Gameday: Phillies (89-64) at Brewers (76-78)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, September 26, 2009 06:30 PM | Comments: 216
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Marlins Philadelphia Phillies (89-64) at Milwaukee Brewers (76-78)

Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.70) vs. Braden Looper, RHP (13-7, 5.12)

Time: 7:05 p.m. at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI
Weather: Cloudy, 65 (retractable roof)
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Pedro can’t go because of a stiff neck, so Kyle Kendrick steps in for a spot start this evening.

Kendrick will make his second start with the Phillies this season, two weeks after shutting down the Mets in the opening game of a double header.  In that game, KK went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs.  In addition, Kendrick has seen action five times out of the bullpen, with four of those being scoreless outings.  He’s been able to locate his pitches and keep hitters off balance, which is an important part of his maturation.  The Phillies need yet another steady performance from him as they try to push that magic number even lower.

Braden Looper will be the starter for the Brewers tonight.  His father, Benny, just happens to be an assistant GM for the Phillies.  The 12-year veteran has seen his fair share of the Phillies during his career, facing the team 60 times with four different teams.  Only three of those 60 have come as a starter, and overall the numbers aren’t pretty.  He’s 3-6 with a 5.10 ERA and has allowed  16 home runs to the Phillies, the most by any opponent.  But as we saw last night with Manny Parra, you shouldn’t put too much stock in the lifetime stats.

Ryan Howard is one Phillie who absolutely owns Looper.  In just six career at bats, The Big Piece has four jacks and five RBI. He’s never struck out against him and has been walked four times. Jimmy Rollins is 9-for-33 lifetime against looper and Chase Utley is 5-for-14.

Odd stat: The Phillies are 32-19 in starts made by Kendrick during his career.  Let’s keep that trend going.

Also, Raul Ibanez is back in the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a stomach virus.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Feliz 3B, Bako C, Kendrick P

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  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    and ,,Penn state is getting it handed it to them

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yup… Perfect…..It’ll only be fitting if they loose to Iowa. again..

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Pat Devlin, where are you?

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    How about the redheaded step child… Kevin Thompson

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    PSU had some bad QB’s in the 90′s

  • Posts: 0 holymackrel

    LA said something to the effect

    they are tired & running out of gas.

    it’s the end of the season for everyone – all teams – that is not an excuse,

    werth is playing really crappy in the field and the plate.

    this is their wPc to lose…

    i don’t think they have the drive or heart – if not that – something is missing.

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yes ir they did. A loss here to Iowa would be crushing… I was at the 5-3 rugby classic a few years back. another int…

  • Posts: 0 holymackrel

    the braves and the marlins will beat up on each other and maybe reduce the magic # – somehow,

    kinda wonder if the mets are mailing it in, basically to stick it in the phillies’ face

    the phils better pick it up – because even if they get in – then lose in the 1st round..

    that ain’t acceptable.

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    the ghost of the 1999 homecoming loss to Minny returns…

  • Posts: 0 joedad

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    puts things in it’s proper place..sad

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Sad, but something the team and fans can rally around.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    MP – a healthy myers? this isn’t like lowell, ut and a-rod ….they don’t have to stand with all their body weight on the injured hip side leg and push off with the same leg to throw a pitch. he’s a question mark to say the least….the last time he threw against the mets you could see alot of muscle guarding going on with that hip as he finished the pitch and brought that leg back down. I can’t help think it may have been a factor in the shoulder injury…overthrowing to compensate for the loss of power from the compromised hip. just becuse the doctor cleared him doesn’t mean he’ll be as effective.

    Well the cards. clinched.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    MP – I am not wallowing in anything. I think we have a great team and could take on anyone but not with the bull pen in shambles….there is a difference between completely throwing the team under the bus and being a bit of a realist. Jeez, i’ve around the block enough to know to look both ways before crossing the street.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Holy Mackrel – that’s why i hope we play the Rox, there bull pen is about as beat up as ours.

  • Posts: 0 Tom

    Problems with starting pitchers. Problem with closing pitchers. Problems with defense. Problems with offence. The wheels are coming off the wagon. Problems clinching Eastern Division. Problems clinching wild card. The year has slipped away with nothing. We are reminded of Cole saying, “Don’t worry, we can win in September when we have too.” Well, we haven’t. So much for the World Series.

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