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Gameday: Phillies (49-49) vs Mets (42-51)

Philadelphia Phillies (49-49) vs New York Mets (42-51)

Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.97 ERA) vs Matt Harvey (7-2 2.34 ERA)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

TIME: 1:10, Citi Field

TV: MyPHL 17

Weather: 88, Sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Fransden 1B, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Lee P

Gameday Beer: Yards Cape of Good Hope

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86 Comments

86 Comments

  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Anyone know how many back to back homeruns Cliff has given up?

  2. teejvee

    July 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Way too many. I smell no hitter here.

  3. Pamikedc

    July 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Hit

  4. teejvee

    July 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Moral victory. The only thing saving them from a sweep is injury to Niese.

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Even with Harvey, Wheeler and a healthy Niese, Mets still suck..Harvey will want out in another year.

      • Andrew from Waldorf

        July 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        Until they beat you 2 of 3.

        How bad do you suck ?

        Fraud?

        Can you give me an update on Howards Walking boot or Halladays sling?

        How fraudulent are fans who think they are all great?

        All stars at every position.
        2011 better than 2008

        2010 better than the Giants.
        they lost on a fluke

        2011 the best team ever.

        they just lost in round 1.

        Rest assured G7 will tell you how great they are.

  5. Tracey

    July 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    You know the Phillies are hurting when one of the offensive highlights is Chase Utley getting hit by a pitch.

    • wbramh

      July 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Chase should have tried for double. Nobody would have seen it coming.

  6. wbramh

    July 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    If I managed the Mets I would have removed Harvey after five to give him the win and save his arm. Maybe let some contest winning fan pitch the last four.

  7. Jason

    July 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Always can count on Lee in big games for us. Always.

    • hk

      July 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      I forget. Were the games in the ’09 post-season big games?

  8. Tracey

    July 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Wow, that was a pathetic game all around. On Friday, it seemed like they had come back from the All Star Break ready to fight their way into the playoffs, and then they just deflated.

  9. bacardipr

    July 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Yday game was the winnable one.

  10. Hogey's Role

    July 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Time to sell Ruben start the partial rebuild, our20+ million dollar aces are pitching like minor leaguers when we really need them to buckle down and lead us they can’t get it done…. start the partial rebuild and get it over with…

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      I don’t think Ruben will deal prospects to get better..probably try to deal some expiring contracts like MYoung and Chooch maybe Paps, but I don’t think ou can give up on winning the division..Braves and Nats losing as well. Find a way to get in and you have a shot.

    • George

      July 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

      Typical. Cliff Lee has a couple of bad games and he’s now a “minor leaguer.”

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

        Not just Lee, hamels too… both of them sucked when we needed them to step it up… the point I’m trying to get across is it’s time to sell… buying and trying to make a run will only hurt this team in the coming years, it’s time to sell some pieces and get some value, don’t ignore the inevitable, sell now and start building for years to come…

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

        The lack of understanding of the meaning (or relative lack thereof) of small sample sizes never ceases to amaze me. If Ruben trades our aces because they are pitching like minor leaguers, should he accept any old minor leaguers in return? Imagine how much some of these fans will complain when next year’s rotation is headlined by Kyle Kendrick.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        The lack of brain functionality in being able to read and comprehend something amazes me… where in either of those posts did I say trade our aces… I said start rebuilding trade who you need to trade,I never said who to trade, and I said our aces sucked pitched like minor leaguers when we really needed them to keep both games close…. if you can’t read and understand what I said then go back to grade school maybe they can help you there cause I don’t have the time out would take…

      • George

        July 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        Hogey’s Role: Once again you are name calling or at insinuating that no one here except yourself has any more than a grade school education.

        I suppose it never occurrede to yoy that your comment may have been worded poorly. In the same paragragh you say it’s time to sell and the aces are pitching badly. That could easily be construed as rebuild and start with Lee and Hamels.

        Next time, you might want to review your own comment, maybe separating your thoughts more, or naming some players you feel should be moved insted of just including Lee and Hamels and no one else when you say it’s time to rebuild. The way it’s worded now, even Einstein might think you’re advocating dumping the top two pitchers.

        Just because someone might misinterpret a poorly worded comment is no reason to belittle that person.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        where did I name call him George? he swore, he’s belittling someone boo-hoo, lol sounds just like grade school, you and hk the same person is that it?? Get over it

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        If you want the GM to rebuild and the aces – each of whom are on the books for $22.5M or more of AAV – are pitching like minor leaguers, why would you want the GM to keep them?

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        Do you not understand what a partial rebuild is??

        You trade some pieces, save some pieces and see if you can make something of it… if you can’t, and if what we’re getting in return of who we might sell, then you might have to look at dealing Lee or hamels, though I think that’s unlikely…

        I think you try to deal Ruiz, Michael and delmon young, and maybe papelbon and see what you net with that before selling the aces…

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        Yes, I also think they should do a partial rebuild. However, my belief has nothing to do with how their aces pitched in the small sample size of their respective most recent starts and everything to do with the fact that the GM has built a mediocre, overpaid and aging roster. They should get whatever they can for any tradeable players who either do not project to be part of their future (Michael Young) or who project to be overpaid (Papelbon).

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        I like papelbon, and I don’t want to trade him but I believe he probably will bring the most value besides a hamels or Lee… I think papelbon is more likely to be traded out of those three anyway..

        The roster is hard to blame on amaro it’s hard to see 4-5 years down the road when handing out those contracts, he does deserve some criticism but I can’t lay it all on him, he rewarded guys for being successful thinking they would still be very successful but he was wrong, it’s a shame it spiraled down so fast like it did….

        But a partial rebuild is where I would start

      • George

        July 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        ” …go back to grade school.”

        In my book, that’s calling someone uneducated. It may not be a direct name, but it certainly insinuates stupidity.

        I don’t disagree with debating, but what you’re doing is derogatory and inflammatory, even if you’re too ignorant to notice it. Why can’t you just disagree in a civil manner, rather than so often calling people’s backgrounds into question? It makes you sound like a 3rd grade bully, even though I’d guess you may be more intelligent than that.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

        Ha!! What a joke

  11. hot dog

    July 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    50 million a year for the last two starting pitchers. pathetic they needed to win the series came out flat. can we get another post why it is Howard and his contracts fault.

    • Hogey's Role

      July 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      lol agree there…

  12. Bart Shart

    July 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Rubin:

    Get off your butt and start making some deals. THis team is in NOWHEREVILLE for at least three years. You need to get value and move the following players before you get nothing in return:

    Michael Young
    Carlos Ruiz
    Chase Utley
    Jonathan Pappelbon
    Cliff Lee.

    Let’s get a move one, Rubin. Or you will be fired.

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Not Utley..

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      If you could dump Hamels send him as well.

      • schmenkman

        July 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        “Dump Hamels”, and replace him with someone who will be consistently better? And what would it cost to get one of those 5 pitchers, in $ and/or prospects?

  13. teejvee

    July 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Agree on all counts Bart. The SP is midddling. The offense is middling. The defense is below average. The Bullpen is below average. Deal.

  14. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    G7

    you just lost back to back Hamels and Lee.

    Some of us actually wanted to win a game.

    I know you don’t.

    Was there a great K to walk ratio or K per 9 inning?

    Can you not be under .500?????

    G7

    Love all of them.

    how about winning a game or 2?

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      “You just lost”. Guess that establishes that your not a Phillies fan..that being saud Fightins lose no ground in division race..Saturdays loss disappointing, but Harvey is best pitcher in NL..no shame there..Division still up for grabs..don’t quit unless your a quitter!!

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Can you get Shenkman to do 3 paragraphs on Howard?

    I need you guys to convince me just how great they are.

  16. G7

    July 21, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Team mistreated Howard twice..cortisone shots in ankle and knee led to serious injuries..

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Howard is a big boy. He wears big boy pants and has big boy legal/agent representation. Do you think they drugged him and gave him those shots while he was sleeping??? Do you think he had the opportunity to consult with his own physicians as well? The modern day athlete is privy to medical care and treatment I can only dream about. Howard has not really excelled at maintaining his own physique by the way. Don’t lay that one on the Phillies.

  17. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Or he sucks and swings at 3-0 pitches and pops up?

    You have won me over.

    Is there a countdown for how many days until he is back?

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      Obviously not a Phillies fan..do us a favor and stay off the forum..

      • Andrew from Waldorf

        July 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        Actually as a true fan. It infuriates me how you just take what ever is fed to you.

        Why did you want Rollins resigned? Why do you think Howard is a dominate player in 2013?

        4-12 is acceptable to you?

        Losing 2 of 3 to the Mets is acceptable?
        In a must win situation?

        Maybe they will resign Howard till 2025.
        Or 2035 will make you happy?

        Schmidt has a pulse.
        I am waiting for his re signing.

  18. Lefty

    July 21, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    In one of those rare baseball statistical oddities, Matt Harvey has 8 wins this season.
    And 4 of those are against the Phils. If he could pitch against us everyday he could have started the All Star game.

    Oh, wait…..

    But seriously, has any All Star starter ever won half their games against one team?

    • G7

      July 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Best stuff in the game..

      • Hogey's Role

        July 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        Harvey is good but he doesn’t have the best stuff in baseball…

  19. Ken Bland

    July 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    That’s a funny weekend in the books. More failure to assert, or is it The Mess warming up to bring things closer still as they now play 7 against the Braves and Nats. Either way, despite the not impossible to believe 2 of 3 losses, hardly an affect on the standings.

    The slow neck wringing rolls on.

  20. teejvee

    July 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Today wasn’t about Harvey, The fact that they weren’t going to do much against him was a given.Today’s game was about Lee. He got lit up against one of the worst offenses in baseball.In fact the Phillies starters were abysmal this series. Not a good sign.
    Right now ,the Phillies do not have a true #1 guy.

    • Lefty

      July 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Like many good pitchers (and hitters) Cliff Lee is streaky. He can run up unbelievable stretches where he is unhittable, and then goes into slumps for a few games where he gets lit up. All in all, he’s still a number 1 or 2 for just about any team IMO.

    • George

      July 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

      I’m sorry to disagree, but with Harvey pitching, an unearned run in an otherwise perfect start from any Phils pitcher would have meant a loss. So in other words, it was still mostly about Harvey.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

        Shows more about the Phillies offense than it does Harvey, or the other pitchers the Mets ran out there…

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

        No, it doesn’t. The Phillies scored 13 runs in the 3 games. Unfortunately for them, they hit for an incredible average with RISP on Friday, they hit for a poor average with RISP on Saturday and they faced one of the top P’s in the league on Sunday. The fact that those 13 runs were distributed 11, then 2, then 0 says more about randomness and how good Harvey is than it says about their offense.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        they scored 13 runs in one game, 4 runs the next night and then 0 and if my math is correct that’s a 3 game total of 17 runs… whew that’s tough to understand…

        What that then shows is inconsistency in the lineup, which it has been all season, understand that hk???

      • George

        July 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        It’s always about the Phils’ offense, even if a Cy Young pitcher is beating them.

        Harvey started the Allstar Game. Scouts have said he’s better than Strasburg. He’s done very well the entire season. Still it says more the team’s offense when he gets them out.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

        Oh ok so we should expect to lose to a cy young pitcher every time ok… including 4 times against Harvey this year

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm

        My bad, I thought they only scored 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Regardless, the fact that they actually scored 17 runs in 3 games furthers the point even more. Yes, they are inconsistent. Maybe if you understood randomness and small sample sizes, you would understand not to blame the hitting.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

        Randomness and small sample sizes, it’s been this way all year, the offense has been inconsistent, hence the 49-50 record

      • hk

        July 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Historically, almost every .500 team has been inconsistent, running off stretches that excite the fanbase only to turn around a suffer through losing streaks that depress the loyalists. The point is that they scored 17 runs on Friday and Saturday, which should have been enough for them to go 2-0 before losing as expected to Harvey. However, randomness in the small sample size of 2 games unfortunately led to them winning in a blow out Friday, only to lose by one run on Saturday. Nonetheless, it seems like a reach to blame the offense for the team being 1-1 going into yesterday’s rubber match.

        We disagree on the blame that Amaro deserves for this mess, but it’s probably best to just agree to disagree rather than go into that one.

      • George

        July 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

        Hogey, you have what I’d call “selective reading comprehension.” If someone disagrees with your position, you choose to twist it so you can attempt to be sarcastic. Nowhere did I say anything about expecting “to lose to a cy young pitcher EVERY TIME.” Please point out to everyone where I said that.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

        why George are you insinuating stupidity?? My selective reading comprehension isn’t allowing me to process that??

  21. Bart Shart

    July 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Lee would be outstanding playing for Texas — a contender. He deserves it. And we would hopefully get a few serious prospects in return. Trade Ruiz to the Rangers as well and we might be able to see them in the World Series.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I.m curious about how much salary this team would have to eat to deal Lee or Papelbon.

      • teejvee

        July 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

        I think it’s going to be very difficult to move Papelbon witout eating salary.

        It looks he either needs to reinvent himself or his his days a closer are numbered. His fastball just isn’t ther any more.

        Interesting stat on the shelf life of closers. Only 3 teams ( Indians, Braves, Yankees)
        are using the same closer they used in 2011.

  22. Ryne Duren

    July 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    They lost two of three to a team that sucks! what does that say about our team? Sadly that says a lot. I hate to see them lose. Thank God I didn’t get to see any of the game today. I went to a christening and around 5.00 o’clock I asked someone if the phils lost. The person laughed and said what do you think? shutout! geez!

    • schmenkman

      July 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Good teams lose series to bad teams all the time. It doesn’t say much

  23. JohnMatrix

    July 22, 2013 at 12:04 am

    The phillies have been cockteases all year. It will continue. Hopefully in september they stop teasing and ” go all the way”

    • hk

      July 22, 2013 at 7:29 am

      The Phils are a flawed team that deserves to be right around .500. Statistically speaking, over the course of 99 games or 162 games, .500 teams will have stretches in which they look great (i.e. winning three consecutive series over WASH, ATL and CHI) and other stretches where they look bad (i.e. going 2-7 vs. MIL, MIN and COL). If you let yourself get teased when they are on one of their hot streaks, you’ll only be disappointed when the inevitable reverting to the mean occurs.

      While I have continuously said that they should wait until after they play STL and DET to make the buy, hold or sell decision, this past weekend has changed my mind. The Phils inability to gain ground on ATL and them losing ground to CIN while playing the Mets makes me think – especially if what I read about how tight the trade market is is true – they should sell those players who they do not want on next year’s team. If other teams are reluctant to sell yet, the Phils should get a jump on the market and get the benefit of the supply vs. demand equation and put Papelbon, Michael Young and Chooch on the market and either release Delmon Young or trade him if some team is dumb enough to give up something for him.

  24. Jeff Orbach

    July 22, 2013 at 8:49 am

    One thing I’ve noticed with Cliff Lee , he always has 1 or 2 innings where he gives up a few hits usually hard hit. When he’s going good they are singles on the ground. When he goes bad they are usually elevated and leave the park. I know that’s a general observation but I notice it more with Cliff. Maybe if he slowed down a little between pitches when he’s going bad, it might give him more time to collect himself.

    The homer he gave up to Lingares hung up there so long I think I could have hit it out and I’m 54 years old!

  25. Lefty

    July 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I just have one question, who are the genius schedule makers that would give a team another day off following the weekend after a four day All Star break?

    And then give them only 2 days off the entire month of August?

  26. Lefty

    July 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Ryan Braun says bye bye to his paycheck for the rest of the season- This is just the beginning.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I can’t believe he was lying to us all this time.

      • G7

        July 22, 2013 at 10:26 pm

        DTD, can’t believe you thought he was telling the truth last year..call me cynical, but the game has changed..

      • Lefty

        July 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

        I’m pretty sure that was sarcasm.

      • Double Trouble Del

        July 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

        In many inexplicable ways I dislike the cheating lying Ryan Braun more than the cheating lying A-Rod. Hoping no Phillies are involved, I remain DTD

    • Hogey's Role

      July 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      they should all be banned from the game that’s ridiculous

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Hoping mightily that the shoe does not land in our backyard.

  27. Ken Bland

    July 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Saving the best for last.=

    Kirby Puckett
    .318/.360/.477 in 7,244 total ABs
    .322/.383/.496 in 1,857 RISP ABs

    Derek Jeter
    .313/.382/.448 in 10,555 total ABs
    .302/.395/.422 in 2,434 RISP ABs

    David Ortiz
    .286/.381/.550 in 6,838 total ABs
    .300/.411/.533 in 1,933 RISP ABs

    Allen Craig
    .310/.357/.506 in 1,144 total ABs
    .397/.444/.648 in 307 RISP ABs

    Among a multitude of Redbirds to watch. Ain’t no small sample size no mas. They’ve been saying that for too long.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Ken, perhaps after 2000 or so plate appearances we’ll be able to mention Maikel Franco in the same paragraph.

  28. Ken Bland

    July 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    First time ever that old classic baseball guy Johnny Keane is part of the photo spectrum. Pictured with would be Bartlett’s star Yogi Berra, it’s a classic if they knew then what they would eventually know.

    Keane is distantly topical at this time, and easy to reference as the Phils take their act under the arch. Keane was the dreaded manager of the ’64 Cardinal club. Dreaded is the sum of 6 and a half and 10. But those are September numbers. On this particular date, circa 1964 the eventual World Champs were a single game over .500, and the usually laid back St. Louis fan base, media, most anyone with a voice was all over Keane’s case and that was BEFORE KMOX was heavily invested in sports talk.

    About 3 days after Keane sipped champagne with what easily might have been the NL’s best club despite it’s forever time frame to prove it, the Yanks officially closed out one of their golden eras by canning Yogi, and going the oft travelled route of nice guy for disciplinarian in the manager’s seat. Wrong place, wrong time. Sixth place in ’65, 9th or 10th in ’66, and Keane might have been a hero for telling his bosses to stick it after a summer of criticism resulted in a championship, but neither his Yankee tenure or life lasted much longer.

    To fantasize about a happy endiing of the Charlie Manuel era is like trying to employ imaginative powers that would have recreated a Johnny Callison all star effort by Dom Brown al these 49 years later. The only facts in place are that the Phils are Christ, I’m out of synonyms for average, and there hasn’t been a story on Charlie’s contract in many sunrises in a row.

    It’s almost TOO much of a foregone conclusion that he just won’t be renewed as signs of another mundane close are at least present if not destiny. And you can’t logically contest that. If the same miracle workers that carried Smar T. Jones to the 3/4 mark get ahold of said Phillies, then some worthwhile debate might be warranted, but the tight hold of it seems so obvious he’s gone keeps tightening its reigns over the story.

    Whether or not the Phils finish well, whatever well is, make no mistake. Chuck Manuel is landing on his feet. From way out in left field, we wondered in the spring if maybe the Nats faiiled to follow up on J Doubleu Werth’s best team in baseball proclamation, if Mike Rizzo might stay old school and take a shot at thinking of Charlie. That is some wilder than wild ass spekalatrin,, but Pittsburgh ain’t far from Cholly’s West Virgunia home, and if El Buccos do another el swoon, doesn’t Charlie’s better than fantastic second half record make for an easy interview possibility?

    No matter how this club plays the rest of the way, Charlie has never lost control of his ballclub. If it is his destiny is to be a visiting manager at The Bank, it won’t have the same headline grabbing grip of the Keane relocation, but it in substance, it will be quite a story. It almost makes you wish the Eagles would split up with Andy Reid so we could get a sneak preview of what a return visit might be like. Ah, the wishful thinking of a sports fan.

    • Ken Bland

      July 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      News and Comment…

      News,,,

      The Nats haven’t gotten a ball out of the infield in the first two innings.

      Comment –

      Richard Schuuuuuu = Differencemaker

      I love the way Mike Rizzo tried to come up with a scapegoat. Good grief!

      And the PHils are STILL in 2nd place!

  29. Lefty

    July 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Braun admits to “mistakes” , such horsepoop. So, I guess that means the truth HAS now changed?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joaxMdK7Vvg

    • Hogey's Role

      July 23, 2013 at 7:04 am

      I can’t believe he’s only getting 65 games ..

      He won the appeal for his first 50, never had to serve it, and this is more like a second offense, it should be 100 games, he should get 150 games easy… what a mockery MLBs drug program is

      • hk

        July 23, 2013 at 7:51 am

        This is a joke and it’s typical coming from Selig’s office. If we assume that some agreement to serve as suspension was inevitable after the player’s union said they would not back the players, this agreement to serve the last 65 games this year instead of the first 65 games next year is a joke that’s in the team’s and the player’s best interests. The team, which is out of contention, will lose its best player in 65 irrelevant games and will probably solidify its place in next year’s draft, if not improve its position. The player, who is battling injury any way, gets to serve his suspension during meaningless games and in a year when he’s making less salary than he’ll make next year. If MLB wanted to make an example of Braun, they should have made him agree to play out the rest of this season and serve the suspension for the first 65 games of next season. Who could have imagined Bud Selig giving referential treatment to the Brewers and their star player?

      • Hogey's Role

        July 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

        Absolutely agree with you hk.. I’m glad you typed all that out because I didn’t want to lol, but you’re spot on in my opinion

      • Lefty

        July 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

        If the deal he struck with MLB brings down the house on the rest, maybe it’s worth it. But I still can’t stand Braun.

        I hate him as much for throwing the collector under the bus to cover up his bullshit, than anything else he did. I hope there is some way for that person to go after him now in a civil court and take him for a boatload of cash.

  30. Ken Bland

    July 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I can remember the Phils having a visualized softer schedule in the first month, and then toughening out as they headed west to play San Fransisco. The Giants were still world champs then, but the way they’ve played, even stepped down an extra notch after last night, it still was pretty much a shock when the Phils took 3 of the first 4.

    Now, near playoff definites, and both good clubs host the Phils for 6. I suppose a segment of the population wants to hurry the Phils to 6 straight losses, and prime location as Liquidity Season ticks closer.

    But, alas, average is average is average. My feeling about this series is the Phils show some flashes of good, frustrate the hell out of people at times, and win a MINIMUM of 2 of 6. I don’t think it exceeds reasonable by much to challenge the club to win 4 of the 6. It’d still be a camoflauge of sorts, but I’m kind of looking at the Meet the Mess series as a blip in the radar of the series wins in a row. When the Mets throw the right 3 starters at you, they stand a fair chance of winning 2 of 3. Specially at home. but it’s no lock.

    So the goal here is 4 of 6.

    I continue to be entertained by the buy sell dilemma the Phils are supposedly in. I can’t wait to see if the next couple days bring the Washington club into the co-pilot’s seat of that flight to liquidity. That’s the 3rd place Washington Nats if you’re scoring at home.

  31. Ken Bland

    July 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I suppose even in Cheyenne, Wyoming, they might have a hard time deciphering the top 10 local sports broadcasters of all time. Actually, that’s a poor choice since it’d be Curt Gowdy and 9 tag alongs, but when Philly.com released a list of such yesterday, that couldn’t have been a small task.

    Phillie casters maing the list include Byrum “Rolling Right Along” Saam holding down 10, His Whiteness at 5, and we can save spaces by not typing the obvious number 1 sans name identity. Swing and a long drive.

    Dan Baker earned 6. I applaud him for parlaying a school teaching career into 40 years of PA, but some good names got left off (which is gonna happen) and maybe at his expense as a PA guy. Besides, is he better than David “If you must smoke, do not inhale” Zinkoff?.

    You could put Franzke on there, no question, at least on quality if not relatively speaking, but it was nice to see Big Al Meltzer, who, teamed with Bob Vetrone was the pre cursor to the Kalas-Ashburn tandem, and frankly, not necessarily an ounce less enjoyable. Les Keiter was deservedly mentioned. Merrill Reese was left off, which was kinda sorta okay, it wouldn’t have killed me if Charlie “Check That” Swift made the list. Merrill is one of these seems like the clippings are okayt to believe on his terrific nice guy image, but that’s where the high level of achievement stops. Well, compared to his pbp. Andy Musser could have made the list. His basketball work was real good, but I’d be at a loss to compare him with Tom McGinnis, who I’ve never heard call a dribble.

    But it was pretty cool that some of the long ago guys weren’t forgotten. Yeah, they were good, real good, but I’m sure there was a time when By Samm would have easily been number one, and time has dropped him to 10. Bill Campbell was a good selection also.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/business/top10/Top_10_Philly_Sports_Broadcasters.html

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