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Gamenight: Blue Jays (34-31) At Phillies (36-25)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, June 16, 2009 05:45 PM | Comments: 258
Gameday 2009, Posts

jayslogo Toronto Blue Jays (34-31) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-25)
Ricky Romero (3-3, 3.71 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.62 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Mostly sunny, 67
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Sixteen years later: Revenge!

Okay, so Interleague play means some really hackneyed matchups, but the Phillies and Blue Jays are both good teams with high-powered offenses. They begin a three-game series tonight at the Bank.

The Blue Jays walked into Philly last year and took two of three in a series where Jayson Werth clubbed three home runs in a game and Roy Halladay pitched relief in a rain-delayed game that went to Toronto. This year the Jays are 34-31, but were much more potent earlier in the season, when their powerful offense bashed teams en route to baseball’s best record. Their pitching is scuffling now that Halladay will miss his start (which was supposed to be this week), so this set provides the Phils a chance to get some necessary home victories.

Cole Hamels brings his sub-5.00 ERA back home after having a tough outing against the Mets. Wednesday he only pitched five innings, giving up 11 hits but earning a no-decision. This will be his first start ever against Toronto, and he’s had very little experience against their hitters. Toronto starter Ricky Romero has never faced any of the hitters lining up against him tonight.

Your gamenight beer: “An honest beer makes its own friends” is the old slogan for Molson Canadian. I don’t know about you, but there’s a bar near my home, and sometimes I go in just wanting an honest lager. Seriously. And sometimes I’m jonesing for a Molson. Absolutely. So grab a Molson, partner, and drink it with ham and baked potato, a decent northern dish.

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Phils really should take 2 of 3 against the Jays since they’re not facing Halladay.

     
  • Posts: 0 Alex

    Matt Stairs approves of your beer selection.

     
  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    2 of 3 would be nice, especially with out Halladay. Isn’t it to his advantage that Cole has never pitched to these guys. Would love to see him in control and going at least 7 with 1ER on 5 hits. Anyone know the lineup tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Joe Citgo isn’t on this team is he?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Ken Rosenthal mentioned Jon Garland’s name again today. Why don’t they just stop talking to him? I have more inside knowledge about baseball in my whole body that he does in his little pinky. Let them talk to ME for Chrissakes. I can stand in front of a camera and make shit up just as well as he can. Further, mikemike, NJ, and the other usual suspects…whats up with Joe Savery? Velocity between 87 and 91 is merely pedestrian. Does he have an out pitch we don’t know about. Please advise. Thanks.

    The Dipsy

    “Always striving to make the Phillies a better team”.

     
  • Posts: 0 Griffin

    Savery was drafted 19th overall in the hopes that he would regain the velocity he had before his injury in college. That hasn’t happened, so now Savery’s ceiling is that of a 4th or 5th starter. He’s a “crafty” lefty. Don’t rule out a future in the pen. He is NOT a big-time prospect.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Dipsy

    Thank you sir. I remember when they drafted him. I wasn’t that impressed with him then and then he got “dead arm”. At one point I thought they were gonna try to put him in the outfield. Hey, if you’re a lefty and can throw 90, just grab yourself a change up and you have a 23 year major league career. What a country.

    The Dipsy

    “Always striving to make the Phillies a better team”

     
  • Posts: 0 Steve-o

    Dipsy apparently he’s working on adding “bite” to his slider, and has a 2 seamer that he’s also working on. Most think he’ll be a bullpen guy, but because he’s lefthanded, it’s possible he could make the rotation as a back-end starter. His control isn’t yet there either, so he’ll really need to cut down on the walks per nine. I’d imagine he’ll possibly debut with the Phillies in 2010 as a call-up in the bullpen and then fight for a rotation spot in 2011. Could be hard for him though, as I hope to see Drabek in the rotation in 2011 as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bski

    Not only will we miss Halladay in this series, but there’s a decent chance that we could end up missing him when we play the Jays in Toronto next weekend (26th, 27th, 28th). Gotta take advantage.

     
  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Blue Jays Lineup Tonight:

    1. SS Scutaro
    2. 2B Hill
    3. CF Wells
    4. 3B Rolen
    5. LF Lind
    6. RF Rios
    7. 1B Millar
    8. C Barajas
    9. Romero P

    Bench: Jose Bautista, Raul Chavez, Joe Inglett, John McDonald, Lyle Overbay

     
  • Posts: 0 Bski

    I don’t think Drabek will stay in the minors that long, Steve-o. I’m betting the Phils have big league plans for him next year, as long as he continues on his current path that is.

     
  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Phillies Lineup Tonight:

    1. SS Rollins
    2. 2B Utley
    3. RF Werth
    4. 1B Howard
    5. LF Ibanez
    6. CF Victorino
    7. 3B Feliz
    8. C Ruiz
    9. Hamels P

    Bench: Paul Bako, Eric Bruntlett, Chris Coste, Matt Stairs, Gregg Dobbs

     
  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Didn’t know the Blue Jays had a RAAAAAUUUUUUULLLLLLL. Except there is a big difference in stats.

    C Raul Chavez: .255, 1 homer, 4 rbi
    LF Raul Ibanez: .322, 22 homers, 59 rbi

     
  • Posts: 0 Travis

    Around NL East tonight:

    Nationals at Yankees 7:05pm
    Martis (5-1, 5.04) vs Sabathia (5-4, 3.68)

    Blue Jays at Phillies 7:05pm
    Romero (3-3, 3.71) vs Hamels (4-2, 4.62)

    Mets at Orioles 7:05pm
    Pelfrey (4-2, 4.68) vs Guthrie (4-6, 5.52)

    Marlins at Red Sox 7:10pm
    Volstad (4-6, 4.07) vs Wakefield (8-3, 4.50)

     
  • Posts: 0 uguethurbina

    ugh.. I hate rod barajas…. he always seems to actual be a halfway decent player against us…and only us…

     
  • Posts: 0 John Fire

    Um… did anyone see those two pitches Hamels threw? Went about 40 feet. The first one was funny, the second started making me nervous about his grip…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    11 pitches. Nice job Cole. Keep it going the rest of the game. Lets get our 6 or 7 runs and shut down this American League team. Lets get the chant started boys…

    LETS GO PHILLIES…Come on

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    JROOOOOOOLLLLLLL OH BABY

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    OHHHHHHHHHHHH BABBBBY UTLEY

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Blue Jays tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Blue Jays.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Sammy Sosa was on PED’s? No way, I never would have suspected that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Yes Buttermaker he really was. We are so lucky they caught him. We would of never have know. God I feel bad for Sosa. He must be so upset.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Jimmy scoring. Do you know what that means….WE WIN

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Come on Raul and Howard. You are our big boys. You strand a duck at third, NOT GOOD.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    First A-Rod, then Sosa, who next? Brady Anderson?

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    The Howard special…excellent

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I’ll be the first to admit it. I have no problem with Scott Rolen

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    What is the deal with the defense? The offense has come alive at home, and now the defense is falling apart.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I truly believe that Barajas is the only player to ever get booed while walking from the dugout to the bullpen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    I’m better with Rolen than even last year. Being WFC changes a lot of things

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Brady never did steroids. Are you crazy. He only hit 50 homers that one season. Next your going to say Brett Boone. LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Where are all you fruitcakes tonight…COME ON BOYS

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    Romero’s wife isn’t too shabby….

     
  • Posts: 0 pb

    How about Gil Meche? The Royals aren’t goning to win this year and probably not next year either. After this season he has 2yrs 24mil owed to him.

    Think they would take 2 of Marson, Donald, Mayberry plus 2 pitchers Carassaco, and somebody not named Drabek, Knapp, Bostardo, Savery?

    For Meche, and mediocre player (bench bat or reliever)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    So far so good Cole. Get that pitch count down. Lets get some runs and end this boys. We are the fightins.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ugh. Well, hard to complain about a pitcher giving up only one run in 4 innings…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    *SIGH* OK, time to wrap this inning up, guys…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Come Cole live up to that big contract you Hollywood Pu_ _ _…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Uh… you need four balls for a walk, bozo.

     
  • Posts: 0 lm

    so many foul balls…not good

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Pitch count getting way too high. And we really need to wrap up this inning… still just one out.

     
  • Posts: 0 lm

    cole needs to get his stuff together..lets go! guess that home run really got to him

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Too bad Hamels hasn’t developed that curve…he needs that third pitch

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OIC, this is the pitcher. I was wondering why he was bunting with a runner at 3rd.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Whoosh! OK, now time to score some runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    We need a nice Chooch double here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Or a real pathetic strike out.

     
  • Posts: 0 CT

    DAMMIT JIMMY!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Why is Jimmy playing goaltender instead of SS?

     
  • Posts: 0 lm

    there should be 2 outs right now but there’s none thanks to jimmy.. way to go jimmy

     
 
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