Friday, September 16, 2011

Series Preview - St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia Phillies (97-51) v. St. Louis Cardinals (81-68)

Friday 7:05 - The Vanimal v. Jaime Garcia
Saturday 7:05 - Roy Oswalt v.Jake Westbrook
Sunday 8:00 - Cole Hamels v. Kyle Lohse
Monday 7:05 - Roy Halladay v.Chris Carpenter

Almost Popes Pitching:
ERA - 3.84 (12th)
WHIP - 1.31 (15th)
BAA -  .263 (22nd)

Almost Popes Batting:
Runs  - 693 (7th)
Avg - .271 (4th)
OPB - .339 (3rd)
SLG - .421 (5th)

Magic Number Watch:
To win NL East: 2
To clinch home field: 3
To clinch playoffs: Done!

What We're Drinking:
Corey -Sugar Free Red Bull. Have to work this weekend and make a few long drives, so I'll need something to keep me from falling asleep at the wheel.

Carson  - heading to Appalachian Brewing Company on Saturday for a brewfest. There will be 25 Pennsylvania craft brewers on hand, so I'm sure to drink a plethora of beers.

Their Michael Martinez:
Since Patterson arrived in St. Louis (via Toronto as part of the Colby Rasmus trade) he's hitting a cool .163. But he's really, really fast. Which, I guess, gets him back to the dugout quicker after he makes an out.

Their Danys Baez:
Brian Tallet had an 8.31 ERA before being shown the door. But more interestingly, take a look at his profile picture on

Wow, if that doesn't just scream late 70s / early 80s Topps baseball card. No wonder he couldn't get anyone out. He hit his prime 25 years ago. Jamie Moyer never looked this out-dated and he was like 60 when he retired.
What We're Listening Too:
Corey - J Roddy Walston and The Business. I heard about these guys in an article in the Baltimore Sun about a year and a half ago. Probably the last thing I ever learned from an actual newspaper. You can read a short description and watch a video interview of the band HERE. Or just go to youtube and listen to the whole album.

Carson - White Stripes. They put me in a good mood when I'm feeling down, with their stripped down basic guitar and thumping drums. Twangy, funky, folksy, and rock. Good combo.

The way things are going, I'll say a series split and the Phils will score a total of 7 runs.


GM-Carson said...

What I'd like to see for the rest of the season is important bench players getting some at bats (important = will be on playoff roster), and I want Vic, Howard, Utley, and J-Roll to start clicking as a unit. After everything is clinched, start the regulars for the 1st 6 innings, then pull some of them so the bench guys get at leat 1 ab.

Preserve Jon said...

It's clinching weather!

GM-Carson said...

Regardless of having things all but wrapped up, this offense has gone in the shitter.

ripjgarcia said...

no doubt.

ripjgarcia said...

I'm guessing Howard's foot is a problem.. sat again tonight.

GM-Carson said...

Seeing Howard run and his foot is definitely a problem.

I'm better off not watching the Phils until the playoffs start, because all I'll do is get pissed off at them for this disgusting offensive display.