Phillies 4, Braves 3

ESPN – Phillies vs. Braves – Box Score – September 18, 2008

So, the Phillies won nine of nine games in Atlanta this season. That’s not good. I’d be more upset, of course, if I hadn’t given up two months ago.

The Phillies scored two runs in the first inning. The Braves got one back in the bottom of the first on a double by McCann. They tied it in the second when Kotchman actually hit a homer, his first as a Brave. I don’t care how depressed he is, he needs to hit more of those.

At any event, it stayed that way until the sixth, when Hampton gave up a two-run homer to Burrell to take the loss. The Braves got one run back on an error, but never really threatened to tie it up in the last two innings.

Chipper was 1-3 with two walks. Pujols was also 0-3 and Chipper remains 11 points up in the batting race; he’s ten points up in OBP.

27 thoughts on “Phillies 4, Braves 3”

  1. Thank you for the Chipper updates Mac, those are what I’m actually CARING about right now.

    Edit: Ohhh, I like that Smoltz is going to be doing some post season broadcast work… I hope he gets the Dodgers series (and I hope I get to watch that).

  2. Yeah me too–I was up in the middle of the night and so I joined the game just to see how Chipper was doing….

  3. To answer Chris from the last thread, in fairness, from the story I read it looked like Bobby’s quote was in response to the historical fact that the Braves haven’t been swept at home in a season series of this many games in almost 100 years, back when they were the Boston Doves, according to ESPN.

  4. Don’t look now, but Chipper is hitting .419 in September (with a .561 OBP, his best month for OBP) to Pujols .280 (his worst month for average, even with 5 HRs).

  5. Bobby also talked about how Hampton should pitch next year–he’s good now, next year will be even better.

    It’s not totally untrue, but if Bobby was at Pearl Harbor, he would be talking about how those American gunners did a great job firing their guns even though they didn’t shoot down any planes. Enough already. You can tolerate this with a winning team but not with a crap team like this. Especially when you have Corky Miller on the roster.

  6. Continuing from the last thread in response to the only 2 people who said anything about my fantasy…

    Will Rivera really be a Type B? I didn’t think he would.

    As for the traded guys, it certainly damages the farm system’s depth, but we’d keep most or all of the truly elite prospects. As for Hernandez, I hope we trade him this offseason. Unless (a) Schafer bombs, and (b) Hernandez doesn’t, he’s never going to be our CF (and he doesn’t appear to have much value as a LF). His prospect status is very good right now, and I think he’d really us bring in some much needed pitching or corner OF help in a trade.

    Everyone (including me) said the Teix trade was going to destroy the farm system, too, and it was stronger a year later than it was before the deal. I think you might be overstating your point a bit.

    As for not being a winning team, is it because you don’t think there’s enough pitching? The fantasy offense I threw out there should be better than this year’s. That’s substantial improvement in the corner OF spots. As for the pitching, I think it’s good enough to compete if you catch a few breaks instead of having everything go wrong like we did this year. I know many hate the build-the-team-so-that-it’s-just-good-enough-to-compete-in-the-weak-NL approach, but as I said before, if you’re not giving up Schafer/Heyward/Hanson(/Freeman/Flowers) and these commitments only last 2-3 years, you’re not crippling any future runs by making these moves.

  7. The difference is whether Admiral/ Manager Cox actually believes what he says- in the past he didn’t, but now I’m not so sure.

    (This is not intended as criticism of Cox’s past style. Quite the contrary: there’s no reason to run players down for doing their best, as long as you understand that there are problems that need to be fixed.)

  8. Two players in September
    Player 1 Avg .279 OBP .343
    Player 2 Avg .281 OBP .379

    Player 2 is Albert Pujols having his worst month
    Player 1 is ????? having his best month (not counting slugging %)

  9. Yeah… and in September… which is either enough to give the front office hope (probably a BAD thing), or enough to help market him for a trade (probably a GOOD thing). I say probably because I think Jeffy still has potential to be pretty good (the saying of which around here is tantamount to shouting Praise Allah during a Papal prayer I know)… but I don’t think it’ll happen here.

    Edit: (though honestly, did we know he would be back? or did we think he was gone… an OPS .740 Jeffy would’ve brought much less ire upon himself than OPS .645 Jeffy has)

  10. ’07 offseason target Erik Bedard has a torn labrum:

    The Mariners traded Adam Jones, LHPs George Sherrill and Tony Butler, and RHPs Chris Tillman and Kam Mickolio to get Bedard. This is roughly equivalent to Jordan Schafer, Will Ohman, Cole Rohrbough, Kris Medlen, and Stephen Marek. Ummm, whew?

  11. Sorry for the random request, but can anyone tell me where to find a list of the career leaders in holds for relief pitchers? Surely there is one somewhere.

  12. If Bobby Cox had been at the Coliseum last weekend he would have described Todd Boeckman as “sneaky fast” and “only needs to work on his control”.

    Continuing from the last thread in response to the only 2 people who said anything about my fantasy…

    I’m only here for the college football picks.

  13. … and Bobby would have responded to himself with, “The play was excellent. If only we could have avoided Booth, it would have been a great night.”

  14. I love this. And if Bobby had been head of NASA when Challenger blew up, he would have said, “we got up there pretty high until the explosion.”

  15. This is fun…

    Bobby on the Kennedy assasination: “Well, we put Oswald in a spot where he had to make the perfect shot, and you just have to tip you cap to him that he made it.”

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