Gameday: Phillies (40-34) at Reds (43-34)

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, June 29, 2010 06:09 PM | Comments: 196
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Philadelphia Phillies (40-34) at Cincinnati Reds (43-34)

Joe Blanton, RHP (3-5, 6.53 ERA) vs. Mike Leake, RHP (5-1, 2.92 ERA)

Time: 7:10, Great American Ballpark
Weather: Sunny, 77
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

Well, the Phillies did not anticipate beginning their final first half road trip like this.

In Monday night’s series opener, an uninspiring 7-3 loss to the Reds was coupled with a thumb injury damaging enough to force Chase Utley out of the game. Utley, attempting to stretch a single into a double, sprained his thumb sliding into second base in the fourth inning but remained in the game until the top of the ninth.

Chase later had trouble gripping the bat, and made an atypical fielding error that most certainly was a result of the injury.

Trips to the DL for Utley and Placido Polanco (elbow) leave the Phillies in a precarious position. The team was forced to call up Greg Dobbs (2-for-17 in Triple-A) and middle infielder Brian Bocock (.179/.239/.231 in 237 awful plate appearances at Lehigh Valley.)

Now that the depressing news is out of the way, let’s focus on tonight’s game. As I stated yesterday, the Phillies should hit Mike Leake. The rookie righthander has been very effective this season, but his success is over-exaggerated by an extremely high left on-base rate.

For the season, Leake has a middling 1.41 WHIP and has stranded 80% of his baserunners, almost 10% better than the rest of the league. While a glance at this number may lead you to believe that Leake has simply beared down with men on, it should be noted that even the best pitchers lack some sort of “skill” to consistently maintain such lofty strand rates.

Leake, who has been considerably worse at Great American Ballpark than on the road, has allowed more than three runs only three times in fourteen starts, but two of those outings took place in his last three times out (five runs apiece at home to the Dodgers and Giants.)

Leake throws the following five pitches, with the percentage of how often he throws each following in parentheses:

  • High-80s fastball (51% of the time),
  • Low-80s slider (20%),
  • High-80s cutter (11%),
  • Low-80s changeup (10%),
  • Mid-70s curveball (8%).

Look for Leake’s changeup to be used more frequently tonight, because the Phillies first four hitters, and six of nine overall, are lefties.

As for the Phils, Joe Blanton will look to build upon two solid outings. Things haven’t been easy for Kentucky Fried Starter in 2010, as he started the season on the DL, came back and pitched well but had nothing to show for it, then went through a horrific stretch of four poor starts in a row.

Blanton is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in thirteen lifetime innings against the Reds, and, despite allowing five runs in five innings, got a win in his only career start at Great American Ballpark.

Tonight’s home plate umpire will be the universally despised CB Bucknor. In his career, Blanton has struggled in the three starts in which Bucknor stood behind home plate – allowing ten runs in 16 innings of work.

Obviously, this could mean nothing – Blanton could have simply faced good competition or failed to make pitches in those games, but it seems worthy of a note.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Dobbs 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Schneider C, Valdez 3B, Blanton P

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Tonight’s beer kicks off our European tour and comes from the De Koningshoeven Brewery, a Dutch Trappist brewery. It is the only producer of Trappist beer outside of Belgium. Run inside an abbey, the monks get the water for the beer from five 200-metre deep wells on the grounds. La Trappe Blond is one of their many offerings. This Pale Ale is bitter and sweet like fruit candy, but less sweet by comparison to the more popular Leffe Blonde. – By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 phillyboy


  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    will we see lidge in the bottom of the inning. LOL. Can you imagine if he did blow it again. LOL

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    and a little luck from the outfielder phillyboy.

  • Posts: 0 phils

    yes comon im going to eat my words :) great (lucky) hit by RAUL

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    great play. wow. great play. and he got the CALL right.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    They got heart tonight. Better have some tomorrow to help Roy.

    Lidge better not come back out. May need him in the 7th or 8th tomorrow vs a good right hander.
    Thats his roll.

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy


  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    shocked he did not call interference. why not let the kid swing.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Kerry Wood got another save tonight. He is better than Lidge and would probably come cheaply.

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy


  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I thank Brad very much for 08 but its time to move on. He is just plain terrible. A three run lead is never good enough. Thats terrible. You cant trust the guy.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Most definitely have to go with the lefty reliever Romero against Votto in that situation what with Lidge’s history against Votto and Votto being such a clutch hitter in the late innings. This home plate umpire Bucknor has had quite an affect on the way this game has played out.

  • Posts: 0 NYPhilsfan

    Problem is, we gotta three outs….

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Three run lead #2, hope this fairs better

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    and lets not forget who got the inning started

  • Posts: 0 Adam

    Is it just me or do games like this (regardless of outcome) still make you feel like the Phillies lost? This team is, remains, and continues to be a complete mess/snake bitten and eventually it will catch up in a big way. I give this team an insane amount of credit for keeping it together considering they have had three games right off the bat (Braves walk-off when Madson gave up three runs, Twins game, this game) where they should have been easy victories.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    jay they call me bruce. this feels like groundhogs day.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    dont hit him

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Trevor Hoffman probably could be had for a used fungo bat.
    The bullpen remains this teams problem. If we got Wood and another guy. Id be happy.

  • Posts: 0 NYPhilsfan


  • Posts: 0 nick

    Suck a fat one to every raul hater

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    great pitch. got him out in front.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    bring back myers to close.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    boy we have been in this postion before. lets get this done now.

  • Posts: 0 NYPhilsfan

    I agree, even if we win, it feels shaky.

  • Posts: 0 ChuckS


  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    that a boy. he went to the cherry hill GNC store before the game.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    ITS A WIN. who cares how it feels. Like when you cheat on your girl and you feel bad.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Good grief – this almost qualified as a “Come From Behind” victory –
    Good win, breathe everybody!

  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    Ok boys and girls, Im here for my crow. The offense showed heart and grit, and Romero was dialed in. I was wrong, the offense never quit, charlie got thrown out because the MORON behind the plate, and Romero was not going to be denied.

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy


  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    just ashame lidge blew it for blanton. get lidge out of here. send him down or release him. enough is enough. he s u c k s

  • Posts: 0 phils

    thank f**** for that :) good night people go phillies

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    listen u got to believe we will likely get a pitcher at the all-star break,we will get healthy,and by sept be up by 5 games!!

  • Posts: 0 a13

    We can’t live in past! forget brad, get new closer.

  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    phillies record since i joined on a reg. basies 8-2! just saying!!

  • Posts: 0 therookie300

    The Phils win!!! Who cares how it happened, but bottom line is they won. Please stop the negativity for once. This site can become so unreadable because of it sometimes.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    It is an injustice that Lidge gets the win after blowing the lead in the ninth inning and Blanton pitching pretty good tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Rookie – you should drop in on this site when the Muts are up.. talk about unreadable.

    Look, bottom line is a win for sure but – we need to rely on our healthy regulars and other than Ryan’s 10 inning hit and Raul’s 10th inning hit – they were 3 for 18 (not including our good buddy Dobbs who was 0 for 3). As much as I’d like to, relying on Schneider, Valdez and Benny – I dont think they are the caliber players to carry us through. Lidge? Brother, is this a repeat of the nonsense we dealt with last year? When Cholly tried and kept trying to boost his confidence – that was putrid.

    Yes, excellent win! And believe me, the nervousness will calm down once our regulars start groovin’

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    Cheeseburger Joe was robbed of a win by Livin’ on the Edge Brad Lidge. Really a shame since Joe was good enough for a QS. What feels like a mixed bag because of Lidge except for the offense, but thankfully they showed their drive and determination tonight.

    Thank goodness they won. If they didn’t morale would have been hurt and they would have had to come back like after that aberration against the Twins.

  • Posts: 0 NickFromGermantown

    Actually, the best part about this game was that the Phillies fought back to win.

    The second best part was that the Braves AND Mets lost. Let’s us gain much needed ground. Thank goodness!

  • Posts: 0 Tom

    I agree with Mike. Lidge is like watching a train wreck. He’s a $12 million situational reliever at this point. The only pitcher I have less faith in is Baez. I’m glad for the win, but this team is really in a tough spot. Now Chase and Placido go on the DL.

  • Posts: 0 George

    There are more positives than negatives to be taken from this game:

    1. Blanton pitched like the Blanton we know and love.
    2. The bench isn’t nearly as bad as people seem to think.
    3. The regulars weren’t great (all FOUR of them) but DID come through in the clutch.
    4. They won.
    5. No one got injured.

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Agreed. Schneider, Valdez, Benny Fresh — all pulled through for the win. They are all bench players. I remember disagreeing with someone earlier who claimed that our bench hasn’t been improved.

    The bench tonight proved me right.

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    On the way into work, I heard that the Phils bench is hitting 11 for 95 (this is all PH). THAT is horrible!

    I know I was not alone in thinking this year our bench will be better than last (what a mess that was)… craziness. 11 for 95!! A .116 BA. The next worse is at .195


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