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Gameday: Phillies (18-19) at Cubs (15-21)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, May 16, 2012 06:56 PM | Comments: 54
2012 Gameday, News, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (17-19) at Chicago Cubs (15-21)

Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) vs. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56)

Time: 8:05, Wrigley Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Sunny, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook

NEWS ALERT! – Vance Worley has no structural damage according to the beat writers with the team in Chicago. He has inflammation in a joint of the right elbow. He wont throw for one week. No Tommy John!!

Also, Chase Utley is taking ground balls with the team in Chicago for the first time this season. This is a HUGE step in the right direction because it’s the only issue he’s had thus far. Let’s see if he can keep this up pain free – that is the key.

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The friendly confines of Wrigley Field will be the site tonight when the Phillies kick off a short, two-game road trip against the Chicago Cubs. Along with looking to extend their season-high three-game winning streak in tonight’s game, the Phils will try to get back to .500 for the first time since May 3rd, when they were 13-13.

Kyle Kendrick will make the start, going in place of the injured Vance Worley, who was placed on the 15-day DL earlier today with elbow inflammation. Since signing a two-year extension with the Phillies in February, it has been a rough 2012 for Kendrick, as his 7.32 ERA indicates. In three starts this season, Kendrick has gone 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA. Fans looking for a silver lining with KK on the mound can take some solace in this: In three appearances–two starts, including one earlier this season–Kendrick has posted a 1.80 ERA against the Cubs. That is the lowest ERA for Kendrick against any National League opponent.

On the mound for the Cubbies will be their number-two man, Matt Garza. In his last start against the Phillies on April 29th, Garza was able to hold them scoreless over seven innings of work. Tonight, however, will mark just the second start for Garza since being sidelined with the flu following that April 29th start. In his last start against Milwaukee, he was able to go just five innings before being lifted due to fatigue.

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

Your gameday beer: Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown

I happened upon this beer in a variety pack not too long ago and instantly fell in love with it. Brewed in Colorado with pure maple syrup, the dominant flavor in this brew is the maple, but it doesn’t overpower your palette. It is also remarkably smooth. Since you’ve already got the maple syrup taste with the beer, have it with some bacon and eggs and call it breakfast for dinner.–By Ryan

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 5364 Lefty

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    No Tommy John is good, but Joe Blanton didn’t have it either, and still basically lost a whole season due to elbow soreness. Hope this is less of a problem than JB had, they need the Vanimal.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    I cannot believe that Victorino is hitting .248 – he just never gets a hit when needed anymore.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Lets go Choochie! .

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    ANOTHER blown opportunity -

     
  • Posts: 5364 Lefty

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    They should never ever pitch to LaHair like last time, he will burn them. Just don’t give him anything good for two days.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    LaHair – 7 foul balls

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Snake bitten a little early tonight

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    For KK, this is the best you can expect so far. 2 runs in 4 innings. Its up to the Phils to score now.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Here we go, much much better

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Should probably be 6-2 by now

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    F O N T E N O T !!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Chooch is a beast.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    It’s on the Pen and we have Pap and Antonio. Fingers crossed.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Everyone vote Chooch to the AS game!

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Bases loaded, top of the 9th and no outs – and I’m not convinced they’ll score

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    How sweeeet!

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Shane’s new routine – men on base and a pop up

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Some kind of respect walking Chooch

     
  • Posts: 60 GM

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    LUNA!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    No way! Luna comes through huge!
    Wowoooo

     
  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Chooch is a beast. But so is Big Tuna Luna.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    tuna?

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Seriously, I doubted RAJ, but this bench has saved this season.

    Pierre hitting 330+
    Nix second in RBI, ! in RBI per plate appearence
    Fontenote, just getting started

    I said earier the small moves are just as important as the big moves but WOW.

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    Having another “Chris Coste” would be an amazing boost to this team.. what a compliment to the starting pitching – we cant forget how well the BP did tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Lunsanity!

     
  • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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    So the Phils have won 4 in a row for the first time this year. This is vs some of the worst teams in baseball of course but, they have to beat these teams which they did.
    Now what? Do we know what to expect from this point?
    I believe fully the only sure things we can count on are good pitched games by Lee (regardless of his 0 wins todate), Halladay and Hamels. Pitching yes, still the best STARTING staff in the league – the quality performances gifted by JB have been thrilling to watch. Tossed in with that are good saves by Papelbon. Other than those things what do we have?
    Chooch (God bless him and please cast a vote for him in the AS ballot) is not a .300/30/100 guy, nobody can or should expect or hope for anything like this to continue.
    The Lunacy – is it possible Philly is going to see the second coming of Chris Coste? How valuable was he!
    There has been little to no production from the core of this offense from the beginning of this year. As much hope as I placed on Hunter becoming the key player on this team, I don’t feel comfortable watching him (probably because he doesn’t look comfortable up there or in the field). Vic, Rollins and even Poly (until recent) have been disappointing at best.
    The only positives I have seen so far have been the play from Nix, Wiggington and Pierre. Mayberry hasn’t shown us he is ready to be a key contributor.
    How are the Phils going to get this together? We need to have something solid to latch onto.
    Continued contributions from Nix, Wiggington, Pierre – the Phils desperately need someone like a Luna (or Raul in the first half of 09) to lead the offense. In order for the Phils to succeed, there is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy & Vic need to start making good contact. Their performances so far have been near abysmal. Without stepped up performances by these two, the Phils will be pummeled by the better teams in the NL (and AL coming up) time and time again.
    Note I have left Howard & Utley out of this equation, I really don’t want to count on what’s not there. However, I do think that Ryan Howard has some Josh Hamilton magic in him… he is capable of tearing the crap off the ball for a month or two.

     
  • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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    I really love the way Galvis seems to be getting better and better, too. I mean, if he keeps this up Charlie is gonna have to FIND him some playing time when/if Chase returns.

    Hector Luna…should have been on the team right out of Clearwater. I was really surprised that he didn’t get the nod because of the Spring he had. But he’s here now and , hopefully, he can contribute on a consistent basis. Dare I say…could HE be the “spark” that this team desperately needs???…….

     
    • Posts: 2002 Brooks

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      I agree on both counts Chuck A.

       
    • Posts: 875 schmenkman

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      Gentlemen, 1) where is Luna going to play, and why, and 2) what kind of “spark” are you looking for?

       
      • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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        Is #2 a serious question?

         
      • Posts: 875 schmenkman

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        They were 4th in the league in scoring for the 3 weeks before last night. Yes – serious questioni.

         
  • Posts: 0 George

    Luna hits one whole homerun and suddenly he’s the team’s savior?

    I suggest waiting until he’s had a few more at bats, and also waiting to see how he plays defense. I’ve read numerous times that he’s not much of a fielder.

     
  • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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    I never said or even suggested that Hector Luna was going to be a “savior.” All I said was that MAYBE he could be a spark for this team. I understand that the offense is doing better as of late. But sometimes a guy can come in and lift a team in other ways. Luna may be a nice piece off the bench and his hopeful performance and energy could carry over to the whole team…pitching staff, bullpen, etc. Jake Diekman might be able to provide something similiar coming out of the pen. Success and winning is contagious and sometime the entire team can benefit from some of these guys that nobody has ever heard of before.

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      Read between your own lines, Chuck. You’ve implied that the Phils need a “spark,” then propose that Luna could be that spark. If they really do need a “spark” to succeed, then if Luna provides it, he WOULD be a savior.

      I wasn’t trying to single you out, either. “the Phils desperately need someone like a Luna (or Raul in the first half of 09) to lead the offense.” or “Chooch is a beast. But so is Big Tuna Luna.” certainly indicate to me that Luna is being lauded ridiculously considering he’s gotten one hit so far. “Lead the offense?” Give me a break!

       
  • Posts: 77 branderson925

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    Hahah Hector Luna being speculated as a savior to the team? Wow this team has really started to lead its fans into the deep end between sanity and delirium

    Love what he did last night but c’mon, how much can we really expect Luna to make much of a difference. Again, I would LOVE for him to prove me wrong but these comments are pretty hilarious.

    Pence and Rollins ARE going to pick it up you almost have to count on that

     
    • Posts: 1110 Manny

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      Absolutely. You forgot to add Shane to the mix. Pence and Shane will have to pick it up –they’re our best offensive players. J-roll should improve a bit, too. If you look at these guys track records, especially Shane’s, you gotta bank on them picking it up at some point.

       
    • Posts: 2893 Chuck A.

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      You can laugh all you want branderson but sometimes these no-name guys can contribute in ways that a team needs and that will help. And I never said Luna was gonna be a “savior.” That was George saying that.

      Agreed, too, that it’s guys like Pence, J-Roll and Vic that REALLY need to step it up..

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        “Savior” was sarcasm, in case you didn’t realize by the rest of my comment. And I still say that you don’t have to say it out loud to imply it, which more than just yourself has done here.

         
  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    The thing to really think about – Freddy Galvis has been heating up (hitting nearly .300 in May). He’s had some really clutch hits and some dazzling defense. If he continues to sizzle and Jroll continues to fizzle (Currently, Galvis hitting better than JRoll), could you see Manuel benching Jimmy in favor of the hot bat? Maybe give him a little bit of a wake up call?

    All I know is that every time I see Jimmy step up to the plate with a runner on base, I expect a pop up. With Freddy, I actually have better hope that he’ll move the batter over.

     
    • Posts: 875 schmenkman

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      Rollins is finally living up to his reputation for pop-ups. After popping up at about the league average his entire career, he is 11th out of 88 qualifiers so far in the NL.

      And, as you say, he’s been awful with men on base.

      Not sure what you mean by a wake up call, though. I think he’s pressing, and a day or two off might help, but I certainly don’t think it’s for lack of focus or effort.

       
    • Posts: 1110 Manny

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      When all is said and done, Rollins will more likely than not have the better season. He’s still the better offensive player, but things may change for good sometime in 2013 or 2014…. possibly compromising J-roll’s vesting option for a 4th year….

       
  • Posts: 1096 betasigmadeltashag

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    There is no way Freddy takes time away from JRoll except to give JRoll a day off, and maybe if they make a little run in the end of May, JRoll might get a day or two off every other week. And can you please not just pay attention to the outcome, JRoll, JMJ, and even Vic have been hitting the ball hard, and just not always getting resaults. And this core has always been streaky offensivly. And with Chooch on fire and Glavis hitting the ball well and Poly getting back to the 300 hitter he has been his whole career when healthy. Even hitting 5th.
    If the bull pen can keep up what they have done the last few days (minus Qualls, who has shown good stuff but not been getting resauts) This team can go on a run. Bastardo has shown he was not a fluke(Big Props to Chooch I think) he had perfect control last night hitting CHooch’s Glove where every he put it. When and if chooch cools off you have to believe Vic, Pench Jroll will get on a little run.

     
  • Posts: 1096 betasigmadeltashag

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    One more thing, what is up with no recap and it is 11 am the next day you guys need some help. I mean I watch the game on DVR everynight I can recap it for you at 3am if you are falling behind

     
    • Posts: 77 branderson925

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      Haha I was thinking about that too. I’d be willing to write for you guys.

       
    • Posts: 0 Don M

      we’re a bunch of working stiffs…. with full-time jobs, some with kids, and some out of town.

      Pretty sure this is the ONE game that didn’t get recapped- but what is there to say. . . . Kyle Kendrick did well, just as we all expected …. Luna hit a Grand Slam- just like we all predicted…

       
  • Posts: 0 Chris

    The Phillies need to sweep the Cubs. They need to actually get over the .500 threshold. They can’t keep flirting with it and then disappearing. This season has been weird to say the least so far. The offense hasn’t really let down the team it has been the Bullpen. Offense has been good enough and so have the starters. I expect the bullpen to get better though because they shouldn’t be as bad as they are now. No bullpen is above 5 ERA bad. It seems like they might have given up more runs than the starters so far this year.

     
    • Posts: 0 Johnnyboy

      Exactly if the Bullpen comes through during that losing streak, the Phillies could be in 2nd place in the NL East. You would think that having a 4 run lead would be enough to win most games with this pitching staff, but the Pen has been terrible.

       
    • Posts: 0 George

      Since when hasn’t the offense let down the team? They are doing okay right now, but earlier, WHEN THE BP WAS DOING FINE, the Phils were scoring only about one or two runs per game. They’ve still had a few low scoring games lately, too. It’s difficult for any pen when they have to protect a tiny lead or pitch into extra innings because the team can’t score late.

       
      • Posts: 0 Don M

        Phillies have scored 4 runs or more in 10 of their 15 games this month… and have scored 75 runs, which averages out to 5 runs per game in the month of May

        though we have only an 8-7 record for the month. . .

        so for at least the past two weeks, I wouldn’t say the offense has really been an issue

         
      • Posts: 875 schmenkman

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        first 16 games: 2.7 per game (15th in the NL)
        last 22 games: 4.9 per game (4th)

        No team is going to score a constant 4-6 runs per game, but I’m not sure we can expect much more than 4.9 per game with this lineup.

         
      • Posts: 0 George

        Like I said, they are doing okay right now. Sometimes I wonder if people really read or just react to one or two words.

        Some of those losses you mention were extra inning affairs. One in particular involved Schwimmer having to go more innings than he should have had to because the offense shut down. Another game, Papelbon had to be wasted because the offense stunk until the ninth. They almost lost the following game because after being used the night before, Papelbon needed to be rested.

        Even last night’s game was tied at two until late in the game. In fact, there has been more than one game when the Phils scored suddenly in the ninth. Those kinds of games put a strain on the pitching staff. And it’s only been a few players who have actually hit anything.

        Even if the team has scored 5 runs per for May, you still have to count April and you still have to count the miserable performances of Pence, Rollins, Mayberry, and Victorino. A few players might be okay RIGHT NOW, but the offense in general is still pretty bad, despite that 5 run average.

         
      • Posts: 875 schmenkman

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        George, I was reacting to “Since when hasn’t the offense let down the team?”, to which of course the answer is “most of the season so far”.

        You go on to say “A few players might be okay RIGHT NOW, but the offense in general is still pretty bad, despite that 5 run average.”

        “…the offense in general is still pretty bad” is hard to justify. It certainly hasn’t been “pretty bad” for the past 3 weeks. If you mean it’s been no better than average so far this year (they’re 8th in the NL), and that’s “pretty bad” by Phillies standards, then OK.

        If you mean it should be better than it is, certainly Victorino, Rollins, and Mayberry, and maybe Pence should be hitting better, but then Nix, Pierre, and Ruiz should be hitting worse. Although I would say that there is more upside than downside overall.

         
  • Posts: 5364 Lefty

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    Charlie and GG really need to hold a meeting with anyone that isn’t hitting to their potential, and have them watch video of Carlos Ruiz swinging the bat. The guy is as locked in as can be.

     
  • Posts: 1110 Manny

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    #Vote4Chooch

    Just gave him 50 votes. Gonna go for another 50 right now. GO CHOOCH!

     
 
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