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Gameday: Phillies (31-27) at Red Sox (35-27)

Posted by Corey Seidman, Fri, June 11, 2010 06:40 PM | Comments: 148
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Philadelphia Phillies (26-15) at Boston Red Sox (22-21)

Jamie Moyer, LHP (6-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. John Lackey, RHP (6-3, 4.72 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Fenway Park
Weather: Overcast, 55
°
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

The Phillies tough interleague schedule begins tonight in Boston, as the ageless Jamie Moyer takes on the ugliest pitcher in major league history, John Lackey.

Moyer has been nothing short of brilliant in his last six starts, compiling a 2.76 ERA in 42 1/3 innings and holding opposing hitters to a ridiculous .192/.241/.285 slash-line. In those 42 1/3 innings, Moyer has allowed a mere 29 hits, 21 of which have been singles. He has walked nine and struck out 18.

But the Red Sox represent a different challenge for Young Jamie. Facing a patient AL lineup in a hitter’s park could prove troublesome, but predictions of Moyer’s outings are futile – nobody has any idea how he continues to pitch this effectively but he does it nonetheless. The Phils will catch a break as Kevin Youkilis is out of the lineup tonight after tweaking his back in last night’s walkoff loss to the Cleveland Injuns.

Well, I’ve gone three brief paragraphs without mentioning the Phillies offense, so we might as well address the slumping elephant in the room. The Phils were shutout for the seventh time last night, after being shutout only seven time in all of 2009.

Josh Johnson was as stingy as he’s ever been, and you can’t really fault the Phillies for failing to muster a run last night. It’s getting shut down by the Wade LeBlancs of the world that make nights like Thursday extremely frustrating, because the Phillies are neither hitting pitchers they SHOULD hit nor hitting pitchers they SHOULDN’T hit during this 7-14 run.

The Phils will employ a designated hitter for the first time this season, and his name is Ross Gload. (The entire city emitted a collective sigh when they found out Greg Dobbs wouldn’t be in the lineup.)

The Phils lineup will shake out as follows: 1) Vic-CF; 2) Polancey-3B; 3) The Man-2B; 4) The Sizable Sliver-1B; 5) FallsDownWhenSwings-RF; 6) Release Me-LF; 7) Gload-DH; 8) Chooch-C; 9) Non-Double Play Utilityman-SS

(Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Gload, Ruiz, Castro)

The Phils pounded Lackey when these teams last met at Citizens Bank Park, and tonight he can’t complain about the stadium. This period of offensive misery began the night after the Phillies blasted Lackey, so perhaps they can break out of it the night they face him again.

They’ll need the bats to wake up – the next nine games on the Phillies schedule are against teams with a combined 107-75 record.


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  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    There is a distinct possibility that the phightins could end up in third place tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Randy Johnson, Don Mossi, and Don Cardwell were all uglier than John Lackey.

     
  • Posts: 0 John Snowden

    this tiny strike zone is gonna make this a long game

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I am not feeling too optimistic tonight – I will say the Sox score at least 2 this inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Lackey facially does look like an anemic gorilla

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    there’s one

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    i don’t think jamie will get past the fourth tonight

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    two

     
  • Posts: 0 John Snowden

    two consecutive batters jaimie gets behind … throws a damn close pitch doesn’t get the call and leaves a beachball floating right over the plate … each one giving up a run. awesome.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Well a 3-0 hole means game over…

    4-11 is well within the realm of possibilities.

    And it totally sucks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    and 3

     
  • Posts: 0 AGH

    If there were a stat for umps missing a third strike and then having the hitter knock in a run on the next pitch, the Phils would be leading the league. Happened on the Uggla homerun last night, too.

    Not that it would matter. This game was over as soon as the Phils touched down at Logan.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    5 now in the first…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    YAWWWWWWWWWNNNNN

     
  • Posts: 0 John Snowden

    chucks … doesnt even look like hes gonna get outa the 1st

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    i can’t believe Jamie’s not fooling anyone with that 82 mph gas down the middle

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I tell you Cholly is not going to take him out unless there is 7 or 9

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    that was a gift

     
  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Goodnight folks…I’m outta here…

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    exactly what i needed after a long day at the office. f*ck’n awesome!

     
  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Let Moyer give up 10 before taking him out. ….. what the hell.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Once upon a time, the Phillies could come back from a five-run deficit.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    yeah go for the record Clint Eastwood. I challenge Moyer to allow 20 earned runs tonite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    We didn’t even get “I’m Ted Bell..”

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Little known fact – Jayson Werth has only 2 stolen bases this year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    moyer will allow 12 runs. and then choly will get ejected for arguing that barney fife is still alive.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Ibanez, Gload, Ruiz, Castro – no hit land

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    maybe 2 more runs and Cholly will take him out. Behind by 7

     
  • Posts: 0 Jason B

    Mets ahead over O’s , Marlins ahead over Rays, Nats ahead…good times!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Moyer has thrown 47 pitches so far, no outs in teh second

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Ya think maybe Jamie doesn’t have it tonight?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    4 doubles, a home run, no outs in teh second and down by 0-6 and he’s still pitching!
    This is where Cholly really gets me, what does he think is going to happen?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Brooks! You are calling it…..good job! OMG, he’s not taking him out?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Ooopps = 7 now

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Georgie, please tell me someone is at least warming up…

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    You know what? The AL east must be so glad when the play the Orioles and the Phillies.. this is so pitiful

     
  • Posts: 0 Repeat!

    he got to 8. sorry about the u

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Well, that was just horrible…..

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    We all know that run on second is going score to give him 9 runs in 1 inning pitched

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Did you see Jamie’s line for tonight? Classic – 1 ip, 9 hits, 8 runs, a walk and 1 strike out.. he threw 61 pitches and did not get an out in the second inning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Alright I think at this point Jaime Moyer should be relegated to facing the following teams: Padres, Marlins, Pirates, Cubs, D-Backs. He is simply over matched. Moyer is not the issue at the moment.

    The issue is the fact that the Phillies continue to watch fastballs go by and swing at breaking pitchers. Every pitcher should throw fastballs down the middle on the first pitch against this team cause they are not swinging.

    I nominate Carlos Ruiz’s at-bat in the second inning as the worst at-bat of the season. In years past an 8-0 leading in the second I would legit think this team could make the game interesting, this year, I predict the score to be something like 15-1. The run will likely come off the fierce bat of Ross Gload.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I don’t think I’ll be watching the entire game.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Good call Chuck, my oversight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    This team just has no pride right now and for all we talk about leadership, I do not see anyone stepping up and kicking and screaming. This team needs a good ol’ fashion 93 brawl in a blowout game like this to get their blood boiling.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Not panicking yet, but does anyone else think the Phils got old real fast?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Adam, I think more 11-3. Phils get a few meaningless runs somewhere in there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian

    I said Jamie would give up 10 tonight. He looks great against the Marlins. Kendrick and him stink. Howard is now a 125 million waste. They are going nowhere this year. Manuel leaves this guy to give up 8 runs are you crazy. My friend called me who is a die hard sox. He said 15 runs tonight. I said no 10. I was closer. But Manuel took him out.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Yeah, Moyer and Kendrick are a mirage.

    Phils are 17-20 since Howard’s big contract. Hmmm.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    How about a little Dobbsy action

     
  • Posts: 0 Terri

    Honestly, I just don’t see how the Phils will win the division. I know it is too soon to say it is over, but they have been in this slump for almost a month, and when you think it couldn’t get worse it does. This team is just so blah about everything right now. You would think being in second place would wake this team up (it usually does), maybe being in last place will cause that’s where they will be. The Mets and Marlins are winning and then there are the Braves. The Phils can’t afford to lose anymore games.

     
 
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