Thursday, July 2, 2015

Game 152: For the best record

There is little meaningful baseball left until Oct. 1, and Monday could be one of those final moments. The Phillies can clinch the best record in the National League with a victory or a Milwaukee defeat. The magic number is one.

Game 152: For the best record

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Roy Halladay starts tonight against the Cardinals. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Roy Halladay starts tonight against the Cardinals. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

There is little meaningful baseball left until Oct. 1, and Monday could be one of those final moments. The Phillies can clinch the best record in the National League with a victory or a Milwaukee defeat. The magic number is one.

To do so, Charlie Manuel will field his (almost) regular lineup again.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Placido Polanco 5
7. Ross Gload 3
8. Carlos Ruiz 2
9. Roy Halladay 1

Ryan Howard was scheduled to receive a cortisone shot and could be out until Thursday. The Phillies face a lefthanded pitcher in the next three games, so Gload starts at first base for a second straight day.

Who will win the NL Cy Young Award?
Cliff Lee
Roy Halladay
Clayton Kershaw
Ian Kennedy

Other than that, well, it's another day at the office. The Flyers were at Citizens Bank Park to take batting practice. James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell had the best swings. Van Riemsdyk belted a homer over the leftfield fence. Domonic Brown was out in left, practicing with Juan Samuel, and ran to the wall only to watch the ball sail over the wall.

Ho hum.


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