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Gameday: Phillies (0-0) vs. Pirates (0-0)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, April 05, 2012 11:15 AM | Comments: 83
2012 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)

Roy Halladay vs. Erik Bedard

Time: 1:35, PNC Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 50
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Here it is. So it begins. This ain’t 2011, that much we do know. At the start of last season, the prevailing thought was, “get us to the World Series.” And to me, that’s the wrong way of thinking. Every game should be enjoyable; it shouldn’t be about looking far ahead to something that may or may not happen. When you do, you’ll be let down, as countless Phillies fans were last October. Do me a favor and savor what this season has to offer.

As for this one, it’s Doc against Erik Bedard, a well-traveled lefty who is now on his fourth team in four years. The Phillies haven’t seen much of him, but as we know, they do struggle against lefties. However, without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the lineup is decidedly more right-handed.

Roy Halladay starts his 10th straight opening day. He’s the best, there is no one else I’d rather have kicking off a season. Against Pittsburgh, Halladay is 3-1 over five starts with a miniscule 1.18 ERA. Look for more of the same as the brisk weather usually means some low-scoring baseball early in the season.

And of course, keep your eyes on the lineup. But I didn’t really have to tell you that. One note – Juan Pierre not in today’s lineup, so John Mayberry Jr. gets the first crack at it against the lefty Bedard.

Baseball is back. Enjoy!!

Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Halladay P.

Nugget NectarYour Gameday Beer – Guinness
It’s one of my favorite beers, so enjoy this as you sit back, relax, and watch the Phillies and Pirates open up the 2012 season. The weather is still brisk enough to enjoy this beautiful beverage, which isn’t your prototypical summer beer. But for early April, kick back, enjoy the frothy head, and sip on a delightful drink. Unless you’re at work – that’s a no-no. Hopefully you’ve taken off to enjoy Game 1 of 162.

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Chris

    So I was kind of shocked when Charlie didn’t plug Pierre into the leadoff spot here since it seemed like he was ready to do that. I thought he was going to go with a lineup of

    Pierre
    Polanco
    Rollins
    Pence
    Victorino
    Mayberry
    Ruiz
    Galvis
    But the one he ended up with is better

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      So he’s going with Mayberry in LF vs. a lefty, which makes sense.

      Not sure where that leaves Pierre actually, since he is useless vs. righties…

      over the past 4 years:
      vs. RHPs: .271/.315/.331 (.647 OPS)
      vs. LHPs: .321/.406/.350 (.756 OPS)

       
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    Opening day. I’m pretty much sporting a full hard on.

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      I laughed out loud to this. Great job Dave P.

       
    • Posts: 0 toddfromfairmount

      Oneal’s watch party, 3rd and South. They also have the baseball package. :)

       
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    So far, Dave P gets the Comment of the Day Award.

     
  • Posts: 0 Deb

    So excited opening day is FINALLY here! Let’s Go PHILLIES!!! My body can’t be there, but my heart is!!!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    So much for JMJ losing out in LF, but I regress, it is tough not having a righty on the bench but seeing Pierre’s numbers against lefties he is kind of a righty off the bench. I am also amazed that JRoll is not leading off. I really like him better then Vic leading off and think Jimmy numbers are better leading off then hitting other places in the line up. But maybe this year Jimmy has accepted not being the lead off guy. I was wondering if there were odds that Vic tries to bunt for a basehit to lead off the game

     
    • Posts: 1190 Manny

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      I’d also rather see Shane batting 3rd and Jimmy leading off. Shane is currently our best hitter on the team.

       
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    OPENING DAY! GO GET EM DOC!

     
  • Posts: 5233 Lefty

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    It’s finally here! Spring has sprung, Good Luck Phils

     
  • Posts: 5233 Lefty

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    Shane’s 2011 splits-
    When batting first .238/.319./.433/.752
    Batting second .308/.372/.535/.907
    Batting third .333/.417/.524/.940 (only 24 PA’s)
    Batting fifth .306/.398/.541/.939

    Lead-off was not his strong suit last season. IMO While Howard is out, he should bat fifth.

     
  • Posts: 0 upandaway

    ’80-’08-’12.
    Enjoy EVERY game, guys. Savor it. Life is good. Baseball is a luxury we enjoy, and we have a great team to watch– day in and day out. Appreciate what we have, and dream big!

     
  • Posts: 0 Frank

    I certainly hope we play better than we did in Spring training!

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    HOLY $HIT JIMMY’S FIRST HIT IS A BUNT SINGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH THE WORLD!!!? WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      And a leadoff hit for Roy Halladay. So weird.

       
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Aww Galvis :(

     
  • Posts: 0 Brendan C

    All trust in Doc to mow down today. Lets go Phils

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    was close Jimmy with a bunt base hit and Doc up to his old self first batter one hit then another then a DP and a fly out Doc’s typical first inning. JMJ with a hit, Galvis has to be a little more patient but I can cut the 22 year old some slack

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    once again after the first inning Doc goes on a roll. Hope it is a fast game cause I eventually have to go to work one advantages of Managing a Restaurant my schedule is pretty flexible, plus usually have Thursday off but have to work tonight cause why? OH YEA I will be in PHilly for the home opener monday and tuesday GO PHILS

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Can not blame Vic there that was High and tight I do not care what the K zone says that was not a ML strike. ANd I am stuck listening to the pirates announcers on extra innings no PHilly fed for me today

     
  • Posts: 79 branderson925

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    Does anyone know where I cant watch the game online? I am studying abroad and this is the only bad thing about it, not seeing the Phils.
    Atdhetv and FirstRowSports don’t have it. Well I can’t use FirstRow for a Mac…Ah!

     
    • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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      Yeah I dont know of a spot. Sorry dude. But best of luck overseas!

       
      • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

        http:www.livetv.ru/en

        That site is a good one for finding streams of live events.

         
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    you mean for free? I would think you could buy mlb.com for all games

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    two nice defensive plays by Wiggy at first so far. Now it is time to get on this Bedard character score some runs

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Another Galvis DP. Painful.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Maybe my hopes will come true and Freddy will get another chace in the 8th or 9th with guys on and drive in a run.

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Mayberry making some good plays defensively!!

     
    • Posts: 1190 Manny

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      If it were Nix out there we’d be losing…

       
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Offense has been a problem so far but I am loving the defense the Phils are playing. Good Defense + Doc is a winning formula if we can get any runs at all.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    JMJ playing some good d out there in left. now he has lay off the fastball over his head,

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    What sucks about Galvis’ DPs is that they’ve forced Doc to lead off in an inning twice already.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    ump does not like the outside corner but likes off the inside corner for strikes should will Vic run here

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Wtf Polly don’t go for that pitch….

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    First steal of the year woo!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Poly never gave him a chance, what happened to the ultimate two hole hitter, Vic running as I type and safe

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    come on Jimmy all you need is a base hit not HR

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    I forgot to mention because of last nights game Phillies are tied for first place with the Nats, Mets and Braves

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    OK new guy pick us up and be a folk hero in philly for a while

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Well a base knock that is something now that string some hits together

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Mayberry is having himself a heck of a game so far.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    JMJ the extra base hit machine lets go Chooch be cluthch early

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Finally a run! Woo!

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    YAY!!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Guess Wiggy is fast enough there way to put the bat on the ball Chooch deep enough. JMJ playing good Freddy still has the solid glove.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Wow I am being terrible the kid jumps to ML from AA and is 22 playing a position he has never played and I am already harrasing him for going 0-3. What is wrong with me, I guess moving to Vermont can not take all the Philly out of me lol

     
    • Posts: 0 Mazinman

      LOL! The glove is really all that matters with Galvis right now although I definitely would like to see him develop his bats.

      Only 79 pitches for Doc. Got a feeling the bullpen will not be seeing work today.

       
      • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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        Htnaks Mazi I was wondering about that because the Pittsburg feed of the game is not showing pitch counts. as long as he is under 100 he should be good.

         
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    maybe we should sign a pitcher that just pitches the first inning for Doc. He has given up two hits and hit a guy, and nothing else those two hits the first two batters he faced today.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    And Halladay takes the early lead in the pitcher’s hitting competition!

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    I guess Charlie going to ridehis horse to nine, really bunting Doc over I know we want small ball but this is pushing it

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Does that count in fantasy baseball scoring or if you have dh’s does the pitchers hitting stats not count

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    On a side note, Yahoo still has a picture of Hunter Pence as an Astro from last year when he comes up to bat in their Gameday section. How lazy is that!?.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    that was almost a utley move where he turns into the ball to get a on base you have to appreciate that play. That is how the game is played

     
    • Posts: 0 Mazinman

      And you have to appreciate Halladay not letting that get to him and blowing away the next guy up to end the inning.

       
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Doc is still rolling and I wonder when was the last time Doc hit two batters in one game

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    HBP = Pirate’s Offense today.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    Doc is still rolling and I wonder when was the last time Doc hit two batters in one game
    Cubbies got to Strausburg for a run winning 1-0 just happens to be on the other channel that I have been switching to during comercials

     
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    Phils, Nats, Mets, Braves all in 1-0 games. Says a lot about the quality of the #1 pitchers in this division.

     
  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    would like an insurance run here just to put them away

     
 
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