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Gameday: Phillies (60-71) vs Mets (58-71)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, August 27, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 27

Philadelphia Phillies (49-48) vs New York Mets (41-51) new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Citi Field

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 95, cloudy with chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will look to continue their recent success and take an early series win on Tuesday when they take on the Mets in the second game of their three game series. The Phillies are now 7-3 in their last ten and are one game ahead of the Mets in the standings.

Kyle Kendrick will get the start, coming off an outing against the Rockies in which he allowed four runs in five innings, receiving a no decision. Kendrick has struggled mightily since his torrid start, posting a 2-4 record and 7.46 ERA since the All-Star Break. He has faced the Mets three times this year, but just once since April. In that start on July 19, he allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

He will opposed by Mets lefty Jon Niese, who has pitched very well since  his return from a partially torn rotator cuff. In 19 innings since his return, he has racked up 23 strikeouts and posted a 2.84 ERA. Niese had one start against the Phillies this year, and was the tough luck loser after allowing just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work. In his career he is 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA against Philadelphia.

John Mayberry Jr. has by the far the most success against Niese, with a .290 average, three homers and seven RBI in 31 at bats. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young have also homered off the lefty in their careers.

Lineup: Bernadina CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Kratz C, Young 3B, Ruf LF, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry RF, Kendrick P

Gameday Beer: Otter Creek Copper Aledownload

This medium bodied beer is a very versatile and refreshing brew that goes well with all types of ballpark food, especially stuff off the grill. It’s got a sweet, toasty, crisp taste that is perfect for either a chilly night or hot summer day watching the game. With a day game today fire up the grill and kick back with one of these and you’ll be set.

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Gameday: Phillies (57-70) vs. Diamondbacks (65-61)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 23, 2013 05:35 PM Comments: 62

Philadelphia Phillies (57-70) vs. Diamondbacks (65-61)

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.61) vs. Wade Miley (9-8, 3.56)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mid-70s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

Tonight, the Phillies have a chance to do something they haven’t done in nearly a month’s time–win three games in a row.

On the bump for the Phils will be the red hot Cole Hamels, who has dazzled since the All Star Break, posting a 2.30 ERA over 43 IP. That mark gives him the 11th best ERA in the NL since the second half started.

One of the pitchers ahead of Hamels in ERA since the All Star break is the man he’ll be facing tonight–Wade Miley. Miley ranks 10th in the NL in post-All Star ERA, posting a 2.25 mark.

Hamels lost to the D-Backs when he faced them earlier this year, though he only allowed two runs over six innings. In that game, he uncharacteristically walked five batters. For his career, he’s gone 4-2 against Arizona with a 3.42 ERA.

Miley has not faced the Phils this year, though he did shut them down for six innings in his lone career start against them.

Lineup: Young 3B, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Ruf RF, Mayberry CF, McDonald SS, Hamels P

Orval Trappist AleYour Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

The Phils welcome a visitor from the American Southwest this weekend. When it comes to southwestern brews, California’s Sierra Nevada produces some of the best. This pale ale selection is highly-rated, with a prominent bitterness that doesn’t overpower the malty taste. There is a citrus undertone that finishes off this smooth and delicious sip. -By RD

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Rockies (59-69) vs. Phillies (56-70)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 22, 2013 05:00 PM Comments: 27

Colorado Rockies (59-69) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (56-70)

Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 86, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

A win tonight would give Ryne Sandberg his first series win as manager of the Phillies.  A loss would give the Phillies and Rockies a split.
 

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Rockies (59-68) vs. Phillies (55-70)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 21, 2013 06:51 PM Comments: 16

Colorado Rockies (59-68) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (55-70)

Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) vs. Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: 88, cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

There hasn’t been many positives this season, but Cliff Lee has been one of them.  The Phillies may be hard to watch this season, but if there is a good reason to watch this team, Lee is one of them.  He’s always capable of putting on a show on the mound.

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Gameday: Rockies (58-68) vs. Phillies (55-69)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 20, 2013 06:32 PM Comments: 14

Colorado Rockies (58-68) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (55-69)

Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) vs. Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 3.41)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: 77, cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

“They won yesterday. And then they won again today.  That’s two wins a row.   You know what they call that?  They call that a winning streak!”  -Charlie D., a 9-year old Philadelphia sports enthusiast.

The Phillies will try to build on that “winning streak” tonight.  With John Lannan on the disabled list, Tyler Cloyd returns to the major leagues.  In his last seven starts in Triple-A, he is 4-1 with a 1.33 ERA.

Meanwhile, Jorge De La Rosa is having the best season of his 10-year career.  Usually, De La Rosa averages an ERA around 4.50 and has trouble limiting base-runners.  De La Rosa has turned things around thus far in 2013.

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

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Gameday: Rockies (58-67) vs. Phillies (54-69)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, August 19, 2013 05:11 PM Comments: 32

Colorado Rockies (58-67) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (54-69)

Jeff Manship (0-2, 7.20) vs. Ethan Martin (1-2, 6.28)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: 77, cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Rockies come to town for their usual August jaunt to Philadelphia, amid zero fanfare. Really, here’s what we have to look at tonight.

-How does Ethan Martin fair as a starter? He seems cut more from the cloth of a reliever.

-Can Jimmy Rollins heed the call from Ryne Sandberg and take more walks, raising his OBP?

-How does Carlos Ruiz fare hitting 2nd?

Lineup: Rollins SS, Ruiz C, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Wells RF, Martin P

Gameday Beer: Michelob Ultra 3498868847_cdfdc0e2ed

If you want to run 10 miles, then drink a beer, this is your cold one. At least that’s what the commercial tells us, and we should always trust that. But anyway, if you’re working out and you want a low cal beer to quench your thirst, here it is.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (53-69) vs Dodgers (72-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 18, 2013 12:35 PM Comments: 27

Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50)dodgers_logo

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 84, rain possible

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies have yet to score a run under new manager Ryne Sandberg as the Dodgers have shut them out in consecutive games and won another series to continue their torrid play. The Dodgers have now won 42 of their last 50 games, which has been done just twice since 1900.

Cole Hamels will be pitch for the Phillies looking to continue his recent stretch of quality starts. In his last four starts (31 innings) Hamels has allowed just five earned runs (1.45 ERA) and has gone eight or more innings twice. In that stretch he has lowered his season ERA from 4.16 to 3.65.

Lifetime, Hamels is 3-1 with a miniscule 1.64 ERA against the Dodgers. His last time facing them was in 2012, when he tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs.

Hanley Ramirez, who is having an MVP caliber season, has had the most success against Hamels. In 65 career at bats he is hitting .296 with two homers, six RBI and 10 doubles. Adrian Gonzalez also has two solo homers in 27 at bats against the Phillies’ lefty.

After seeing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in games one and two, the Phillies will get little relief in the third game of the series when Ricky Nolasco takes the hill for the Dodgers. Since coming over to L.A. from Miami, Nolasco has earned a win in four of his seven starts, and in his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA.

As a member of the Marlins, Nolasco has seen the Phillies many times with varied success. In 21 starts he is 8-6 with a 3.78 ERA. In three starts this year against the Phillies he is 0-1 and the Marlins lost all three games, but he allowed just seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings (3.38 ERA).

Chase Utley has seen Nolasco well in 35 career at bats, posting a .293 average, two home runs and a team leading seven RBI,  and Domonic Brown has a homer, double, triple and three singles in 15 at bats against him.

Lineup: Martinez SS, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Wells CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale3498868847_cdfdc0e2ed

Smithwicks has been around forever yet it never gets old. This red ale is one of the most common Irish brews and is perfect if you are in that Irish mood and want something lighter than a Guinness and a bit more than a Harp lager. It might not jump out at you, but you know that you are going to get a consistently solid beer, and a lot of times, that is enough.

 

 

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Gameday: Phillies (53-68) vs Dodgers (71-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, August 17, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 23

Philadelphia Phillies (53-67) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (70-50)dodgers_logo

Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.48 ERA) vs Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 1.88 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 88, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will get their second crack at earning their first win under Ryne Sandberg on Saturday when they take on the Dodgers in the middle game of their three-game set. After losing last night, the Phillies have now lost three straight and sit at 15 games under .500.

A struggling Kyle Kendrick, amid his worst stretch of the year, will toe the rubber for the Phillies. In his last three starts Kendrick has gone just 12 1/3 innings, and has allowed at least five runs in each start, swelling his ERA from 3.96 to 4.48 over that stretch.

The Phillies right-hander faced the Dodgers back in June, suffering a loss after allowing four runs on ten hits in six innings of work out at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies will be facing perhaps the toughest pitcher they will face all year-Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw. The Dodger southpaw is vying with Roger Clemens to hold the lowest ERA in the National League since Greg Maddux posted a 1.63 in 1995. Kershaw is coming off a stretch in which has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five straight outings.

However, Kershaw has seen his fair share of the Phillies and has never had much success against them. In eight career starts, he is 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA. That is his highest ERA against any team in the National League over his career, and the highest against any team in baseball that he has had more than two games against. At Citizen’s Bank Park he has been even worse, posting a lofty 5.96.

Carlos Ruiz has easily had the most success against Kershaw in his career, hitting at a .429 clip with a homer and five RBI against him. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have also homered off the lefty, but have posted .207 and .238 averages against him, respectively.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Frandsen 2B, M. Young 3B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Wells CF, Mayberry 1B, Kratz C, Kendrick P

 

Gameday Beer: Otter Creek Copper Aledownload

This medium bodied beer is a very versatile and refreshing brew that goes well with all types of ballpark food, especially stuff off the grill. It’s got a sweet, toasty, crisp taste that is perfect for either a chilly night or hot summer day watching the game. With a day game today fire up the grill and kick back with one of these and you’ll be set.

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Gameday: Phillies (53-67) vs Dodgers (70-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 16, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 50

Philadelphia Phillies (53-67) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (70-50)dodgers_logo

Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.18 ERA) vs Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.21 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 88, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies return home from a rough 1-5 road trip Friday to open a three game set with the hottest team in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, who own a six game lead in the N.L. West, have won eight straight ball games and nine of their last 10 and 13 of their last 14 games.

Cliff Lee will be on the hill for the Phillies, coming off a tough Phillies loss in Washington in which he gave up three runs in six innings of work but earned a no decision. Lee has not won a game since July 5, suffering losses in his last three decisions. The left-hander has faced the Dodgers six times in his career and has performed very well against them, posting a 2-1 record and 1.40 ERA. Earlier this year he went seven innings and allowed three runs while striking out 10 at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies will have to work through one of the hottest pitchers in the game in Zack Greinke. Greinke has won seven of his last eight decisions, and is coming off a terrific start against the red-hot Rays, in which he threw 6 1/3 shutout innings and struck out seven batters. In his career, Greinke is 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA against the Phillies, but did allow four runs on 12 hits to them in his last start against them on June 27.

Michael Young has the most at bats of any Phillie against Greinke, posting nine singles in 36 at bats. Domonic Brown, Chase Utley and John McDonald have all gone deep once off the Dodger’s right-hander.

With Charlie Manuel out as Phillies manager, Ryne Sandberg has been named interim manager, and his first lineup is as follows:

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

download (1)Gameday Beer: Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

This strange beer brings out the classic blackberry flavor with hints of citrus. The blackberry flavor is fairly strong and very unique, especially paired with coriander as opposed to traditional hops. When the team isn’t going too well maybe it is time to shake things up and try something unconventional.

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Gameday: Phillies (53-66) at Braves (73-47)

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, August 14, 2013 09:02 PM Comments: 5

Philadelphia Phillies (53-66) vs Atlanta Braves (73-47)washington_nationals_logo-9726

John Lannan (3-5, 4.81) vs Brandon Beachy (1-0, 5.00)

Time: 7:10, Turner Field
TV: CSN
Weather: 73, cloudy, chance of later thunderstorms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phils look to win the series from the first-place Braves in Atlanta. This one looks like it will start right around 9:00 PM tonight.

Stay dry!

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


Your gameday beer: Curious Traveler Summer Shandy

The old-tyme mustache and Teddy Roosevelt-era glasses can act as a great disguise for a Phillies team who may need it when they return home Thursday. Curious Traveler Summer Shandy is a rich beer with a lemony taste. Goes perfect on a nice summer night like tonight in the Philly region as we try to hold on to what is left of summer.

 

Go Phillies!

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