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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 Brian Sr. of CO

    Come on Rook. 1 more out in the 8th baby.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    your right wxdavid…Brook called it earlier tonight.

    Repeat…you are exactly right…no Lidge and Madson makes me feel ok, but Herndon doesn’t exactly make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

    Why aren’t they using Figgy at all? I don’t get it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Nice inning Herndon!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    here is the problem with no keeping werth. no protection for ryan. we need that righty. love to have roy os.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Figgy is for spot starts and long relief!

    Herndon is (was) a good choice for one inning of work. Don’t see why not. It’s not like it was a 1 or 2-run game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: Three more outs and we can put this one in the W column!

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Werth

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (but a few more insurance runs wouldn’t hurt, would they?)

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    yes and no tracey. when we do score 12 we forgot how to score for days. i like this pace.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    madson and lidge are both head cases right now anyway

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    boy the yankees ruined joba. all those rules. the mets had one hit the whole game. no two off of him in the 8th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    JD DREW stinks. how does he catch that. him and his brother can go and dont come back.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Here is the other problem. Chances of getting Oswalt if we didnt even keep Lee…about 1%, chances of keeping werth, honestly very low in my opinion, about 20%, but better chances to keep him, and I would rather keep Werth. Oswalt is a beast, yes, but as we saw with Halladay’s last outing, and the same reason Oswalt wants a trade, if the offense doesnt score, it doesnt matter who pitches. That is not to say Werth runs the offense BUT, Jeff said correctly, NO protection for Ryan. It will be MUCH easier for teams to pitch around Howard.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    I still think the bullpen is in okay shape, the thing i’m worried about is the bench

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Jeff: true, but I don’t trust our closers

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Meaning we wouldnt both keeping Lee because of money, they wont go get Oswalt.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    The bench will even itself out once the injuries stop I would say. Im not as concerned about the entire bench as I am concerned about Ben Fran.

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Yeah… our bench is horrible. Except for maybe Ross Gload.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    That Yanks/Mutts game should really show you how much the Yankees are struggling offensively right now. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Damn top of the order. Which Danys Baez do we have tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Message to all the people waving at the camera: get over your lame selves.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    1 down, 2 to go!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Zolecki tweets: “Rollins left the game with a mild right calf strain. Day to day.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    owie!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    the problem is that you normally need two power arms to knock off an AL power lineup in the WS. See 03 Marlins and 2001 D-backs. Like last yr, we have one. Still hard to bank on Hamels at this point. Love to have the other Roy even if it means just keeping him away from the other contenders. But Werth makes or breaks this lefty heavy lineup. Werth/two more left bp guyys is wayyyyy more important to the Phillies right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Youkilyourself…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Ball? Really?

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Oh joy…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    I think we know which Baez we are getting today. CRAP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Well, it’s a refreshing change that Cholly is willing to pull someone if he’s not performing in the 9th.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I don’t understand Charlie’s use of the pen.

    Now I personally think Baez blows but Charlie disagrees and uses Baez in high pressure situations as a 7-8th inning guys. Ok I don’t like it but I can accept it.

    But with that being the case, why not use a guy like Figgy in this situation and save Baez for a day when you might really need him? Just because a guy is used for long relief and spot starts doesn’t mean he can’t be used every so often. How can one expect anything from a guy who goes 18 days since his last work? Which was 1.1 innings by the way.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    UGHH. Boy this one looked in the bag.

    The look of absolute disgust on Cholly’s face said it all.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Phillies Bullpen = No lead is safe.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Romero is starting to piss me off…

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    Baez life time vs Boston NOT good

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    just when you pay the bp a compliment

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    Yeah, why push things with any of your other bullpen guys and not use one? Strange, if you ask me.

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Juan Carlos is key for the pen

     
  • Posts: 0 wxdavid

    2nd out was BIG… runners at 2nd and 3rd dont mean much right now

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    We only need one out. Why am I still nervous?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I could not see that ground out to Ryan – was there a DP in the making?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Sheesh…

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    shit

     
  • Posts: 0 Number 47

    C’mon, c’mon, c’mon…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    No Brooks…not really a chance at a DP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Aaagh!

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    cut him now. i’ll take the bastard over this dude

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Gee, Ortiz got lots of HRs before they started testing for ‘roids. How surprising.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Dont think those runner mean much, see Braves walkoff with 7 runs in the 9th. Granted It looked like it should have been a ground rule double. We NEED the 3rd out. Especially considering the TYING run is up to bat right now. Congratulations to the Phillies Bullpen (Baez/Romero). We are DEAD. Grand slam right here.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Big Ploppi!

     
 
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