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Gameday: Phillies (59-71) vs. Mets (58-70)

http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2012/0807/play_e_mrmet_400.jpgPhiladelphia Phillies (59-71) vs. New York Mets (58-70)

Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16 ERA) v. Zack Wheeler (6-2, 3.49 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Citi Field
TV: CSN
Weather: High-70s, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

Just hours of receiving the news that ace Matt Harvey has a torn UCL, the Mets will tangle with our Phils in a battle of the “Virtually-Tied-For-Third-Place” teams. The Phillies send ace Cliff Lee to the mound, who has not been on the winning side of a decision since July 5. Lee looks to gain a measure of revenge on the Mets who sent an injured Lee packing after putting up five earned in six innings pitched on July 21.

Zack Wheeler gets the call for the Mets. Wheeler was chased early in his only start against the Phillies, going 4 2/3 IP, not factoring in the decision of a 5-4 Mets win.

Lineup: Bernadina CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Young 1B, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Lee P

Orval Trappist AleYour Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

A beer so nice, we’ll use it twice. Ryan chose this beer for the start of the Arizona series and it kept the Phillies good vibes going. I’ll copy what he said in hopes the Phillies continue their winning ways under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

The Phils welcome a visitor from the American Southwest this weekend. When it comes to southwestern brews, California’s Sierra Nevada produces some of the best. This pale ale selection is highly-rated, with a prominent bitterness that doesn’t overpower the malty taste. There is a citrus undertone that finishes off this smooth and delicious sip. –By RD

Go Phillies!

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    To be candid, as of even last Wed, or Thurs before Thursday’s game, I was kind of entertained by some of the optimism this team was binging out I don’t know that I thought it was brilliant, but there was something good, I thought about the fact that the good times had all ben at home. It wasn’t even that it was just about 3-4 games

    Now, and maybe it’s particularly after yesterday’s game, I’m rekindling withthis feeling about how much fun it was when this club was good how they’d win on the road. Road warriors, indeed. Maybe like the 4th time I thought/felt they could make a move, nd no better word than ker plunk describes the result. So I’m looking forward to a really fun road trip, weak competition or not. Things seem to be really stable, whether it’s Ryno, or Asche and Ruf knowing they’re playing a lot if not everyday, or several other guys kicking in. Still have to keep it in context, but I feel like I can take my paranoia protector off and not get burned.

    Strictly for the sake of expressing sentiment.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Big game

    Harvey injury huge for this year and next year.

    Go phils!!!

    Need 3 of these 4

  3. Chuckie Manuel

    August 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    JI feel optimistic with this new manager. He keeps people on their toes, and the game is exciting again. The feeling of lethargy has been erased. I am only disappointed that he sent my good buddy Mikey Martinez down to the minors. I liked this little guy a lot. He was fun to watch, and he was fun to hang out with after the games. We both love pin- ball games and had some really heavy competition. Mikey could play all eight regular positions, and he also shared his snacks with the rest of the guys. Not many Mikeys in the world today.

  4. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    One of the new directives that ‘Ryno’ put in place was that he wants his players to support their fellow Phillies during games. So, it was interesting to see what appeared to be the entire red pinstriped squad on the dugout rail during one of their late-game comebacks. The entire team that is except for Lee, who was sitting on the bench.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/philadelphia-phillies-monitoring-cliff-lee-s-performance-and-attitude?cid=rss

  5. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Only 2 legit hits for NY since the first batter of the game. Cliff straight to Papelbon would be nice, considering he was off yesterday, and it’d be his 1st save chance since 1973.

  6. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Frankly, I was thinking that entire inning they don’t even need the extra run.

    We’ll see how that complacency plays out.

  7. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Cliff Lee. Cliff Lee.

    My man.

    Worth the price of admission to have had Ryno leave him in.

  8. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    So speaking of the Mets, here’s the deal on the lesson to be learned (one of many) from their ’69 season. Last Friday was the anniversary of their cut the Cub led to 5 games. Down from 8. The Mets went on to win the division by 8 games. 16 game flip in 5 weeks, maybe 6.

    Morale of the story?

    Keep plugging, Pittsburgh.

  9. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    TV does the action no justice. If you’re at the game, you’re watching Cliff on deck taking huge cuts as if he has the slightest chance to bat.

  10. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Good. Rare occurrence rooting for DB to make an out. I wanna see Papelbon with max pressure of a 1 run lead and stand up to it to just bury The Mess.

    For the record, Ron Darling is the numbskull who recommended pulling Cliff in the 8th when he walked Duda.

    No offense to Yale University which don’t turn out oo many numbskulls.

    Papelbon. Here we go.

  11. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Siddown Chump. This is precision pitching.

  12. Ken Bland

    August 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Thewin to Cliff Lee, the save to Jonathan Papelbon as Doc and Cliff win back to back for the first time in way too long,

    That’s like 6 of 8, or some impressive run, and an outstanding good night from third place.

    As for the Mess, the icon do say it all.

  13. Brooks

    August 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Apps with the 1 2 3; Lee with the masterpiece!

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