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Gameday: Phillies (34-20) at Nationals (22-31)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, May 31, 2011 05:53 PM | Comments: 20
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Philadelphia Phillies (34-20) at Washington Nationals (22-31)

Cliff Lee, LHP (4-4, 3.50 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26 ERA)

Time: 7:05 pm, Nationals Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 96
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

So, since it’s no longer Memorial Day weekend, I guess we don’t have to feel unpatriotic about the Phillies beating teams from New York and Washington anymore. Considering tonight’s pitching matchup, we should expect more of the same.

Cliff Lee might be only .500, but a deeper look into his season shows him to be as effective a pitcher as he’s ever been. Lee is second among NL starters in K/9, second in K/BB ratio, and fourth in both FIP and xFIP. He’s averaging not only more than a strikeout per inning, but 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, combined with excellent control. Incidentally, the top three starting pitchers in the NL in K/BB ratio are Roy Halladay, Lee, and Cole Hamels, in that order.Noting the small sample size caveat, Lee has had success against most current Nationals. Ivan Rodriguez has a career .375 average against him with five walks in 37 plate appearances, but no other Nationals player has more than two career hits against the Phillies’ top lefty. Meanwhile, Nationals starter Jason Marquis has been shelled by Chase Utley, who has a career .464 batting average against the man once called “Gamechanger,” while Raul Ibanez, who is somehow inexplicably among the leaders in All-Star voting, has pegged Marquis for seven hits in 20 at-bats, four of them for extra bases. Not that this means much–I just thought you might find it interesting.

PHILLIES LINEUP:

Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Mayberry CF, Lee P

Your Gameday Beer – Jim Beam Bourbon

This morning, I went with a friend of mine to serve as a witness as he applied for a marriage license. He’s in his mid-20s, but he’ll be the first of the group of guys I’ve been friends with since high school to tie the knot, and it was a heady occasion. With that in mind, I’m not sure beer’s going to cut it tonight–this may call for something stronger.– by Michael

GO PHILLIES

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About Michael Baumann

Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

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 Sse01

    Kendrick pitching Saturday :-p

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    god lee s u c k s. what a wasted contract. best rotation in baseball history. yea right. braves were much better. lee throws to many strikes. he s u c k s. 5-0 against the werthless nats. they s u c k…..werth s u c k s

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Wow Jeff i was about to turn the game on you serious 5-0…

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    That was a bolt, at least we have something positive tonight.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Love me some Dom Brown!!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    FINALLY, the Phillies start showing some offense!

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Back to back jacks, back to back games.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Back to back HR in back to back games in the home run payoff inning… What are the odds?

     
  • Posts: 5222 Lefty

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    This thing is far from over.

    Tonight’s beer Jim Beam – I heartily approve!

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    ugh…

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Love me some Dom Brown!!!

    Smell it??

     
  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    It says a lot about the Phils that other teams get nervous about a hit, even when they have a 4-run lead. I wish the Phillies fans knew what the opposing managers do.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Come on Gload… Find a gap, score a run, put some pressure on this pen.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Wow… Catcher interference chases the starter. First time I’ve seen that.

    Clippard is a hard thrower… The kind of pitcher Jimmy likes.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Shameless plug… Check out baseball junkies- best baseball movies (non comedy) and a discussion about Jo Jo Reyes’ futility.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Lee has not been sharp. Funny things happen when you aren’t playing for a contract. Just sayin’.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    all that money to a .500 pitcher, even when he was with us the first time he had the horrible streak. yes he was great in the playoffs but come on. between his contract and howie we could have 6 players. howard is just a waste of human space. i love most of this team but hate this guy. not clutch. swings at horrible pitches. very streaky. never feel confindent in big spots. you should never feel like that with your 200 million dollar man.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    I hope not, Pat. That’s a bad thought. I still think he kicks it into high gear when the playoffs roll around and that’s all I care about. Just be there when it matters.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Yeah might be slightly harsh, but guys that aren;t playing for that big contract no longer have 110% of the drive. It’s nature really. Maybe singling him out is wrong, but honestly he looks bad right now.

      These are the Nationals – he struck 12 of them out on 99 pitches less than 2 months ago. They didn’t change much.

       
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Lets not sugar coat this turd a sugar coated turd still stinks. Lee was rocked Baez sucked an my man Zag just cant seem to get a break every time he is called up. Not sure whats up with Lee he has given some brilliant performances then a bunch of turds.

     
 
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