Monday, September 26, 2011

Phillies at Braves: September 26th through September 28th

Turner Field - Atlanta, GA
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:10

Phillies 99-60, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 10 games ahead of the Braves
Braves 89-70, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Phillies

So Far in 2011:  The Phillies are 9-6 against the Braves so far this season.  While the Phillies will use these games to prepare for the N.L.D.S., the Braves are trying to clinch the N.L. Wild Card.  The Cardinals are just one game behind the Braves in the Wild Card standings.

Meet the Braves: Manager - Fredi Gonzalez
Starters - Brian McCann (c), Freddie Freeman (1b), Dan Uggla (2b), Chipper Jones (3b), Jack Wilson (ss), Martin Prado (lf), Michael Bourn (cf), Jason Heyward (rf)
Rotation - Tim Hudson (rhp), Brandon Beachy (rhp), Mike Minor (lhp), Randall Delgado (rhp), Derek Lowe (rhp)
Bench - J.C. Boscan (c), David Ross (c), Brooks Conrad (inf), Alex Gonzalez (inf), Eric Hinske (inf), Jose Constanza (of), Matt Diaz (of), Antoan Richardson (of)
Closer - Craig Kimbrel (rhp)
Bullpen - Jair Jurrjens (rhp), Scott Linebrink (rhp), Cristhian Martinez (rhp), Kris Medlen (rhp), Peter Moylan (rhp), Eric O'Flaherty (lhp), Julio Teheran (rhp), Anthony Varvaro (rhp), Jonny Venters (lhp), Arodys Vizcaino (rhp)
Disabled List - Tommy Hanson (rhp), George Sherrill (lhp), Nate McLouth (of)

At the Ballpark:  The first 7,000 fans on Tuesday night will receive a set of Atlanta Braves Playing Cards.

Phillies Probables: Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38), Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), TBD
Braves Probables: Randall Delgado (1-1, 2.70), Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92), Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23)


Jim from Downingtown said...

Who do you think will make the post-season roster?

I'd say:

Pitchers (11): Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt, Madson, Lidge, Worley, Kendrick, Bastardo, Stutes, Blanton.

Regulars (8): (duh)

Bench(6): Schneider, Gload, Valdez, Martinez, Mayberry, Francisco

Blanton has pitched better in 2 weeks than Herndon has all year, so the ability to contribute should take precedence over hurting someone's feelings.

No way Dom Brown should make the roster. He hasn't shown the ability to excel at the AAA level. Plus, they don't need 7 bench players.

Gload has played too much recently (and in the field!) to make me think he's NOT in Charlie's plans.

Francisco is ok in a pinch-hitting role.

Bowker has shown nothing. Also no way Orr or Schwimmer makes it aside from injuries to others.

Savery will make it if Bastardo continues to struggle, if only to have ONE lefty with his head on straight. But at whose expence? Blanton? Francisco?

Jim said...

I think you've got it. Amaro has hinted at carrying 11 pitchers, at least in the first round. Savery, Brown and De Fratus are all heading to Clearwater in order to stay sharp in case they're needed down the road.

It concerns me that we're going with three guys in the 'pen (Kendrick, Worley and Blanton) more suited to starting than relieving. But honestly, who would we take in their places? (Not Herndon.)

Jim from Downingtown said...

They just need (I hate when someone uses this term) innings-eaters between the starters and Madson. I'd rather see Worley and even Kendrick than Bastardo & Lidge right now.

Jim said...

Lidge has been decent recently, and thankfully Bastardo looked OK last night. Savery intrigues me, especially since teams haven't seen him before.