Gameday: Phillies (85-46) at Cincinnati Reds (67-68)

Posted by Corey Seidman, Wed, August 31, 2011 06:16 PM | Comments: 13
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Philadelphia Phillies (85-46) at Cincinnati Reds (67-68)

Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) vs. Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10)

Time: 7:10 p.m., Great American Ballpark
Weather: Clear, 66ยบ
Media: Twitter and Facebook

After a close win Monday and a laugher Tuesday, the Phillies look to win a four-game series in Cincinnati early tonight by riding Cliff Lee to victory.

Lee is on a roll again, a winner in each of his last five starts and holder of a 0.58 ERA in August. This Reds team, though, could present some problems.

Combined, this collection of Reds have hit .345/.373/.571 off Lee. Miguel Cairo, batting fifth tonight, is 8-for-16 against Lee with two doubles and a triple.

One Red who has killed Lee won’t be in the lineup, though. Scott Rolen (8-for-17, four XBH) has been limited to 65 games this year due to shoulder problems.

The Phillies used to see Willis a ton, but haven’t since 2007. During that year, they lit him up to the tune of a 7.00 ERA and .331 opponent’s batting average in five starts. Willis has bounced around from team-to-team, between the majors and minors largely due to psychological and mechanical control issues.

But he’s been a little better this year, reducing his walk-per-nine rate to the level it was at in 2006 and 2007, when he was only slightly ineffective.

This lineup hasn’t hit Willis particularly well at all (.217/.276/.328), but Ryan Howard has had some success in a small sample.

Hopefully Howard can have another big night, it would be nice for him to experience one of his patented hot streaks before 2011 ends.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P.

Your Gameday Beer: Kalik.

This is the King of Beers in the Bahamas. The brew was designed by Heineken for the Commonwealth Brewery based on the tastes of the islanders. As you can imagine, it has all the qualities of an ice-cold Bud or Corona – fizzy, yellow, and way too easy to drink on a hot summer day. Fortunately you can find the beer in America and even at some supermarkets. Make some fancy mac-n-cheese with ham or bacon in it. -By Brian


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  • Posts: 0 Needa Wynn


  • Posts: 222 tavian

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    I would like to see Mayberry play tonight against Willis, a tough lefty. Also, it would be nice to one of those month-long Howard hot streaks. It’s been a couple of years. He could win both the home run and RBI championships this year if he gets “Howard” Hot. And possibly a second MVP Award. That would shut up some of the haters out there.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    WOW Home run and RBI title and MVP?

    I can respect that opinion.

    Mayberry is in.
    Dontrelle not so tough anymore Look at the 0 wins in 9 starts so far.
    But he does keep his team in games and is competetive.

    Reality is that given this match up should be an easy win for the phillies which usually equals
    tough game

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    All charges vs Bonds dropped.

    Guess he is innocent.

    Had a hearing last week with a horseman. His horses tested positive for morphine.
    His excuse was that his groom. Not him. Was using the pills personaly. .
    The groom dropped the pills in the stall by accident and the horse inadvertently ate them with his hay.

    He said this before a judge with a straight face.
    He got a 2 year ban.

  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Don’t get greedy!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    This guy Ruiz

    Is pretty good.


  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Ruiz is a real pro. I wish guys like Martinez would go to school on him and learn to just meet the ball and hit up the middle. Some little guys think they are power hitters and really screw themselves up.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    I think Aaron Rowand was released by the Giants. What a poopy contract that turned out to be.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Ruiz should at least share the ashburn with Lee

    And he is again in 2011 the team MVP

    Liike the 3 previous years.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Rumors already circulating that Rowand will be back….i remember last year Rumors that they Phils where trying to get him back when they new Werth would depart…

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Team MVP should go to Shane this year. Ruiz deserves as well but i think Shane deserves it just a little more IMHO…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    What purpose would Rowand serve?
    I dont think it makes any sense.

    Would have to sign him right now before midnight to be playoff eligible. I just dont see it.

    Ruiz deserves team MVP every year for how he handles the staff and and plays defense.
    I realize it goes largely unnoticed though.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Would Rowand help more than Francisco ?… Might be worth looking into at least

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