Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stone Hands and Sudden Death

Yesterday's game:
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Today's games:
Jamie Moyer v. Jason Bergmann - Moyer has only won 2 of his last 8 starts, giving up 5 or more runs in half of those games. He started two this season versus Washington, both in April, both were wins for the Phils. Bergmann has pitched well lately. He's given up 4 runs or less in his last eight starts. Washington has won 4 of his last 5 starts and he has won five straight decisions. He's pitched against the Phils four times this year and hasn't given up more than 5 hits or 3 runs in any of the games. Despite this, the Phils won 3 of the four games. Also three of the four games were decided by 1 run.

Tom Glavine v. Dontrelle Willis - We all know what Tom Glavine can do. He's been in this situation more than I've been to the bathroom. Willis isn't pitching for anything, and is probably suiting up for the Marlins for the last time. Hopefully for the Phils he can continue his recent performances. In his last two games he's gone 14 innings, 13 strikeouts, and only 5 runs, one being a win over the Muts.

Brett Tomko v. Jeff Suppan - If the Phils don't win, this game doesn't matter, but if they do, a Brewers win could give them a second chance at the playoffs.

Doug Davis v. Ubaldo Jimenez - If the Phils win, and the Mets win, and the Padres lose...well, just root for the D-bags and see the copyrighted ESPN playoff explanation that I've reprinted below without permission...

Two teams tied
Colorado (88-73) would host New York, Philadelphia or San Diego (89-72) in a tiebreaker; New York would host San Diego; and San Diego would host Philadelphia.

Three teams with same record
In the event New York, Philadelphia and San Diego finish with the same record, New York and Philadelphia would play a tiebreaker Monday at Philadelphia for the division title. The loser of that game would then play a wild-card tiebreaker Tuesday against San Diego.

Four teams with same record
If Colorado, New York and Philadelphia win Sunday and San Diego loses, all would finish 89-73. New York and Philadelphia would play the NL East tiebreaker Monday; the loser would play a three-team, two-day, wild-card tiebreaker with Colorado and San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday. In that scenario, Colorado (the team with the best head-to-head record among the three teams in the wild-card tiebreaker) would get the choice of having a bye on Tuesday or playing both games at home.
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We've all sat through 161 agonizing, gut-wrenching games, waiting to see if the Phils could make the playoffs. Well, no need to wait any longer because the playoffs start today. Everybody needs to be in front of their TV today at 1:35 EST, Phillies gear on, rally towel in hand, praying to God or Tom Cruise or a goat or anything else you think could help the Phillies beat the Nationals.

Go Phillies!

Corey

39 comments:

BloodStripes said...

It may not be very funny being a Phils phan but I am always having a laugh on this blog. 3:35 am my time for first pitch. I will try to get some sleep then get up for the Final Solution.

Bob D said...

Phils win will still at the least give them a playoff game with the Mets or the division with a Dontrelle Willis victory as he possibly shows his stuff to be on another team next year, possibly the Phillies even.

Todays song for Philly should be "We are the Champions"!

Corey said...

i actually had the youtube video of "we are the champions" ready for today, but like the champagne in the locker room, it is on hold...

Jeremy said...

Dear Lord,

Please don't let the Nats hit the ball to Ryan Howard. Please let our offense get it going early today. Please don't let our bullpen blow a late inning lead. Amen.

GreggyD said...

It has gotten to the point where I fall asleep thinking about the Phils, wake up thinking about them, shower thinking about them, and this playoff push is just killer. I love that they're still in it going into the last game of the season, but come on, how much anxiety can this city take?

I was in Philly yesterday for College Day on the Parkway and I can't tell you how many people asked me the score of the game after they saw me in my Ryan Howard jersey.

I don't want this to be another season where for weeks we are saying "if we wouldn't have lost this game" or "if Fuqua would've let this guy pitch another inning we would have won that game." I want a playoff berth more than anything. Put the NFL on hold...this is Phillies Sunday.

chuckm said...

A big factor could be the home-plate umpire. If it is one with a tight zone and Moyer cant work the corners, there could be trouble (see Tuesdays Braves game as an example). Anybody see Adam Eaton whining about being yanked in the third? He seems to think he could have gotten out of that inning. Yeah, right. Sit Down and hang your head in shame for the miserable year you ahve had Eaton...Also, Billy the Rat totally dissed both his manager and pitching coach in todays NY Post. I hope there is really such a thing as karma, as if there is, Rat will surrender a season killing 2 run jack to some scrub Marlin pinch-hitter. GO PHILS!!!

Corey said...

here is what chuckm was talking about:

eaton: "I didn't know I had that little margin of error...I felt like I could have done the same job [as reliever Geoff Geary, who promptly induced an inning-ending double play]. I see both sides. I'm a little biased upon my side, obviously. I want to be out there. Two and a third with one run scored, as opposed to completing that third inning - who knows what could have happened from there?"


wagner: "Our pitching coach has no experience talking to a bullpen. He can help you mechanically, but he can't tell you emotions. He has no idea what it feels like. And neither does Willie. They're not a lot of help, put it that way....If I walk in after a save and this fan's up there yelling, 'We love you!' - yeah, you love me today," Wagner said. "I blow a save, 'We hate you!' Well, you hate me today."

eaton refuses to acknowledge exactly how bad he has been this year. and billy wagner continues to whine about coaches and fans and blah blah blah. he needs to grow a pair, shut up, and since he's a met, continue not getting hitters out in important games. he's wearing thin on mets fans just like he did in houston and phillyh.

Bob D said...

I use to think of the Phils when on the porcelien pot, but just like Greggyd I wake up, fall asleep, and work thinking about them. And yes the anxiety may just shorten all of our lives after all.

I do have a good feeling about today.

Bob D said...

I love the picture of Howard wearing a concrete block for a glove. Even still, he is a good player and is red hot at the plate. His error is not the only one that cost runs yesterday.

das411 said...

4-spot for the Marlins, now all you need to do is shut 'em down D-Train!!!!!

And i think at this point, win or lose, it's pretty clear which team has a better future over the next several years...let's all hope that this is just the beginning, and enjoy the game folks!

Bob D said...

Yes! now 5-0 and with only 1 out and bases loaded. Can't wait for the Phils to take a lead today.

Bob D said...

The Met fans must be near riot by now. The Phils are on the cusp of baseballs great comeback in history.

kentucky phils phan said...

C'MON PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Corey said...

Jimmy Rolins - 1, Nats - 0

Corey said...

"Phil Cuzzi a little bit of an exanded plate today" - finally Wheeler said something that I like...

BloodStripes said...

Glavine does the super choke.

Its all up to the Phillies.

Holy crap. Do it PHils!

Corey said...

what is it, like, 0500 in australia? that's dedication. if the phils and marlins hold on, you better celebrate with an oil can or two of fosters tonight...

phils +2
mets -7

let's go phils!!!

das411 said...

20!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kentucky phils phan said...

there is a god, his name is jimmy rollins

Jeremy said...

Jimmy Rollins for MVP!

BloodStripes said...

Florida wins!

The ghost of the Phillies past can kiss my ass. Phils are gonna win today and we are gonna be NL East Champions!

Jeremy said...

What a season, playoffs here we come

Corey said...

i just got off of the phone with carson, his computer got fried in a lightening storm the other night so he can't comment on here, but he says he has tears in both eyes. what a beautiful day. fuck 1964. screw the mets. world series here we come. let's all get drunk!!!!!

BloodStripes said...

PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!


NL EAST CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

BloodStripes said...

I had a tear as well. Especially when J-Roll ran out that triple. YEAH!!!

Carson has bloody play-off tickets. With Hamels to pitch. Wooooo hooooo!

This is the best!!!

Its only 7am downunder but I'm having a beer for breakfast.

Well done boys. Thanks for the great blog. Its all been worth it. The Phightin's have done it. This team is awesome.

Corey said...

i'm in shock. i can't believe this. i'm almost out of beer but i won't leave to get more until this post-game celebration is completely over.

i think i just saw ryan madson in the locker room getting beer poured on him by the Gas Can...

NL East Champs!!!! WooooooHooooo!!!

Reagan316 said...

As gay as those commercials were I actually had goosebumps all day. JRoll going into third on that triple damn near made me pee my pants. If Jimmy Rollins doesn't win the MVP it's a joke. Dude called the Phillies the team to beat before the season and goddammit he was right.

Corey said...

he's the definition of MVP. anything less would be uncivilized...

BloodStripes said...

For the first time this season that goosebumps commercial is actually good and makes complete sense. Everything has fallen into place perfectly. Amazing.

All you phans in Philly/Penn. You deserve this. Awesome.

Jacobin said...

The team to beat!!! The 2007 National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies!!!

Now, how about playing some baseball deep into October?

BloodStripes said...

Jimmy the 4th man in history to join the 20 - 20 - 20 - 20 club. His leadership, numbers and audacity at the start of the year combined with the Phillies success equals NL MVP.

BloodStripes said...

Hey, I just realized that Myers opened and closed the regular season. First and last pitch. Beautiful.

BenJah said...

WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

PHILLIES WIN....THHHHEEEE PHILLIES WIN!!!!

furiousBall said...

I believe Homer said it best. And it is said best in poorly dubbed Italian.

Jacobin said...

So who do we want in the first round? San Diego or Colorado?

Corey said...

maybe san diego because they will have to throw peavy in the play-in game, and colorado is hot (of course, st. louis and detroit laid waste to the theory of needing to be hot going into the playoffs last year)...

Los said...

I don't know if I fully believe we made the playoffs. I'm afraid to go to sleep, and then wake up and realize we are really one game back ... please tell me this really did happen!

Bob D said...

Being a die hard Philly fan since the 80 season, I had tears in my eyes today. 1980 I was young and just learning about baseball but still fondly remember it.
1983 was a fun season.
spent 10 years rooting for a team with a losing record then.
1993 was a surprising yet incredibly fun year. It ended bitter/sweet in a loss that stunned us all.
This was followed by 10 years of losing again.
Then the last few years of Oh so close, yet no playoffs.
And now the most improbable comeback in baseball history to win the NL East!
Tears came when Rollins hit that triple in his last regular season at bat to accomplish the 20/20/20/20 season that only 3 others have done.
Then tears once again win the won to clinch.
This has been a long time coming 14 long years - so cherish this.

Jacobin said...

Speaking of tears, did you catch how Moyer got choked up talking about what it meant to him to get the win in that game. He mentioned how he grew up a Phillies fan and that his hero was Steve Carlton. It was very cool.