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2010 Playoff Schedule

Though the times haven’t been made official nor whoever the Phillies will be playing in the first round, the NLDS schedule will was put out. It is believed the Phils will be getting the afternoon games for the entire NLDS and a confirmation will be made most likely once the season is over.

Here are the days Philadelphia will be playing their best-of-five series:
Game 1: Wedneday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 11*
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 13*
*if necessary

Now for a more important playoff schedule in the minds of fans, Charlie Manuel is not tipping his hand on who will be the starters for the first three games. But like a lot of people, David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer has an “educated guess.

Most likely, Roy Halladay will go in game one and Roy Oswalt in the second. The reason this is believed is because both pitchers are not set to start for the remainder of the season and Manuel may give Hamels a short start on either Saturday or Sunday to keep the left-hander fresh.

As for opponent, it could either be Cincinnati if Atlanta wins the wild card or it could be either San Francisco or San Diego depending on who wins the West and if either can upseat the Braves from their 1.5-game lead on the wild card.


Series Preview: Braves

PHI: 95-64, 1st in NL East
ATL: 90-69, 2nd in NL East
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.76) vs. Brandon Beachy (0-1, 2.89)
Saturday: TBD vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41)
Sunday: TBD vs. Tim Hudson (16-9, 2.76)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, MyPHL 17
Saturday, 4:10, CSN/FOX
Sunday, 1:35, MyPHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Overview: The final three-game series against Atlanta and Philadelphia is only meaningful for the Braves. But the Phils have the opportunity to do something huge for their playoff run and that is to eliminate the Braves from the wild card.

Atlanta is currently holding a 1.5-game lead on the San Diego Padres. San Diego needs to win their final two games where as the Phils could sweep Atlanta, putting him out of their misery.

The way it looks is that Bobby Cox will get one more crack in the post season for the Braves. If the two teams meet, it will be in the NLCS.

If the season ends the way it is now, Philadelphia will have the Reds in the first round while Atlanta will play San Francisco.

Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels will not pitch this series. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound Friday and a pair of spot starters will go Saturday and Sunday to finish the season. Vance Worley could be one of those pitchers.

The Phils need to sweep in order to finish with their highest win total since the 1976 and 1977 teams went 101-61. In 1993, they went 97-65.

Four Homers For Phils Bench

Mike Sweeney, John Mayberry, Jr., and Ben Francisco all went yard for the Phils. On a regular night, the three wouldn’t even be in the line up. But with a clinched division, they helped fuel a 7-1 win for the Phils over Washington.

Sweeney and Francisco went back-to-back in the second inning to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Mayberry hit a three-run shot in the fourth inning to make it 5-0 and Francsico’s homer, a two-run shot and second of the night, made it 7-1 in the fifth.

Joe Blanton pitched great in his last start of the regular season, allowing a run on three hits and three walks while striking out six in seven innings.

HR: Sweeney (8), Francisco 2 (6), Mayberry, Jr. (1).

WP: Blanton (9-6). LP: Detwiler (1-3).


Phils Lose Meaningless Game

With half of their starters in the field playing and Roy Oswalt going only five innings, the Phils lost, 2-1, to Washington Tuesday night a day after clinching the NL East.

Oswalt pitched exceptionally well in the no-decision, allowing only a run on two hits and a walk in five innings while striking out three. Jose Contreras was pitted with the loss.

Adam Dunn hit a monster bomb in the bottom of the ninth, snapping a 1-1 tie and winning the game for Washington. Dunn finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run for the Phils in the fourth, providing the only offense of the night for them. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco added two hits apiece for the Phils, who got nine hits on the night but stranded nine and was a terrible 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

HR: Ibanez (16).

WP: Storen (4-4). LP: Contreras (6-4).


And the Back Ups Will Play

The Phillies line up tonight will resemble something similar to a Spring Training line up… or a line up they had in June.

Other than Jimmy Rollins making his first start in almost a month, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard, the Phils are starting some guys who have seen their fair share of pinch-hit at-bats.

Here is tonight’s line up:
Rollins SS
Ibanez LF
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Francisco CF
Brown RF
Dobbs 3B
Schneider C
Oswalt P

Guys like Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown will get some significant at-bats the remainder of the season. Both are seemingly being looked at for the postseason roster.

Greg Dobbs is a huge question mark for being on the roster. With Wilson Valdez, Mike Sweeney, and Ross Gload having significantly better seasons than Dobbs, it’s going to take a lot of work for him to convince the Phils of a spot on the roster for the NLDS.

Brian Schneider’s place on the bench is locked up. He served as a very good back-up and replacement for Carlos Ruiz all season long and will be enjoying his first trip to the playoffs in his career.

Roy Oswalt will be on a limited pitch-count. I doubt he will throw more than six innings or 70-80 pitches. The Phillies want to keep him rested for the post season along with Roy Halladay, who will not make another start this season, and Cole Hamels, who we are unsure whether or not he will pitch in the Atlanta series.

After Joe Blanton tomorrow and Kyle Kendrick to start the final series in Atlanta, it’s unknown who will go to the hill for the Phils. Vance Worely may get his final opportunity to start.

Phils Clinch With Doc’s Gem

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay celebrates with catcher Carlos Ruiz after Halladay's strike out sealed the Phils of a fourth straight NL East title Monday night.

The man who was brought to Philadelphia to be the savior and deliver the Phils another World Series ring led the way to clinch the East.

Roy Halladay’s complete game shut out led the Phillies to a 8-0 win over Washington and a fourth straight division title.

Doc went the distance, allowing only two hits and striking out five. It was Halladay’s best start in a while as he turned human for a few-week. But the dominance he showed over the Nationals gave a great indication of the type of year he is having.

The win was Halladay’s ninth complete game of the year and his fourth shut out, leading the league in both categories.

The Phils got the scoring stated in the second. Jayson Werth led off the inning, smoking an offering my John Lannan into the left field bleachers for a 1-0 lead. He later drove in two runs on a two-out RBI double in the sixth that gave the Phils a 3-0 lead.

After adding another run in the sixth, the Phils scored four in the ninth, capped off by an RBI infield single.

Placido Polanco, Werth, and Carlos Ruiz each had three-hit games for the Phils. Werth drove in four runs, falling a triple shy of the cycle, Chooch doubled twice, and Utley drove in a pair of runs.

The Phils can coast for the rest of the season. With Halladay lined up to pitch the last game of the season in Atlanta, it will be interesting to see if he goes. If not, he could be seeing over a week’s worth of rest.

2B: Ibanez (37), Werth (45), Ruiz 2 (27), Utley (20). HR: Werth (26).

WP: Halladay (21-10). LP: Lannan (8-8)


Series Preview: Washington

PHI: 93-63, 1st in NL East
WAS: 67-89, 5th in NL East
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53) vs. John Lannan (8-7, 4.58)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.80) vs. Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18)
Wednesday: Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94) vs. Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.52)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Overview: With a Braves loss or Phillies win in the next six games, they clinch the NL East. That’s all there is needed to be known.

Extensive previews will come once playoffs hit. As for now, go Phillies.

Homers Put Phils Away, Leaving Fans Unappreciated

It was Fan Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park as the Phils played their final home game of the regular season. The Mets spoiled the festivities as they hit three homers, two by Carlos Beltran, to win 7-3.

Atlanta lost today, bringing the Phillies magic number to one. But with the Braves loss, the Phillies clinched a playoff spot, meaning if they lose out the season and Atlanta wins out, the Phils will still win the wild card.

Cole Hamels hopefully got his bad starts out of his system. The left-hander was chased early, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks while only striking out two in four innings. He gave up two homers in the start.

David Wright got the offense going with his solo shot in the second inning. New York scored three in the fourth inning thanks to a bases-loaded RBI single by Jose Reyes and a two-run double by Nick Evans that ended with Reyes getting gunned down at home. Jayson Werth dove for the line drive that bounced well in front of him, allowing two runs to score.

Beltran led-off the fifth with a solo homer, ending Hamels’ day. Beltran later hit a two-run shot in the ninth to end the scoring.

The Phils got three runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Chase Utley ripped a three-run homer to right to make it a 5-3 game. But that was the closest they would get in the game.

The Phils start up a series in Washington before traveling to Atlanta to finish the regular season. A win or Atlanta loss in the next six games will clinch them the division.

2B: Howard (23), Ibanez (36). HR: Utley (16).

WP: Acosta (3-1). LP: Hamels (12-11).


Some Nobody Ends Phils Streak

DISCLAIMER: If you want to beat the Phillies in the playoffs, don’t pitch your aces. You hear that? Your Tim Lincecum, Mat Latos, Tim Hudson, or Bronson Arroyo won’t stand a chance. Instread, pitch Joe Schmoe, Joey Bag O’Donuts, and little Timmy, the bat boy. Your offense will only need a couple runs to beat the Phils.

Dillon Gee, some shmuck making his first career start against the Phils, pitched seven strong innings to shut down the Phils as the Mets won 5-2, ending their 11-game winning streak.

Gee pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits, two walks, and striking out five. His success most likely came as the Phils struggle against pitchers they have never seen before. It showed with the Braves’ Brandon Beachy this past Monday and the Marlins’ Adalberto Mendez a couple months ago. Even New York’s R.A. Dickey made the Phils look silly in his first outing against them in May.

Philadelphia jumped out a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run homer by Ryan Howard. But Kyle Kendrick’s luck had to run out. Kendrick got hit up for four runs while only recording an out in the seventh. The Mets put up a five-spot and never looked back in the inning.

Cole Hamels takes the mound for one more time at Citizens Bank Park before the post season. Tomorrow is fan appreciation day and Hamels will look to give us fans who will not be able to afford post season tickets the opportunity to see him dazzle and lead this team to another ring.

Jimmy Rollins may be in tomorrow’s line up. Rollins has missed the past few weeks with another leg injury, the third time this season he missed significant playing time due to injury.

With the magic number still at two games, a win tomorrow and a Braves loss locks up the division for the Phils.

2B: Valdez (15). HR: Howard (31).

WP: Gee (2-1). LP: Kendrick (10-10). S: Takahashi (8).


Phillies Win 11th Straight

The starting pitching has kept up its great play as the season winds down. Joe Blanton kept the Mets at bay as the Phillies beat New York, 3-2, Friday night.

With the Braves’ 8-3 loss to Washington, the Phillies’ magic number dropped to two games. A win tomorrow and another Braves loss will win them their fourth straight division.

Blanton went seven innings while allowing two runs on six hits, one walk, and six strike outs. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth to record his fourth save in as many games and 27th of the year.

Shane Victorino led-off the bottom of the first with a solo homer to left. They again scored in the second to make it 2-0 thanks to Victorino again on an RBI double.

After the Mets tied it up in the fourth on a two-run homer by Angel Pagan, Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI single to make it a 3-2 game.

R.A. Dickey was very good for New York, allowing three runs, two earned off eight hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.

2B: Victorino (25). HR: Victorino (18).

WP: Blanton (8-6). LP: Dickey (11-8). S: Lidge (27)