Gameday: Cubs (19-22) at Phillies (24-15)

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Thu, May 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Comments: 60
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Chicago Cubs (19-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-15)

Tom Gorzelanny, RHP (2-4, 3.49 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton, RHP (1-2, 5.49 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park

Weather: Sunny, 76

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Twitter: @philliesnation

In their matinee matchup with the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies have a couple of things going for them. One is that today’s starter for the Cubs, Ryan Dempster, pitches with the appendage on the right side of his torso, not the left. After being held to one run combined the past two nights by Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny, the last thing the Phillies want to see is another lefty.

Dempster is having a strange season. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts and his ERA is a respectable 3.49, but he’s just 2-4 to show for it. In fact, he’s gone seven innings in each of his last four starts – and lost all of them. The problem is a lack of run support; the Cubs scored a total of 10 runs in those four games, dropping three of them by one run.

During his career, Dempster has been smacked around by the Phillies. He hasn’t beaten them as a starter since 2001, with a 1.62 WHIP, 4.99 ERA and .272 BAA. The only area where his numbers are OK is wins and losses (4-4).

After all the talk of the Phillies finally getting their lineup fully back with the return of Jimmy Rollins on Monday, it hasn’t resulted in much success – mainly because the lineup still wasn’t really together until Wednesday (Chase Utley sat out Monday and Tuesday with flulike symptoms). And today Werth and Ruiz will get a rest. So the wait for the varsity Phillies lineup to put it all together will have to wait for the Red Sox series this weekend.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Rollins (SS), Ibanez (LF), Gload (RF), Hoover (C), Blanton (P)

Hop ExplosionYour Gameday Beer – Hop Explosion

The Phils are in dire need of an offensive explosion, so let’s drink to that. Brewed in Bethlehem, Hop Explosion is not too widely available outside of the Lehigh Valley but as the name hints, it’s an IPA. There are some citrus flavors but they’re completely overpowered by the intensely bitter hops. This beer is certainly an acquired taste, but so is curried goat, so have the two together and pray for better meals and games ahead. – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    Grand slam braves win. Of dropped it over the wall

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    He was out of the base path. They should appeal

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    and that’s why they’re the cin. reds… nice win atlanta… but the braves are still no real threat to the Phillies… and they know it..

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Anyone not been impressed by the pitching of late?
    In the last 5 starts (3-2 W-L) our starters have gone 37.2 innings, given upu 29 hits and 11 runs, have walked only 7 batters and struck out 23 while giving up 4 hrs (all solo shots). That’s an impressive ERA of just over 2.66.
    I know, not the most impressive stats due to the level of competition but, hopeful at least. And damn good pitching. I’d rather take 2 losses like those we just had rather than be outscored. At least we know that our pitching has done its job and nobody is worried that the offense has just fallen off the earth.

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    The Nets knew owner is freakin hilarious. we will nba championship one yr five.. probably…. yeah sure

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    the pitching has been impressive. moyer’s gotta be on roids..

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Hanson gives up 8 runs in 1 2/3 innings and the Reds blow a 6 run lead in the bottom of the 9th… ridiculous.

    I would classify Contreras as “effectively wild” today. He didn’t have his best stuff (he had no command of his off speed stuff) but he made it work. I could hardly watch…

    Pitching has been great and Happ-ster has been throwing bullpen sessions this week (hopefully returning some time in June)… got the mojo risin.

  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The pitching is very much like the hitting for the Phillies, it’s either electric or anemic. I know most teams fans do say that but the Phils staff does assemble incredible numbers in streaks.

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    Hats off to Joe Blanton. I cannot help but wish we had a stronger bullpen, and maybe he would have won the game. Nevertheless, I am a happy camper and hope we pound to Red Sox.

  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    actually Blanton was his own worst enemy after the J-roll hr. he got the 3 run lead and he had a very low pitch count as the top 7th began. he got a little wild and he got hit a little bit. i think charlie really wanted to keep him in. of course the bad call lead to the 3rd run being scored by the Cubs. Howard’s error on that pop up cost him another run. All in all Joe pitched well of course.

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