2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (54-62) vs. Brewers (52-64)

Philadelphia Phillies (54-62) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-64)

Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85) vs. Marco Estrada (0-5, 4.36)

TIME: 8:10, Miller Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It’s own to beer town for the Phillies, but all the talk today has been about what happened yesterday in Miami.

On a routine grounder to shortstop, Jimmy Rollins completely dogged it and was thrown out by 20 feet. It’s one of the lapses in judgement we’ve seen from Rollins over his tenure here in Philly. It did not go unnoticed as fans went at him on twitter and gave him the business he probably deserved. Do you think he deserved it?

How about we get Cliff Lee his 3rd win of the year? How many will he end up with?

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown RF, Nix CF, Frandsen 3B, Kratz C, Lee P

GAMEDAY BEER: Yuengling Lager

You know it, and you know it well. You call for it simply by saying “I’ll have a lager.” It’s a staple of the Philadelphia region and really never lets you down. From time to time I’ll order one if a beer list isn’t tickling my fancy. It’s just there. It never wows you. It’s like the Juan Pierre of beers. He won’t blow you away, doesn’t hit for power, but always gives a decent showing when you need him. -Pat Gallen


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  1. Ken Bland

    August 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I am told by the magic of advertising that the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.

    Lemme translate. The best part of the game post being up these days, is the out of town scoreboard. Dateline, Pittsburgh….

    “Time to hit the O portion of the alphabet, and write a belated Ode to Sterling Joe Blanton.

    Sterling Joe possesses in his image representation of one of my proudest off season thought processes. Way, way, away back in 2011, roundabouts February, you might recall a collection of starting pitchers that coupled with a pre injured Chase Utley, were supposed to parlay a magnificent season ending with a parade down Broad Street.

    In scientifically, logically, and uniquely evaluating the upcoming 2011 season, with truly far less hallucination than the average fan, to this day, I remember speculating that Sterling could win 18 games.

    Oh, brother.

    What’s the proudest level of pride one can feel for that gem of a sense.

    Not that Sterling didn’t have his moments. “Swing and a long drive”, crowed Harry during the Fall Classic of Ott8. What a drive out of the Bank it was. And Joe threw a seemingly (well, at the time) valuble CG shutout the day after the Phils 15-13 loss in the ATL this year. 88 pitches, no less.

    Last year, when he offered signs of 18 game potential to the mentally incompetent, Joe went through a string of first inning troubles. The string was so long, Joe’s streak was said to have more string than The Mummers. Then he bravely pitched through elbow troubles.

    This year, patience exited stage left on Joe. He threw some very good starts, but he gave up more homers than anyone who had the misfortune to face me back in wiffle ball days. Marketing types bragged on Joe’s league leading K to BB ratio. Wonderful. His ERA was cinquo. In any language, that el suckos.

    Today, still a relative newbie in Dodger blue, The Sterling One had a line that would no doubt equal Mike Martinez if they tried his hand at pitching. 4.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 of which were dingers TO THE FREAKING PIRATES!, 8 runs, every one of ‘em earned. 3 walks, and 3 K’s, if you are ratioing at home. Thank the Lord above Vin Scully don’t do road games no mas, or he’d have died of a heart attack watching that there stellaracity.

    But it was all fun watching him. Well, not all. A fraction of it was, at least. But the fun is what I’ll mostly remember. SSSSoooo long, Joe. And thanks for the fun you provided.”

    • Lefty

      August 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      Do you by chance write Obit’s for a living? You’d be good at it. 🙂

  2. TheDipsy

    August 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    If I were Charlie I woulda stuck my foot so far up Jimmy’s ass yesterday it would came out his mouth. “I talked to Jimmy about it and he seemed fine” Charlie said. Of course HE seemed fine. Charlie IS too close to these guys. It worked for awhile and, like all approaches, it eventually gets stale. God, what I would gave given to see what Billy Martin would have done. Charlie’s handling of the situation is just unacceptable, especially when you have a potential mutt problem in Dom Brown. If Jimmy can get away with it…….

    The Dipsy

  3. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm


  4. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Re JRoll: Yeah, this isn’t exactly the first time Jimmy has failed to run out a pop-up. I remember a couple of years ago, the Charlie Manuel bobblehead commercial made a joke about that.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Wow that was almost too the moon.

    so much for dealing lee in the off season.

    Another anchor.

    @ Dipsy.

    As far as I am concerned I would hire a drill instructor from Parris Island to manage the rest of the year.

    I wouldnt even care if hes ever seen a baseball game in his life.
    Charlies coddling of the marquee players has been a big part of this.

    Buit thats who he is. And with a young up and coming team it was great.
    But with an old crippled fading over paid team.

    It just makes you want nautious.

  6. Ken Bland

    August 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Yous guys are too hard on Jimmy.

    I predict he hits for the cycle tonight.

    A flyball, a popup, a groundout, and a strikeout.

    Teach you guys a lesson.

    Gelb tweeted to see who could name the 6 players who have started in CF for the club this year.

    I did my civic duty, and corrected him. It’s 5 players, plus my mainest man, Mike Martinez.

  7. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Let’s see if Lee can undo the damage he’s already done.

  8. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Nice steal!

  9. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This is what motivation will do to a player?
    OK then, Jimmy can you play like this more often

  10. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    It’s time Andrew!

  11. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! I’ll take a run any way I can get one!

  12. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Me too Tracey – but now its Doms turn

  13. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Oh good grief…

  14. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    OH BABY!!!!

  15. Lefty

    August 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Do you think that next year they might let us just play the Brewers 162 times?

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    162 games vs the Brewers?

    Braun would hit over 600 in a single season.

    No way!

    And time for what Brooks?


  17. Morris Buttermaker

    August 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    The Brewers games have been the most entertaining games of the year.

  18. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Why cant the Phillies get a good announcer like Ueker?

    I do enjoy Sarge.

    But the rest of them stink on TV this year.
    Even more than before.

    But maybe I just notice more cause the team sucks this year.

  19. Morris Buttermaker

    August 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    C’mom Tom. Get the Melky Cabrera batting title thing right. They will add 0-For’s to his at-bats to get him to the league minimum for at-bats. If he still has the highest average, he wins the title.

  20. psujoe

    August 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Lee is pitching really well tonight like the starters have in recent games. He’s not going anywhere. Just need 2 bull Pen arms to add to paps, Lindblum and the returning guns.

  21. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    oh, Lindbum –
    Here it comes

  22. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Windbum or Lindbum? Hmm.. hard to remember I do know there is a bum out there now

  23. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    What a formula for a screw up – how crazy is this

  24. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    (sigh) the bullpen strikes again.

  25. Morris Buttermaker

    August 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This Lindbum guy is a perfect addition to the Phillies bullpen.

  26. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    and there we go. obviously we just dont pay these guys enough money to do their jobs get 1 stinking out.. one stinking out… what a screw up

  27. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    And I’m thinking – he could walk the run in, there could be an error, an extra base hit to clear the bases or God forbid a GS – the Bum went for the high road!

  28. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    The good news. I have Corey Hart in fantasy.

    The bad news is this team sucks and I am probably going to lose my Mets bet.
    Even with the mets winning at a .200 percentage since the all star break.

    How does Ruben Amaro go into 2013 employed?

    Its really disgraceful and until hes gone.
    T Mac and Wheels can wax poetic on these fossils and cripples nightly.
    But in the end there is no shot.

    Not with that dummy running the show.

  29. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hope its the good stuff Brooks.


    And Rollins is mentoring Brown in the dug out on the catch.

    Keep him away from the young players.

  30. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    @Brooks: Well, if you’re going to go down, you might as well go down in flames.

  31. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Lets show how much we give a * how about a 1 2 3 top of the 9th

  32. Kyle

    August 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Charlie Manuel needs to be fired. Only a bumbling retard like him could screw up as much as he does with pitching and still have a job. Lee was rolling and they pull him on an error. Such BS

  33. Morris Buttermaker

    August 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Cliff Lee pitched well except for the 3 home runs. Lindblom pitched well except for all of the walks and the grandslam.

    As you can see, I got the T-Mac app.

  34. psujoe

    August 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    You guys think Mike Adams for 3/18 looks better? I do! Great starting rotation. Nail down 8 and 9 and you’ll win most!

  35. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Lindblom: “Ouch. Very ouch.”
    Up to this point, it was looking like a win….oh well.

  36. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Brooks the Whiskey isnt working.

    I need to move to something stronger.

    Can you get me moonshine from West virginia?

  37. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Gee, I can see the logic in using Wiggy in place of Nix – sure.

  38. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Loved how Wheeler said well in this ball park what do you expect.

    The germans in the 1940s had nothing on the propaganda the Phillies TV broadcasts spew ngihtly.

  39. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Perhaps after next week some scotch whisky from Scotland – smooth as silk Andrew

  40. Tracey

    August 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Eh, Wiggy had a good day yesterday

  41. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Ok will have that on tap for the Mets series.
    When I will be hanging on every pitch.

  42. Brooks

    August 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    good effort wiggy, good swing

  43. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Speaking of germans

    Kratz up with the bases loaded!

  44. Morris Buttermaker

    August 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Well, there is some good news from tonight’s game. Bernie Brewer has a torn hamstring from running up and down them steps.

  45. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    They gave us a thril Brooksie.

    But the Mets won and the Phillies lost.

    Sad night in Waldorf.

    Theres always tomorrow.

  46. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Ivan Hernandez now has 4 wins.

    Twice as many as Cliff.

  47. Cs

    August 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Ryan Braun uses drugs.

  48. psujoe

    August 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Time to maximize the teams return on non returning players. I love Pierre, but would place him on waivers. A bunch of teams want Wiggington as well. The farm has been improved quite a bit with the trades. Build on it. Get even more chips. Frandsen and Galvis will be fine as the utility guys next year.

    • Brooks

      August 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

      Name the assets the Phils have in the OF then, name the asses..
      More asses then assets for sure

  49. Brooks

    August 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Really Psujoe? I guess when you really look at it, the combination of Nix, Mayberry, Brown and Juan Pierre, your best hitter is pretty much a non-impact player. He can get on base, move runners over (which is more than most on this team) but, he does not produce runs. None of them do.

    I suppose some are still monitoring the Brown experiment, that’s fine. There are 44 games left in this season. As much as this site loves to believe that the Phils offense is doing OK, I submit to you one of the least productive OF lineups in the majors today. Look at these numbers for the active roster (now that Pence, who is still leading several offensive categories for the Phils and Vic are gone) –

    748 atbats, 88 runs scored, 199 hits, 5 triples, 23 hrs and 64 rbi. The batting average for these 5 is at .266. This is for JP, Nix, Brown, Mayberry and lets toss Shierholtz in there (only 32 atbats, why not). If we shed JP, the ‘production’ we currently enjoy is more atrocious – 446 atbats, 47 runs scored, 106 hits, 27 doubles, 0 triples, 22 hrs and 43 rbi and a .238 batting average.

    Look at it upside down, sideways, cross-eyed – it doesn’t matter. This outfield stinks the way the lineup stands. Right now, JP is the best (nee ONLY) offensive weapon the Phils have – to think about shedding him is just making the ship sink quicker.

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