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Gameday: Boston Red Sox (22-20) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (25-15)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Fri, May 21, 2010 05:00 PM | Comments: 293
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Boston Red Sox (22-20) at Philadelphia Phillies (25-15)

John Lackey, RHP (4-2, 4.86 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (1-2, 4.29 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Mostly Sunny, 60

TV:Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

It’s that time of year again. Where the continuity of autonomous league scheduling is altered for an alleged attendance boost in the pursuit of capital revenue gains.

Welcome to Inter-league Play 2010.

Red Sox Nation® (and the Delaware Valley’s bandwagon fans, circa 2004) will be on hand for the final series of this seven game home stand. The Phils have a total of four wins against the Red Sox spanning the last four years. But, this isn’t your ‘Bloody Sock’ or ‘Cowboy Up’ teams from the past. Boston has been plagued by injuries, inconsistency on offense and a lot of bad starting pitching performances.

A model of pitching consistency takes the mound tonight in John Lackey. He won’t over power you, but the veteran has been apt at forcing batted outs away from the strike zone. Lackey is a winner in two of his last three starts despite getting shellacked around in the early innings by Detroit and Toronto. He has been terrific all season and there is no reason to believe he won’t continue to keep the Red Sox in this game tonight.

For the Phillies, Colbert Hamels is looking to build on three stellar outings and continue the clubs successes in May . Pitching more to contact and limiting base runners, the club has been victorious in his last four outings (Hamels 2-0 in that span). Hamels is coming off a 6.2 inning performance in Milwaukee where he scattered two runs on six hits. Hamels pitching to contact has negatively affected him in the later innings in Milwaukee. With the lineup rolled over, a tired Hamels left pitches up resulting in homeruns by Casey McGhee and Corey Hart. While inconsistant throughout the season thus far, the duo of Youkilis and Martinez are riding offense hot streaks coming into this series. They will not miss any mistake Hamels throws at them.

The history of the Phils-Red Sox series has been completely one sided. The Phils need two wins to guarantee a winning home stand while not being able to take two from the Sox since 2003. A sweep?  Not out of the question with this version of the Red Sox; the team hasn’t sweep the Sox since 2000. In that series at Veterans Stadium, two walk off doubles by Alex Arias and Kevin Jordan in extra innings sealed those contests.

Ah, memories…

Red Sox Nation is a ® of the ESPN hype machine.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibañez, Victorino, Ruiz, Hamels.

Hop ExplosionYour Gameday Beer – Green Monsta

A feature of the Wachusett Brewing Compnay, Green Monsta is a strong Ale (6.4 % abv) with medium body and a variety of flavor. It pours a copper color getting darker as it settles from bottle to glass. It’s malty, medium-hoppy taste and silky texture make this beer a slow drinker. With its hints of background citris, it is a perfect beer for a perfect night for baseball. Order a cheesesteak stromboli and pour yourself a glass. – By RC

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    We already lost with your lineup posted 8 players. who is playing left. manny…..

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    I THINK IT LUZINSKI

     
  • Posts: 53 R.C. Cowie

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    In my haste to get the lineup in I forgot Ibanez. But, by looking at his stats this season you wouldn’t even notice if he was there anyway. Sorry about that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I hate to be an ass, but Hamels only gave up two runs his last start.

     
  • Posts: 0 Glutenous

    Anybody watching phillies pregame on comcast? When they showed the starting line-up for the first time, they had CLIFF LEE in the Pitchers spot. I was like…what? The second time they showed it they corrected themselves and had Cole there. Somebody was snoozing over at comcast tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Cole’s ERA in May is 2.75. He is 2-0 and his ND came in his best pitched game May 4 where he gave up 1 run in 8 innings and had 8 K’s.
    I think Cole has turned the proverbial corner.

    Let’s go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Phillies have the 4th hardest inter league schedule this year according to ESPN Insider. Arizona, Toronto and Houston are ahead of the Phillies.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Alright Hollywood, let’s shut these ma$$holes down.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I hate inter league play i only want to see American Leaguers in the bank in October

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Why would you throw a 2-2- fastball right down the pipe? 2-2, use your out pitch…

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    At least V-Mart is on my Fantasy League

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I am so sick to death of J-Roll swinging at the first pitch, he is the WORST lead off hitter in baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Way to work the count Jimmy

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    first off jimmy is NOT a lead off hitter. in his mind he is. he is a free swinging hitter. vic did great in the first slot. second i dont see that swagger from cole anymore. i will never forget his first start. he was just nasty. not anymore. very very very sad to see.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    cole cannot put anybody away. thats crazy. he needs a third pitch.

     
  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    I love Jimmy, it is great to have him back, but I agree with Jeff. I would rather see Vic leading off. Jimmy is a free swinger and would be allowed more freedom hitting sixth or seventh.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Jeff your a glass half empty kinda guy, aren’t you?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    no chucks. just honest. sorry. jimmy seems to do very well in that 5th or 6th spot. i can drive in runs. does not work the counts. against lefties i would go vic, pol, ut, werth, howard, rollins, iban, ruiz. perfect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    come on werth. 80 million. take some pitches. work the count.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Come on Werth, for a guy who usually is in the tops of the league in pitches per at bat that was pretty weak.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    mark my words. high scoring game and howard will go boom

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It’s the truth, J-Roll is not a lead off hitter, never was. But I don’t blame J-Roll for being the lead off hitter, I blame Charlie for putting him there. J-Roll is who he is, and Charlie knows exactly what that is, so to continue to put him at the top of the order is mind blowing to me. Especially considering how well Vic was doing in the lead off spot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    COME ON CHOOCH. Why cant our top do this. Lets go baby. RALLY BABY.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    darn..inning over.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ed r i think your right but jimmy can be a lil difficult. i heard him on the jim jackson show yesterday and he said he will be at the top very very soon. vic was doing well, leave it be.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    maybe cole should be hitting lead off. took pitches, fouled some off. rollins take note.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    off the bat I though Cole had enough of it

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    me too chucks. me too…

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    again, cole cant put a guy away. this kid is a scrub batting. amazing. should be an easy inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    stop hating on j-roll. the man has been really good so far. remember the 3rn shot yesterday? take a look at his numbers

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    repeat, the 3 three run shot was were he supposed to be, down at the 5 spot.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    the point is the hr came on a 3-0 pitch. i do agree on jimmy being lower in the order though

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Repeat, I didn’t say J-Roll wasn’t a good hitter, but he is an awful lead off hitter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    jimmy is a excellent ball player. great fielder, solid hitter, horrible rapper. just not a lead off hitter. he hits so much better were he can produce.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    no argument here on that one…. he has been taking more pitches this season overall. only a small sample, but we’ll see if that continues

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Mets/Yanks game on MLB network, I can’t decide who i hate more

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    who are u jay-z??

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    jay z…lol. as bad as i am at singing im probably much better then him. talking is not hard. cracks me up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    i don’t hate the Yankees. i do hate the mutts though

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    god we are not making lackey sweat…yikes.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    i’m getting sick of all these “almost” hits…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Dear Offense,

    WAKE THE F UP!

     
  • Posts: 0 bureaucratist

    Anyone have a link where I can watch this game online?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    anyone here have ps3 mlb the show. the new patch was just released. best game on a video machine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    Yeah, Citizens Bank Park. Crystal clear picture. Way better than HD or even 3D.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    STRIKE 3 BATTERY BOY

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    squeezed

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    f’n ump!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    these umps are the worst of any sports. they try to make the game about them. bad balls and strikes. bad on close calls. they are just bad. always looking for conflict.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    The offense again huh? I agree with Manny, WAKE UP. As for Cole, I am pleasantly surprised. Not because I dont think he has “turned the corner” or gotten more consistent, but seeing how Youkilis normally KILLS lefties, I expected him to kill Hamels. Also seeing the Homer in the first, I figured he would flip out. No and No so far. Early yer, but thuse far, very pleasantly surprised.

     
 
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