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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
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

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    GLOAD!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    GLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    That’s better than the patented Valdez double play!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    That is exactly what a Bench player is supposed to do!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Gload basically did everything Valdez hasn’t done in 3 games, with one swing of the bat.

    I’m satisfied now.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    looks like Castro will be SS

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yayyyyyyy!! CHOOOOOOOCH!!!!! He is so underrated. I remember two offseasons ago, some lady named Elizabeth something or other came on here and wrote a novella about how Chooch is overrated and a black hole in the lineup, and not that great defensively or with the pitchers. I think I had to rip her a new one.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    (not that it matters, but sorry for being VERY fashionably late in the 9th inning) :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    GET OUT! 3 run homer by Gload? GET OUT!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Don’t look now, but Chooch is FOURTH in the NL in batting average and FIRST in OBP.

    ALL-STAR please.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Better late than never, Brian…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Yea Brian… just in time for Chooch’s Fiesta!

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Love my Choochy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Why in the hell do the Rockies have that stupid dinosaur as their mascot?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    LOL. I know people are thinking “what is this idiot apologizing for” but I say it, because they are winning, and I don’t like when people just show up just because they are winning, or take a 4 run lead in the op of the 9th. LOL. But hey, I know you guys (so to speak), and figured you would understand that. LOL

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Chooch was the MVP of the 2008 World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Chooch today: 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs (the last one extremely clutch)!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Remember that really annoying kid who sat behind the plate at all of the Phillies-Rockies playoff games in Colorado last year? He was worse than the stupid mascot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ok 1 more out… I’m going to bed!

    Chooch for the Ashburn… and for the All-Star game!!

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    carlos for mayor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Mulvi, perfect opportunity for me to chime in to answer that since I am stuck here in colorado. I would have to say they have a dinosaur because the lack of oxygen up here affects their brains. ;) (Thankfully, the lack of oxygen hasnt affected my brains to point of “rooting for the home team”. LOL. Probably also because in Colorado, the Rockies dont matter AT ALL until the playoffs. If they dont make the playoffs, they dont matter all year. Talk about “front runners”. Im not up there at the game (Im at work) but I would be pretty sure there are just as many if not more Phillies fans at the game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I would love to pull a Morganna and run out to the batters box and give Chooch a big hug and a sloppy kiss.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    VERY NICE! Mets loss, and a Phillies win!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Games against the Rockies tend to be pretty good… and they’re even sweeter when it’s Ruiz the one leading this team to victory!

    Night all. Great game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Rockies=Flintstones=dinosaurs? I have no idea, really.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mulvi

    Another W! Now the the Nats are 2 games back (sounds weird, huh?) and the Mets 3! Let’s keep the Phaith and we shall be rewarded! I’m saying Chooch or Victorino for the Ashburn.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Night everyone, thanks for the updates. I’ll have the games back once the Flyers are finished, but hopefully that will be a few weeks :-)

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Georgie, only in Philadelphia can we get away with “man love” like that. LOL

     
 
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