State of the Phillies Address: 09.21.10


rally towels in attendance


games over .500


wins by Roy Halladay in 2010; the first Phillie to do so since Steve Carlton in 1982

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wins in a row


games in a row in which opposing starting pitchers have gone five innings or less against the Phillies


magic number


games ahead in the NL East


Game Recap 9.14.10-Phillies 2, Marlins 1

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Although he labored at times, Cole Hamels picked up his fourth consecutive win as the Phillies beat the Marlins 2-1 in Miami tonight. Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA) tossed 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run while walking two and striking out a season-high 13. His 25-inning scoreless streak came to an end in the first inning when Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison scored on a soft single by Dan Uggla.

Shane Victorino provided both runs in the win, scoring from first on a Placido Polanco double in the first inning, and again on a bases-loaded groundout by Jayson Werth in the fifth.

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Game Recap: Phillies 3, Mets 0

What a grin! (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Lost in the hoopla of the NFL’s opening weekend and the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Packers yesterday was the absolute gem that Roy Oswalt tossed against the New York Mets at Citi Field and its impact on the pennant race.

Oswalt notched his first complete game shutout as a Phillie yesterday with a dominating four-hit, 113-pitch performance to help the Phils secure the best record in the National League and a one-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the division. (In a totally unexpected-but-related development, former Phillie Kyle Lohse outdueled 15-game winner Tim Hudson to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Bravos.)

The Phillies scored three runs off of RBI singles from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard and a solo home run from Raul Ibanez. While this was all the run support that Oswalt needed, the Phils offense was unable to capitalize with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh when Placido Polanco grounded into a double play. Jayson Werth also continued to struggle at the plate. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

The Fightins start a three-game series against the Florida Marlins in Miami tonight. Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15 ERA) faces lefty Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16 ERA) at 7:10 pm.

You know, Roy was so awesome yesterday that I decided to write limerick about him:

Roy Oswalt kept the Mets off base
To help the Phils in the pennant race.
With 113-pitches,
The Mets were his bitches,
And the Phillies remain in first place!

CDTLB talks NFL: Packers 27, Eagles 20

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Let’s be honest; today’s game left a lot of Eagles fans already kissing the dream of a Super Bowl run goodbye.

The Eagles had quite a few challenges this game. The offense was awful, and the defense was poor, but the biggest obstacle was the injuries. By the end of the game, the Eagles faced five different injuries; two of them being season ending. Fullback Leonard Weaver left the game with a horrifying injury; a torn ACL will keep him out for the entire season, while center Jamaal Jackson, also done for the year, suffered a torn bicep. Starting quarterback Kevin Kolb and middle linebacker Stewart Bradley were both taken out of the game during halftime with concussions, but not before Andy Reid had both players continue late into the first half after suffering the injuries. Left tackle Jason Peters sprained his right knee but returned to the game.

This game was screwed from the beginning courtesy of none other than Andy Reid. Why the hell was Vick in the first offensive play? It was nonsense. There are no words to even describe it. We have the illegal formation penalty to prove it. The defense was barely effective after giving up 17 points in a span of about 14 minutes. Reid using the final two time outs with little over five minutes left in the game left me screaming in rage at the television. I knew we had big problems. Our head coach is an idiot.

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Sweet Victory!

With tonight’s 8-7 victory over the Florida Marlins, the Phillies take a half game lead in the NL East over the Atlanta Braves.  We would celebrate with a hearty boob-grab, too, if we could. Wait…

Sing it, SpongeBob!:

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the boob grab from reader Drew:

We Want Half!

With the Phillies taking the second game of their day/night double header against the Marlins, they move to within a half game of the Braves in the NL East. It’s on, Atlanta.

Chicks Dig The Sacrifice Fly Ball Too!

The Phillies offense used small ball and a Ryan Braun throwing error to help secure a win for Roy Halladay when catcher Carlos Ruiz and pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez both scored on a Placido Polanco sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Here’s the call from Scott Franzke (and a very excited Larry Andersen):

Wilson Valdez is safe and secure at home. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)