Phillies Facing Some Friends This Week

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The Phillies face a couple former teammates this week at Citizens Bank Park.

They face Brett Myers (vs. Joe Blanton) tonight and J.A. Happ (vs. Roy Halladay) on Wednesday.

The Phillies told Myers after the ’09 season they would not bring him back. “Kenny Powers is officially a free agent,” he declared upon hearing the news. (That might have been one of my favorite quotes as Phillies beat writer because I love Eastbound & Down.) But Myers also said this the same day, “If I come across the Phillies, I’m going to try to make it hell on them. I’ve got friends on that team, but cross that white line and it’s game on, you know?” Sure. Myers is a competitor. And while he has fond memories of his time in Philadelphia, he still wants to pitch well against them.

The Phillies traded Happ to get Roy Oswalt on July 29. Oswalt is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in five starts with the Phillies. He has a 1.65 ERA in his last four after a shaky debut. Happ is 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in five starts with the Astros.

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The way things have gone this year, Myers vs. Blanton looks like a mismatch. Still, the Philies will be playing a team going through the motions and should take 3 out of 4.

Boy how wonder how Happ feels being pitted against Halladay? Hopefully the reliable 6 inning Big Joe B shows up tonight. The 1st inning is of course a clue to the game.

Todd, I think you may have mixed up some numbers regarding Oswalt’s ERA with the Phillies. He has allowed nine earned runs over 33 1/3 innings since the Phillies acquired him. That makes Oswalt 3-1 with a 2.43 (not 3.42) ERA and Happ 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA over the same span. We can’t have anyone selling Ruben short!

**By the way, Cliff Lee got shelled on Saturday and is now 1-3 with 23 earned runs over 35 2/3 innings (5.80 ERA) since August 1 (five starts). So, to summarize, check out the following statistics since the Phillies acquisition of Roy Oswalt:

Cliff Lee – 5 starts (1-3), 35 2/3 IP, 23 ER, 5.80 ERA
J.A. Happ – 5 starts (2-2) 25 1/3 IP, 13 ER, 4.62 ERA
Roy Oswalt – 5 starts (3-1) 33 1/3 IP, 9 ER, 2.43 ERA**

Why is Michael Bourne the second coming of Lou Brock when he plays against the Phillies? Although he got away with one in the eighth inning by going way out of the baseline. That should have been an out.

Did the Phillies even bother to offer Myers a contract last year?

u turn ur head for a second and someone runs out of the base path.

todays fun lineup

howard
victorino
utley
rollins
werth
ruiz
ibanez
polanco

go phillies

oh doesn’t up get an erro on that play?

whoops. my bad. error

Werth with another brain fart last night. He hits a double to get in scoring position and gets picked off by the catcher in the midst of an IBB. Multi-million dollar talent with a ten-cent head.

I think (as Phan52 so eloquently put it) Werth’s brain fart was far worse than the botched ump call. That’s the 2nd time in recently he’s been caught “daydreaming” while on the base path.

I also must agree with Ryan Howard, I thought he tagged/clipped Bourne. You know the play was botched when you see Utley arguing intently to the ump. The fact that he didn’t consult with the homeplate umpire who was standing there waiting to be consulted in the discussion was just terrible.

The Phillies made some late August moves and waiver deals in recent years to beat the August 31/September 1 deadline to add players to the roster in time to make them eligible for post-season play, in case the Phillies made the playoffs. I’m thinking of Jeff Conine in 2006 and Matt Stairs in 2008.
Todd and readers: Do you see them making a similar, late move this year and what need do you think they will address? (I’m guessing the bullpen). – Dennis O.

Despite the bad taste left in my mouth by last night’s game, it’s really encouraging to see Big Joe B throw as well as he did. If he can string some good starts together it will be huge for the stretch run.

Why isn’t Werth sitting tonight? Charlie has done the same to Rollins over less. This was Jayson’s second boneheaded baserunning blunder. I’d have sat him down when Brown pinch hit last night, but Charlie treats players differently. Utley continued to hit third even though he was a hole in the lineup. Tonight would have been a great time to give Brown a start and send a message to Wolfman.

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