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Phillies Beat Up Fernandez, Beat Fish 6-3

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 11, 2014 10:54 PM | Comments: 14
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The Phillies roughed up star righty Jose Fernandez, pushing him out after just four innings in the 6-3 win over the Marlins.

Rollins, Utley, Byrd, and Brown all posted two hits, while the team as a whole walked seven times. Baserunners aren’t the issue; it’s getting them home. While the Phillies were a respectable 6 for 15 with runners in scoring position, they could have done even more damage.

Fernandez lasted four innings and gave up eight hits, walking four and striking out six.

AJ Burnett left the game with a sore groin with one out in the fifth after having thrown 106 pitches. Ryne Sandberg said he’s unsure if he’ll make his next start.

The bullpen held it together as Antonio Bastardo was the only reliever to give up a run on Friday night.

By the way, Chase Utley is hitting .469. Yikes.

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  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    With Fernandez pitching, this wasn’t a game the Phils were expected to win. While they could have scored more if they took advantage of some bases loaded opportunities, scoring 6 runs against Fernandez is a great night.

     
  • Posts: 980 betasigmadeltashag

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    First the Phils are betting bad teams which is a good thing. The offense has not been bad. Dom got robbed by 3rd base ump on his bases loaded opportunity. If they can take 2/3 from all the bad teams out there they will win at least 87 games. I think the pen will come around. And I know you all hate Paps he looked good tonight, his 90-91 fast ball did have some good movement on it.

     
    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      Beta – this is not an 87 win team right now.

       
  • Posts: 980 betasigmadeltashag

    Avatar of betasigmadeltashag

    I also wanted to post about attendance at the park. It is a joke that after the best years of this franchise they have a few down years, and you all stop showing up. Then you get mad when you get called band wagon fans. Even these last two down years are close to as bad as they played in the early. 70′s or the mid 80′s or even the 90′s. You can complain that it is an old team and they should have all been traded. But the core of this team out there won you a championship, and just because they are not favored to win the World Series you stay home. What happened to enjoying the game. I live in VT and still buy my Sunday package and but other tickets and drive down to most of the games. When I can not get down there they are stilled used by family and freinds. And have going to games since 1971. So either step up and support the phillies in down times as well as good or keep quite when the band wagon label is used for a fan base can not be seen when the team is not favored.
    That is my .02 about 22-23,000 showing up at an awesome park that compatibly to other parks , and I have been to over 15 of them, inexpensive, and you can even bring in you own food and non alcoholic drinks

     
    • Posts: 0 Alex

      Yep I agree. I was at the game tonight and it was absolutely empty, with whole sections without a fan in it. Even the premium seats (1st base to 3rd base) were very empty. Couldn’t believe how dead CBP was last night.

       
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Beta,

      Maybe you’re overstating your case? And I’m talking strictly about attendance, not the comments expressed about the team.

      After all, we’re a mere 4 home dates in.

      But more significantly, the problem with the low attendance figures the last 2 nights is that the season ticket base is lower (significantly, of course), and I don’t know what the various packages are, but I assume season ticket packages cost a minimum of close to or over 200 dollars, and that’s a fair amount of money to direct toward the club compared to other entertainment options. It’s still baseball, even if one doesn’t think the Phils will be too good, and I assume it’s still a fun place to hang, but there doesn’t seem to be as much a rush to shell out season ticket amounts of cash, and there goes the base by which solid attendance is built.

      Myself, If I’m looking to rip the frontrunners, it’s more those that express opinions on boards and air, since I’ve explained my reasons for giving a pass to those not attending, and by the quirkiest of coincidences they show up when their expected trend rears it’s head. Mostly the knuckleheads who act like they’re smart for predicting a lot of losses, and come on and bitch after a loss, but tend to disappear after a game like last night..

      Single game or not, it’s a tad disappointing that there wasn’t (I assume) much of a walkup with the talented Miami pitcher on tap, but it’s early, and I agree with you about the importance of beating the lesser clubs. Tight race that the contenders will be in, every single win is important, and you wanna play in that bracket, games you should win kinda have to be won.
      And games like last night, where you should by rights expect a tough time where you do win are situations where you build off, not count as offsetting a game you lose that you shoulda won.

       
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Diekman came up big and Mario Hollands is showing that he belongs.If Pettibone throws like he did last year and Hamels looks good, maybe there is hope for this team.

     
  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    I was there… Couldn’t believe how empty it was. The only logical explanation besides people aren’t going to come is that they were predicting rain.

    My $.02- the biggest positive was Pap hitting 93 and looking pretty good, presumably not injured (just a dead arm) so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Diekman is a stud, too and Bastardo is serviceable… Without Pap, our pen is average. With Pap, it looks pretty darn good. Pap might not be lights out every night but few are.

    Howard, while not boasting a high BA is definitely being more selective. He’s got double digit walks on the season… His approach is better. There will be situations where he will see strikes and that’s when he needs to go up there swinging but by and large, teams just aren’t throwing him strikes… So he has to go up there looking for his pitch.

    Utley is mashing, Dom is swinging a great bat, Byrd is clutch… I know we just had a pretty ugly stretch against a very good Brewers team but I really think we can keep it close enough to play relevant baseball in July and August and that’s all we can ask for. Get Hamels back, hope and pray that Burnett is okay and see where this thing goes. Don’t give up on this team.

    One more thing… I’m not sure about Ryno. He’s still learning for sure but there are little things I’m seeing him miss on. Burnett was at 99 pitches and I was shocked to look up and see no one warming up. It took him wayyyy too long to get ready. Burnett was obviously laboring- something was wrong and he couldn’t do anything – he had nowhere to go because he had not made the call to warm anyone up. If Burnett is hurt, I put some of that on Ryno.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Speaking of Utley at .469, but doubting this message finishes interesting enough to read…

    I guess Utley is enough of a power hitter, and maybe just a notch below the great power hitters that have won batting titles to be expected to win one this year, but it’s a little tempting to think about. It’s so secondary, but a nice finish to his career, with accolades sprayed in might embellish his Hall case again to some that slid off as he missed time over the 2 seasons he did. Career stats limited by those tough years, it’s really not about whether he’s a Hall guy, like a Maddux, or Jeter indisputably are, its simply whether some year will see him get the required vote quantity. I don’t know that a batting title would help a great deal, but it wouldn’t hurt.

    The highest Chase ever hit was .332, normally considered a qualifying type average. Played about 130 games, and though batting titles have been won by guys missing a fair amount of games, one would assume that if he played 150 plus, the extra wear probably takes him down to .310, .315. Save for Bob Gibson type eras, that’s not what you’d expect to win The Crown. So in that regard, he’s never really had a season where he’s demonstrated he could win a batting title, although he’s a fully dimensional hitter, clearly trying to hit for more than average.

    Blackmon and Utley are setting the pace early on, and history would predict that neither guy leads The League by year end. But I doubt many people thought Mike Cuddyer would win a year ago. You just don’t lump Utley or Blackmon in the category of a Madlock or Boggs where you almost expect them to win it.

    And besides that, if Chase did somehow lead the League, it’s not necessarily a good thing, if by chance it compromises his power. But if that could be averted, it’d be a terrific accolade to add to his excellent career. Maybe just best to blow away the competition and add another Silver Slugger win to his list of accomplishments. But still, it’s nest that he’s doing so well in the average department, and fun to fantasize about.

    I’ve written more worthless stuff.

     
    • Posts: 0 DavidE

      Hall of Fame voters are influenced greatly by Bill James. The important offensive stat per Mr. James is OPS. Utley’s career OPS is .874. Albert Pujols OPS is 1.007. Derek Jeter has a career OPS of .827. Ryan Howard’s OPS is .904. David Wright’s OPS is .886. Robinson Cano’s OPS is .859. Utley’s OPS is outstanding and if he continues for another few years, he is probably a lock for the Hall of Fame. Probably not a first ballot selection but he is going to get in.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        DavidE,

        One guy in particular that doesn’t seem to command respect among Hall voters despite an excellent career OPS,and numerous other excellent stats is Larry Walker. He’s hovered around 20%, so he figures to be on the ballot for quite a while, maybe in coming years his candidacy is a successful one. Maybe there’s some of that Coors Field mystique underlying his greatness.

        I’m not aware of conscious mention by voters on the importance of career OPS. Not that I’m disputing it, or disagreeing, just wasn’t aware of it. What I HAVE heard mentioned several times is the criteria of a guy’s MVP, or in a pitcher’s case, CY placing. Chase has 2 7ths, and an 8th in MVP voting. Walker has a 5, 7, and 1. I keep trying to think of ways they are dissimilar players, but keep coming back to similarly effective in their overall careers. If that IS fair, and if Chase can finish “strong”, whatever that winds up being, maybe Utley’s future ballot time might be pretty accurately previewed by Walker’s percentage of success among voters for his remaining 10 years or so of eligibility. Both guys made a definite, positive impression on me, which is all I’m qualified to say.

         
  • Posts: 0 George

    “…they could have done even more damage.”

    Maybe so, but I get the feeling that had they scored 87 runs, the negativity of the reporting lately would claim that they should have scored 88.

    It’s disgusting when a well played game has to be nit-picked.

     
    • Posts: 860 schmenkman

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      Yeah, they batted .400 (6 for 15) with runners in scoring position, which, obviously, is excellent.

       
  • Posts: 0 Jay

    Nice win! As much as the team pisses me off with the poor defense, errors, etc- the hitting so far this year actually has not been that bad in comparison to the previous years- I’m hoping we take this series and move on into the black- it sucks chasing the .500 mark but I honestly believe that- based on the small sample size- the talent is there…just have to produce and if Burnett is out for an extended period of time…well to state the obvious- we have no pitching depth and we need him to have a shot

     
 
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