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Gameday: Marlins (28-30) at Phillies (30-26)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, June 08, 2010 06:22 PM | Comments: 109
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Florida Marlins (28-30) at Philadelphia Phillies (30-26)

Florida Marlins

Chris Volstad (3-6, 4.08 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.26 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

A smattering of desperation appears to have infiltrated the thinking of the Phillies coaching staff this evening. Star right fielder Jayson Werth, in the process of collecting only three hits in his past 10 games (along with only one run scored, no stolen bases, and a golden sombrero along the way) is, to borrow a term from ice hockey, a health scratch. Ben Francisco, himself only hitting .233 and slugging only .302 this year, will take his place.

It’s not just Werth that isn’t hitting (Chase Utley’s batting average has dropped almost 50 points during this slide, for instance), but giving Werth a day off against a righty in the middle of a slump can’t hurt. Tonight’s Marlins starter is Chris Volstad, who, despite being a reasonably competent major league pitcher, has very few distinguishing qualities apart from his height (he’s 6-foot-8). Volstad works off a mediocre fastball to a mediocre slider, a decent curve, and a decent change.

The big news, apart from Werth being held out, is the debut of Mike Stanton, who will play right and bat seven for Florida. Stanton, if not for Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg coming up this year in the same division, would be getting a lot more press. Stanton has the bad luck of being the second-best 20-year-old right fielder in the division right now, but what a right fielder he is. At 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Stanton is a real masher. At age 18, he hit 39 home runs in only 125 games in A-ball. This year, in only 238 plate appearances, Stanton hit 21 home runs in AA, to go with a .441 on-base percentage and 44 walks against 53 strikeouts. As a fan of the game of baseball, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Stanton’s debut all season. As a Phillies fan, I wish the Marlins had waited a few days so he wouldn’t have to play against the Phillies.

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Valdez SS, Ruiz C, Halladay P

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Your Gameday BeerMelanie Brewing Company Beer 30 Light
My roommate got this once in college. The name stuck out, as did the fact that you could get a 30-pack for the same price as a case of Natty Light. That’s right. This beer is cheaper than Natty Light. I was too scared to try any, but according to my roommate, it’s the pisswater to end all pisswater. And this is coming from the guy who drank heavy Busch for 4 years. Enjoy.– By Michael

GO PHILLIES!

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Kendrick will be scheduled to open up the series against the Yanks in NY next Tuesday.

     
  • Posts: 0 They call me bruce

    Relax Bartman, he pitched against a minor league team. The Phillies I hate to say will not even make the playoffs. There bullpen is just plain bad. Kendrick should not be in the majors. Dobbs just needs to go. Fran is very very average. Killed us with that double play. How can you give up 8 runs to a team the Mets just beat up on. I dont think we will win a game again for a very long time. SAD

     
  • Posts: 0 big fish

    let’s go marlins

     
  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    C’mon Chase…

     
  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Two ex-Phillies have hurt the team tonight in Helms and Paulino. This Paulino and the Met catcher Barrajas, who also is a former Phil, have really beat up on the Phils lately.

     
  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    Helms never did a damn thing when he was with the Phils. Now he’s a pain in the neck when he plays against us.

     
  • Posts: 0 They call me bruce

    125 million k here

     
  • Posts: 0 They call me bruce

    hey he didnt strike out but what a waste

     
  • Posts: 0 They call me bruce

    and here is the final out…

     
  • Posts: 0 They call me bruce

    ben is just a waste

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK: We REALLY need to get these base runners home NOW

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WOO HOO! Thank you, Francisco!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Mmmm Eating my delicious crow. Thanks Frisco.

     
  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    The Ben Francisco treat!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    And Lidge has been looking more solid lately… do I dare hope for a win yet?

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @NY: Hee hee! I like it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLL!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I said: BYE BYE SLUMP!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Hopefully this will lead to more Francisco playing time. The kid needs it to develop. Now we need to hold the Marlins for one inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (I do so miss doing that Rauuul thing… hee hee…)

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Raul raised his average 16 points in one night.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Regression to the mean!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Kurt Shilling was loving all over Strasburg on ESPN. It made me sick. I cannot stand Schilling.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Yup, Raul has four hits tonight. But he hasn’t scored yet, so we really need to bring him home, don’t we?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Wohoooo!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Let’s go Lidge!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Ah… it’s been too long since the Phils bats have been popping like this. I just hope they haven’t used up their weekly allowance — I’m going to hte game on Thursday!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It’s Curt.

     
  • Posts: 0 big fish

    Lidge will blow save

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Lights out Lidge! (hopefully)

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Rats. Marlins really blew that one, but managed to salvage it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, Bradster: All you have to do is get three outs without giving up two runs. You think you can manage that?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Wow thatwas a strike!! Wtf ump

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    wow just turned on the computer 4/5 for Ibanez wow wondering if he read Corey’s piece and got worried

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Whew this game is intense. Nice Lidge! 2 Ks! One more out!

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    nice K Lidge

     
  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    One more, c’mon Brad…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    “It’s prospect night in the NL East”

    C’mon T-mac.. don’t say that when the Fish have Stanton on deck!

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    Brad Lidge needs to shut this one down.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    If this kid hits a hr Wheels should be fired.

     
  • Posts: 0 NYphilsfan

    Kinda slipping back to ’09 Lidge here….

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Ohhhhhhh you kidding me!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    C’mon, Brad, just strike this guy out already. Don’t start down that dark 2009 path…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I know you’re just doing this to create suspense, Brad, but enough is enough!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    No. Nails. Left.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    YES!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    ugly…. but at least it was a win!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    WHEW!!! YAY!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Oooooh look who’s the player of the game… that guy who should be released!

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    OK, it’s past my bed time. Gnight, all!

     
 
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