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Gameday: Nationals (3-5) at Phillies (7-1)

Posted by Jason Bintliff, Thu, April 15, 2010 01:00 PM | Comments: 104
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Washington Nationals (3-5) at Philadelphia Phillies (7-1)washington-nationals-logo

Scott Olsen LHP (0-0,-.–) vs. J.A. Happ LHP (1-0,0.00)

Time: 3:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:
Sunny, 72 Degrees
TV:
CSN Philly
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After yet another offensive explosion, the Phillies will look for their second straight series sweep as they take on the Nationals in the last of a three game set. Oh, and the reigning NL Champs will receive a lovely piece of hardware prior to the start of tomorrows game. The ring ceremony kicks off at 2:40.

Taking the hill for the Phillies will be left-hander J.A. Happ who was impressive in his first start, throwing five innings of scoreless ball in his start against the Astros.

For the Nationals, lefty Scott Olsen makes his season debut after making his first start in Triple-A, recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. In his only start in the minors, Olsen surrendered four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work.

The bullpen for the Phillies has been spectacular and gave up only one run in last nights 14-7 offensive melee.

Center-fielder Shane Victorino will again bat in the lead-off spot for Jimmy Rollins who was placed on the 15-day DL. Also expect right-fielder Jayson Werth to return to the line-up after leaving Monday’s game with a sore hip.

Your Gameday Beer: Miller High Life

I know, I know, Miller High Life is far from the fancy brews that generally grace the gameday beer slot. However, there is a celebration going on as the reigning NL Champs recieve their championship rings tomorrow. In the locker-room after clinching the pennant, the Phils celebrated with champagne. Tomorrow, we celebrate with the “champagne of beers.”

GO PHILLIES!

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Jason Bintliff is a Phillies season ticket holder and avid fan for 28 years. He was a former free lance writer and contributor to various baseball blogs. He is also the proud son of the owner of Lena Blackburns Baseball Rubbing Mud.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 Cadillac Time!!!!!

    On the way down to CBP!!!!!! With brooms in hand!

     
  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    Wish I wasn’t stuck at work. I’m going to catch an hour of the game while i’m at lunch, but i’ll have to scoreboard watch for the rest of it on my comp. Alright boys let’s get Happ that second win.

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    lovely day for Baseball…. keep in mind if we do need that extra starter for the 2nd half of the season this years Cliff Lee could be …could be Roy Oswalt…

    his contract expires at the end 201 and he plays for a crappy team…. and over the last 5 years Oswalt has had a era that has been consistently in the top 5 or 6

     
  • Posts: 0 Ben

    if we need a pitcher i’d imagine he will look like smoltz or pedro. cheap, dependable, no prospects given up.

    although, oswalt is a good idea

     
  • Posts: 0 Phylan

    How are you going to get Oswalt though?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chris

    can we trade aumont, gillies, and ramirez for Lee?

     
  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    Hey guys, Phillies.com has the ring ceremony if your interested and I’ll be at the game so you can follow the tweets above, if your interested in that as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    Gotta love a day game preceded by a ring ceremony. I love it like Chooch loves ice cream.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Oswalt has said he intends to retire at the end of his current deal, has a no trade clause and reportedly didn’t want a trade last deadline.

    In a 5th starter all you need is a guy who can pitch, command his pitches enough to throw strikes and just get outs while he’s giving up runs instead of laboring through the early innings. It’s not a role you should expect double-digit wins and an ERA under 4 with much more than 100Ks and 150/160 innings. You just want someone who keeps the game moving especially on a team where you want your line-up with their bats and not gloves in their hands.

    Moyer can most likely be that guy, the ERA’s going to be around 5 but he can usually give you 5 innings even when he’s getting shelled. Right now I honestly hope the Phils give Figgy a start or two because someone’s going down in the pen and I don’t think there’s a place for KK in the pen when it’s at full strength and Figueroa looks more capable of completing 5 innings than KK right now.

    Anyway… Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Can anyone find the ring ceremony online? Will it be on CSN at 2:35?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phylan

    I’m honestly not convinced Moyer can keep his ERA at 5, pending seeing some more innings out of him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    Ed R. its definitely on Phillies.com.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phylan

    Yeah, Oswalt’s NTC is a full one, and he makes $15 MM this year, $16 MM in 2011, and $2 MM buyout on a $16 MM option in 2012. It doesn’t make any sense at all for the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    Hey guys, can’t get the mlb scorecard through the firewall at work today for some reason. Anychance you guys can occasionally drop the score in this thread once the game starts?

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Thanks Pat.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I wish Barkan and Ricky would shut up and just let us watch the ceremony.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I got you Havoc.

     
  • Posts: 0 Havoc

    You’re the man Ed!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Someone look at Happ’s 3rd pitch of the game on Gameday… right through the heart of the plate…and THAT was called a Strike!!?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Correction: A BALL, NOT a strike!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    EL CAPITAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHASE UTLEY!

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    And we all thought Pudge was long done…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Happ is having issues with the strike zone today

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    1-0 Phillies after 1 thanks to an Utley solo shot.

    Happ’s command has been pretty poor today so far.

    3 walks so far for Happ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Pudge is one of my all time favorites…even if hew as on the juice.(speculation on my part)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    First off to the guy killing Charlie about not putting Vic in the leadoff spot the other night. He could not of because the lineup cards were in. Jimmy then got hurt. Vic is a much better leadoff guy then Jimmy. The Phillies are in trouble. Yes, they are playing the worst teams in baseball. Play the Cards, Yankees, Boston. You will not come back from 4 run first innings. Kendrick will never be a starter in the Majors. Moyer is old. Happ hopefully does whats expected. Hamels is aweful. Doc is Doc. We are in trouble with no pitching.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ed and Jeff of Nova: are you guys watching the game or just following the box score? I want to know if it’s Happ’s command or if the umpire his squeezing him… from Gameday, it looks like it’s the latter. Pitches appear right in the strike zone yet they’re called Balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Happ needs to relax and throw strikes

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Was it Scott Olson of JJ who came out in the press a couple of years back with his hatred for the Phils?

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I’ll post this one more time…

    http://www.myp2p.eu

    Watch almost any game online for free… peer to peer feed (not always the best quality but it’s free and reliable).

    Go to the site… download streamtorrent (free)… find the game and try the different feeds to see which one is best… once you click on the game, a box will come up and it might seem like it’s not going to work but if you wait it out, it will happen.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    From Gameday, it seems to be both.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    Why are constantly walking Nyjer Morgan, he is just fast not that much of a hitter through him strikes and keep him off the bases

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    Thanks Chuck! I’ve been watching from Gameday. But now I’ll actually be able to watch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Manny…I am watching the game, and no Happ is not getting squeezed. He is just flat out missing the zone.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Happ could be a solid # guy if he could command his fastball.

    Until he does that, he’s related to a # 5 type and all that goes with that.

    Inconsitent results…..rarely gets deep in the game…prone to big innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Pesky nats…

    Choooch!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    1-1 bottom of the third… Chooch hits a leadoff double but Adam Dunn gets him at third on a failed sac bunt. It was actually a good bunt but Dunn made a really nice play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    teejvee I think you are being a bit harsh, JA is a solid 4 possibly 3, even without fantastic command, because unlike some(Kendrick) he does not seem to get rattled whenever someone gets on base.

    As a pitcher that is huge.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well there is Dunn’s token nice play for the series.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    teejvee,

    have you seen what is passing for a 4 around the league this year?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Happ is Jon Lester without the top gear

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Or the hot wife.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    In fairness to Happ he’s not really getting hit much tonight…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No he isn’t. The fact that he has 5 walks through 4 and only gave up one run is somewhat amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    walks are a problem when they turn into runs, if Happ can walk the tightrope more power to him

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Getting Dunn out of the outfield was huge for the Nats… if he has to play in the field, it has to be at first base.

    Happ is a solid pitcher… he’s not like Kyle Kendrick. He can throw his fastball by people and he’s got solid command of his off-speed stuff. He’s not a strikeout pitcher by nature but he can strike guys out… guys just don’t hit the ball on the nose against Happ. Plus, the fact that they jerked him around and he never lost his mental edge tells me that he’s got what it takes to be successful.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Teejvee, how many times in his career in the majors has Happ had a “big inning?”

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Also, the “strikes” thrown to Chase were bull@#$.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Rules of baseball.
    1) Pitchers who can’t get the ball over the plate ask for trouble.
    1 (a) Pitcher who ask for trouble almost always get what they ask for!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    teejvee I agree with you completely but based on Happ’s stats over his career. He is not someone who can not get the ball over the plate. He is by no means perfect but he isn’t the control problem that J.C Romero is, but like Romero, they seem to work themselves out of jams. A great quality to have.

     
 
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