Gameday: Phillies (41-34) at Reds (43-35)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Comments: 207
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Philadelphia Phillies (41-34) at Cincinnati Reds (43-35)

Roy Halladay, RHP (9-6, 2.29 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang, RHP (6-7, 5.07 ERA)

Time: 12:35, Great American Ballpark
Weather: Sunny, 77
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

Game 1 of the Post-Utley/Polanco Experiment went about as well as it could go. Wilson Valdez played second base and hit a three-run bomb. The Phillies won the game, the Braves and Mets lost, and all is well with the world. Greg Dobbs went hitless, but we’ll give him a pass after the roller-coaster ride the team put everyone on. Dobbs tenure at third will be of the day-to-day variety, it would seem.

To today’s matchup, where Roy Halladay looks for double digits in wins for the sixth straight season. He’s faced the Reds twice in his career and has gone 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA. Who would you rather have on the mound with a series win at stake? Lets do it…

Aaron Harang is opposite the Doc and has been relatively sub-par this year, and for the previous two years as well. Over his past 71 starts, Harang has just 18 victories against 38 losses. The Phillies have shelled him over nine career starts, as he’s given up 32 earned runs over just 54 innings of work. After last night’s wild victory, an easier way to win would be to have Doc shut down a touch Cincy lineup and have Harang implode early. Seems possible given the circumstances.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Dobbs 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C, Halladay P
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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    And chooch is on fire right. please. not my fault jr gave howie all that money not to hit the long ball.

  • Posts: 0 Greg

    And guess what: Roy Halladay was demoted from MLB to Single-A Dunedin…he came up later to win a Cy Young, have a Perfect game, and be appointed to the All-Star team more than 6 times.

    Just because someone gets demoted, doesn’t mean he is a flop. It means he needs to work on his area, and improve. Doc did it, and he is now known as the best current pitcher in baseball.

    Since you love Cliff Lee so much, here’s some information for you:

    He was shuttled around from Triple A down to A+ in 2003. After getting promoted back up to Triple A in 2007, he again was ousted to A+.

    What a flop, huh? Oh wait, in 2008, he won the Cy Young.

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    We won’t know for a few weeks what Seattle will get for Lee, but all the rumors are floating names that are much better prospects than what RAJ settled on. Of course they’re just rumors at this point, so until Seattle actually pulls the trigger we can’t evaluate how good or bad RAJ did with his Lee deal.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Cole Hamels DID win us a World Series by himself.. and at 26 years old, he’s far from reaching his peak as a Major League player

    He’s still here …

    and with him, we added a pitcher with better career numbers than Cliff Lee, in Roy Halladay .. and then signed Halladay to the exact extension that wasn’t enough money for Lee

    Also … I think i’ve said this 5x in the past month, but the Phillies changed the arm-angle on Aumont’s delivery …. so of course his control is going to take a while to adjust.. his poor numbers are due in large part to him WALKING too many hitters

    Since he’s still 21-22 years old, with a pro-sized body, and arm-stregth that you can’t teach … he’s still a super-prospect in the eyes of many

  • Posts: 0 Ted Bell

    Don – It’s slightly disturbing that the centerpiece of the Lee deal is a “project player”. The common consensus is that for a player of Lee’s caliber (and for one full year of service) the return should have included at least one player that was close to being major league ready. I hope the rumor mills are wrong, because it seems like Seattle has a good chance of getting a bigger return for Lee as a two month rental than RAJ got for Lee as a full season player.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  • Posts: 0 Hot dogs

    Jeff If we have no farm and we don’t keep our core players, the ones who have won consistently for three years now, who do we put on the field? It sounds like you do not want to keep any of our current players at their contracts but go out and get other free agents. Sounds good get rid of current players that will be free agents and sign other free agents. Stupid.

  • Posts: 0 tea

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