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Gameday: Phillies (7-11) vs. Cardinals (10-7)

Posted by Alex Lee, Sun, April 21, 2013 06:55 PM | Comments: 21
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CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (7-11) vs St. Louis Cardinals (10-7)

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) vs Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00)

TIME: 8:00, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
ESPN
Weather: 52, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A day after being shutout and managing only three hits against the Cardinals, the Phillies are tasked with solving Jake Westbrook tonight, who has yet to give up an earned run in 15.2 innings this season.  The Phils counter with fellow sinker baller Kyle Kendrick, who is also off to a solid start in 2013 with an ERA of 3.38.

Westbrook’s sparkling statistics are a little misleading; the 35-year-old has allowed 10 walks in his two starts and was fortunate to have his third start against the Pirates, in which he gave up four runs in the first two innings, washed out due to rain.  Meanwhile, the Phillies are 27th in baseball in walks, with only 39 through 18 games.  Westbrook’s WHIP of 1.34 is just a tad under his career mark of 1.39.  His career ERA, however, is 4.26… much higher than the 0.00 he is sporting at the moment.  In short, something here has to give.

After getting hit with the injury bug late this week, the Phillies have both Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown in the lineup for the first time since Wednesday.  A week ago today, the Phillies clawed their way back to .500 in Miami behind Roy Halladay.  They are 1-5 since, scoring a microscopic seven runs in the five losses.  The Phillies desperately need to salvage a split with St. Louis on Sunday night to try to get back on track.  And they need to get both Howard and Brown going to do so.

Kendrick will have his hands full tonight.  The Cardinals, fifth in baseball in runs (90 in 17 games), are led by Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina.  Beltran has homered in all three games of the series.  Matt Holliday is not in the starting lineup for the Cardinals, but he is essentially being replaced by rookie sensation Matt Adams.  The lefty slugger is hitting .524 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in only 21 at-bats, all of which adds up to an unconscionable OPS of 1.613.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Young 3B, Brown LF, Revere CF, Kratz C, Kendrick P

GAMEDAY BEER:  Busch Heavy

busch_bottle_decal__57144Sticking with the St. Louis theme, let’s switch it to straight up Busch Heavy tonight.  Everybody needs a good night’s sleep on Sundays but with the Phillies playing the late game, that will be a little more difficult tonight.  My solution?  Busch Heavy.

Go Phillies!

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Rollins with the lead-off triple! 51 more and he ties me in triples! Let’s knock him in!

     
  • Posts: 0 Glutenous

    Nice to see the Phillies put a few runs up early on Westbrook.

     
  • Posts: 62 Alex Lee

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    Much needed 10-pitch inning there from Kendrick

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    nice job pitching out of a little trouble there by KK. Hope he can keep this up.

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Can we just all agree that we may have given up too much for Ben “I cant hit” Revere

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Jeff,
    That 1 out bases loaded at-bat was not good. It was ugly.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Maybe if he stopped pumpin his frickin’ arms. How can that give anyone power or consistent timing?

     
  • Posts: 0 CMay

    Durbin in to pour gasoline on the fire…..

     
  • Posts: 0 CMay

    And that’s your ballgame…..

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    They said it best

    Phillies have bases loaded 1 out get a double play

    Cards have 1st and 3rd get a base hit…. better hitting team always prevails.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Chad Durbin is now 0/8 with inherited runners. Yet, he puts him in, in a tie game.

    Thanks, Charlie…

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Well at least I can go to bed

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Cholly needs to go… appreciate the 08,09 years but time for a new message this team is not built the way Cholly coaches.

    Ruben needs to go with him

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Good chance we may be stuck with Kratz longer that Ruiz is getting an xray on his hand

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    We’ve been “Durbined” again! Lol. Although it was only one run this time. Shame it was the go ahead one. (Sigh). C’mon Phils! I really think Howard should have stepped off the bag to cut down Chases’s errant throw. Oh well.

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Okay lets make something happen here

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Man Nix has been clutch off the bench this year

     
  • Posts: 0 CMay

    Way to drive in that go ahead run….

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Glad I stayed up…. the bottom of the order woke up for once

     
  • Posts: 0 Glutenous

    Finally broke a close one open late. I’ll take a split with a good Cardinals team, but we should have had the series win on this one. Hopefully Pettibone keeps the team in the game tomorrow and the bats show up. Would be nice to get the series win against the Pirates, who have been playing pretty well of late, having just taken 3 of 4 from Atlanta, and completing a 3 game series sweep of the Reds last week.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    “I’ll take a split with a good Cardinals team, but we should have had the series win on this one.”

    Not that any excitement was behind “taking” the split,” and it’s not the end of the world, but among other things, the club sort of lost their right to an okay with a split position by what’s gone on in the first dozen or so games, most notably by dropping 3 to the Reds. At some point, you have to make up for the lost ground, or you have to get a little padding for upcoming baseball. Maybe they can make some headway against the Bucs, but I don’t think
    this will be an easy set. Perhaps they get a good start toward that tonight, but I’d be most pleasantly surprised if they get a win tonight, pitching matchup being what it is.

     
 
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