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Gameday: Phillies (1-0) at Nationals (0-1)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 07, 2010 05:45 PM | Comments: 133
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Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Washington Nationals (0-1)

Cole Hamels, LHP vs. Jason Marquis, RHP

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Clear/Warm, 80
TV: Comcast Network
Twitter: Phillies Nation

It’ll be hard to duplicate what happened on Opening Day, but the Phillies certainly will give it a shot tonight.  After an off day that gave us time to reflect on the exceptional Roy Halladay performance, Cole Hamels will look to turn over a new leaf of his own.

Hamels will look to put 2009 behind him as he steps to the rubber for the first time since the World Series a year ago.  Everyone knows this season is a huge part of the maturation process for Cole. Can he put those demons behind him?  Only time will tell.  It is known, however, that the Phillies need him to be Doc’s right hand man in the rotation.

Jason Marquis is the Game 2 starter for the Nats.  The 30-year old righty is 5-3 lifetime against the Phils, and is coming off of a 15-win season a year ago with the Rockies.  As our own Corey Seidman eluded too yesterday, the Nats are putting a lot of pressure on Marquis to be their man main after giving him a hefty contract to come to D.C. He’s probably, at best, a number three starter, but that’s the pitching situation in Washington.

Offensively, the Phillies put on a show and gave Doc plenty of run support in their opening game.  The surprise came from Placido Polanco who flexed his muscle early and often.  His grand slam proves just how sweet it must be to hit behind Jimmy Rollins and in front of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

One guy to keep an eye on is Raul Ibanez.  He slumped badly this spring, but did notch a hit and crossed the plate twice on Monday.  Raul is 1-for-6 lifetime against Marquis, but overall has hit .386 lifetime against Nats pitching.  Look for a quick breakout from Ibanez.

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

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Hoegaarden Witbeer

On what will be a very warm evening up and down the I-95 corridor, it’s best to drink something lighter and refreshing, without giving up taste.  In comes Hoegaarden with its citrusy, light-bodied flavor that is infused with some coriander spice and hints of orange peel. The Wheat Beer is unfiltered, but it does not affect the taste. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s like Blue Moon, but in my opinion, slightly better. Enjoy. - By Pat

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  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to help yourself out Cole!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Sweeeet Cole!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    My Fios doesn’t have it on 99. What the….!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    This game is too close. C’mon Cole. Let’s have a good inning now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Cole needs to hold -

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, the Oatmeal stouts are pretty heavy and strong. Just finished an India pale ale. That was pretty powerful, too.
    ——

    C’mon Cole, stay in there. Looking good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    I’m passing blood. It’s Phillies red. Go Cole!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Nice goin’ Ryan. Oh well. c’mon guys!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    F!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Anyone else getting the sense that Cole looks absolutely no different than he did last year? Because so far I am less than impressed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Somebody pop this Desmond creep… Cole gets shook and he definitely loses control

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    If Cole holds true, we should see a walk now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Cole will be lucky to go 5 tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    His sinker and changeup are doing the most damage tonight. Needs to keep those going. He doesn’t seem to have the best control on his curveball tonight. He’s got to keep his head up, I have phaith.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, the Howard error….and he comes apart. Geez!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Zim should just wait on a fast ball

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    Remember, you heard it here first.
    Hamels’ career in Phila . is almost done.
    The boos will come soon this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yes!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well he better show up at the home opener otherwise he will hear the boos I am sure of that. And I will be there to report back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    77 pitches at the end of 4.. 9 baserunners in 4 innings.
    Ed – I’m not far behind you bud

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Poly Poly Poly!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Anyone else excited at the prospect of a guy hitting .300 + in front of Chase and RyHo?

    Cause I am just giddy with joy.

    Polanco is going to make this line up scary good.

    As I say that, Chase just hit a blooper to score Polanco.

     
  • Posts: 0 Burgundy

    I believe that Cole will have a better year than last. Tonight is not an example of improvement. Over 75 pitches in four innings. Cole needs to buckle down. I think the fifth inning will be his last. Although his hitting looks pretty clutch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Tyler Walker warming up and sweaty as ever!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Way to go Big Brown!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    JUST A BOMB! HOWARD MAKES UP FOR THE ERROR AND THEN SOME! OUTTA HERE!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    So sweeet!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Brooks…was that in the McLovin voice?

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    now just to keep at least a 3 run lead over the nationals for the rest of the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I really wish we still had Tyler Walker. I am probably the only one but I do.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The Polanco signing was HUGE!! But, I’ve been saying that all winter on here….arguing with people that basically said, “Ruben, what are you doing??!!”

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, Walker is one of those guys that can really come in and settle things down. Hopefully, we’ll be ok in that category!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Def!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I was good with the Polanco signing. I preferred Beltre, still do but I will take Polanco and be happy with it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Phils started scoring in the 4th on Monday – more runs tonight early on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Another walk for Cole – anyone see pen action?

     
  • Posts: 0 Dan S

    depending on you verizon fios plan you might get masn which is the nationals network and has the game

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    We sacrificed glove with Polanco…but his bat will do wonders for this lineup…..and he won’t exactly embarass himself at 3rd, either. Beltre was the “sexier” pick…and, yeah, getting him would have been sweet….but I think that Polanco will prove to be a nice upgrade over Feliz (who I would have been ok with again this year)

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Cole at 90 pitches with no outs in the 5th -

     
  • Posts: 0 John

    Too many BB’s…Hamels has no control. Lets hope it’s first game jitters. Nice job of working the count by the Nats on the other hand. Get your Schilling towels ready for Contreras!

     
  • Posts: 0 Burgundy

    I can’t see Cole lasting more than six with a pitch count already over 100. I am optimistic. Pleeeeeese God, help our Cole !!!! Polanco is the ultimate team player and he is really happy to be back in Philly. A great signing by Ruben Jr.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Cole has something to prove. As for Big Brown — it’s really good having him around.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Woah that was close

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    Honestly, I didn’t think that Cole looked THAT bad. He held the Nationals to 3 runs, and only 2 of them were really his fault.

    He didn’t look GREAT mind you, but he seemed to at least hold it together for the most part.

    Have phaith folks, and hopefully Hamels will have phaith in himself.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    What’s the deal w/Ibanez?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    That is what counts most WFC – it just seemed that Cole got shakier when things did not fall in place (like Howards error)…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    We’ll see about Raul now…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ibanez struggled mightily during Spring training and it appears to have carried over?

    I mean, it is the 2nd game of the season, what can you really gauge from that? He did just work a good count and got an RBI.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    The man produced – count it

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I am actually LESS worried about Raul now than I was a few weeks ago.

    Also he just had a nice sac fly!

     
 
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