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Gameday 3: Phillies vs. Rangers

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, April 02, 2014 06:00 PM | Comments: 46
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Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) at Texas Rangers (1-1)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: RHP Kyle Kendrick
vs.
TEX: LHP Robbie Ross

Time: 8:05, The Ballpark in Arlington
TV: The Comcast Network, home of Phillies Nation TV. Broadcast nationally on ESPN 2.
Weather: Cloudy, 80, 18 MPH wind
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Kyle Kendrick will toe the rubber as the Phillies face a second lefty reliever-turned-Opening-Series starter in Robbie Ross. Ross, 24, has 123 relief appearances over 2012 and 2013 for the Rangers but does not have a start to his name in the Majors versus 68 minor league starts. Ross throws mostly a 92 MPH fastball and a 85 MPH slider and has a pretty interesting reverse platoon split for his MLB career: .276/.347/.425 against lefties but .223/.292/.282 against righties.

Kendrick has faced current Rangers in just 39 plate appearances but Shin-Soo Choo, Donnie Murphy, and Prince Fielder have all taken Kendrick yard for a team that has hit a combined .344/.405/.781 against him. Kendrick will have to keep lefties Choo and Fielder in the ballpark if the Phillies are to have any shot at winning the opening series.

Lineup:

Revere CF / Ruiz C / Utley 2B / Howard DH / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Mayberry 1B / Asche 3B / Nix SS

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Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 1133 betasigmadeltashag

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    I thought I would Ryno as a manager. But he way over managing. How is JRoll not starting. And really Chooch in the 2 hole is just not right. 3 line up in 3 days is just moving people around to move them around. DHing Howard and JMJ at first that makes sense in an American League park. At 3 DHs makes sense. But to sit your starting SS LF and 3rd baseman in the first week is just trying to prove a point to the detriment of the team. Both physically and mentally especially the younger guys. And I really don’t care if they sin tonight 22-1. I will still disagree with constantly rearranging the line up. Really Jimmy has 5 RBIs in 2 games. It is one thing to platoon position but baseball is a game of routine. Really feel Ryno is trying to prove how smart his is and if they start losing it is not going end up well this year

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      J roll isn’t starting because he’s back in Philly with his wife for their baby….

      And this Sandburg over managing crap is getting way overblown it’s been 2 games this year so let’s cut him some slack before running him out of time, and yes I realize he managed last year, he’s doing a fine job and he’s learning still

       
  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Ok guys we got a game with the Rangers tonight. And that means one thing. Bad news for the Rangers!

     
  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Why the hell is Nix in the lineup again?

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Rollins’ wife went into labor so he flew back to Philly.

       
      • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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        He’s the new Eric Bruntlett/ Wilson Valdez/ Michael Martinez. Once you see his name in the lineup, you know the Phillies have lost.

         
      • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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        Mr Buttermaker: You see those names in the lineup, and it’s bad news for the Phils? :)

         
  • Posts: 0 jeff of nova

    We all need to take a chill, Reno is mixing it up early in the season to find the best combo and give everyone equal rest and at bata, as far the bullpen, gotta see what these unproven guys can do, still question the Hollands and died man use last night but hopefully he learns and so do the pitchera

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    CHOOOOCH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Lineup is always better minus Rollins.

    Go Phls!!!

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    Well, they certainly made Ross work. His pitch count is already 28.

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    Uh oh…

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    That was lucky.

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    BIG BROWN DELIVERS!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Wow I thought he was never going to homer again ever.

    KK dealing
    I am thinking world series!!!!

    The mets are losing too.

    Go Phils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Understandable. After all, he hadn’t homered in two straight games.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The pen still scares me. !!!

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    After a rough first inning, Kyle has really settled down nicely. 45 pitches in 3 innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    bull pen time soon.

    I cant wait

    I hate the American league game with the DH.

    Although it probably suits the phils more than most NL teams.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Sixth inning has traditionally been Kyle’s benchmark. This is a great outing for KK. Drink the koolaid Andrew, while it’s still sweet

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Pen time?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Kid did his job

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    9th inning… Ruh roh…

     
  • Posts: 0 Vinnie

    KK did great…. hope we don’t blow this game in the 9th, 2nd and 3rd with one out…

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    Tell us again, Papelbum, about how you didn’t sign up for this. Because I ddn’t sign up for this either.

     
  • Posts: 0 Vinnie

    AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    Same old same old.

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    Did you see Chooch rolling his eyes at this garbage?

     
  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Papelbom puts the turkey in “Jive turkey”

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    On a positive note.

    I am facing Paplebomb in fantasy.

    On a truly sad note.

    Ruben Amaro still has a job.

    He will let this bum close forever.

    It is WELL KNOWN his velocity is down and he sucks.

    But we will never get relief

    FIRE AMARO

     
  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Hey Pap, we didn’t sign up for this either.

     
  • Posts: 3522 Tracey

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    PAPELBON, YOU SUCK!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Vinnie

    wow… I would make Bastardo the closer the next game. KK deserved a much better fate.

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of nova

    Wow nothing else to say

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    how many losses until Ruben is fired?

    Because I will root for them.

    Give me a number.

    So I have something to root for and watch and follow.

    Besides this crap.

    There is no hope until Ruben goes.

    NONE

     
  • Posts: 0 jeff of nova

    Sorry I am not a Ruben fan but firing him doesn’t help AFW… If you want to fire him the off season is when you do that.

     
    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

      Ive been calling for it for years.

      Years.

      When people would make fun of me for it.

      I don’t care when it is.

      But until it happens you have no hope.

      NONE

      so when they win games if it means job security for him.

      I don’t know if its good.

      this is sad

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    It wont be Bastardo

    Ruben and the Phillies are married to their old washed up has beens.

    We will get months of this.

    Everyone in the world knows Paplebomb sucks.

    Except Ruben.

    I feel sad for Sandberg.

    None of this can be blamed on him

    all year

     
  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Unfrikinbelievable, I knew that was going to happen, time to demote pimplebomb to mop up duty only, what a worthless piece of garbage… 0 for 1 in saves this year, how many do you want him to blow this year before we can get rid of him???

    Great signing he was, really put us over the top!!

    I agree time to let bastardo become the closer

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyfan

    The bullpen blows it again. This is 3 years in a row. Why ‘don’t they upgrade!

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Upgrade??/

    Isnt Paplebomb the highest paid reliever ever??

    Who would make such a contract?

    I know it is not protocol to fire a GM in a season.

    But do it.

    It should have been Ruben last year and not Charlie.

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      Should have been both

       
  • Posts: 0 Rob 311

    Andrew from wherever,
    Sing a different song dude seriously ur so annoying with the raj stuff. I don’t like him either but come on Man U going to post the same garbage again all this year. I come to this site to read articles and what other people have to say but u make me want to stop coming here. Just give it a break. Everyone knows he’s not a good gm be a good fan and just deal with it or show ur frustration and don’t watch or buy tickets.

     
  • Posts: 0 cxl72

    This is the same GM that let a washed up Brad Lidge continue to close with an ERA over 7 in 2009. Look for lots of Pap. His 2016 contract vests with 100 games finished this year and next. 99 more to go.

     
  • Posts: 538 Morris Buttermaker

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    Petition to change the Jeltz Award to the Papelbon.

     
    • Posts: 0 Brooks

      Its not a bad idea Morris.
      However, the implication with Jeltz is that it was just a boneheaded game with terrible play.
      For the Papplebon, I think it has deeper meaning – starting with the basic Jeltz award but going deeper into arragance, overpriced along with a big mouth – a primadonna if you would who sucks. It might be a whole new category of bum because he sure isn’t liked in this city either where I dont remember if Jeltz was hated like Pappy.
      Yeah, the more I think about it, a monthly “Pappy” award or even yearly naming one player who has sunk below the mendoza line in play and character.

       
 
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