Gameday: Phillies (8-10) vs. Diamondbacks (9-9)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 25, 2012 01:52 PM | Comments: 10
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Philadelphia Phillies (8-10) at Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9)

Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84)

Time: 3:40 PM, Chase Field
TV: The Comcast Network
Weather: Sunny, 94 (Dome)
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Have the bats finally broken out? We can hardly call 10 strong innings by the offense an eruption, but let’s hope it’s a sign. The Phillies will have to work hard against tough righty Trevor Cahill. Brought over from the A’s in the offseason, Cahill will walk a batter or two (10 BB in 19.1 innings) if the Phillies will let him. Let’s see if they can add patience and plate discipline to the mix in the rubber match and series finale.

One person who has had no plate discipline is Jimmy Rollins, and he gets the day off. He’s hitting just .229 right now and getting on-base at a lousy .267 clip.

It’s also the finale of the 10-game road swing and with a victory, the Phils can go 5-5. Corey and I said 7-3 was a must on this trip to quell the moaning from the fans, and they will not get there. Let’s hope a split down the middle happens.

On the mound looking to help make that happen is Cole Hamels. He’s 2-1 with a very respectable ERA, but hasn’t had his best stuff for a complete outing. Imagine that. He’s struck out 23 on the year while walking just 2, but has given up 20 hits in 18.1 innings. Let’s see if he can stifle the snakes today.

DL TRIP ALERT: Michael Stutes is the latest Phillie to hit the DL, going with a bum shoulder. He attempted to fight through the pain he had been feeling since spring training, but was no longer able to. The Phillies have recalled Michael Schwimer, and he should be available today as he took an early flight to Arizona this morning.

Lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Nix 1B, Orr 2B, Ruiz C, Galvis SS, Hamels P

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Todays game not on the MLB package.

    Beta, Chuck, and Donny M (high hopes)

    Are going to have to pick up the pieces.

  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Sorry to hear that. 1-0 Phils. Pence RBI single. Hamels got out of first inning, ugly rundown pick-off of Bloomquist between 2nd and 3rd. Then Hamels got Upton.

  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Chooch. Eh.

  • Posts: 449 Ian Riccaboni

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    Look out for good stuff from Schwimer. He’s got a 1.04 ERA in 8.2 innings with a little over a K an inning for LV. Excited to see that he’s up.

    • Posts: 0 Samuel

      Always good to hear from you. Be sure to leave your name next time, friend.Two tinhgs: 1) Batting average is vastly overrated and 2) “The King” didn’t put his team in the playoffs.Baseball is about scoring more runs than your opponent. Consider that Howard finished with 146 RBI and 48 home runs. First half slide or no first half slide, that is serious production. Oh yeah, he scored more than 100 runs, too. It goes without saying that Pujols is a tremendous player and he will win more MVP awards before his career is over. But it’s important to note that the Cardinals also faded down the stretch. Now, perhaps that was going to happen anyway because the Cards overachieved for most of the year, but it is something that voters take into account. My feeling is that people get sucked into the aesthetics of Pujols’ game; i.e., the way he does what he does. You watch him with wonderment with his ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark to any field and his ability to hit .350 and get on base nearly half the time. The reality is that Howard is a better run producer. And runs win games.

  • Posts: 449 Ian Riccaboni

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    Hamels is stroking it! When it rains it pours.

  • Posts: 7 Aaron

    They have now scored 5 runs in an inning 3 times.

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    If we hold on today, we finish the road trip at .500. Pence, Ryiz, and Cole are on today! Bats are moving! Go Phil’s!

  • Posts: 0 AZHokie22

    20 runs in 3 games? Are these the Pod People Phillies? Maybe they are starting to a get a little fire under them.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Good to see the squad start to hit. Too bad they have a day off now. Let’s take 3 of 4 fromthe cubs and get ready for the intrad-division games starting next week.

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