After sweeping Mets, Braves brace for Philly

NEW YORK – Having swept aside the New York Mets, the Braves turn to more pressing matters: Three games against the first-place Phillies in their raucous bandbox of ballpark.

The Phillies have won seven in a row and 15 of 18 in September to overtake Atlanta and build a three-game lead in the National League East.

“We all knew that they were going to be involved [in the end],” Braves closer Billy Wagner said. “You would be stupid to think they were done. Even when they didn’t have their biggest guns, they were still very talented and tough to compete against.

“I mean, they’re probably the best lineup in baseball. They’re an American League lineup, and then you look at their pitching staff – they’re good.”

That said, the Braves were excited about facing the Phillies, even if Philly has lined up its top three starting pitchers – Cole Hamels on Monday, Roy Halladay on Tuesday, Roy Oswalt on Wednesday – for this series.

The Braves kept their rotation in order and counter with Jair Jurrjens on Monday, followed by rookie Mike Minor and Tommy Hanson in the series finale.

“We know what we’re getting ourselves into,” catcher Brian McCann said. “We’ve all been there. We’ve all played in front of the crowds, where they’re going to be cheering from pitch 1. So we’ve got to be ready, and I think we will be.”

It would take a Braves sweep for them to leave Philadelphia tied for the division lead, while losing two or three games might quash any realistic hopes of winning the division title with nine games to play after Wednesday.

The Braves have a 2-1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card race, and backup catcher David Ross said they discussed at Friday’s players-only meeting the importance of taking care of their own business, only focusing on what they could control.

“We always knew it was going to be a tight race,” Ross said, “and I think we’ve all – the Phillies, too — been looking forward to the times we were going to meet at the end of the season. I think everybody’s kind of had that in the back of their minds, like, we can’t wait to play each other.”

The teams meet again in a season-ending series in Atlanta Oct. 1-3.

Ross organized Friday’s meeting, and he, Wagner, Eric Hinske and Chipper Jones spoke during the gathering about what the Braves needed to do to finish strong and give themselves the best chance of making the playoffs.

“We’ve told guys, it’s going to be something you’ve never played in before,” Wagner said Sunday of the environment that awaits at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park. “It’s a situation where the fans are going to be intense. The [Phillies] are going to be up for it, they’re rolling, they’re playing well.

“We have to be very focused and we have to be understanding situations. We can’t go out there and try to do things we’re not capable of doing. We have to play within our limits and not get caught up in the emotion of the series.”

Whatever happens in Philadelphia, the Braves have the wild card as a fallback.

“I mean, our ultimate goal is to win our division,” Wagner said. “But it doesn’t matter how you get in, it’s get in. We’ve put ourselves in position to get in the playoffs. We’ve had a couple of tough weeks and kind of put ourselves in a hole, but we’ve continued to battle and won enough games that it’s given us a chance to get to that playoff [berth], and it’s exciting.

“These kids are about to find out that this is what you play for. There’s nothing better than this.”

106 comments Add your comment

Matt

September 19th, 2010
8:22 pm

Matt

September 19th, 2010
8:23 pm

PS YOURE GONNA GET SWEPT. Go Phillies!!

Debbie Moore

September 19th, 2010
8:46 pm

This is gonna be a huge and very exciting series. As a Phils fan, I am glad we’re sitting in first place, but I suspect that only means our team is gonna play hard to stay there. the come-from-behind win today over the Nats only excited us more. Can’t wait to get to CBP tomorrow night. Not even sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight! Wonder how many Braves fans are excited.

james

September 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

Just a note. The Braves also get to hit in the “bandbox”, so you should probably save the complaints there. The fences don’t move in and out between innings. Deal with it.

Braveschick

September 19th, 2010
8:54 pm

lol aw, I see the Phillies fans are here early!

go get 'em, braves..

September 19th, 2010
9:04 pm

i’ll buy any phillies fan willing to leave Atlanta a one way ticket home. thanks for coming to Atlanta, now go home. I think I heard your mamas calling you.

LOL at Philly

September 19th, 2010
9:05 pm

If Philadelphia is so great, why are you jokers living in Atlanta?

double

September 19th, 2010
9:10 pm

Phills excell in power,starting pitching,home field advantage,and as indicated in above messages sarcasim.Now if you loose a game what will be the excuse?

davidsonrva

September 19th, 2010
9:13 pm

how do you loose a game?

also, you might want to check out the Brave’s home record, detective.

Batrol

September 19th, 2010
9:13 pm

They’ve been Phillies fans for 4 years. Before that it was the Yankees or Red Sox. They may have even been Braves fans at some point.

UKUGA

September 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

This is a huge series. In the old days (pre-Wild Card), it would’ve been even huger.

gnaritas

September 19th, 2010
9:29 pm

LOL at Philly
September 19th, 2010
9:05 pm
“If Philadelphia is so great, why are you jokers living in Atlanta?”

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Braves Fan Since "80

September 19th, 2010
9:30 pm

OHHHHHHHOHHHHHHH OAH!!!!!!! The drumbeat on the way to Philly

chief pitchanono

September 19th, 2010
9:36 pm

The phills are potentially one series away from being back in the wildcard hunt, and I think there fans know anytime there offense could go back into a coma. If our starters bring it this series, the phills could be in trouble. Good pitching beats good hitting and they don’t won’t to put their bullpen up against ours in a close game. Hopefully Jurgens brings his A game tommorow and the Braves can get this series off to a good start. Go Braves!

chief pitchanono

September 19th, 2010
9:38 pm

Ok philly fans theres your perspective!

Paul Bowers

September 19th, 2010
9:51 pm

Bullpen = our one clear advantage. Will go a long way in cutting down any filly craziness in the late innings

BraveDawg

September 19th, 2010
9:52 pm

Philadelphia, where trolling isn’t just an game, it’s a WAY OF LIFE.

Paul Bowers

September 19th, 2010
9:59 pm

Can’t wait to see Kimmie against the likes of Utley, Howard, and Werth.

Whats amusing is that filly fans probably dont know who I’m talking about.

BigD

September 19th, 2010
10:16 pm

glad to see the young guns going up against the phils. we get a chance to see what they’re made of. good look at our future.

Mitchell

September 19th, 2010
10:21 pm

“We all knew that they were going to be involved [in the end],” Braves closer Billy Wagner said.

The only reason they’re invovled is because we didn’t put them away.

The Braves and Bobby Cox’s two out of three philosophy of baseball kept them in it.

It never should have come to this. It’s infuriating that people are just so easy to say “The Phillies are just better.”

If they were better they would have been in first the whole summer. But they weren’t, were they?

We were but we just let them right back in it.

It pisses me off.

It’s time for a sweep.

F*** the Phillies.

Carl

September 19th, 2010
10:21 pm

I don’t think Prado, Heyward and Omar really understand what they are about to walk into. This is going to be a playoff atmosphere and the Phils are going to come to play….and when the Phils come to play against other N.L teams…they usually dominate.

The Braves are going to have to get good starting pitching performances out of Hanson and Jurijens. I think Minor is going to get rocked on Tuesday and it was a mistake starting him in Philly.

Anyway, it should be a good series Braves fans.

I still believe

September 19th, 2010
10:23 pm

I think this is going to be a great series. I truly believe that ATL’s starting pitching needs to bring their best stuff or the Phillies are going to make short work of this series. It’s all going to come down starting pitching for the Braves. It’s what got them here and they need to show up in a big way.

Mitchell

September 19th, 2010
10:24 pm

Debbie Moore

September 19th, 2010
8:46 pm

This is gonna be a huge and very exciting series. As a Phils fan, I am glad we’re sitting in first place, but I suspect that only means our team is gonna play hard to stay there. the come-from-behind win today over the Nats only excited us more. Can’t wait to get to CBP tomorrow night. Not even sure I’ll be able to sleep tonight! Wonder how many Braves fans are excited.

Excited?

Yeah, when it’s over. Get ready for a sweep.

Mitchell

September 19th, 2010
10:26 pm

Carl, I hope you’re ready for a sweep.

If you’re not, that would be a mistake.

I’m just saying get ready for it.

Tomahawk Holmes

September 19th, 2010
10:36 pm

I didn’t know the Fillees fans were able to read.

GO BRAVES!!!

heybeast

September 19th, 2010
10:38 pm

go back to your dumpsters phils “fans”

Steve

September 19th, 2010
10:44 pm

Phils will sweep

john

September 19th, 2010
10:47 pm

Citizens bank park is going to be in full playoff mode monday night.the Bravos are going to have to bring the A game .we cant let these phillies jump out on us ,from top to bottom this lineup is scary.and their starting pitching has been lights out.its gonna be a great series though .

heybeast

September 19th, 2010
10:48 pm

and by sweep you mean lose the series to ATL

Carl

September 19th, 2010
10:48 pm

@Mitchell

I don’t know if the Phils will sweep but if they win Game 1 then they’re going to have an oppurtunity to sweep on Wednesday. I don’t see anyway Minor lasts 5 against the Phils on Tuesday. Tomorrow is a big game for the Braves…I am tempted to say Jurijens will get rocked tomorrow but I have a little respect for him so I won’t say that……but I will say Hanson will throw the best game in the series for the Braves.

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Steve

September 19th, 2010
10:56 pm

Braves lose.

Stanley Crowe

September 19th, 2010
10:57 pm

Carl says above: “I think Minor is going to get rocked on Tuesday and it was a mistake starting him in Philly.” I’m going to beg to differ — I actually worry more about Jurrjens on his current form. If Minor is on, he can make life uncomfortable for the Phillies’ lefties, and his stuff is good enough to bother righties too. If he can keep a cool head — with McCann or David Ross to calm him down, he might surprise. It’s not that I expect the Phillies not to score — the name of the game here is to get to the bullpens no worse than tied or a run or two behind. I think Minor is capable of getting the Braves to that point. Now back to Jurrjens. I still think that his last win, in a tight game against the Marlins, was a beauty. I think he can still pitch effectively, and you bet that he wants to. So let’s get at it. I must add that I really like the Phillies, despite being an unwavering Braves fan. There’s great talent there, AND these guys are just players! Who wouldn’t love to have Victorino or Hamels (who, like Tommy Hanson, has pitched better than his WL record this year). And I think Werth just doesn’t quit. And, of course, Howard, Utley, and Halliday are elite players. But if Infante, Heyward, Prado, McCann, Lee, and Gonzalez can, at their best,play with anybody. And with Matty Diaz a threat against lefties and a refreshed McLouth against righties, anything can happen. I’m looking forward to it!

phillies 2008

September 19th, 2010
11:06 pm

why are the atlanta fans so nasty? face it , the phillies are just really good and they will show it this week in front of their great fans who have filled the stadium for 120 straight games. We are reading the ajc on line to see how atlanta feels about the series between the 2. I will refrain from calling you fine southerners names. It really is lame. Go Phillies

Steve

September 19th, 2010
11:06 pm

Carl

September 19th, 2010
11:14 pm

@Stanley Crowe

I think the early innings are going to be very important for Jurijens. The last thing he wants to do is let the Phils put a 2 or 3 spot up in the 1st or 2nd. I don’t know what to expect of Jurijens tomorrow. His last 2 starts he hasn’t even going deeper than five….and both those were at home.

I think tomorrow is a big game for the Braves because I just don’t see you winning that middle game but anything can happen.

double

September 19th, 2010
11:16 pm

oh heck held my o key little long (lose) for you folks that only nitpick knitpick who gives a big rats apple.davidsonrva just hope the Braves win and you get all your spelling correct.Also if any or none is correct Pull for Braves win.

davidsonrva

September 19th, 2010
11:20 pm

phillies 2008
September 19th, 2010
11:06 pm
why are the atlanta fans so nasty?

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we’re not the ones throwing up on one another in the stands….

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

September 19th, 2010
11:31 pm

Phillies2008, if your fans are so great and dedicated, why was one of the Phillies players complaining in the Inquirer today about fans leaving the game early this afternoon? Braves’ fans know better than to do that since we have had so many comebacks in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings this year. That’s what I would call “fickle” fans(or would that be Phickle fans)?

MitchC

September 19th, 2010
11:39 pm

If we won two of three, and went to DC down by only two games, I would say that would be a successful series. We cant realistically expect to go down there and sweep.

In reality, however, there probably isn’t enough time to catch Philly for the division lead. The more likely scenario is that we will lose two out of three, and leave Philly four games down.

My thought is not to get swept, and to protect the wild card. I just want us to get to the playoffs.

The way I figure it is this: Even if we lose two of three at Philly, we can think we will go home, and win at least four out of six there. It might be to our advantage, if the Phillies clinched the East before they got to Atlanta. This way, if the wild card hasn’t yet been settled, Manuel might rest his best people, to prepare for the playoffs.

My call: Philly wins the division, Braves win the wild card. I’m not trying to be “negative”. I’m just trying to think realistically.

Bobby Peru

September 19th, 2010
11:49 pm

“why are the atlanta fans so nasty?”

Sarcasm or stupidity? The only things separating Philly sports fans from English soccer hooligans is a New York City size inferiority complex and a half dozen teeth.

dong kumong

September 19th, 2010
11:58 pm

“We hold our own destiny,” Werth said. “Here we are, getting into late September again. We’re right where we want to be. We’re clicking on all cylinders. We’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

welcome to philly!

J-Hey

September 19th, 2010
11:58 pm

pitch good and get timely hits Braves, that’s the key!! (and don’t get swept). Hamels is beatable, Halladay is unhittable (get to the bullpen early and don’t give up a ton of runs Minor!), and Oswalt vs the Braves is a wild card

ABravesFan

September 20th, 2010
12:04 am

Should be a fun series. If the Braves can take 2 out of 3, (which would only cut down Phillies’ lead down to 2 games), then I think the NL East title (and the homefield advantage) will be within grasp. More importantly, a good showing on the road can give the team some much needed confidence for the road games in the playoff (should the Braves take care of business and make it there).

dong kumong

September 20th, 2010
12:07 am

and….where is your genie jhey?

My Dog Barks Some

September 20th, 2010
12:10 am

Philly fans are the worst, period. They lead empty lives that can only be filled with hooliganism over their sports teams.

washerguy

September 20th, 2010
12:11 am

im from philly the problem im having with our call to redo our rotation is you guys will see our top 3 in both series and if it all falls the way it should you will see them in the playoff too . i dont care how good you pitch but having your oppotition see you three series in about a month is bad for anybodys pitching staff

blair cook

September 20th, 2010
12:22 am

THE BRAVES WILL TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS @CBP SO DON’T BE SHOCKED THAT THE PHILLY FAITHFUL HAVE TO REALIZE THE BRAVES CAN SILENCE THOSE LOUD PROUD MOTORMOUTHS AND AS HERSHEL WALKER WOULD SAY…..SHUT UP. THE BRAVES WILL NOT BE DENIED HERE AT THE END. THEY WILL BE HOTTER THAN A DANCING BOBCAT GOING DOWN THE STRETCH. PLAY BALL AND ENJOY THE SWEEP YOU PHILLY PHANATICS.

Luv 2 Hate Me

September 20th, 2010
12:32 am

Take your azzes back to Philly sense you love the team so much. Go BRAVES!

Braves4ever

September 20th, 2010
12:52 am

The Phillies are a very good team, but so are the Braves. So, if we play like we are capable of playing, this thing may come down to the final day of the season in Atlanta. I hope so, that would be great for both cities and for baseball in general.

Braves4ever

September 20th, 2010
1:01 am

Phillie 2008

Don’t pay attention to some of the comments. Reading this blog, we both have some mean nasty fans. This is just a game, it’s not life or death. I hope for a great race down the stretch and really hope the Braves crush the Phillies, but even if they don’t….it’s not the end of the world.

Josh

September 20th, 2010
2:42 am

@washerguy – great point and I agree whole-heartedly. The Braves will most likely land a wild card berth into the playoffs and that’s fine. The advantage is seeing the top 3 Phillies pitchers multiple times before it really counts. Also, the Braves choosing not to alter the pitching rotation for the series may benefit the Braves as they’ll have their best pitching against more inferior teams (remember what O’Brien said: 7-5 Braves record, Rockies will have to put up a 12-1 record and Padres a 11-2). This still doesn’t mean I won’t be cheering on the Bravos to reclaim the division! GO BRAVES!!!

J-Hey

September 20th, 2010
2:56 am

wonder if Hamels is a power hitter? JJ coming into this game having given up homers to both starting pitchers in his last 2 starts.

*Livan was hitting less then .150, homer
*Wainwright hitting less than .180, homer
*Hamels hitting .159, ?

and JJ has only given up 13 homers all year while Hamels has given up 24 but JJ has given up 4 homers in his last 2 starts … it’s a smaller ballpark JJ, try to keep it in the yard this time!

PhilsPfansince64

September 20th, 2010
3:01 am

All of these comments mean nothing. Bottom line–Braves fans, prepare for your destiny. It starts tomorrow when you try to take it to the BIG 3. Prepare yourself for total destruction. You might not even make the WC. Deal with THAT. You haven’t felt the full force of the September Steamroller–that would be the Philadelphia Phillies. Enjoy the ride, suckers.

kaminari

September 20th, 2010
3:02 am

This is a good test for the playoffs. The Braves need to win just one game in Filthy to prove they can take a series from the Filthies. Of course we’re gonna sweep the Filthies at the Ted in the playoffs. I expect Booby to do everything he can to prolong his rein, which means beating the Filthies cause you know the road to the World Series goes through Filthadelphia.

Braves win (at least one).

Mr. Enigma

September 20th, 2010
3:11 am

I’m excited as hell. It’s going to feel like the playoffs for sure.

I’m more worried about Jurrjens than Minor. Jurrjens has got to find a way to keep the ball down or he’s going to be toast very quickly.

PhilsPfansince64

September 20th, 2010
3:23 am

Prepare for destruction. The Braves will wonder what hit them. As the saying goes, be afraid–be very afraid. Your “great” Booby will do what he does every year with the exception of the ONE year he lucked out–that would be nothing. Getting thrown out of games is what he does best, and that is just to cover up what he does worst–that would be managing.

PhilsPfansince64

September 20th, 2010
3:35 am

You are what you are and we are what we are. Accept it. There really is no comparison. Accept the inevitable. I appreciate the bravado from the Braves’ loyal following, but come on. The cream always rises to the top. The Phillies are the cream and you are the milk, for now.

The Phillies MVB (most valuable binoculars)

September 20th, 2010
6:25 am

One thing that these Philly fans don’t realize is that we LOVE to grill out down here in the South. And we’ve got our barbecue sauce ready for the Phils.

stoky

September 20th, 2010
6:41 am

Hey mitchell.. you know that smell that comes from your belly button… it well describes your filthy mind.

stoky

September 20th, 2010
6:48 am

Hey thumbody…. we had more fans leave the game yesterday than you have had in your entire park for most of the games this year. and that chop is rank stupidity.

so...and what do I know

September 20th, 2010
6:53 am

A game of inches,,, any team can beat any other team on any day. We have got to maximize every opportunity. JJ who knows. he may be on.. if so we have a good chance to take the first game. Minor..here’s hoping the kid wants to prove he can handle it.. hope he does. it will inspire the team. Hanson…Tommy seems to get upset when he doesn’t get a call.. some times justified, wish Glavine would talk to him and tell him don’t let the umpire beat you. Tommy gets mad or whatever and will throw the ball right down the middle as to “show” the ump “is this what I need to do to get a strike. of course then the opponents taake advantage. Key here Tommy. keep your cool.. Win or lose should be a great series

kaminari

September 20th, 2010
6:59 am

How good is the Phils’ bullpen? If our pitchers keep us in the game, look out. I like our chances. The Bravos aren’t gonna win any scoring battles. But if we play A-B-C like Glav says, we’ll take two of three. I like Glav. Is he gonna be in the organization next year too?

Philthadelphia

September 20th, 2010
8:11 am

Great team (who no one outside a 20 sq. mile radius of Philly cares about) but trash city, trash fans.

kaminari

September 20th, 2010
8:13 am

I also want to say it is really cool how we are lining up three of our promising young pitchers that have totaled only 61 career wins verses their Big Three. I think that this series is a serious statement about what the future holds. The New Young Guns.

Westport Johnny

September 20th, 2010
8:17 am

The glorious city of Philadelphia embraces your own Michael Vick after incarceration and residents and supporters of the city of Altanta have the nerve to bash Philly? Does not make sense to me- Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia will look past that slight, and instead prepare to pass out hugs to Altanta Fails after H2O completes the sweep Wednesday evening.

Peace Out.

Farnsworth

September 20th, 2010
8:26 am

Glad to see Derek and Derrek finally getting on track. Derrek and Jason could be the difference makers offensively the rest of the way. Also, very glad to see the Fillies finally lose one.

BishopOfPhilly

September 20th, 2010
8:28 am

So sorry that our “bandbox” is so “raucous.” Maybe to make the Bravos feel right at home we should close up the gates after the first 5,000 fans and give everyone some free chloroform.

bs61014

September 20th, 2010
8:45 am

The Braves showed a lot of mental toughness during this past series with the Mets. Don’t know what will happen with the Phillies. However I am sure the Braves are happy that the Braves control their own destiny.

Kauffman

September 20th, 2010
8:48 am

Dude *J-Hey* Wainwright was 0-4 Carp is the one who hit the homer..the next game!

lee

September 20th, 2010
8:54 am

even when the Braves were in first place eveyone wanted the Phils to be there!! and now everyone is acting like the Phils did something so amazing to get back to first place!! they did not do anything –the only thing that happened was that the Braves started playing like a bunch of T-ballers!!tired of everyone acting like the Phils being more than what they really are!! FREAKING LUCKY!!! why dont we just stop the season now and give the world series to the phils??? its funny though every time the braves and phils get in this situation, the braves usually do not have any problem with the phils for some reason–now i wonder why that is???-hummmm

Thundersticks

September 20th, 2010
8:58 am

The key to this series is the pitching of Jurrjens and Hanson. If they can pitch to their abilities, then we should be fine. The Braves’ bullpen is much better than the Phillies, but the Phillies’ offense is much better than the Braves.

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:05 am

Wow, Braves fans here really are being nasty, in general. There’s no call to describe Philadelphia as “trash” “Philthadelphia ” – have you even ever been here? And no, Phillies commenters here are mostly not transplants living in Atlanta, we are actually in Philadelphia and accessing your site from here – marvels of modern technology. We’re just looking for some perspective on what the opposition fanbase is thinking. And although we unfortunately have some hooligan fans, by and large Philadelphia fans are knowledgeable and passionate. Vocal minority gets too much attention as is always the case. And no, we don’t all “lead empty lives”. Where’s that Southern hospitality I’ve heard about?

Anyway, I see a Phillies (with a “PH, not “Fillys” or “Fillies” or the ridiculously unimaginative “Fillthies”) series win, probably a sweep. No personal attack on Braves fans, (bets in NL he said), clearly our starters in this series are superior, and bullpen will not matter much when we get 7-9 innings from each starter.

WHY ALL THE HATE atlanta

September 20th, 2010
9:05 am

You know i am sitting here reading these comments, and the one thing i noticed was that all the Phillies fans comments centered on bashing the braves and their non existing fanbase.But it seems that alot of the braves fans comments liked to rip the city of Philly.I saw that WE are trash fans and that Philly is a trash city.I mean come on why do you gotta get so nasty just because the Phillies are a better team than the braves.Yeah Philly fans are a diffrent breed than most MLB cities,we are a passionate and supporting fanbase all throughout the delaware valley .I dont see any Phillies fans talking about the dental problems that exist in Georgia,or the lack of a proper education for 85%of the people of Georgia.Im not even going to bring up the incest.So in the future Bravos fans ,please remember to show a little restraint next time you wanna talk “SPORTS “.! UGGH !

chris

September 20th, 2010
9:06 am

Matt, you got the comment right wrong team – GO BRAVES!
Your Phillies riding high now but season is not over yet and a lot can happen in 2 weeks.

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:07 am

Lee, winning 7 straight and 15 of 18 in September is just lucky? Nothing special in your mind? Yes the Braves helped by losing some games to the Nats and Pirates, but 15 of 18 is impressive none the less.

Steve-o

September 20th, 2010
9:11 am

This pitching rotation does not favor the Braves, to put it mildly. I have zero faith in JJ, who is wildly unpredictable.But maybe the good JJ, who has been nowhere to be seen lately, will show up. Let’s hope the kid Minor can come up big in this high-pressure situation.

Oh, by the way, can we stop all the trash-talking our opponent’s city?!!

southern hope

September 20th, 2010
9:15 am

Lee, so true! People act like we just need to hand the WS keys over to the Phillies…why even both playing?

And, btw, we play pretty well against the Phillies….even with their out–of-control fans. So I’m nervous for our fellas tonight…to have to go into that place….but I actually think the chances are good that we’ll come out victors.

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:19 am

Southern Hope – no need to be “nervous” for your players safety, unless you’re aware of some case of violence against players that I am not. Was there on Friday night with my 4 year old, if the Park was nearly as bad as you all seem to think from 900 miles away, I can guarantee we would not have been there.

Steve-o

September 20th, 2010
9:29 am

Phils fan above,
Unfortunately, there are a lot of silly fans who are not only afraid of your ballpark (which they’ve never been to) but also are afraid of driving to downtown Atlanta to see a game. These are usually people who live in one of the far-flung suburbs who haven’t been into the city in a decade or so.
I think it would be a blast to see a game in Philly. The atmosphere looks great to me…

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:32 am

Nice to see some reasonable Braves fans posting. Let’s keep this centered on baseball – with such an exciting series starting tonight why focus on anything else? And yes I think the Phillies win the series. To suggest, though, that Phillies fans expect anyone to hand us anything is to ignore the history of this team, which has sadly lost more games in its history than any team in any sport. So yes, we’re enjoying our run of success which is long overdue.

JMOR

September 20th, 2010
9:33 am

The Braves offense has struggled against high era pitchers to score even a couple runs over the past several weeks…Against the Phillies 3 aces, they will not be able to generate more than a run or 2 each game. Looks like a sweep by the Phillies to me, with Minor and JJ each giving up 5 or six runs in 5 or six innings(like they have been doing) and the only chance of a close game is when Hanson pitches.The defense issues will probably surface again given the pressure of the series, where the Braves must win to keep the wild card lead. This is a mismatch, and will not be pretty, as the braves have been wilting under the pressure of moment.

PHLPHAN 4 LIFE

September 20th, 2010
9:41 am

Lets start by saying Phils are a dynasty team in the making. 2 straight years World Series and will be a third. We have the best offense and a dangerous starting rotation. Even on news and sports center every player thats up on contract want to play for the Phils. The only threat in the NL we have close to us is Colorado and guarantee it they will surpass the Braves and possibly win the NL West.Have fun watching us in the World Series again and again too easy.

knarf

September 20th, 2010
9:47 am

Westport Johnny

September 20th, 2010
8:17 am

The glorious city of Philadelphia embraces your own Michael Vick after incarceration and residents and supporters of the city of Altanta have the nerve to bash Philly? Does not make sense to me- Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia will look past that slight, and instead prepare to pass out hugs to Altanta Fails after H2O completes the sweep Wednesday evening.

Peace Out.

I’m sorry, but this comment is absolutely absurd. You embraced a guy after incarceration for dog fighting (which is absolutely disgusting) only because he can play a sport well…

I agree, the name calling is ridiculous and immature, and attacking the city of Philadelphia or it’s people is uncalled for. But you can’t tell me the fans of your sports teams don’t leave something to be desired… I mean, a guy was arrested at a Phillies game for making himself throw up on a little girl this year. And do we have to get into the way your fans acted toward Joe Maddon’s family at CBP during the World Series a couple years back? I mean really, throwing things at an 8 year old girl because she’s wearing attire of the team her grandfather manages.

markie mark

September 20th, 2010
9:48 am

“I dont see any Phillies fans talking about the dental problems that exist in Georgia,or the lack of a proper education for 85%of the people of Georgia.Im not even going to bring up the incest.So in the future Bravos fans ,please remember to show a little restraint next time you wanna talk “SPORTS “.! UGGH !”

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Man, you must think “dukes of hazzard” was real….do you know anything about Atlanta?….wow, talk about ignorant….

DC Brave

September 20th, 2010
9:48 am

Halladay has not been unhittable…he’s been giving up 1-2 homers a game lately. Cole Hamels is beatable. If the good versions of JJ, Minor, and Tommy show up we’ll be fine. Or maybe Beachy is pitching tonight?

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:53 am

DC Brave – Hamels ERA is 0.34 in his last 4 starts. If by “beatable” you mean you expect this to be the 1 game out of 3 that he gives up an earned run and you expect JJ to pitch a 1-0 shutout, then by all means he’s beatable.

Unfortunately your comments on Hallady are correct, he’s been shaky by his standards lately, hoping the extra day rest and the emotion of this huge series are what he needs to get on track.

PhilsWSChamps2010

September 20th, 2010
9:58 am

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south georgia braves

September 20th, 2010
10:06 am

Lets get real about this series. Our goal going in should be take two of the three and cut the lead to two games AND stay in front in the Wild Card.

To expect that we sweep is not realistic. It’s possible (remember the Astros)but very unlikely.

To lose two of the games will put us four out of the East and will damage the Wild card effort. That is the Phillies goal (to win the series) and a sweep for them would be even better.

So, if we leave Philly with a series win, we should be very happy.

Sertoma

September 20th, 2010
10:08 am

I’ve heard Derreck Lee referred to as the “Phillies Killer”. Let’s hope he lives up to his name!

Bob Horner

September 20th, 2010
10:09 am

Let’s go Phillies Killer!

BravesFan

September 20th, 2010
10:32 am

You guys remember the bomb that Heyward hit against the Mets. That ball would have gone out of CBP. Can’t wait to see the Hey Train destroy Philly pitching.

Midranger

September 20th, 2010
10:40 am

All trash talking aside this series means more to the Braves than the Phils. If the Braves are swept they very well will find themselves looking up at the Rockies, Giants, or Padres for the wild card.

The Phils can afford to lose the series and still be well positioned to win the division or fall back on the wild card. Odds certainly do not lend themselves to the Braves beating the 3 headed snake of Hamels, Halladay, and Oswlat. If the Braves escape with two out of three they will be extremely fortunate and will have momentum proving they can handle the best the Phils can throw at them.

Being a Phils fan I would love to see them sweep the Braves and put the division out of reach so they can begin to focus on the ultimate prize which is a rematch with them damn Yankees the potential of which has MLB and the networks drooling as it would prove the highest rated World Series in decades.

Dan in West Georgia

September 20th, 2010
10:57 am

No hate here; I was born in NJ, and have family in Philly, but I’ve been in the South for 30 years.

As has been said, a key in the first game is that Jurgens MUST keep the ball down. That’s been his problem for the last 2 or 3 games. He was quoted as saying he didn’t want to dwell on his poor performances, but rather concentrate on what he had been doing right. Well, if he has a mechanical problem, he at least needs to know what it is before he can fix it. I hope Cox and McDowell took control of that situation.

Also, the Braves absolutely must stop squandering RISP opportunities early in the game. They could have been up 6-2 against the Mets *before* Lee hit the grand slam. One bright spot is that our defense seems to be improving; the infield was sharp yesterday.

I got it

September 20th, 2010
11:58 am

The Phillies only had what $50,000,000 million more to spend on their players and it has got them a whopping 3 game lead… money well spent… Hope it lets you buy a pennant…lol…..

PhillyGuy

September 20th, 2010
11:58 am

Braves have a better bullpen overall, but the backs of both are pretty much even, Lidge and Wags both have blown a bunch of Saves but both are going pretty darn well right now. Both have top notch 8th inning guys as well. Beyond that Braves are better, but at this point in the season, Middle relief means as much as spring training records. If you need your middle relief in a game, you are in trouble. Hammels/Halliday and Oswalt will probably go 7 like they always do, then its the back end guys if they are up or tied. Same with the Braves if they are up or tied. The fact that the Braves have better long/middle relief or a lefty specialist for the 6th inning 1 hitter apparance is meaningless in September.

That being said, you gotta do it all on the field, enough of playing teams that are mailing it in, Im excited to see how the Phils finally stack up this September against a team still playing for something.

PhillyGuy

September 20th, 2010
12:04 pm

“The Phillies only had what $50,000,000 million more to spend on their players and it has got them a whopping 3 game lead”

Phils didn’t go out and buy players for cash like the Muts or Stankees did. They did, however, put a competitive team on the field, sold out their ballpark (try it some day, you might be able to keep top talent) and reinfused that revenue to pay and keep THEIR OWN PLAYERS or to trade valuable blue chip prospects to aquire more players.

Besides, even the Phils with thier 120 straight sellouts have limits, no way they can afford to re-sign Werth next year.

As for ONLY a 3 game lead, Phils have a better record this year than they did in either of the two previous seasons that ended in a World Series, AND they had 15 guys on the DL for major parts of the season. Only every day player to not hit the DL and miss meaningful games was Werth, thats it. Remove 85% of your lineup for a month and the lead would be 8 games, not 3.

Loving those Braves

September 20th, 2010
12:21 pm

I’ve been to Philadelphia and loved it- a beautiful city with nice people. Didn’t run across anybody who acted like Philly fans at the ball park. Why is that?

Braves Fan Since "80

September 20th, 2010
1:04 pm

wow you were a phillies fan when they were known only for the mascot….. you get a pass you what a loser is!

Braves Fan Since "80

September 20th, 2010
1:07 pm

philly GUY…As for ONLY a 3 game lead, Phils have a better record this year than they did in either of the two previous seasons that ended in a World Series, AND they had 15 guys on the DL for major parts of the season. Only every day player to not hit the DL and miss meaningful games was Werth, thats it. Remove 85% of your lineup for a month and the lead would be 8 games, not 3.
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Show me a boxscore where you had 7.65 people on the DL at the same time…..A philly lie.

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