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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Phillies (99-60) @ Braves (89-71), Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:10pm

PHI: Roy Oswalt (33, RHP, 8-10, 3.86)
ATL: Derek Lowe (38, RHP, 9-16, 4.92)

The Primer Chimp Posted: September 27, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 33 comment(s)
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   1. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 10:56 PM (#3939536)
Okay, Derek Lowe, I've been badmouthing you all day, most of the season, and quite a bit in the previous two, also. How about you make me look like an idiot?
   2. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM (#3939605)
Gonzalez is probably the most expendable of the regulars. Still not good to see him hurt.
   3. flournoy Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM (#3939638)
Hook time.
   4. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:53 PM (#3939678)
If you'd told me before the game that Lowe would allow only three hits and no walks in the first three innings, I'd have been thrilled. Somehow that's translated to three runs, though, which is more in line with what I'd expected.
   5. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:54 PM (#3939685)
Ruiz has thrown out 23% of basestealers this season. Opposing baserunners are 10-0 on Oswalt. Of course, it's a 3-0 game right now.
   6. flournoy Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM (#3939690)
Derek Lowe pleaded with Fredi Gonzalez to let him hit this inning so he could go back out there and try to get his ERA over five. Almost there!
   7. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM (#3939697)
What's this? Good luck?
   8. flournoy Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM (#3939699)
No, that wasn't good luck.
   9. Sweatpants Posted: September 27, 2011 at 11:58 PM (#3939701)
Oh, actually it was just the shortest rally in recorded history.
   10. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM (#3939709)
Here, now the Phillies will show the Braves what a longer rally looks like.
   11. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3939721)
Vizcaino is apparently being told to warm up quickly. Here is my question: if you have a pitcher for whom you know you'll require this short a leash, why would you start him at all?
   12. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3939722)
(My TV broke - great timing - so all I've got is radio.)
   13. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:06 AM (#3939725)
By the way, Lowe's ERA is at 5.02. Mission accomplished!
   14. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:07 AM (#3939732)
I think you're better off with a broken TV.

I was flabbergasted when Vizcaino only just started to warm up after the second hit of the inning. Someone should have been warm when the inning started. And I have no idea why they started Lowe today. I'd have gone with a bullpen game.
   15. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:09 AM (#3939737)
When was the last time a Braves pitcher threw enough innings to qualify for the ERA title (162) with an ERA over 5.00? I'm going to look that up.
   16. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:10 AM (#3939742)
Yeah, other than the fact that the Phillies have scored no more than two runs in any one inning, this was incredibly predictable.
   17. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:11 AM (#3939749)
I think Shane Reynolds in 2003.
   18. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:12 AM (#3939753)
It is Reynolds, you're right. Man, he was bad.
   19. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3939777)
OK, Reynolds was 11-9 that year, because that was the random year when, after living on pitching since 1991, the Braves decided to be the best-hitting team in baseball. They had four guys with an OPS+ higher than anyone on this year's team has.
   20. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM (#3939781)
Good sweet ####, LOWE IS STILL IN THE GAME??? I can only assume that they don't want to use a reliever for only one inning.
   21. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM (#3939785)
Yeah, a record of 11-9 with the crazy Lopez/Sheffield/Giles offense is not impressive.

Hey, time to pull Lowe! Congrats Fredi, just four innings too late.
   22. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3939802)
Aw, c'mon - he got Rollins out to start the game.

I should follow the Astros game over this one. Fifth-best record in the league vs. 103-loss team is more of a toss-up than this debacle.
   23. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:28 AM (#3939825)
Yeah, time to find a new game.
   24. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:34 AM (#3939850)
Phillies sure brought the bats today.
   25. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:35 AM (#3939858)
Unless Lowe gets used in mop-up duty tomorrow, his ERA ends up at 5.05. That comes out to an ERA+ of 75.

Since 1901, only 16 Braves have qualified for the ERA title with an ERA+ that bad. The last one to do it was Warren Spahn, in 1964. - back in Milwaukee! That means that Derek Lowe has set an Atlanta record. Congratulations, Derek!
   26. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM (#3939862)
I think they asked Derek Lowe to bring the bats.
   27. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM (#3939867)
Good news out of Houston, though - 1-0, Astros.
   28. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:37 AM (#3939869)
And congratulations to Derek for setting the record that Mark Redman just couldn't stick around long enough to set!
   29. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:41 AM (#3939890)
If the Braves and Cardinals both lose today and tomorrow, would the Braves set the record for least impressive postseason entrance ever?
   30. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM (#3939921)
Derek Lowe- FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK YYYYYYYYYYYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.


Flournoy, last year was almost as bad.
   31. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: September 28, 2011 at 12:51 AM (#3939936)
At least uggla saw a couple of pitches this at bat.
   32. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2011 at 01:34 AM (#3940135)
Most pointless home run of the year.
   33. Sweatpants Posted: September 28, 2011 at 01:43 AM (#3940163)
They just played an advertisement for postseason tickets on the radio.

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