Final Three

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss
Werth, rf
Utley, 2b
Howard, 1b
Burrell, lf
Victorino, cf
Dobbs, 3b
Ruiz, c
Blanton, p

During the club’s hot streak earlier this month, Larry Andersen described the Phillies after a late-inning win as a “The Team of Necessity.”

Well, folks, we are down to the final three regular season games.  If we are to reach the postseason for the second straight year, wins are a necessity.

Scoreboard watching is big at this time of the season.  We need to take care of our own business which takes care of other clubs.

Joe, Jamie and Cole are lined up as the final three starters.  The Nationals, who would love nothing more than to be spoilers, have changed the rotation to a right-hander tonight and then lefties in the final 2 games. 

While the sky is gray, the forecast is much more encouraging than yesterday’s.  There might be a chance of off-and-on light rain or drizzle. The major system is heading north.  Just so it doesn’t make a u-turn.

Repeating what has been said….the decision to start a game is in the hands of the umpire crew chief and MLB and not us. 

“Friday 3:15 p.m. meeting” was a message on the board in the middle of the clubhouse after Wednesday’s game.  The media got hyped up about the meeting.  Sorry, but it a logistical report meeting by Frank Coppenbarger, Director of Team Travel, the same thing he did a year ago.

This Date
In Phillies history….
9/26/76: Phillies clinch first NL East title with a 4-1 win at Montreal (1st game).  RHP Jim Lonborg pitches 4-hitter and Greg Luzinski hits a 3-run homer in the 6th.


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