Gameday: Cardinals (61-51) at Phillies (50-61)

St. Louis Cardinals (61-51) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-61)

Kyle Lohse (12-2, 2.79) vs. Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Scattered thunderstorms, 84
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Mike Lieberthal will be inducted into the Phillies’ Wall of Fame tonight.  During his 13 years in Philadelphia (1994-2006), Lieberthal batted .275 with 150 home runs.  In 1999, Lieberthal had his best season (.300 AVG, 31 HR, .914 OPS), making the All Star team and winning a Gold Glove Award.  It’s hard to believe that six years have passed, but a lot has changed throughout that time period.  The Phillies went from experiencing glory to looking a lot like that 1999 that Lieberthal was on.

Roy Halladay said shutting him down for the season isn’t going to do any good; he claims that he needs to pitch.  He’ll pitch tonight as he is coming off one of his best starts of the season.  Halladay will be opposed by Lohse, who has one of the best winning percentages in the league.

Rain might be an issue tonight, as the weather forecast does not look promising.  A rain delay, or even postponement is very possible.  Let’s hope we’ll get this game in, and a victory.

Your Gameday Beer: Dock Street Summer Session

This beer is pleasantly surprising. It’s one of the smoothest beers and finishes beautifully with hints of lemon and ginger. It’s pale and looks like a Blue Moon, but tastes waaaay better. You can check it out at Dock Street Brewery, located at 50th and Baltimore in West Philadelphia. I wouldn’t wander through that area too often, since it’s the ghetto, but I would trek through it for a beer this good. Get on it. -By Pat

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  1. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Watching the pre-game Wall of Fame festivities. The videos they’re showing are probably the best ball we’ll see all night.

  2. Morris Buttermaker

    August 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Can anybody remember a big Mike Lieberthal moment? Like a really awesome game or some big play. I think he might have hit a home run in Baltimore. Other than that, I’m not sure.

  3. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I confess, I mostly remember him grounding into double plays. (sheepish grin)

  4. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Nice clean start for Doc!

  5. Alex

    August 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    We have got to get someone else to replace Rollins as lead-off man. He swings for the fences every at bat. I can’t count how many times he pops the ball up. He needs to watch Major League.

    • schmenkman

      August 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      He leads the majors in popping up this year. The way it’s measured is the % of balls hit in the air that stay in the infield.

      That’s unusual for him, as he’s popped up at the league average until this year.

      Now of course, his popups and strikeouts combined are about the same as JUST the strikeouts of shortstops Ian Desmond and Dee Gordon.

      So you want the Phillies to get an outfielder or third baseman who would also lead off?

  6. bacardipr

    August 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    In Russia Rollins is a .320 hitter with a .420OBP and 30 HR player.

  7. Jeff

    August 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Rollins sucks. Shut doc down. Why use him. Save the arm. Season
    Is over. Get rid of Charlie already.

  8. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Beautiful sac bunt. We need more guys who can pull off the small ball like that. Everybody swings for the fences.

    • schmenkman

      August 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Tracey, giving outs away is almost never a good idea unless the pitcher is at the plate.

  9. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 9:44 pm


  10. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Whoever the leg guru was that Utley saw, he needs to use him constantly in the off-season. I’d love to see Bourn as our lead-off man next year, but the cash he’ll demand will be unreasonable. I can dream though. If we can build on the positives of this game and channel that into 2013 we should be fine for a run for it all next year. Plus, fix the bullpen, and plug in third base. :0

    • Tracey

      August 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      We’ve offloaded a lot of cash. It could happen. But I do think bullpen is our bigger need right now. Wednesday’s game was a vivid reminder of that.

  11. bacardipr

    August 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Season is shot Jeff, might as well keep Chalie for the rest of it. Start fresh next year.

  12. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm


  13. Tracey

    August 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    HI-I-I-GH HOPES!!!

  14. psujoe

    August 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Team is playing as expected recently. Setup man, CF, 3B one being a power RH bat and the team is good to go. Defratus, Stutes, Herndon and possibly aumonte will bolster the Pen next year. As Cory laid out Adams might cost $18/3. Worth it with $25-30 million to solidify the rest. As bad as the season has gone the Phils are still in it with a decent, not even great bull pen. I’d love to resign Pierre for a reasonable insentive laiden deal. Like Schierholtz a lot more than Mayberry as a 4/5 OF. Galvis will be a big upgrade at Utility IF. I like Heatly more than some, but at the right price in terms of prospects(3b only). Forget Borne, think Pagan as pointed out in earlier articles by

  15. psujoe

    August 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Need a sweep and 7 of 9 to get back into it. Have to hope Washington, Atlanta, Cincy and one of Dodgers/Giants just dominate everyone not named Philly. Yes we can!

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