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Gameday: Phillies (50-61) vs. Cubs (49-62)

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, August 06, 2013 05:52 PM | Comments: 21
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39212-cubsPhiladelphia Phillies (50-61) vs. Chicago Cubs (49-62)

RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.27 ERA) vs RHP Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 73, overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies welcome the Cubs to town tonight, who are one of three National League teams with a record worse than the Phils 50-61.  To put it plainly, the Phillies have been in a free fall since the All-Star break.  They have lost 13 of 14 games and have been swept in three of five series since the Mid-Summer Classic.  Not only are they no longer in contention for a playoff spot, but with a run differential of minus 88 (second worst in MLB), they look like one of the worst teams in baseball.

The good news for Phillies fans is that they’ll get to see All-Star left fielder Domonic Brown again a day early, as he is back in the lineup tonight after being out since July 23 with a concussion.  Brown had three hits and a home run last night in a rehab start in Class-A Lakewood.  Brown will play left field and Darin Ruf will play right, despite never playing there previously in his professional career.  Ruf was reportedly taking fly balls in right field at around 3 o’clock today.  Laynce Nix (.486 OPS) was designated for assignment to make room for Brown, and Delmon Young, at least for now, appears to be the odd man out from a playing time standpoint (and rightfully s0).

Kyle Kendrick will be on the mound for the Phils, who had a horrendous July after a very solid first half of the season.  Kendrick gave up 21 earned runs on 38 hits in 25.2 innings in July for an ERA of 7.36.  In a season where it looked like he had turned a corner, the 28-year-old righty now has a 4.29 ERA, which is nearly identical to his career mark.  He will try to get back on track against Edwin Jackson and the Cubs, who have lost four in a row.  Nate Schierholtz, who the Phils non-tendered before the season in favor of Nix, will bat cleanup for Chicago.  He has an OPS of .827, which would rank second to Brown among Phillies with 100+ at-bats.

Lineup: Young 1B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Mayberry CF, Asche 3B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P

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  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    I read today the Phillies are currently 8th in reverse standings meaning they would be in the top ten for the draft if the season ended today, and there pick will be protected… hopefully it’ll stay that way… since the Phillies aren’t gonna make the playoffs, by a long shot, they might as well keep on losing… secure that top ten pick…

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Another must win for the Pacifist Phils.

    The dumbass sideline reporters mic isn’t working an they just have dead air

    kinda like Wheelers hair

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Does the team have to be this bad?

    OK the thirdbaseman cant field or throw to the appropriate base.

    Now catchers interference.

    This is the worst team I think Ive ever followed.

    How does Amaro stand pat and how does he have a job?

    God bless Utley but how could anyone want to keep any of these guys long term?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Theres the 3 run homer

    4-1 Cubs in the first inning

    Where is ken and lefty to rant with me?

    Not only is this team terrible to a degree which is shocking but they are also old.

    WOWOWOOWOW

     
  • Posts: 5148 Lefty

    Avatar of Lefty

    August 6th 2013- Chris Wheeler said “This game was created to make you fail”

    That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard any sportscaster say, anytime, anywhere.

    So two guys get together and say “Hey I got an idea – Let’s have fun an create a new game. One guy says great, and to make it even better, let’s create a game to make people fail. Boy is this gonna be fun!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    A team as horrendously terrible as this needs to do stuff like cover first and throw to the correct base.

    That was a shot by Rizzo.

    Maybe nap time for Andrew.

    This is a disgrace.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Rizzo

    Wheeler is not a lot of fun when the team is this bad.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    Question friends…..

    1) anythony Rizzo- wasn’t he in the Phils farm??

    2) Nate Schierholtz beating us. Good job Rubee. U missed that one.

    3) any reason why Ruf in RF? Dom in LF? Why??

    Mainly curious to answer #1.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Rizzo was a red sox farm product

    Ruben is a moron

    Brown is an all star and they didn’t want to mess him up at all

    A team this bad also cant make outs at 3rd base

     
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    And Ruf extends his streak…which ties Utleys team record.

    Howard should be nervous for next season…BUTTT, he’s making 25 mil and isn’t.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      @Pamikedc, Ruf isn’t close to the Phillies record yet, which is 56 by Schmidt in 1981-82. What you’re alluding to is that Ruf’s 33 is the longest by a Phillie since Utley in 2008-09.

      As for Ruf, he has looked good so far this year. I would like to see more than the 129 PAs he has in the majors so far, and see whether pitchers adjust and how he adapts in return before thinking Howard should be nervous, especially after the mediocre season he had in AAA.

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      I should have also mentioned that Ruf has a .412 batting average on balls in play so far in the majors, which is far above what anyone can sustain, especially given his lack of any speed. So even without pitchers adjusting, he is due for regression.

      What is quite encouraging though is his ability to work a count and take a walk.

       
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    If you judge by results, RAJ should be fired. The devolution of the Phillies has been spectacular since he took over. The team is a shambles.They look like they are going to be bad for a while.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    At least they should platoon Ruf and Howard but not in Phillie land

    In phillie land J roll hits 3rd with a pathetic .660 OPS

    But Jimmy is going to set some team records. its great

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Sarge having a field day on these Cubs outfielders

    Maybe we found a team worse than the Phillies ?
    Can maybe win a series?

    Would be nice

     
  • Posts: 0 Philliepharm

    Chooch….really…only second HR of the year..That deserves a 5 year extension!

     
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    @Andrew from Waldorf…appreciative of your responses to me. Thanks man!!

    Go Phils

     
  • Posts: 0 Rob h

    Andrew come up with some new stuff to say at least if you are going to consistently bash the phillies. They should feel bad that they spoiled you for 10 years without a bad team.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    Hey guys be nice to Andrew. He’s showing the frustrations we all feel and I don’t find anything wrong in that. Besides, 99% of the time he’s right.
    Now Andrew I don’t know exactly how you meant Ruf should platoon with Howard, But my take on that isn’t the fact Ruf can’t hit righty’s cause he does. But I’m assuming that Howard can’t hit lefty’s, which he doesn’t. Now with that said I’d go out and get another RH bat to platoon with the big guy and let Ruf play against everybody.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      That makes the most sense to me, too.
      Really, I’d take any guy with power to complement Ruf, left or right, who can stay above the Mendoza Line when batting from his weak side…and make it through 10 games without missing the next 20.

       
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    So next year Ruf,Brown,Revere in outfield? Howard Rollins Utley and who knows who at third? Upgraded bullpen? Same starting pitching? I think this would give us a shot at .500 ball at least. But you know one of the big three will be injured for a large part of 2014.
    So maybe just below .500 ball.Wow can’t wait.

     
 
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