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Gameday: Red Sox (45-34) vs. Phillies (51-30)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, June 30, 2011 11:38 AM | Comments: 49
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Boston Red Sox (45-34) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-30)

Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66 ERA) vs  Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49 ERA)

Time: 1:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 83o
TV: CSN, MLBN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Coming off last night’s 2-1 win, the Phillies look to complete the sweep today at Citizens Bank Park. They’ll have one of the best pitchers in the league on the mound in Cole Hamels. His 2.49 ERA ranks 8th in the MLB (3rd in the NL), just behind fellow teammate Roy Halladay.

The Phillies are set to face lefty Jon Lester, who could really give this Phillies lineup — who has the 5th-lowest OPS vs lefties this year — some major issues. On a positive note, Lester is giving up more home runs this year, and the Phillies seem to be digging the long ball in this series. That could be the way to beat Lester today, in a game that has all the makings of a pitchers duel.

A pitchers duel is something the Cole Hamels has gotten used to. In June, he has given up 1, 0, 1, 2, and 2 runs in 5 starts. He’s 2-3 over that span. Let’s hope today goes a little differently. Just as Pat stated yesterday that “The Phillies do have a habit of making bad pitchers look good”, the Phillies also have the ability to do well against good pitchers. Hopefully they can do just that today and beat Lester to complete the sweep of the Red Sox.

Phillies lineup:

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

GAMEDAY BEER: Sam Adams Summer Ale

We continue on with the Boston beers. Sam Adams Summer Ale is another of their ridiculously good brews. This summer seasonal uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa first used as a brewing spice in the 13th century, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. It tickles the tongue. -by Pat

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Would anyone be good enough to confirm for me that this game will be rebroadcast tonite? Thank you. Pat – I think we should do a PN Wiffle Ball Tournament.

    The Dipsy

     
    • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

      Love the PN wiffle idea… My knuckle sinker is filthy. We play a little bit different- we don’t throw too hard. I’ve seen YouTube vids where guys throw really nasty stuff but they’re throwing gas… We like to hit the ball, too.

       
  • Posts: 0 tavian

    It would be great to sweep the Red Sox. Looking forward to a great game.

     
  • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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    Colbert’s WHIP this year is 0.96 vs. Lester’s 1.29. Lester lost his last two, most recently against the Pirates. His ERA is around his career ave. 3.6.
    Cole’s 6 HRs this year don’t look so bad against Lester’s 14 as was said above.
    A sweep would be almost too good to believe, but ya gotta believe, right?

     
  • Posts: 103 Bart Shart

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    Nice to see Terry Francona doing well in Boston. He was always a quality person and a very good manager, just was not dealt a great hand in Philly. However, I want to see the Phightins kick the Red Sox’ asses today. Lester can be beaten. And Hamels is the man to do it. We need to hit today.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfpsu

    Glad to see Utley in there, thought he might be given the day off. Guess not with the quality of the opponent. I think is rested tomorrow, which if the Philles win today, looks like a classic let down game. But let’s get this one today.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Dispy, game will be rebroadcast on CSN at 7.

    Wiffle Ball tourney Ive wanted to do forever, but just can’t get it together with my schedule. One of these days.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    remember just two days ago at this time all the doom sayers talking about how we had no prayer of even taking 2 our ot 3 in this series and how good the red sox were . and i was here saying the phillies have the best team in baseball and any phillies fan who is afraid of any team should be ashame of themselves…… yea.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Ryan, do you think the Yankees are a better team that the Red Sox? In a series, this Sawx team is still dangerous.

       
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Good god Pat. You’re a young man. I think that I may have asked you this in another thread but I didn’t see it. Are you a “serious” WB player (and you know what I mean)?

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    I have the afternoon off and have so much to do… I’m thinking I’ll get to it this weekend.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Phils/Sawx is waaay more important.

      And Dispy, I am a wiffle enthusiast but dont play in any leagues or anything. We sometimes play with walks to speed it up and play like medium pitch. Once in a while we’ll throw hard. But its more for fun.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    The Red Sox and the Yankees offer no threat to the Phillies if they reach that far.
    The Phillies hitters can and will hit either of those teams. And the big 3 will shut them down.
    You dont want the Giants or Braves or even the Mariners.
    The phillies line up cannot hit a pitching team.
    Monitor the standings.
    Bring on the Brewers or Reds or Red Sox or Yankees or Rockies.

    Oakland threatens the Phillies more than the Red Sox and Yankees.

    Having some pizza. Learning about baseball.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Come on Waldorf, thats an exaggeration. Oakland is awful. The Red Sox are an outstanding team missing one of their best players right now (Carl Crawford). The Yankees can hit anyone.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

      no. the yankees cannot hit anyone. in fact, nobody can hit the phillies

       
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Cole looking strong. Need some hits.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Lester very tough as well, pitch count is high though.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Great pic, sse01.

     
    • Posts: 137 sse01

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      Unfortunately I couldn’t fit the entire perm in.

       
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    First hit, still no runs.

     
  • Posts: 0 westport johnny

    at work, out of area, tracking on espn gamecast… did they pull Colee? Why?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Well the Hamels injury will hurt.
    Gallen. with Hamels Lee and Halladay on their best. a team with pitchers threatens the Phillies more than any hitting team.
    Look no furthur than losing to a AAA offensive team last year.
    Oakland is a bit of an exageration. But you get the point.
    The Phillies do not hit good pitchers and good pitching teams.
    Id rather they play the 27 Yankees than the 71 Orioles.

    The phillies pitching would shut down the 27 Yankees and the skelled line up would squeeze a few out. This line up wont smell runs vs a good pitching team. Not close.
    Braves or Giants in the playoffs. Its over.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Right Hand contusion from Gonzalez’s liner

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Hamels got hit on his right hand.
    That they took him out isnt a good sign.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Xrays are being taken on Hamels right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Josh

    why the heck is Herndon even in the game..Hell, Carpenter is a better option than him

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    WHAT HAPPENED TO KING COLE??!

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Cole Hamels: X-Rays negative on right hand, day to day expected to make his next start.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    well losing hamels costs us this one. herndon should not even be in the majors. not a very good pitcher. boston only can hit bad pitching. we will shut them down with lee, doc, hamels. overrated. like i said ortiz is a fat pig.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Tough break, Hamels was cruising. Herndon will give you these kind of games, but since his recall he hasnt been terrible

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Mike Martinez, come on.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Oh boy… Jeff shows up. Maybe that’s a good thing.

    Our wiffle rules- five balls becomes a lob (you have to throw an underhand meatball). Caught looking strike (hits the chair) is two strikes. A line drive to the wall is a single. A fly ball to the sidewalk is a double. In the grass between the sidewalk and the street is a triple. In the street- HR. My yard is perfect- on a corner so it’s shaped like a natural baseball field… The sidewalk and street provide the natural barriers.

    Man- Hamels left the game with a non-pitching hand bruise. I’d say, put a pad on that thing and get back out there. Maybe not today but I really hope he doesn’t miss a start over this.

     
  • Posts: 427 Publius

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    Release Raul

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    The good news
    Halladay Lee and Hamels if all healthy and dealing. Might well be unstoppable.

    The bad news
    The offense stinks worse than people are aware of.

     
  • Posts: 0 tjayvee

    A whopping TWO hits through 7.
    Be nice for once to see the offense pick up the slack for the pitching.

    Be nice to see even one player show any kind of consistency.

     
  • Posts: 0 tavian

    Michael Martinez is NOT a major league player….no way, no how.

     
  • Posts: 137 sse01

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    Carpenter AAAA – So long.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    I bet Hamels Halladay and Lee would all no hit the phillies line up
    If given 5 starts

    It really is in the Pirates and Padres land.

     
  • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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    That piece of the palm at the base of the thumb is the thenar (THEE nar) eminence, a difficult area to hurt bad esp. with the glove taking most of the hit. He’ll be fine.
    Madson’s hand injury is more unclear — numbness is worrisome for nerve entrapment. I’m surprised no MRI or diagnostic ultrasound was done (that we know of). I guess they figure tincture of time is all that is needed but a firmer prognosis would be nice esp. for the bookies.

     
  • Posts: 1041 betasigmadeltashag

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    sometimes you guys drive me nuts the Phillies offense is not the a dominante powerhouse of the past but it is not as bad you all you seem to think. Some times you have to give credit to the opposing pitcher. Lester can be unhittable like he is today especially with the wide strike zone today, but a consistant wide strike zone. They are a streaky hitting team always has been. And I know it was only one game but Raul did win the game yesterday pretty much by himself. But that is why I would like to get Mayberry back to platoon more often against lefties.
    I really like Cole and have defended him here more then once when the nay sayers show up, but really since when do you need your right hand to pitch I think sometimes you can be too cautious.
    Oh one more thing this game is not over have a little phaith

     
  • Posts: 1041 betasigmadeltashag

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    no shut out and a righty pitching, will we see Dom for Fransisco if Vic gets on

     
  • Posts: 1041 betasigmadeltashag

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    another righty coming in, I know it is against the book, but would like to see Vic run at some point.
    And as far as wiffle ball, would love to play, and I will but my knuckle curve up against any one. We always played any ground ball past the pitcher that was not feided cleanly was a single, if you let it roll to the fence a doulbe in the air past the horseshoe pit a double against the fence in the air a triple, over the fence HR over the pool was automatic grand slam. nice Vic to second, I am not a huge fan yet by why no dom brown

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    if the mets had our pitching they would win it all. there offense is amazing. reyes the best player in all of baseball. give them doc and lee.. night

     
    • Posts: 1041 betasigmadeltashag

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      Jeff the Mets could have Cy Young pitcing every day and they would not win it all, they are a dysfunctional team and when the chips are down they choke. Ryes is playing for a contract once he gets paid he will shut it down. Always knew you where a mets fan

       
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Hey Cole,

    When you get that big contract and get hit on the right hand, suck it up boy

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    If I can speak frankly

    The rotation and the back end of the pen ( Stutes Bastrdo Madson) is going to win you 95-105 games. You are going into the playoffs. Unless the staff all get hurt.

    It doesnt change the fact that Ibanez is the worst every day outfielder in the majors and has been for a long time. and the line up is certainly one of the 10 worst in baseball.

    Now you can still win a WS. The Giants proved it last year. I might even favor the Phillies if Lee, Halladay and Hamels are all healthy and dealing. Ive never seen anything like them.

    But the line up is also susceptable to losing to a team like the Giants or Braves in a series. As they will literaly not score any runs.

     
    • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

      “What have you done for me lately?”

      This lineup which is “certainly” one of the 10 worst in baseball has one WS ring and four consecutive NL East titles to their name without this juggernaut rotation… they’ve seen a lot of injuries this year but the names haven’t changed and it isn’t like anyone is beyond their prime (besides Raul, who you named). Jimmy, the elder statesman, is 32 years old. Did I miss something? Is 32 when you head to the glue factory? These are the same guys that earned a parade and we’re at 51 wins at the midway point. 10 worst… certainly not.

       
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Not sure if I’m ok with Cole exiting the game with a bruise on his non-throwing hand… it’s a regular season game and I get that but I think that the other three guys on this staff would have stayed in there. I’m probably wrong and I might even come to my senses at some point but for now I hate the fact that we could have swept the Bleeping Sawks and didn’t because Cole bruised his va-jeen.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    I wish you had post totals from the old site – I would love to know how much of my life has actually been spent on here :-) Not that I’d change anything… just curious. I would bet that my post total is well above 1,500.

     
 
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