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Gameday: Reds (25-23) at Phillies (29-18)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, May 24, 2011 05:16 PM | Comments: 72
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Cincinnati Reds (25-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-18)

Johnny Cueto, RHP (2-1, 1.45 ERA) vs. Vance Worley, RHP (2-0, 1.12 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Chance of thunderstorms, 79
TV: WPHL
Twitter: Phillies Nation

I sure did enjoy that seven-run third inning last night, didn’t you guys? What’s more, it sure was fun to see Chase Utley back in red pinstripes, even though he did go 0-for-5. Tonight, we get more of the same, as the Phillies pray their good offensive fortune from last night carries over against Johnny Cueto. Cueto has only made three starts so far this season, but he’s done quite well, with 14 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.02 in 18 2/3 innings. Cueto’s been something of a familiar face for Phillies fans over recent years. Though he’s only made five starts against Philadelphia, including the playoffs, in his career, two of them were memorable battles against Cole Hamels: the first was a 22-1 loss in 2009 that got so out of hand shortstop Paul Janish came in to pitch, and the other was the losing end of Hamels’ Game 3 complete game shutout in last year’s NLCS.

I know we gripe about the Phillies’ offensive struggles, but as fans of one team we’re often somewhat myopic about our complaints. If there’s another good team that’s run into as much bad fortune as the Phillies, the Reds might be it. They started 5-0 and as recently as a week ago were eight games over .500 and a game and a half up in the division, but since then the Reds have lost six on the trot, by a combined 24 runs, and fallen out of first place in embarrassing fashion. Not like you ought to feel bad for them or anything–I hope the Phillies win by 15 runs.

Vance Worley takes the ball for Philadelphia this evening, in what could be the first of many appearances as the Phillies’ No. 5 starter, depending on how bad Joe Blanton’s elbow actually is. Which brings me to an important point: Vance Worley needs a nickname. I mean, not like his given name isn’t awesome enough, or that “Vanimal” isn’t a good start, but I think we can do better. If you have ideas, leave them in the comment section. Extra points will be awarded for anything menacing, goofy, or alliterative.

Oh, and I bet you didn’t know this (I had no clue until I checked the date on Wikipedia), but today is the anniversary of the first night game in MLB history, contested May 24, 1935, between…the Reds and Phillies, believe it or not. So that’s pretty cool, huh?

PHILLIES LINEUP:

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

Your Gameday Beer- Free State John Brown Ale

I was paging through Wikipedia, and a bunch of interesting stuff happened on May 24. Plus it’s my fiancee’s birthday, and while I feel a personal obligation to honor that date with tonight’s beer recommendation, I know full well that none of you guys give a crap. Therefore, in honor of the (and I hope this is less convoluted than it sounded in my head) 155th anniversary of the Pottawatomie Creek massacre, I give you Free State Brewing Co.’s John Brown Ale. Brown, as you may know, was not only a rational anti-slavery militant in the Bleeding Kansas era of the antebellum west, he famously raided the federal armory in Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1859 with the intention of arming the slaves and starting a rebellion in the South. Of course, that raid was put down by the 2nd U.S. Cavalry that included future Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, who led the unit, and J.E.B. Stuart. Of course, I can’t imagine many of you give a crap about John Brown either.-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 Andrew From Waldorf

    Much bigger test tonight.

    Coming in the pitching match up should favor the Reds.

    Very glad the old man used the same line up.

    Worleys first time facing a a start vs a real team and line up. As his other 2 starts were vs the Mets and Senators.

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    Glad to see Worley back. I liked what I saw from him.

     
  • Posts: 220 The Dipsy

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    Vance Worley will never go back to the minors again.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    Ah well, there goes the no-hitter…

     
  • Posts: 220 The Dipsy

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    What….who….what. Why wasn’t Ibanez anywhere close to that ball? Jesus. Did it at least hit the fence?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Bad luck there for Vance

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    Owie… and there’s the shutout. Let’s see how Worley handles the pressure…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    I thought the same thing Dipsy
    He was making it look like a homer
    When it hit off the base of the wall.

    Dunno if he could have or should of caught it but he looked a little lost

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    YES! Nice K!

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Gimme a effin break AFW. That ball shoulda been caught. It was a deep fly. This is EXACTLY what I’m talking about. The score is now 1-0 and as far as I’m concerned that run goes on Ibanez. He is now a -1 for the game. That is so totally lame. How can Charlie sit in the dugout and what that sh@t.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Don’t you people just wanna pull your hair out when you see a guy on YOUR team play the field like that? Just put a cardboard cutout in LF.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Dipsy I dont have a DVR
    Or Id go back and look
    All I am saying is I am not sure HE would have caught it

    A good fielder would have I am sure

    Dipsy most LFers are a detriment to the defense. thats why they play LF

    If the Phils get a RF like Pence. Id be happy with brown in left

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    This is just ugly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Vance is having NO LUCK

    as wheel is saying its a shame for worley

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Yes Chase has gotten to run alot so far

    Hope he is in the line up tomorrow

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I can’t accept his level of incompetence. I’m sorry. He’s terrible for even a LFer.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    I like the way Vance is holding up to the pressure. He doesn’t seem to be letting it rattle him. Struck out a batter who had already seen him once. Nice work.

     
  • Posts: 48 krukdriver

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    No panic Worley. Gotta like this kid.

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    I thought that would be out of here, but I won’t complain about a lead-off double!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Luzinski, Burrell
    There is a history of this.

    But he needs to put up better offensive stats I agree

    Especially on the road where is is the worst.

    He is servicable at home with 18 RBI and all 5 of his homers and a .300 avg
    I could deal with the defense if he did that home and away

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    What’s the deal with Worley’s fan club? What’s the significance of dressing up like waiters in a Greek restaurant?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    I hope Ibanez doesnt K
    Dipsy may stroke out :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    And theres the RBI double
    Makes up
    Hes swining a bat at home that makes him very good

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    RaUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLL!

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Nice hitting, Raul!

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Wow
    Ruiz
    Who will never recieve one vote for the hall of fame

    But can play on my team every day of the week and 2 times on sunday

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    YES!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    I have a feeling Worley is going to be one of these guys who pitches better in the Majors Than he did in the minors.
    It happens

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    What the hell was that? Glad to see Chase get a hit, but JRoll never should have gone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Need to stop having guys thrown out at home.

    Not good

    yea!
    Chase got his first hit

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    CHOOCH!!!

     
  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    Keep on hitting Raaauuuullllll!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    How many runs in Brown costing us in right?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I like Vance but you cant walk the horrible pitcher. he is not even a player…come on boy

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    You got to ask yourself if Blanton would be pitching any better than Worley, I think – no.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    You cant stop David Herndon only try to contain him.

    Lets get 3 innings from the big horse tonight!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Worley is the 5 starter now

    Too bad Blanton we cant even give away now

     
  • Posts: 3053 Tracey

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    nicely played by Howard!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Excelllent AB

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Bad luck for Worley today the Reds are a good hitting teams an some balls fell.. Walking the Pitcher caught up to him….i still like that he held trough the pressure….glad Cholly made the right move an took him out….boy can Worley sweat….

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    That just means he is well hydrated

    Worley could turn into a fun story for this year.
    something like that would be a nice distraction to the grind of going for 5 straight division titles

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Big test for Stutes here…

     
  • Posts: 0 Sse01

    Test passed.

     
  • Posts: 5085 Lefty

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    Wow, just read the Baumann article and comments- Quite an afternoon here.

     
    • Posts: 48 krukdriver

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      The article that was supposed to be about trading for Hunter Pence turned into a Shane Victorino donnybrook.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    You missed all the fun
    Baumann tweeted he wanted to beat me up with Shanes gold gloves if he ever meets me.
    Which made my day
    That with the length of the commentariet column have made me promise to be better and not try to cause a ruckus.
    And I get the stat guys points etc etc.

     
  • Posts: 5085 Lefty

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    Andrew, It was classic.

    I think The Dark Overlords thought we couldn’t view their tweets. And they call us Mos Eisley!

    You let the cat out of the bag, Big Brother now knows the lab rats can see them.

     
  • Posts: 5085 Lefty

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    Need a big hit Chooch, raise your WAR!

    Ok a walk will do, no stats for good AB’s

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Sometimes I worry you will get upset Lefty that I am going to far causing too much trouble.

    Phylan was tweeting to some Mets guy about how great Piazza is.
    Baumann said he couldnt go in and look but Phylan had gone in to fight the good fight.

    The stat guys come off sounding eliteist. They cant help it though.
    And I am glad they make columns I can comment on. Because I would not have patience to do a column and enjoy commenting.

     
  • Posts: 5085 Lefty

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    This could be a late night.

    I like the athleticism Brown and Mayberry bring. Just have to have enough patience for their full game to come along.

    Neither one of them can be doubled up on a typical GIDP, not that that is a such a great thing, but it shows the raw speed.

     
    • Posts: 48 krukdriver

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      Brown’s gonna be a stud – I sure hope Ruben doesn’t flip him for someone like Pence.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Thats not good.

     
 
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