2015 Gameday

Nation Notes: Braves vs. Phillies

Atlanta Braves (54-83) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-84)


Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Aaron Harang, RHP (5-14, 4.89)
ATL: Williams Perez, RHP (4-6, 5.65)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 88 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

The Phillies are back in town, and it couldn’t be any sooner.  Facing the Mets and Red Sox, the Phillies have come home with a 4-game losing streak, and a 3-7 record in the last 10 games.  The Phillies offense was able to score 14 runs in their last win, which came against the Mets on the 1st of the month.

Facing the ailing Braves, the Phillies will face Williams Perez on the mound.  Perez has a 4-6 record with a 5.65 ERA.  The Braves have fallen in the division, joining the Phillies and Marlins in the basement.

The Phillies could actually end the series not in last place for the division, with the Braves having one more win than the Phillies.  With a little optimism on top, the Phillies could end the year in 3rd place if the Braves continue their spiral and the Marlins just keep being the Marlins.

Catch the action at 7:05 EST.


Hernandez 2B, Herrera CF, Altherr RF, Howard 1B, Sweeney RF, Asche 3B, Rupp C, Galvis SS, Harang RHP



  1. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    The more I hang around this planet, the more amazed I am at the way things have changed since back in the day. I mean if the Yankees win a wild card, let alone the 2 card, are we gonna see them celebrate like some of their forefathers did when they won game 7, or a similarly important game. What is up with the Braves acting happy tonight like they accomplished something. The Braves are terrible, and they beat an even more downtrodden team. And they are HAPPY? Maybe Riico Carty, or Felix Mantilla or Rick Camp, but not Smoltz, Maddux, or Glavine.

    And then along came, 15,125. Shiver me timbers. Lowest crowd ever at the Bank. Are you kidding me? THAT’S the story? No sir, I don’t think so. Try the lowest by ABOUT 20%. What a drop! And please cue up Bachman Turner Overdrive because football is just 3 days away.

    But there is joy in Mudville tonight. From the Phillies alumni department. The ever popular Mike Mini Martinez, back in the Show with the Cle club upped his average to .800 with yesterday’s 3 hit performance. For those lacking in historical depth, at that rate, Mini would break the all-time highest BA by .376 points. Simply a matter of if he can collect enough at bats by year end.

    15125,. Ooooo-eeeee.

  2. BartShart

    September 8, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Aaron Harang is simply spent. Release the poor fella.

  3. Ken Bland

    September 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    One of the last times the Phils and Braves squared off in a 3 game September set that rendered meaningless was I believe in 2011. That was the year the Phils won over 100, and played the final 3 games of the season in the ATL. The Phils won all 3.

    That’s the good news. The last good news of that season and since, but hey, why head so quickly to doom, ya know?

    The current excitement of the matchup between the 2 clubs, with another series yet to follow before this godforsaken year is sent to the archives triggers amazement, or at least consciousness, and historic perspective on the slippage of the NL East.

    Neither one of these ballclubs is out of the woods yet in avoiding the unwanted 100 loss season. The Phillies need to go 10-14 the rest of the way to find out how much pride comes from a 63-99 slate. 8-16 would close the Braves out with under 100 losses. Obviously, the focus is on individual growth and performance on both clubs parts. 100 loss type stuff and history are way more important to the fans, and then, not necessarily on the same level on each one’s priority list.

    But this race to hell between the two, division mates, no less, does prompt wonderment over if a division ever included 2 sad results like that in the same year. And the answer is kinda funny.

    It’s pretty clear that because of the top 3, and I guess especially the top 2, the NL Central is such a powerful division. Yet, as recently as 2012, that same division concluded with the Cubs and Astros dropping 101 and 107 games respectively. Those are the same franchises that were futuristically predicted to be running mates in the 2017 Fall Classic by some, but according to my Timex, we ain’t there yet. The Stros, fabulous bullpen at the core, are no fluke, and if you think an exceptional pen isn’t key to winning the last game of your post season, ask Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson or those affected by their 2008 efforts, if they agree. The Cubs, meanwhile, now possessed by probably the longest curse in baseball will probably win a WS when they aren’t baseball’s best team, but in the right place, at the right time. If you think this isn’t that year, ask Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth, or those affected by them in 2008 as to whether an offense can carry a team to greater than realistic heights as in the case of the ’08 Phillies.

    Digression aside, both the Phils and Braves could make it. Or they couldn’t, depending on how you define could and couldn’t. A stumbling block to achieving the dubious mark is problematic in that they still face each other 5 more times before year end. And as bad as they are, the Phillies pretty expectedly, the Braves having fallen off a cliff in H2, somebody gots to win each of those 5 games, and at least the reduce the chances of history repeating something that hasn’t happened since a way back in 2012. 10-14 might be right up the Phillies alley. Or at least more likely than the 16-8 they need to go to hit 69 and make losers out of those that played the under side on their season win total. Even a rotation of Bunning and Short couldn’t salvage that the rest of the way. Not that it worked before, either, but that 2 man rotation was better than the Phils pitching lineup the rest of the way for this year. Even with the 25th recall of the year of David Buchannan.

  4. Jeff Orbach

    September 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I was at the game Aaron Harang’s fast ball was 88-90mph, he is done.

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