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Gameday: Phillies (52-62) vs Nationals (54-60)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 09, 2013 06:00 PM | Comments: 28
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Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) vs Washington Nationals (54-60) washington_nationals_logo-9726

John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) vs Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 91, chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies travel south to Washington D.C. Friday to open up a series with the Nationals after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs.

The Phillies will send lefty John Lannan to the hill against his former team, whom he has faced twice already this year. He has pitched extremely well against his former club, allowing just two runs on 10 hits in 13 innings of work. Lannan will be on full rest after pitching on just three days rest his last time out, when he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves.

On the mound opposite Lannan is right-hander Dan Haren. Haren, despite ugly numbers, has pitched well of late. In his last start against the Brewers he tossed seven shut out frames, and since coming off the disabled list right before the All-Star Break he is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

Against the Phillies this year. Haren has taken two losses but has not pitched all that poorly against them. In his first start he allowed three runs in six innings and in the second starts he allowed two runs over five.

Michael Young has had by far the most success against Haren in by far the most at bats. In 66 at bats he is hitting .333 off him with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBI. Delmon Young has three doubles and four RBI in 32 at bats (.313 average), and Jimmy Rollins has hit at a .278 clip with an RBI off the righty.

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

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  • Posts: 0 Mike

    What is the love affair with Michael Martinez? I just don’t get it at all. He’s a utility AA player at best. Why would Charlie not pencil in Wells and see what’s he’s got, what is there to lose?

     
    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Harrisburg

      Michael Martinez was a Rule 5 pick.

      Therefore, he’s the second coming of Shane Victorino.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        care to venture a guess, Andrew, on whose pic is running now?

        Might even give you a hint if you drop my portion of responsibility on the Met bet.

         
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        wonder how easy it is to confuse Harrisburg with Waldorf. Pretty easy, I guess, both hanging on the east coast.

         
    • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

      It can only be that RAJ is sweet on Mini!! What else can it be. He should be gone even before D Young.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    another must win for the pacifist Phillies.

    The picture is Jim Morrison.

    I am now going to petition the commissioner to have Dummy Amaro Jr. pay my 100$ for having a worse record than the Mets this year.

    the Mets who aren’t even trying.

    Morrison is from the DC area too.

    The Nats announcers are the worst. ironicly their radio guy Charlie Slowes is one of the best in the busuness for any sport.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      that’s a good guess. Or answer, doesn’t sound like you guessed. Personally, if I didn’t know what I was looking for and just saw the pic, I don’t know if I’d have gotten that.

      Have to admit a temptation to flip to the Yanks game to check out the reception for ARod.

      I’m into Charlie’s curly w thing.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      I didn’t realize mail fraud was that intense.

       
    • Posts: 5355 Lefty

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      In Waldorf? What a surprise. (sarcasm)

       
  • Posts: 0 Jay

    Aaaaaand the Delmon Young experience is finally over!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    This couldn’t be any more about Mike Young even if his name was mentioned. Dare I add maybe.

    http://sulia.com/my_thoughts/8e49480b-aad3-4a3e-aa5d-f307029936cf/?source=twitter

     
  • Posts: 3492 Tracey

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    Ugh. It’s Wheels’ birthday. Because I’d much rather see people giving him presents than watch a baseball game.

     
  • Posts: 3492 Tracey

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    Beautifully played off the wall

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The 2013 Phils are not the best baseball team I have ever followed.

    Have the Phillies come back from a 5-1 defecit since Pete Rose played first base?

    So I have at least 2 more years of Utley Rollins and Howard being 75% of your top 4 hitters in the line up.

    I wonder just how bad it will get before Ruben is gone.

    They are worse than the Mets. They have the second worst run differential in the sport.

    I mean 120 loses gets it done? This years 95-100 loses not enough?

     
  • Posts: 3492 Tracey

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    Oh good effing grief… walked in a run by walking a PITCHER???

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    This is a little different than H1 when the club was trading water, or trying to to stay afloat as a contender, playing a couple call ups, Minnie and all, but in a way, it’d still be a microcosm of the season if they lose tonight, 12-1.

    A silly thought for a silly game tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Robotski

    E-A-G-L-E-S! Go EAGLES!

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Inappropriate, no matter how bad the Phillies are (IMO).

       
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Eagles will not be good this year either..

         
      • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

        Possible 4-12 if they’re lucky.

         
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Solved hip or not, watching ARod’s 1st 2 at bats against righty Porcello really looked like a flipped image all to seen by Phillie observors in the form of Ryan Howard against lefties.

    Low and in, fastball or not, he just got locked up in striking out twice. Howard’s difficulties are more on sliders, but ARod really showed the same extreme weakness against Porcello as he did when he K’d 12 of 25 times in last year’s playoff.

    But it looked like a right handed version of Howard on those occasions where he’s totally overmatched.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    “Eagles will not be good this year either..”

    Funny how things work in a single organization, though in the Iggles case, it’s kind of in 1.5 administrations.

    Compare the propensity for holding onto an aging player, albeit in 1 instance, and in a highly different sport. The fans might have grown impatient with McNabb, but finally, almost at the exact moment Andy Reid realized McNabb was McFinished, he couldn’t get him out of town fast enough.

    Mike Vick, on the other hand, who I assume must be 31,32 by now seems to hang around at the same pace with which Ruben has shown some veteran players. And the funny thing is that Vick’s major asset is speed, dwindling by the day. He might have a powerful arm, but it’s not accurate, and when McNabb totally mastered the art of inaccuracy, that’s when Reid lost him faster than he ever lost weight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Think I’ll beat the traffic to the next destination.

    Anxious to get to sleep tonight.

    Expecting tomorrow’s morning editions to report the Phils acquired Mike Trout and David Price overnight.

    Rock and roll.

     
  • Posts: 5355 Lefty

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    Andrew, this is a little long, but interesting. Dave Cameron’s take.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/in-support-of-a-ruben-amaro-transaction/

     
    • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

      Interesting and yet aggravating particularly when one considers the Ryan Howard situation. Forty million for approximately one full season and a -0.6 WAR. The 25 million dollar salary kicks in next year with greater question marks about his health than ever before..even more depressing than 5 innings of John Lannan.

       
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Yes, but at least the GM seems to have learned something from the Howard signing, which could go down as the worst contract / contract extension in the history of baseball. RAJ has been a poor GM, but let’s view this move on it’s own merits and, as such, it is a very team-friendly contract. The fact is that this team, with good management, should be able to spend enough money to be competitive even with the horrific Howard and Papelbon contracts. The luxury tax limit is going up to $189M next year, of which Howard and Papelbon are getting $37.5M. That leaves $151.5M to spend on the rest of the roster. Only the Phillies, Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox had a payroll > $151.5M this year.

        If ownership wants to try to contend every year, there should be enough payroll for a good GM to build a decent to good team, especially if that GM finds value in the cost-controlled players. Unfortunately, RAJ has not shown to be a good GM and has been horrible at trying to get value from the cheap players on the roster. Since we are stuck with him, we can only hope that the Utley signing, which is a good one when viewed on its own merits, is a step in the right direction. Now, if he can learn from his decisions to cut Nate Schierholtz, sign Delmon Young, Chad Durbin and Laynce Nix, trade for Ty Wigginton and Michael Young, etc., maybe we can hope for a contender in 2014.

         
 
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