Too many old, used up sailers on board. I hope that Amaro is smart enough not to get fleeced. On that, my confidence is not high.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      we’ll see mr shart! i’m like you man. i’m more excited from possible trades than actually watching the game today. i’m excited that they might actually throw up the white flag as teams ahead of us are doing and try some younger players from our AA and AAA teams. and in the meantime trade some of these guys to change the atmosphere. oh and relocate charlie and bring in sandberg. if anybody knows which players to move up it would be him.

  4. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Woo hoo! Way to run it out, Shane!

  5. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm


  6. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Remember when Halladay on the mound was a sure sign of a win?

  7. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm


  8. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Doc looks like crap. I think my laundry is calling.

  9. psujoe

    July 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Blanton is our best pitcher and he’s going to be traded.

  10. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm



    July 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I am beginning to feel that we have seen the best of Roy Halladay. Great pitcher, Great competitor, Great tradebait. Great salary relief if we trade him.
    …..and let’s face it, he deserves to be on a contender, which we will not be for at least three years. Send him to a contending team, like the Yankees. He wants to win a championship. His heart cannot be in Philadelphia at this point in time. Let him go, Rubin.

  12. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Well, maybe that stupid play will fire up the Phillies.

  13. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I remember a game back in the Larry Bowa days where they called a foul ball a HR — a 3 run HR, no less. The fans in the stands (I was there) were flipping out. There was no question on replay that it was way foul, but they didn’t do replay then. And it fired up the Phils, and they eventually won 6-3.

  14. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is a shell of Roy Halladay

    But he has 2,000 Ks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wheeler and Mccarthy are all over it.

    He won games 1 and 5 in the playoffs.

    You chose to support a guy who swings away 3-0 to lead off an inning down 1-0 in a decisive game 5.

    Theres only so much anyone can do to combat that.
    This is your team now.

  15. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Look Charlie somehow had Mayberry hit against a righty.


    He only has a 1.000 OPs vs lefties

    But can hit Howard there with a .347 slugging

  16. brooks

    July 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Howard does look like he needs more time in the minors. Totally outclassed. He used to own Hudson.

  17. brooks

    July 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Tracey – you’re right, seeing Doc now is very painful. The last year he had an ERA over 4 was in 2004, he was injured that year as well. He won all of 8 games. It seems the way he is going and the Phils are going, he might be on course to do the same, 8 wins.

  18. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    1st and 3rd one out
    teams score here

  19. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    The Phillies dont.

    But normal teams do

  20. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Score multiple runs

  21. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Why can’t we field?! This season is almost to the point where it is incomprehensible to the human mind in relation to last year. Man, I loathe the Braves.

  22. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    That might be the greatest play ever.

  23. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Ugly. Ugly. I was about to say that it ain’t over yet when it was only 4-2. I think it’s over now.

  24. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    And just to make things even more painful… that damn Nissan commercial is playing every 10 minutes.

  25. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Do a shot Brooks.

    Really it will take everything I have to not do a rant now.

    KK in

  26. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    LAST year?????????????????

    they sucked
    Day 1 game 1 I siad the nline up couldnt win a playof series

    102 win suckfest blowing out arms.

    102 wins and ZERO runs

  27. brooks

    July 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    4 dramatic wins in a row, getting swept in the next series and looking very inept in the process.

  28. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Well no one watches the Braves or cares about them.

    Make it stop Brooks

    Why do they look to the future?
    This is your team.

    Trade them all
    Keep them all
    Hit a 900 foot homer

    win a game

  29. brooks

    July 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Howards last 5 games –
    18 AB, 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 exbasehits, 1 rbi and 11 k’s
    He is 1 for 11 with 8 k’s vs Atlanta.

  30. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    They just spent 144 million dollars for what?

    To sit in this mess.

    Poop and pee on yourself and listen to Wheeler say how good it is.

  31. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I am trying to just take it in.

    how great it is

    Paplebam is in

  32. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    The Phillies are home next weekend

    They take on the diamondbacks

  33. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Wow! Hell of a catch!!!

  34. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Lets also take a look at the rest if the coaching staff, in particular Greg Gross. I can’t watch anymore and have a paper to write to try to get a raise in my job. Unfortunately, I cannot be inept and collect a hundred million.

  35. Tracey

    July 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    It’s been like this all season. They have a great game, or a great run of games, and we think they’re coming out of this slump finally… and then they look worse than ever in the next series.

  36. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Mayberry vs a right hander

  37. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    You cant make it up

    He does this

  38. TheDipsy

    July 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I think we might be able to get an actual player for Blanton. Say, like a single A position prospect that steals a lotta bases or something.

    The Dipsy

  39. Ken Bland

    July 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Today’s game was pretty cool. It enabled me to come up with a firm conclusion.

    The person responsible for putting together the 2012 Phillies highlights package is the most underpaid person in any economy that has jobs.

    What a scam piece of propaganda that will be.

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