Gameday: Marlins (67-81) at Phillies (95-51)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, September 15, 2011 01:50 PM | Comments: 54
2011 Gameday, Analysis, Opinion, Posts

Florida Marlins (67-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (95-51)

GM 1: Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29)
GM 2: Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) vs. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44)

Time: 2:35, 7:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 60′s Cloudy, chance of t-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Three months ago today, Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay pitched for the Phillies–in a double header–against the Marlins–at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils swept that double header. Today, Kendrick teams up with Cliff Lee in an attempt to bring the Phils’ magic number down to two. That’s right, with a sweep of the double header today, the Phillies would be within striking distance of securing the NL East Crown for the fifth straight year.

Game 1: “A-knee-ball” Sanchez and Kyle Kendrick are scheduled to start. Sanchez is coming off a complete game shutout in Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t make his numbers against the Phillies any better. His 5.54 ERA against the Phils still looks mighty good :). However, Kendrick hasn’t done so well against the Marlins. He has a 4.60 ERA against them in 60.2 IP. He’s coming off a game against the Mets on August 24 in which four of the six runs he gave up were unearned.

Game 2: Some guy named Alex Sanabia is pitching for the Marlins. I’ve never heard of him, but he pitched one inning this year and gave up two walks and a hit–but no runs. It’s him vs Cliff Lee (or CLIFF LEE), who has pitched himself into the Cy Young race. If this was a boxing match, it would be like Ivan Drago vs an infant. That’s just not fair. But it is those pesky the Marlins facing a Phillies team  in the middle of an extremely tiring stretch, so maybe it is.

Game 1 lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Martinez SS, Kendrick P

Game 2 lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry Jr CF, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Gload 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 3B, Lee P

GAMEDAY BEER: Sam Adams Double Bock

A doubleheader calls for a double bock. And why not drink it from one of the best beermakers on the planet. Can’t say I’ve ever had a less-than-stellar beer from Sam Adams. Haven’t had this one, but my does it look tasty. They use an enormous amount of malt, half a pound per bottle, to brew this intensely rich lager.  Its deep brown-ruby color is all made in the kettle, no black malt is used, resulting in a rich sweetness that is free of the rough taste of burnt malt. It’s probably not best for the warmth of the day game, but at least for the evening game, it’ll be a great change of pace for game 2.  -By Pat

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 65 Jonathan Nisula

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    Does anyone know why TMac and Wheels call him “A-knee-ball” ? It annoys the crap out of me

    • Posts: 1190 Manny

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      Because that’s the correct way to pronounce his name…

      • Posts: 65 Jonathan Nisula

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        That’s like, the *actual* pronunciation? It just seems like a weird way to say it

  • Posts: 0 the ghost of luis aguayo

    Howard has 166 Ks on the year. I think he’s got a shot at 200.

    • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

      you think he’s going to k 34 times in just over two weeks? I’ll bet my left nut that doesn’t happen

      • Posts: 0 the ghost of luis aguayo

        I think he has a bonus clause in his contract for reaching certain strikeout plateaus.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    most of the starters out there for game 1. Maybe Cholly’s philosophy is that he needs less run support tonight for Clifford so he’ll put more scrubs in behind him . more runs for KK in the day game hopefully.

  • Posts: 0 Gus Fring

    Howard is oh for his last 15, 9k’s.
    I think the days of him being Mr August and Sept are behind him.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf


    No way

    The old man.

    When one of you does a novel on him instead of the .483 slugging guy
    We will have a fun discussion.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Anything in there for driving in meaningless runs?
    Let ths be 8-1


    Down 2-1 in the 8th or ninth? Forget about it.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    But when he gets ahold of one (standing 13 feet from the plate)

    It GOES SO FARR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Dont believe me? Ask Wheels or Mccarthy
    I get the Phillies employees hve to build it up. But why these guys?

    Donny Moron or Baumann.

    53 in MLB in OPS .330 on base and a sub .500 slugging

    But the most feared hitter in the sport.

    The reason they win every game.
    The best most consistant.


  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Dearest Andrw,

    Whats up with the pointless and unprovoked name calling? I thought we all agreed like two weeks ago that was overwith?

    Donny Moron

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    He is trying to hard Ryan needs a new approach or needs to re examine his previous years. I don’t think he will suddenly “fix it” this year. We just have to cross our fingers that he can come through at the right time an everyone else plays up to their level or at least close to it.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    The major league leader.

    Sell it McCarthy

    Sell the drama.

    Wheeler will be back soon to help you.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I am all in for the playoffs.
    He will have to sell this drama to me though.

    He will have to hit runners on in the 8th or ninth down by a run.

    I know he will hit one 9000000 FEEEEETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If it isnt a close game.

    He needs to hit late down a run.

    Heaven forbid down 2 going into the ninth. He leads off
    HE WILLL HIT ONE 1000000000,000000,00000 MILES

    But you are still down one.
    Ill take a walk.

    The worship of the weakest link in the franchise an issue.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Ibanez is a horrible defensive player.
    But the plays the game right.
    You dont see balls going past him or him making the decisions Brown did when he was in right.
    He sucks but he does it right and that really means alot.

    All of you RKH people will never understand that.
    There is right and there is wrong. You can suck like Ibanez and play the game right.

    The Phillies have one guy who doesnt play the game right.
    He sticks out to me.

  • Posts: 147 Don M

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    Im just confused… cause that was you two weeks ago saying

    “From this point on. If I ever personaly attack a poster with out them specificaly mentioning me in a negative way I will leave the site.
    I have intentionaly been an asshole for the last 3 months. Which started when you pissed me off in a game day thread. I will now intentionaly try to be nice.”

    That was on 8/31/11 …. then you’re back to knocking me and Baumann for no reason?
    Of course that was also from “Andrew” not “Andrw” … so I’m just assuming it was the same person but who the hell knows

  • Posts: 3084 Chuck A.

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    Andrw (sp.??)… I have a question.. How can Raul Ibanez “suck”….but yet “play the game right” ??

    When you’re done answering Don’s question will you please address mine?? Thank you.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Raul is a bad defensive player who plays the game right.
    RKH is a crappy defensive player who plays the game wrong.

    No reason?
    Its fun and there is another game coming.

    You and Baumann have been way out of line numerous times.

    It was kind of slow and I personaly attacked. I apoligize.
    Waiting for you and Baumann to try to do that.
    Holding breath,
    Like a Ryan Howard hit with RISP down 1 in the 8th or 9th.
    Can you point out if when thats happened before?

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Ok guys. We got a game with the Marlins today. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Marlins!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I wasn’t even on here for like a week . . . . but the day I come back, you’re start calling me names like a grade school kid ……

    and basically all day today …. nobody has said anything pro-Howard all day, so who/what are you arguing so strongly about ?? Its nothing new….and I’m just wondering where it came from and why?

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    I am not pro or con anyone.
    I can only point out what I see watching the games.
    Mccarthy and Wheelers lust for the big bombs by the big contract are an issue.
    But they are employees of the team so its expected.

    Whats the deal with the people who say he is the most feared player in baseball? The best hitter on the team? The reason they make the playoffs?

    I dont hate him. I am not a hater.
    He has a 340 on base and a sub .500 slugging.
    Why in gods green earth would he ever start vs a leftie? He slugs under .360 there.

    Im telling you how this team could be beat. I am telling you the weak link.
    I am telling you the one thing on this franchise that may not win a WS.
    I know 2008 was so awesome but its 2011.
    He will get you beat.
    Nothing else will.
    See NLCS 2010.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    nobody has said any of those things about Howard today… nobody is on here saying he’s the most feared hitter in baseball… etc, but OK …. and so why are me and Baumann “morons” … or what did either of us say that is “way out of line?”

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Nice running Infante.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    And however ridiculous you think it is when people compalin about him King in the 8th or whatever. Not appreciating him.

    People post here tht he is the most feared hitter in baseball. That he may win MVP this year.
    That without him they arent a playoff team. He is the best player/hitter on the team.

    Reality is he is closer to what I portray him to be than what they think he is.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    You and Baumann are morons on general principal.

    Thats a given.

    Raul playing the game right.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Cool …. At least you’re mature… that’s nice to see

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    This is bad.
    Guarenteed the old man will put him in a tight a spot in the playoffs.

    He is now the 8th inning guy.
    My heart cant take it in the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    You could always ignore me like Morris does.
    But is that fun?

    Is it wrong to hope Ledge gets rocked?

    To be honest ERA be damned I dont even want him on a playoff roster.

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Great team work by Chooch and Howard on that final out. Another example of Howard’s great defense. He deferred to Chooch, and let him make the play. That is what great players do.

  • Posts: 0 Andrw from Waldorf

    Thank god its over.
    5-8 is my favorite time to watch Fox news.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    What’s not to love? Another game and Cliff Lee takes the ball. He will win —- guaranteed.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Victory # 17 for Cliff Lee just around the corner. Nice job by Kendrick, baseball’s BEST swing man.

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    I’m usually one of the first guys to bash Kendrick. But that was a great outing by him today. He bounced back well from giving up the solo shot. I’ve seen him fall apart in that situation before. But he pitched really well today. It’s always good to see.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I wonder if they will let Mini Mart in the playoffs. I personally will go Valdez first then Orr. Although Valdez isnt a great hitter this year he has a knack for getting hits with RISP. Will they carry 3 Utility guys i would think 2 should be enough. Especially since Polly can play 2nd as well. There is nothing we can do about Howard we just have to cross our fingers. I dont think letting him sit will help. We can start resting these guys from here on out an no more complete games by our starters. Let KK, Blanton, Stutes an Herndon eat up innings at this point.

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    With as banged up as Polanco, Utley and Rollins are, you have to go with Mini Mart. There is talk that Valdez will play tonight, hopefully he is feeling well. Martinez can play outfield too. I think it really comes down to Gload vs. Orr. And in with the first being just 5 games, I would not be surprised if they carry one less pitcher in the first round. They have done that before.

  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Heading down to part 2 now. Good luck Phils!

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    It drives me nuts that Martinez does not bunt and really does not slap hit. He needs; to watch film of Vic Davillio, Manny Alou, Brett Butler, Rod Carew and others who could slap hit, bunt and get on base. This guy is no bigger than a piss ant, plays solid defense in multiple positions and is batting under 200. Give me a break, Michael, you are 28 and need to learn to bunt and slap hit. You will never be Jimmy Rollins or Shane Victorino but you could really, really cement your career as a major league utility guy if you could just hit around .260 and bunt and get on base more.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Love the game 2 line up

  • Posts: 0 Rightwingnut

    Saw this on a post from the other night when the Phillies were playing:
    “have a fantasy football draft at 7 and a speach by the annointed one and NFL and the phillies tonight!”
    Now I know why repukes are so mad about the education system. Imagine some moron who can’t spell the word anointed or the word speech. Speach? Really?? Jeff is Einstein compared to this idiot.
    I think the anointed one would have to be someone who would be allowed to lie to invade a country, have 4,000+ Americans die, wreck the economy and still have people think he was a great President. Don’t forget he didn’t even think about Bin Laden anymore. Thank god somebody did.

    • Posts: 0 brooks

      I love Barrack Obama – lets give him the money he’s asking for – again

  • Posts: 0 Dark

    I love Cliff Lee. He’s having a fantastic game…again.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Up yours dip shi t. Raullllll

  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    That… that was just cruel. What the hell.

    Luckily our beautiful steed has only given up 1 run. Let’s please put this away in the bottom of the 9th.

  • Posts: 0 Dark

    I think I jinxed it.

  • Posts: 0 RH

    The Phillies “offense” is an absolute disgrace. Cliff Lee deserved better.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Please take gloat out. Should have beaten. All left wing are morons. Bough said.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I blame Morris for this.

  • Posts: 0 Rightwingnut

    The original idiot. Couldn’t add up 1+1 if you spotted him the 2.

  • Posts: 0 Original Jeff

    Wow and we went to school together nut

  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    Ryan “Captain Clutch” Howard w/ the walk off hit, ha ha ha.

    • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

      I also want to make sure I give some actual recognition to Mini-Mart too. The guy worked a walk, and then went 1st to home. Howard hit a double, but still. If that had been Polly he would have prob just gone to 3rd.

  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    I am going to hack into baseball-reference tonight and personally add 1.0 to Howard’s WAR. He deserves it. This team wouldn’t be this good without him.

    Go Phils!!!

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