Gameday: Red Sox (45-32) vs. Phillies (49-30)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 28, 2011 06:06 PM | Comments: 19
2011 Gameday, Analysis, News, Opinion, Posts

Boston Red Sox (45-32) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-30)

Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87 ERA)

Time: 7:05 pm, Citizens Bank Park
Partly Cloudy/Chc of Storms, 83
PHL 17/MLB Network
Media: Twitter and Facebook


Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke today and said that there is no timetable on Ryan Madson just yet, and that Monday was not a certainty. Madson is eligible to come off the DL on July 4. Amaro added that they would “pitch him when he’s ready.”

Amaro also talked about Roy Oswalt and said there is a chance he could return to the Phillies before August. While they have no concrete timetable on Oswalt, sometime in mid-August has been tossed around as a date.

When it came to talk of adding a bat, Amaro continued to reiterate that if their pitchers get healthy (Contreras, Lidge, Oswalt, Blanton, and now Madson) that they’ll be OK. He said he values pitching over adding a bat.


This one has all the makings of a fantastic matchup. And although the Phillies won’t admit it, this will be a proving ground for championship aspirations. Not only will one of the hottest pitchers in the American League be on the mound for Boston, but they come with a run and gun offense led by David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and Adrian Gonzalez.

The Phillies have the best record in baseball, but they have not seen a team of this caliber yet.

To combat that, the Phillies will send their hottest pitcher out there tonight, Cliff Lee. Lee has a sparking 0.27 ERA this month, putting to bed any negative thoughts anyone had about Lee after a shaky opening 6-8 weeks of the season. But just having Lee out there won’t be enough. This mediocre offense will have to find a way to score a few runs against Beckett.

The 31-year old Beckett has reinvented himself this season after a rash of injuries in previous seasons. His last start was a complete game shutout over the Rays on June 15; he has missed two starts due to a nasty bout with the flu. But make no mistake, Beckett will bring his A-game tonight. Only one time this season has Beckett given up more than three earned runs in a start, so if you hate low-scoring games. If a pitchers duel is your cup of team, you’ve come to the right place.

Phillies Lineup:

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

GAMEDAY BEER: Sam Adams East-West Kolsch

I can’t help myself, I absolutely love Sam Adams. It’s a boston-brewed beer that has evolved 10-fold (it seems) over the past decade, bringing out a new assortment of beers every so often to add to their stellar collection. Tonight, we drink East-West Kolsch from Sammy. Had this last weekend and it’s incredibly tasty, and not overbearing. It’s slightly fruity with light biscuit notes and lemon citrus that come from the hops. At just over 5% ABV, you won’t be inundated with alcohol and will have a smooth journey to the bottom of the glass. Have this with schnitzel. -by Pat

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Oh stop with the sox. they s u c k. ortiz is a fat pig. gonzo has never played a big game in his life. there pitching is average. if the phillies hit we will win. BIG IF.

    As far as ruin tomorrow jr. all they know how to do is lie about injuries. its not the nfl baby.

  • Posts: 65 Jonathan Nisula

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    Let’s see if Lee can continue his unbelievable hot streak

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Yes, Ortiz is a pig that slams home runs and Gonzalez seems fazed by playing in one of the harshest markets in baseball. All solid points Jeff.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    this is the dude Jeff that wants to be taken seriously at times, right?

    as for Ruben Amaro Jr… I’m glad that he was ahead of curve in Major League Baseball and stacked our team with pitching.. to the point where Roy Oswalt going on the DL isn’t all that big a deal because our 4th best starting pitcher… god i love Ruben

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Lee with 18 pitches through 2 innings. Id be surprised if Boston didnt foul off 80 pitches from now until the end.

  • Posts: 5346 Lefty

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    Yesssss ! Way to go Dom

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    easy when your on roids…mr, ortiz

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Cliff Lee – dealing.

  • Posts: 0 tavian

    Jeff is on a roll — Negative and stressed —- He has no love for Cholly Manuel, or Greg Gross.
    I hope he has something to cheer about this evening. I hope I have something to cheer about , as well.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Cliff Lee is a rock star.

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    You ain’t kiddin’ lefty.

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Who is the best pitcher in all of baseball right now? None other than the General Lee!

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    A lead off double and nothing phases this guy.
    I am so impressed -

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    That was a great win all around!

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Unbelievable – Lee is so hot right now I have never seen anything like it.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    An absolute f’n Rock Star

  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Not a big deal missing Madson when your starters keeping going 9. May not be the case tomorrow.

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    Herndon, Baez are fresh and ready to go – gulp!
    20 games over .500 in June – comon now –

    2 hitter vs the Red Sox, 3 complete game shut outs in a row, 32 consecutive scoreless innings and what is the final tally for his June ERA?

    • Posts: 0 Lefty

      June ERA 0.21

      That’s Bob Gibson like numbers.

      with a 5-0 W-L record for the month

      and the kicker- The last Phillies pitcher to throw three consecutive CGSO’s was Robin Roberts -61 years ago!

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