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

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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    WOW WILSON VALDEZ GTFO

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Brian, I don’t see why the games that are on this other comcast channel aren’t shown on any satellite or cable station here in Lancaster. I’ve got hundreds of channels but no game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    What’d Valdez do? Am I driving you nuts yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    *just got lucky the umps made a bad call (Valdez actually dropped the ball)

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    look like it never hit the ground

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Polly should turn to Valdez and say “How many Gold Gloves do you have? Let me catch the f***ing ball!”

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh man, I can’t stand not being able to see it…aaaaagghhhh!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Valdez and Polanco go for a pop up, when it looks like Polanco called it (waving his arms)… but Valdez catches it anyway and they slightly bump into each other… but when it looks like Valdez had actually made the catch, he fumbles the ball and it falls…

    The umps called it safe…then out. In any case, it was some unnecessary drama.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I don’t mind baseball in SD, it is not too bad. But once you see hockey in HD, you can’t go back. Hockey benefits from HD more than any other sport/

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Georgie, knowing how much you appreciate great defense, this is one play you would’ve HATED. haha

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Chase is hitting over .300! Would be great to see him finish the season over .300 and perhaps winning a much deserved MVP award…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    That’s true Manny, it would have ruined my image that our D is perfect! If I miss a really great defensive play though, I’ll be ticked.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Morris you are spot on, Hockey is the sport that comes alive in HD

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Morris, hockey in HD is spectacular!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Beimel (lefty) vs Werth (lefty killer)

    Two men on base…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    GREAT GEORGIE. You are among the five people watching hockey.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Will Chase then say he’s the Most F#*kin Valuable Player?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    MFVP for sure.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Hockey not only benefits from the improved picture, that allows you to see the puck better. But the widescreen is great because you can see all of the other stuff happening on the ice. So much in hockey happens behind the play.

    C’mon. You have to get a run off of Joe Bismal.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I can see the teeshirts now Manny.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    I think Most Valuable F***kin’ Player has a better ring

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Joe Pepto Bismal

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    HA! 2 outs… and they’re bringing in a RH reliever to face Chooch (who’s 3-for-3). Gotta love it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I agree with that Mulvi, we’ll go with MVFP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ditto.. MVFP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Why don’t they walk Chooch and let Valdez ground out??

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I think Chase would laugh at this conversation.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Valdez could someday be the first player to ever lead off an inning with a double play.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    That’s a good question Manny! I have a question of my own. Why doesn’t Charlie just have Valdez bunt with runners on? It beats a double play!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    And isn’t Valdez somewhat fast?? He could at least try to beat the throw when he bunts…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Frankly, if we win I could care less how well Valdez is hitting. But if his GIDPs end up costing us a couple of close games…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    I can’t really get on Valdez too much. He’s the third string SS, and has been playing good defense. But he just seems to have some horrible at-bats.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Whoops, remind me not to lean back in my chair, starting to nod….

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I feel the same way, Buttermaker

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Manny, I agree but if it’s a 1st and 3rd one out situation and Valdez up, I’d like to have just a little bit of confidence that they might get the ball out of the infield.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Anyways Valdez is out of options so when Jimmy comes back Valdez might get claimed off of waivers and we’ll never have to have another conversation like this.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    That is true guys, he’s the 3rd stringer. hell, the Flyers had to pull a goalie out of the stands tonight….he had to run down and get dressed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    It was just a fat guy, they didn’t even give him pads. He was so drunk he didn’t feel the puck!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    JC couldn’t get the job done…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    JC is a one year wonder. horrible pitcher. making steriod boy look like cobb today. my god

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Remember back when if you said, “the pitcher is having a Hamels-esque inning.” it was considered a compliment?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Did JC suck?

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Most Valuable F***IN Player!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    That right there is why I can’t get on Valdez too much. Sweet play by Utley.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    MVFP just turned a great GIDP!!

    Take note, Wilson.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Isn’t this game kinda slow? It’s almost 3 hrs and it’s the bottom 7th?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh, see, dammit, missed a great play..I’ll envision it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    JC got the first guy out, walked the 2nd guy, and then threw an 85 MPH pitch straight down the middle of the plate. And then a broken bat single to tie the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Poor Valdez just got robbed…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I think anyone going to the games should have a “Chase for MVFP” sign.

     
 
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