Gameday 30: Phillies vs. Blue Jays

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Mon, May 05, 2014 05:00 PM | Comments: 23
2014 Gameday, News, Posts



Philadelphia Phillies (15-14) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (14-17)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Kyle Kendrick
TOR: J.A. Happ

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 67
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Remember when J.A. Happ finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2009 with a 12-4 record and 2.93 ERA? It’s been a long road since then for the former Phillies’ left-hander, who in the past three seasons has never sported an ERA less than 4.56, has been drilled in the head with a line drive, and most recently had been relegated to the bullpen. Tonight’s start against the Phillies will be his first since Sept. 28 of last season. Happ has had some success against the Phillies in his two career starts against them, tossing 12 1/3 total innings and allowing just three runs. No Phillie really has a large enough sample size against him to mean much (nobody has more than seven at bats), but Marlon Byrd is 2-for-3 off Happ in his career with three RBI.

On the hill for the Phillies will be Kyle Kendrick, who remained in his rotation spot while the starters before and after him were switched. Kendrick has thrown the ball well of late, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each of his last three outings. He has also shown the ability to work out of dangerous situations with runners on base. However, he has had no success against the Jays in his career, pitching to an 0-1 record and 6.91 ERA in three starts against them. He especially needs to watch out for Jose Reyes, who is a .394 lifetime hitter against Kendrick in 38 at bats, with two doubles, a triple, two homers and four RBI.


Revere CF / Galvis SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Mayberry LF / Nix 3B / Kendrick P

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    After they stand on guard for thee tonight, similar ballclubs will compete. Obviously, you can

    usually draw similarities, but in this case, kinda like the Phils, a handful of rennigades spoke

    optimistically about the Jays while the masses extended sympathies for their plight as an AL

    East club. Good guy Buck Martinez was one who though they could win 90 games. Like the

    Phls, maybe he never met their bullpen. Okay, be nice. Bullpen to date. Their closing

    situation has been similar to the Phils pre closing pen blood pressure killer. Their pitching staff

    walks hitters with the frequency of boy and girls lining up t buy The Clipper. There’ll be an

    about face of that vie when Buerhle and Dickey line up for the third and fourth games up

    north, but for now, this is like last year’s matchups against CLE and Minnie. Games the Phils

    should, could and sorta maybe better win. Don’t ask what happened last year in those games

    if you are in search of an upbeat sentiment about the next two. Fortunately, this is now, and

    that was then. We’ll see how the Phils try to win with most of the quality portion of their pen

    having worked 3 days in a row. Long games from Kendrick, and near lock to do so Hamels

    would help. I think the Phils will win these first 2.

  • Posts: 0 Jacob Muran

    This guy starts GALVIS, NIX, & MAYBERRY!!! WTH!!

    • Posts: 0 brooks

      And Freddy hitting second – what a joke

  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Ugly first inning for the phils

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Kyle is looking true to form. I wonder what his limit is tonight?
    6 runs or 6 innings regardless?

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Doesn’t take long to figure out which Kyle has showed up to play.
    Still no outs and a runner (bet he scores) on second

  • Posts: 0 teejayvee

    Well, momentum in baseball lasts as long as your next day’s starting pitcher.

  • Posts: 0 Jacob Muran

    Kendrick is really a bullpen pitcher.. The guy will never be better then a 5.. Yet we pay him a high avg salary

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Burn it – Inning #3 and the first batter did not get on base for the Jays.

  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Has Kendrick finally settled down??

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Felt good didn’t it Kyle?
    Looked pretty good from here too.

  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Galvis is getting Hot!!! Lol

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Lets see who picks up the slack – that is your Queue Howard

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Comon Marlon – get on base

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    6 k’s in his last 9 atbats

    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role


  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Awesome job marlon!!

  • Posts: 0 Dave

    Playing Nix, and Galvis means the Phillies had 3 pitchers in their lineup. They have no production at 3rd, none in left field, and very little at first base. Night in and night out they are relying on the same 5 guys to do all the damage. You can’t win like that. What is Sandberg doing with Asche for heaven’s sake…either let him play or get rid of him.

  • Posts: 0 JKD

    Ken, your posts are always difficult to read.

  • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

    Send galvis down to get him some regular at bats…. Get rid of nix and Mayberry and let’s get some talent on our bench for the love of god!!
    Should have claimed both Alex castellanos and Moises Sierra… Should have got that done

  • Posts: 0 Jacob Muran

    Have to love Sandberg.. Pull 2 out of 3 against a division rival and then just give away the game against TOR.. What a joke!! #OverManager

    • Posts: 0 Chuck A.

      I wouldn’t say he’s “over-managing” …… But not really sure just WHAT he’s doing. Yeah, I would agree that Nix AND Galvis in the lineup at the same time is ridiculous. And while I’m not the biggest Cody Asche fan out there I also agree that the only way they’re going to see what they have is to let the kid play!

      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        How did he over manage this game?? By playing the hand he was dealt, you’re only as strong as the cards in your hand, and these cards aren’t too strong, that’s hardly Sandbergs fault

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