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Gameday: Nationals (3-4) at Phillies (6-1)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 14, 2010 06:25 PM | Comments: 128
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Washington Nationals (3-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-1)

Craig Stammen, RHP vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 60
TV: MyPHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The big news today is obviously Jimmy Rollins hitting the disabled list with the calf injury.  In his stead will be plenty of Juan Castro at shortstop – he’ll bat 7th tonight.

Kyle Kendrick and Craig Stammen do battle again, just as they did last week in Washington.  Kendrick’s last time out was a dud, as he managed to finish just four innings while allowing five earned runs.  He takes over once again for the injured Joe Blanton who long-tossed in the outfield today and looked to have no restrictions. Look for Kendrick to go more than four tonight; lets hope his first-start jitters are nothing more than that.

Stammen is the starter for Washington, and was partially responsible for the Phillies only loss of this young season.  In Game 3 of the opening series, Stammen got through five innings, but was given a no-decision. He did allow nine hits to the Phils, but didn’t walk anyone.  This time around, he’ll see a much different lineup.

No Rollins, obviously, and no Jayson Werth either who continues to deal with that hip flexor injury.  Werth is available tonight off the bench, and Carlie Manuel said he might play tomorrow.  Werth looked fine in BP as he assaulted balls into the stands.  Greg Dobbs gets the start for Werth, which makes it four lefties in a row in the middle of the order.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Dobbs (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Ruiz (C), Kendrick (P).

Your gameday beer: Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stoudt

This is odd, yet kind of cool at the same time. It was once a drink for lactating mothers way, waaay back when.  Sam Smith makes a damn good beer and this one an has a nice, silky texture, with a bittersweet finish. A four pack of this stuff will run you about $10-12 but it’s well worth it.  It shouldn’t be served too cold either – the temp should be about 55 degrees.  Eat it with Italian food or a nice Tuna Steak and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. - By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    El Capitan!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    ELLLL CAPITAAAAAAAAAAAN

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    WFC010 GOOD CALL on the LACK of run production from the phillies tonight

    shane is 3-4 already hitting out of the #1 hole as I said many times nothing wrong with shane

    he has to adjust to the 7 hole

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    CHASE UTLEY, YOU ARE THE MAN!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Keegan: I doubt it, why would the Phillies not want Moyer starting against the Fish on Friday?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jess

    @Keegan: Jamie was listed as the Friday night starter earlier today, but Phils probables now show Halladay for Friday, Moyer Saturday, Hamels Sunday. Have tickets for Saturday – I’m MORE than a tad peeved.

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    I have tickets for sunday. I’ll be happy with Roy or Cole or Happ pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Maybe they’re doing this Moyer-Halladay swap to save the bullpen? (Since today it’s being used extensively and there was an off-day yesterday anyway)

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WERTH PINCH-HITTING… please don’t get injured!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    Damn it. Worst case scenario confirmed. Old Man River’s usually good against the Fish, but I’d much rather see the Doc operate in person, if you don’t mind. Damn damn damn it.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    wxdavid: I never made any claims that there would be a lack of run production, what I DID say is that the other Phillies batters would have to step it up a little, to make up for Werth and Rollin’s absences, and they quite clearly have been doing a great job in that department. Shane broke out of his slump, like I hoped he would… and this game has definitely been a slugfest, but when did I ever say that it would be ANYTHING BUT?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Keegan can you post a link? Can’t find the probable pitchers link on the wesbite!

    Bases loaded no outs, top of the lineup!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jess

    Its supposed to rain on Friday. Just saying. Won’t be doing a rain dance or anything…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jess

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Thanks Jess!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    VICTORINO COMING UP BIGGGG AS THE LEADOFF GUY!!!

    5 RBIS Tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    SHane clears the bases with a triple! 13 – 7!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    14-7… Wow

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Utley was very close to hitting his 3rd homer of the night…

    and Howard was extreeeeemeelyyy close to getting one too..

    GO PHILLIES!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    Where do we put Victorino when Rollins comes back? He just said tonight, with his bat “I wanna be up here. Put me up here.” 4-4 with 5 RBI’s. But where do we put him? Rollins was tearing it up, Polanco is on fire, and Utley and Howard are not going anywhere.

    This is a conundrum when JRol comes back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    J-roll will be out for about a month..so no need to worry about that just yet.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    shane is the real lead off hitter for the Phillies . This has always been the case

    Even though Jimmy Rollins is a great player and ever so popular he has never been a TRUE lead off hitter for the philies… sure he got off to GREAT start in 2010…. but shane should stay at the top of the order…

    and Jimmy should bat 6th or 7th

    JMHO….

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Brett Myers is pitching a great game against the Cardinals tonight. I’m glad we have Kyle Kendrick though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    @Ted Bell: and Brett Myers would have cost us $10 million more.

    Before we figure out our leadoff hitter, can we maybe see how Shane does leading off until Jimmy gets back? After that, do you think we should see how Jimmy does after he gets back? But above all, lest we forget, aren’t these the Natinals!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keegan

    I was thinking that, Mike D. Might’ve jumped on that a little too fast. We have a little while, let’s see what happens.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Myers signed a reasonable $5 million deal with Houston. I have a hunch that he’ll have a better year than Kendrick and Moyer.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    Maybe a better year than Kendrick, but let’s wait to see how Moyer does on his second start out this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Vic had a great game but JRoll is still the leadoff hitter, Vic will adjust to the 7 whole, actually I think he should be in the 5 whole and Ibanez should move down

     
 
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