Gameday: Phillies (9-10) vs. Cubs (6-13)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, April 27, 2012 06:05 PM | Comments: 20
2012 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) vs. Chicago Cubs (6-13)

Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) vs. Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Clear, 38
Media: Twitter and Facebook

News from Ruben Amaro – Cliff Lee has a Grade 1 oblique strain and will be sidelined a few more starts. There is no timetable, but could come off the DL when he’s ready. A Grade 1 is the most mild. Ryan Howard is slated to see a wound specialist again, as early as tonight. Mike Stutes will be down for 2-3 weeks with a rotator cuff strain.

The Phillies look to get back to .500 for the fifth time this season when they kick-off a four-game series tonight against the lovable losers from the north side of Chicago at Citizens Bank Park. The match-up is a favorable one for the Phils, as they’ve gone 41-23 against the Cubs over the last decade.

Helping the team’s chances to get back to .500 is the man on the mound, Roy Halladay. Though there has been concern about Doc’s velocity this year (concerns deftly dispelled by Ian Riccaboni), he has managed to continue putting up superb start after superb start. In his last outing against San Diego, Doc was the hard luck loser, a casualty of an ineffective Phillies lineup. He battled for 7 innings, allowing just two runs on 119 pitches. It wasn’t his cleanest outing, but a solid one none the less. He has struggled a bit against the Cubbies for his career, going just 1-4 against them with an ERA of 3.72. Not great numbers by Doc’s impeccably high standards. The six players in the Cubs lineup who have faced Halladay in their careers have gone 28-for-107 (.262) against him with a combined 27 strikeouts, no walks, and three home runs.

Opposing Halladay will be the left-handed Paul Maholm. Maholm has struggled in the early going, posting an ERA over eight with a record of just 1-2. He is coming off his best start of the season, however. Facing the Reds on April 21st, Maholm went six innings, allowing just one run. In seven career starts against the Phillies, Maholm has gone 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He’s been slightly worse in Philly, though, as his career ERA at The Bank is 4.91.

The Phils have some guys in the lineup who have done some damage against Maholm. In 44 career at-bats, Hunter Pence has hit .318 against him with two home runs. Juan Pierre has hit .308 in 13 career at-bats and Shane Victorino has hit .500 in 8 at-bats. Ty Wigginton, riding an eleven game hit streak, has also hit .400 against Maholm in ten career at-bats.

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

Your Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
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In case my last two Gameday beer picks haven’t given it away, I’m a fan of the pale ale, and Sierra Nevada’s version ranks right near the top. With an amber color, this full-bodied beer has a complex and delicious taste, rich with spicy hops and an intoxicating (pun intended) aroma. I recommend trying it with a side of chips and taco dip–a delectable combination I had for the first time a couple weekends ago. It is the perfect non-Mexican beer to compliment a meal of Mexican food.– By Ryan


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  • Posts: 436 Ian Riccaboni

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    Doc looks absolutely unhittable tonight. Has movement on all his pitches and is hitting his spots with the change-up. Looks awesome.

  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Great news.

    Just got Bryce Harper for my fantasy team.

    Doc better be having perfect game stuff.

    • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

      A .724 OPS in AA last season and a .708 OPS so far this season in AAA. It seems like they may be rushing the kid.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Cy Malholm has cut his ERA to 6.88
    With the 3 scoreless.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    This team is like this website. S u c k s

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Maholm took 2.16 off his season ERA today.

    Phillies are really good at accomplishing that.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Jimmy Rollins wrote me the other day on FB. I said gap give the money
    You stole back.

    3 minute inning.lol. This team is like Andrew. S u c k s

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Getting past all the other Rollins issues.

    Why would a team bat him first, second or third?

    And really you expect to win a WS with him in one of those 3 spots?

    If you are insisting on 3 more years.
    It needed to be discussed and part of the contract negotiations that he would never occupy a spot near the top of the line up again. Period.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Yea Jeff because you are so interesting.

    How are your twin sons Ryan and Howard doing?

  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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    Aw crap

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Just for fun the Yahoo fantasy ranks of the Phillies starting line up.
    Which is rated 14th in baseball according to PN.

    Pierre 244th
    Polanco 843rd
    Rollins 367th
    Pence 98th
    Victorino 49th
    Wiggington 302nd
    Ruiz 323rd
    Galvis 850th

  • Posts: 3113 Tracey

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Of course this is before tonights game vs Cy Malholm.

    So they will be lower tomorrow.

    Randy Wells tomorrow.
    The Randy Wells with the 27-30 career record at age 30.

    Not looking good for the Phils.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    In a nutshell, the Phils’ salad days are over. Welcome to mediocrity and frustration. God bless us fans. It will be a L O N G season indeed. And not a happy one.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ Tracey not good.

    But try to have fun with it.

    theres a chance for a line up/ managerial change. Or even hitting coach.
    But I thnk the bat hitting habits come from Manuel for so long.

    I remember reading an off season article where he basicly said we dont look for or like walks. I just threw my hands up. Hard to win with that attitude at the top.

    This team wins 75-90 games this year so will probably remain in contention for at least a wild card.

    They still have 3 of the top 10 starters in the sport.
    It can happen.

    It just cant happen with this line up and manager.

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    That was worse than watching paint dry.

  • Posts: 0 ryne

    ya you forgot that whole part about the superb Roy Hallady being 1-4 against the Cubs in his career. NBD

  • Posts: 0 Greg Baddick

    Greg Baddick from Chicago says good news ah commin for our phillies.

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