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Phillies come back home for an important home stand, hoping to sweep the Nationals while trying to refind their bats.

The Phillies (66-58) begins an important nine games home stand, and will start it with a three games against the woeful Nationals (44-81). The game will be played in Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.79), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 13 in which he pitched a so-so five innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits, in the Phillies’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to regain the form he’d shown in his two starts before the Dodgers’ series, where he gave up only one earned run in fourteen innings of work. He will try to be the latest Phillies’ starter to have a good performance while hoping that the offense will give him the same support that they game him at the start of his previous start but didn’t respond to. The Nationals will oppose him with Jason Bergmann (2-9, 4.51), who is coming off a rather nasty lost to the Mets on August 13, as he got bombed for six earned runs on eight hits in three innings of work, in the Nationals’ 12-0 lost. He has already faced the Phillies twice this season, with both games being no-decisions, as he would pitch twelve and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on twelve hits. He’ll be looking to record his third win of the year while hoping that the Phillies’ bats won’t decide to take out their year long frustration out on him.

The Phillies come back home from a disastrous West Coast road trip, which saw them loss four straight to the Dodgers and then get a total of only eighteen hits in San Diego, despite winning the series against one of the worst teams in the league. Starting pitching continue to impress, the bullpen, in spite of a pair of blown saves in LA, is still the second best bullpen in the National League, while the bats continue to be frustratingly silent. The Phillies are bracing for a nasty response from the fanbase to Jimmy Rollins’ ‘front runners’ comment during the tail end of the Dodgers’ series fiasco. What they might not be prepared for is a fan-base campaign of support started last weekend by fellow blogger We Should Be GM’s who has suggested, partly in a sarcastic tone, that instead of booing the team into oblivion, the fans should give the team its whole hearted support, mainly to see what Rollins’ reaction will be to out and out whole hearted fan support from Phillies’ fans, instead of the expected boo-bird chants, which he calls Campaign: Cheer. My opinion on the campaign? If it help to get this team moving again, I’ll give it my support, 100%, with the stipulation that I have the right to boo them out of existance if they have a lousy home stand in spite of the support. Also, Charlie Manuel has literally asked for help in trying to get the Phillies’ offense back in operation. Hey, Charlie and Milt Thompson, another Phillies’ fan blogger, Phillies Phollowers, have some suggestions on how to get this team out of its collective slump. I suggest that you two read it and get the guys to do the same and follow the advice. I mean, come on, its simple common baseball sense, something that seems to have disappeared from within your team. But, more importantly, just go out there and clean the Nationals’ clock. This is a weak team that has recently been swept by the Mets. Beat them!!! Show them no mercy!!! GO PHILLIES!!!!

The Phillies now trail the Mets by a game and a half after the Mets’ lost to the Pirates (thank you thank you thank you!!!!), as they prepare for a three games series with the fading Braves who are now in a very unfamiliar role, that of a spolier. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by two and a half game as they prepare for a three games series with the presently hot Giants. The Phillies are hoping that they can do well against the Nationals while praying that the Braves will have enough fight left in them to give the Mets some heartburn.

Still playing in the capital.

The Phillies (22-24) continue their three games visit to Washington, D.C. with their second game at the Nationals’ (20-26) new home, Nationals Park. The game starts tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will be sending out their ace, Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.89), who is coming off his first complete game shut out victory against the Atlanta Braves on May 15, giving up no runs on four hits and strking out six, in the Phillies’ 5-0 win. Hamels has won three of his last four starts, with the Phils’ winning the other one, as he goes twenty-nine and one third innings, giving up only ten earned runs on twenty-two hits and striking out twenty-four. His career record against the Nationals is 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA in ten starts, including his previous start against them this year, where he was involved in a pitcher’s duel with Tim Redding on April 2, going eight full innings, giving up an earned run on five hits, as he took the lost, in the Phils’ 1-0 defeat. He hopes to improve his record while ending the Phillies’ present losing streak at three games. The Nationals will counter with Jason Bergmann (1-1, 7.45), who is coming off a shut out victory of his own, as he pitched seven scoreless innings against the New York Mets, also on May 15, giving up no runs on three hits, in the Nationals’ 1-0 win. In his other three starts he got hammered pretty hard, including his April 3 start against the Phils, receiving a no-decision, as he went five and a third innings, giving up five earned runs on seven hits, in the Nationals’ 8-7 lost. He’ll be looking to improve his record, while trying to continue the Phils’ offensive woos.

The Phils’ offense has not been doing well in their last three games, leaving too many men on in scoring positions. For some reason, they are not getting the big hit when they need it. Just as badly, they don’t seems to be playing small ball, moving players into scoring position, hitting sac flies to score runners from third, being patient at the plate, taking pitches when ahead in the count, defending the plate with two strikes, waiting for the pitcher to throw their pitch, etc. Although they are suppose to be a runs producing team, they don’t seems to be doing the little things that helps to bring in runs, and it seems to have cost them their last three games. It’s obvious that Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff needs to remind them about that particular aspect of the game, and soon, if they want to get into the playoff at the end of the year. The Phils also need to start beating up on weak teams, as they are presently 8-8 in their last sixteen games playing against teams who are .500 or worst, losing two of their last three series.

The third place Phillies are a game and a half behind the National League East leading Marlins and a full game behind the Mets, while a half game ahead of the Braves. The Marlins will start a three games series with the best team in the National League, the Diamondbacks, in Miami, while the Mets will be playing the Braves in Atlanta for four games. The Phils hope to do better during their next two games with the Nationals, and during their four game set in Houston, so that they can get back to challenging for first place.

Edit: The Braves and Mets have finished the first games of a doubleheader, while the Braves have won 6-1, putting the Braves .001 percentage points ahead of the Phils and .001 percentage points behind the Mets, while all three teams are now a game and a half behind the Marlins. The second game is presently in a rain delay. Meanwhile, the Phils’ offensive troubles continues as Pat Burrell strands two runners on base, with one in scoring position.

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