Gameday: Phillies (19-12) at Rockies (15-16)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Mon, May 10, 2010 06:29 PM | Comments: 178
2010 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (19-12) at Colorado Rockies (15-16)

Kyle Kendrick, RHP (1-1, 5.87 ERA) vs. Greg Smith, LHP (1-2, 6.35 ERA)

Time: 8:40 p.m at Coors Field

Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 53

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

What a difference a homestand makes. After April closed with plenty of questions about the Phillies’ starting rotation and bullpen, May has provided some welcome answers. Since losing the first game of a 10-game stay at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, the Phillies have won seven of their past nine games, a charge led by steady arms in the bullpen and consistent performances from the entire rotation.

Perhaps the best result from the homestand was that every pitcher had at least some success – including today’s starter, Kyle Kendrick, who shut out the potent Cardinals for seven innings on Wednesday after a shaky five innings in a loss to the Mets that started the 10-game stretch. With J.A. Happ still a ways off from returning, Joe Blanton needing a few starts to get up to speed after coming off the disabled list and Cole Hamels a toss-up from one start to the next, Kendrick’s importance to the rotation cannot be underestimated.

As for the lineup, what happened to Ryan Howard’s power? After homering in the first two games of the season, the Big Piece or Big N’ Tasty or whatever they’re calling him these days has only three blasts in the 29 games since. No matter how you look at it, Howard’s power is lagging, as is his run production overall, with only three RBIs this month. If there’s one thing that could help it’s a trip into the thin air of Coors Field – though Howard (and the lineup as a whole) historically hits better in hotter weather, and the game-time temperature for today’s and tomorrow’s games will be in the 50s, with Wednesday’s in the 40s and snow in the forecast. Certainly not what Charlie Manuel calls “hittin’ weather.”

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Ruiz (C), Valdez (SS), Kendrick (P)

Coors OriginalYour Gameday Beer – Coors Original

In the spirit of this chilly, mile-high series, sip on a can of original Coors as you witness the Phillies hit the road. The “Banquet Beer,” as it’s known, is 5 percent ABV and is the oldest of the Coors beers. Buy a six-pack, eat some steak and potatoes with it, and be sure to dispose of the cans by stepping on them, just as the Phils will do to the Rockies tonight. – By Pat


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  • Posts: 0 bureaucratist

    Coors Original: Possibly the worst beer ever. Can’t we just drink a twelver of Coors Light and call it a day?

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I’ll be checking in on the Phils game, but right now it’s Flyers time!



  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Sorry but the Flyers are done tonight. Anyway who cares about hockey. A winter sport playing in the summer. Its basically who gets the hottest goalie in the playoffs. Thats what it comes down to. Baseball is all we need right now. I do not get one thing. I love the phillies but after that I am a giants fan. Why does most of Philly hate Mcnabb. All this guy did here was win year after year. Granted he cant run like he once did. He is classy and a good role model for kids. When he got a big time wide out in TO he took the team to the Superbowl. Now you have fans killing him and players. Jackson should shut his big mouth. He has done nothing so far. Punk. Now with a backup throwing to him he will miss Mcnabb. As a Giants fan its on Reid. He is a horrible coach in big games. We saw him make bad calls in the superbowl and in the past few seasons. Get rid of him. They bring in Vic. God just should of left Mcnabb alone. Guy is a future hall of fame player. I am just mad that he is still in the NFC East.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’m a little nervous about Kendrick pitching in Coors Field… but GO PHILLIES!

    Raul goes deep today.. twice.

  • Posts: 0 Fish

    KK is a RHP

  • Posts: 0 diz

    Flyers aren’t done yet! 3-0 in the third.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Change the programming on this site. Its not comcast sportsnet. The horrible hockey is on. Phillies kicking butt already. Go

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    god ibanez is done. horrible signing. yea he was great when the juice was loose. nobody will take his contract. victorino will be gone to keep werth. they sign blanton for 24 million but cant afford lee. still love it.

  • Posts: 0 Pat Gallen

    Jeff, have you every written anything positive about this team? Is there something I’m missing here? This is a good team.

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Pat you’re dead on! Jeff ain’t nothing but a hater.

  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    5 strikeouts in 2 2/3. Sad.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Utley and Howard looked horrible in those back-to-back strikeouts…

  • Posts: 0 jeff

    I tell the truth. The nl is watered down. Howard should of never got that contract with two years left. Ks to much. They do not have the pitching to beat the al

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Ok I can’t take it anymore….Wilson Valdez is god awful at the plate. He has now grounded into a double play in four consecutive games and I don’t think any of the DP’s were even remotely close plays.

    The guy played for the Mets last year and I am beginning to think that he is a secret agent for the Mets whose goal is to kill as many offensive innings as he can.

    I can’t believe I am saying this but, I can’t wait to get Juan Castro back.

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    I’d take Bruntlett over Valdez!

  • Posts: 0 AGH

    Through the 4th inning of this game….
    He is 2 for his last 18 for a .111 average
    He has grounded into a double play in 6 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
    During that stretch he is responsible for 22 outs or nearly 20% of the team’s outs FROM THE 8 HOLE.

    There has to be a record for ineptitude in there somewhere.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I hate the 5th inning!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Didn’t Kendrick balked during last game???


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  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Yup, he balked in his last start. Wow.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Get well soon J.A. Happ

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Nice DP… we needed that or this inning was gonna get out of control…

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Don’t have the game on satellite or cable…what’s the score?

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Phils losing 4-3, top of the 6th

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh, btw jeff…stuff it! Flyers won 4-0.

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Phillies 3 – Rockies 4 – Top of the 6th

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Thanks Manny…KK still in then?

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  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    CHOOOCH! 4-4!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I think they’ll pinch-hit for him after Valdez…

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Thank god Chooch hit it out so Valdez doesn’t hit into a double play.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I can’t believe I have all these freakin’ channels, but no Phils game…crap!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I was wrong… they’re letting Kendrick swing… Let’s hope he can finish 6 innings

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Thanks Mulvi and Manny….love my Choochy.

  • Posts: 0 Ped

    I’m so over Kendrick

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    MLB TV through the PS3, keeping this Phils Phan on the west coast happy!

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Were all the runs earned against KK?

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    I would’ve ph’d for Kendrick … But then, Ross Gload hasn’t exactly instilled a lot of confidence in that role.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Mulvi, that MLBTV app for the PS3 *almost* made me buy one… seems like a great deal and roughly 80 bucks cheaper than Extra Innings… and I think ALL games are on HD.

    Maybe I’ll get it next year…

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    You get a little delay in the feed, but all the games are HD and it’s cheaper than the Extra Innings. Also PS3 is great from streaming Netflix.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    These Rockies announcers are so effin boring…

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Yea, I can’t believe this Extra Innings BS.. it’s 2010 and they still have just one or two games on HD per day… everything else is not-HD…which blows now that my eye has been HD-trained.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I hardly watch anything not in HD, it really spoils you.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

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

  • Posts: 0 Brian Michael

    Yea, there’s no reason all these games can’t be in HD. Plus we should have the option of which broadcast to watch…especially when you have Comcast outside of Philly.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    We’re back on top thanks to another Shane triple and a wild pitch…

  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    My dad has Extra Innings, it stinks that only one or two are HD. I like the MLB on the PS3 because I can choose which feed I’m watching.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Yea Brian… that’s why the PS3 option is so appealing.. all games on HD and if you pay $20 bucks extra you can choose your feed (home or away)…

    I’m so fed up with watching half of the Phillies games via the other team’s feed. Takes a lot from the whole experience.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Beat me to it, Mulvi haha

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