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Phillies Fans > Nats Fans

I want to be fair for a second- things are on the upswing in DC. Instead of 10,000 fans a night, they are getting up around 30,000 most nights now as they head towards their first playoff berth ever. I could be mean and say the Nats are just getting more Congressmen and lobbyists to actually take the tickets, but that'd be an exaggerated case, and kind of mean. That's just helping.

Crossing Broad reports that the Nats broadcasting crew is talking stupid:
Bob Carpenter: And this all goes back to the ignorant people – and it doesn’t take many, it’s not all Philly fans obviously – but there were some really AWFUL people who cheered when he left this field with a broken wrist back in May. Inexcusable. Pardon me, that was in D.C., but Philly fans that were in our ballpark were the ones cheering. And we know that not all Philly fans are like that, but I think that really got to Jayson.
F.P. Santangelo: They’re not?
Carpenter: …
Santangelo: I said, they’re not?
Carpenter: I don’t think all of them are.
Santangelo: Well, there’s one or two that aren’t.
Carpenter: I think they’ve got some good fans here.
Santangelo: [Laughter]
Carpenter: Or somewhere.
Honestly, the Nats can hardly talk about Philly fans. We're getting more fans in our park for meaningless games than they're getting for clinchers. I have no doubt that they'll sell their one or two little playoff games out at home, but that's going to be a crowd of DC lobbyists and wannabe-big-shots, not baseball fans like we get. With the exception of the Football and futbol teams, sports in DC are treated as a fad, something that's cool for a minute, but then kind of goes away. I'll leave Bob Carpenter alone here, since I think he basically got this right, but F.P. Santangelo.... lol..... career stats please:

.245 average, 21 homers, and 162 RBI's... That's over four years.

Have fun in your quiet stadium, with your sort of fans, for your one playoff appearance guys. 

Roy Halladay Shaky in Five Innings, Chase Utley Drives in Three in 9-5 Win Over Marlins

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The Phillies and Marlins aren't going anywhere after this series. For the Marlins, that's been obvious since August. For the Phillies, that was settled last night after their 2-1 loss to Miami last night which knocked them out of the playoff race. Their chances are over, this is pointless baseball from here on out. To add to that, Ryan Howard's season is also over as he'll spend the rest of it on the disabled list with a broken toe. Tyler Cloyd is also done, he has a "tired arm" and will miss his final start on Tuesday.

Roy Halladay got off to another rough start tonight in Miami. He allowed four straight hits, and three runs would score in the inning altogether. Giancarlo Stanton brought home two of those runs with a single, and Rob Brantly brought home the other with a single of his own. 3-0 Fish.

The Phillies got two runs back in the top of the second when Pete Orr doubled to deep center, bringing home Nate Schierholtz and and Domonic Brown.

In the bottom of the third, Stanton led off the inning with a solo home run to DEEP left field, back above the Clevelander. 4-2 Miami.

In the fifth, Roy Halladay reached on an infield single, followed by a single from Jimmy Rollins. Both scored on a single from Chase Utley, then Utley scored on an RBI triple from Dom Brown. Phils lead 5-4.

After five innings, Roy Halladay's night (and season) was complete. His line: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. His ERA of the 2012 season is settled at 4.49. That's his highest ERA since the 2000 season. 

After a scoreless sixth tossed by Jeremy Horst, the Phillies extended their lead in the seventh thanks to Carlos Ruiz. With Rollins and Utley on base, Chooch drilled a double to deep center, bringing them home and making it a 7-4 ballgame.

Horst tossed 1/3 of the eighth before giving way to Justin De Fratus who retired the side in order.

Chase Utley picked up his third RBI of the night in the bottom of the eighth with a single which sent home Jimmy Rollins from second. 8-4 Phils.

Phillippe Aumont put two men on in the bottom of the eighth and did not record an out before Antonio Bastardo came in. Bastardo walked Greg Dobbs to load up the bases for Gil Valezquez who singled to bring home Stanton. Austin Kearns struck out, but Carlos Ruiz lost the ball only to toss it back to Bastardo in time to get Carlos Lee for the final out of the inning.

Darin Ruf doubled off the scoreboard in center field in the ninth, and was sent home on a single from Kevin Frandsen. 9-5 Phils.

Jonathan Papelbon came in for the final three outs of this ballgame. He allowed a single to Donovan Solano, an infield single to Jose Reyes, then another infield single to Giancarlo Stanton. Carlos Lee popped up for the second out, then Greg Dobbs struck out. Phillies win, 9-5.

In the final game against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon, Cole Hamels and Nathan Eovaldi will square off at 1:10.


With No Chances Of October Baseball, Phillies Playing to Keep Above .500

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I really thought they had a shot. The way the Phillies were playing in the beginning of this month made us all think that they could pull it off and enter the playoffs through the second Wild Card spot. That thought was put to rest last night as the Marlins beat the Phils, 2-1 via a Carlos Lee walkoff single. The 2012 Phillies season is dead and it's time to look forward. Along with last night's loss, the Phillies dropped below .500 for the first time in nearly three weeks. Tonight, Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40 ERA) will attempt to bring the Phils back at .500 as they take on Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.35 ERA) in game two against the Marlins.

To be honest, Roy Halladay should not be pitching tonight. It's almost evident that the Phillies rushed Halladay back from his injury earlier this season. The thing is: if Roy says he's okay, then the Phillies say he's okay. Halladay has a lot of pride, but sometimes enough is enough. Halladay should have been shut down for the remainder of the season weeks ago. On Saturday, against the Braves, Halladay suffered his eighth loss of the season after exiting 1 1/3 innings into the game. Halladay was shelled for seven earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. His horrible outing is being blamed on "back spasms" near his shoulder. He tossed a bullpen Wednesday with reported "very encouraging" results. Halladay is 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA (6 ER in 13 1/3 innings) this season.

Ricky Nolasco is coming off of a strong outing on Sunday against the Mets. The righty threw seven strong innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. Nolasco took the no-decision in the Marlins' walk-off loss. Over his last 10 starts, Nolasco has accounted for four wins and three losses while posting a 3.55 ERA (26 ER in 66 IP). The 29-year-old has made two starts against the Phillies this season, winning both outings. In his last start against the Phils, back on July 1st, Nolasco kept the Phils in check over seven, two-run innings. In his career against the Phils, Nolasco is 8-4 with a 3.59 ERA.

For the remainder of the 2012 campaign, the Phillies will play for a goal to keep above the .500 mark. It's the first time since 2006 that the Phillies have not played baseball in October. The last time the Phillies finished under .500 for the season was in 2002, when they went 80-81 under Larry Bowa.

Tonight's lineup @ Miami:

  1. Rollins SS
  2. Pierre LF
  3. Utley 2B
  4. Chooch C
  5. Brown RF
  6. Ruf 1B
  7. Schierholtz CF
  8. Orr 3B
  9. Halladay P.

TV: CSN ; Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP.

Follow Erik on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.


On Second Thought, Chase Utley Will Not Play 3B for Phillies This Year

Today before the Phillies' loss to the Miami Marlins, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro met with reporters. They learned that Chase Utley would not play third base before season's end, Scott Franzke reported on the Phillies radio broadcast.

The reason was that there simply was not enough time to determine anything. Going into tonight the Phillies had just six games remaining.

This does not preclude a move in the future.


On Second Thought, Chase Utley Will Not Play 3B for Phillies This Year


Marlins Officially Eliminated the Phillies From Playoffs on a Walk-off Hit

This will be a short and sweet recap.

Cliff Lee gave up a homerun to Giancarlo Stanton as the Marlins take 1-0 lead. It was the only run allowed by Lee. He allowed just three hits, no walks and a run over seven innings. Meanwhile, the Phillies scored a run in the eighth as Jimmy Rollins singled in John Mayberry Jr to tie the game, 1-1. 

Carlos Lee’s single scored Bryan Peterson with the winning run. Peterson had lead off with a double off against the losing pitcher Josh Lindblom. The Phillies walked Giancarlo Stanton intentionally to get to Lee.

The Philadelphia Phillies are offically eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Go buy yourself a beer and watch the 2008 Champion team. It was a good six-year run!


Phillies, Dodgers Complete Shane Victorino Trade With IF Stefan Jarrin

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Courtesy Stefan Jarrin via Twitter

The Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers today completed the July trade that sent outfielder Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and reliever Josh Lindblom, minor-league pitcher Ethan Martin, and a player to be named to Philadelphia.  That player's name is Stefan Jarrin, Phillies.com reports.

Jarrin was a rookie-ball infielder who hit .209 with three home runs and nine RBI in 26 games.  Jarrin is the son of broadcaster Jorge Jarrin and grandson of Jaime Jarrin, a Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish broadcaster.     Jarrin was drafted by the Dodgers in the 40th round of the 2011 draft out of East LA College.

Jarrin was excited by the news and shared it on his Twitter page:

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Jarrin describes himself as a Los Angeles Kings fan and a hockey fan.   On Twitter he made the joke, "Feeling a lot like Brayden Schenn today!", referring to the Flyers center drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and later traded to Philadelphia.

The trade has already proven successful for the Phillies.  At AA Reading, Ethan Martin went 5-0 with a 3.18 ERA, and reliever Josh Lindblom is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and has recorded one save.  Martin helped the R-Phils down the stretch to a playoff birth and Lindblom was a more-stable presence compared to the parade of minor league arms the team had been used to.

Victorino, however, has been a disappointment for the Dodgers.  As the Dodgers' leadoff hitter since being acquired, Victorino has hit .227 with a .304 on base percentage.


The Second Wild Card Gave Phillies Fans a Good Run

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By July 31, 2012 the Phillies unloaded starting outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, effectively conceding that the group of players the Phillies had were unable to win.  A few days later Joe Blanton went out the door as well, and the Phillies gave Jim Thome to the Orioles even before that.  The second National League Wild Card, however, gave Phillies fans plenty of good baseball to enjoy down the stretch.

Let's face it: the Phillies were not playing to win even a while after the trade deadline.  The approach to the lineup, pitching decisions, and disabled list decisions was one of, "Well, let's see what we have".   For example, the Phillies gave starts in center field Nate Schierholtz, who had never played center field in major league ball, and Laynce Nix, who had not played the position in several years.  Michael Martinez got a spot on the roster instead of a .286 hitter and started plenty of games.    It took a playoff run to give John Mayberry Jr., the lone center fielder on the roster regular play in the outfield and for the Phillies to place infielder Kevin Frandsen and Ty Wigginton starts ahead of Michael Martinez.

But once it came, it was fun.  The Phillies reached the climax of their season on Wednesday, September 12 with a win against the Florida Marlins and sat three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the second Wild Card chase.  Had the Phillies continued to play at that pace, the second Wild Card could have been theirs.  But, by then the Phillies were just too ill-equipped to get the job done.

A shut-down of Vance Worley and the inexperience of Tyler Cloyd along with Kyle Kendrick taking Joe Blanton's rotation spot left the Phillies without a bullpen long-man or the ability to pull a starter early.  B.J. Rosenberg had to be allowed to continue to scuffle in the bullpen, no matter what he was able to put forth.  And, the Phillies were still very unbalanced, a bench mostly comprised of left-handed hitters, especially when Ty Wigginton would get a start.  

By the time the Phillies were in the hunt, it was simply too late to be able to add any pieces that could help the team.  In 2006 the Phillies had a resurgence in time to pick up Jamie Moyer, Jeff Conine, and Jose Hernandez on waiver trades.  But that was August.  This was September.  At that time it was too late.

But, for us Phillies fans, it was meaningful baseball.  We had a reason to go to games and be excited, and the games were fun while we dreamed of the October baseball we had come to expect, then expected to lose.  One more Phillies loss or Cardinals win, the Phillies are done, and it is highly unlikely that the Phillies will win out or the Cardinals will lose the rest of the way.  But, I am very thankful that the Phillies had the run.

Reasons to be excited about these six games?  Let's start with Darin Ruf, who has five hits in this three major league starts, including a home run.    We get to see Ruf play down the stretch, including tonight against a right-handed pitcher.  We also get to see more Domonic Brown, as the former "untouchable" finally gets a chance to show off what many felt were five tools.  Of course, the Phillies are giving Michael Martinez a start too, probably to see if he's worth keeping around next year.  

Our year ends early, but there is reason to be happy and to be excited for next year.  None of this would have happened without the second Wild Card, instituted this year.   September 12th instead of being three games behind the Cardinals, the Phillies would have been 10 games behind the Braves and Phillies fans would have no reason to follow.  I am glad we did.


Cliff Lee, Mark Buehrle Square Off In Miami With Nothing Else To Lose

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(Philliedelphia/Danielle Wilson)

The 2012 Phillies' season is over. It was pretty interesting in the beginning of September, but what ever had the Phillies playing so well quickly died. Some will say, like myself, it was that weekend series in Houston that killed the Phils' hopes. Others will say it was the series loss against the Wild Card-leading Braves. Whatever the cause is, the result remains the same: 2012 is a wash. Tonight the Phillies will just aim to keep their record above .500 as they open a three-game set in Miami, where the Marlins have not had as much of a grand season as they had hoped also. Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18 ERA) will take on Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84 ERA) in the opener tonight.

2012 has been a crap year for Cliff Lee. Either he pitches really well and doesn't get any run support, or he pitches well and implodes. With a 6-8 record, Lee's ERA doesn't fit well with his record. With a 3.18 ERA, Lee ranks 10th among all NL pitchers. In Lee's last start, a loss against the Braves on Sunday, he allowed only one earned run over eight innings. Lee struck out 11 in the 2-1 loss. Since August 26, Lee has been spectacular; posting a 1.04 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. During that span, Lee tallied up four wins while striking out 44 batters. Lee has fared well against the Marlins in his career, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.89 ERA in over 46 innings pitched.

Mark Buehlre is not having the year he thought he would have this season either. The lefty is 13-13 with a 3.84 ERA in 30 starts this season. Along with the rest of the Miami Marlins, the 2012 season has been a letdown. In his last 10 starts, Buehlre has gone 4-4 with a 4.95 ERA (35 ER in 62 2/3 innings). In his last start, a loss against the Mets, Buehrle tossed six innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while walking three. Tonight, Buehrle will look to get above .500 for his personal record. In 46 2/3 career innings against the Phillies, Buehrle is 5-2 with a 4.44 ERA.

Tonight's lineup @ Miami:

1. Rollins, SS

2. Frandsen, 3B

3. Utley, 2B

4. Ruiz, C

5. Wigginton, 1B

6. Ruf, LF

7. Mayberry, RF

8. Martinez, CF

9. Lee, P 

TV: CSN ; Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP.

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Pregame: Elimination Almost Certain, Phillies Take Their Talents to South Beach

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It has more to do with the bad cold I've been fighting all week than the quality of baseball (I'll watch anyone play the sport, no matter how brutal) but I've shut every game off early this week with an idea how they'd all end. What can you say? They made it interesting but when they had a real chance to make it interesting, they fell short. The winter should be very aggressive.

That being said, there are still games to play. One positive would be Darin Ruf's brief time in the show, hitting some quality big league pitching. It'll be interesting to see how he fits into the future plans.

Phillies head to Miami tonight and send Cliff Lee to the mound to face Mark Buehrle which is a nice pitching match up. When you add up all the Phillies problems, I'm glad they were spared the drama of Miami's season. An aggressive offseason, a new stadium, and they're a last place team. Their TV show was even cancelled! Ozzie Guillen, through it all, was one guy I thought might get a mulligan but I'm  fairly certain he doesn't with how the season has ended. I did watch one of the episodes of the show and it seem like the only one who cared about anything was Greg Dobbs. Awful season which should end with lots of people getting canned.

Lee's pitched very well lately which is encouraging after a pretty rough start to the year. I'm not a W/L guy and the numbers are very good but it's clear that the confidence in the late innings wasn't there for a while. He's pitched some great ball lately and is a strong bet for a nice season next year.