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Gameday: Braves (85-54) vs. Phillies (63-77)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, September 06, 2013 06:43 PM Comments: 16

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-54) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (63-77) 

Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.09) vs Mike Minor (13-5, 3.08)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 72, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

With 84 wins, the Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball.  First place is safe for the Braves, as they have a significant 14-game lead over the Washington Nationals.  Their magic number to clinch the National League East is set at ten, which is the lowest in the majors.  Atlanta is getting ready for a postseason push, but first they have seven games left against Philadelphia.

September Phillies baseball might not be as meaningful as it has been in recent years, but it gives us a chance to see what the younger players can bring.  Fans also get to enjoy Cliff Lee, as he rarely disappoints.  Lee hit a little bit of a rough patch in the middle of the summer, but he has improved over his last five starts, posting a 2.91 ERA.

(Stats as of 2:00 PM Thursday)

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Phillies (63-76) vs Nationals (70-68)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, September 04, 2013 05:56 PM Comments: 18

Philadelphia Phillies (63-76) at Washinton Nationals (70-68)

Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94) v Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 70′s, Clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

To tell you the truth, I’m pretty nervous about Roy Halladay’s start tonight. He’s coming off a game against the Cubs where he gave up five runs in as many innings, but it could’ve been much worse. I fear that it might be worse tonight.

Opposing him will be Jordan Zimmerman, and he’s been pretty good this year. He’s sporting a 15-8 record with a 3.33 ERA.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry LF, Bernadina RF, Halladay P

Your gameday beer: Anchor Steam Liberty Ale

A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. Enjoy with some steaks on the grill for today’s game.
– Pat

Go Phillies!

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Gameday: Phillies (63-75) vs Nationals (69-68)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 03, 2013 05:21 PM Comments: 21


Philadelphia Phillies (63-75)
at Washinton Nationals (69-68)

Ethan Martin vs. Gio Gonzalez

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 78, Clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Tonight’s game in two sentences: All you have to do is look at the lineup for tonight’s game. It’s like the Iron Pigs got on a bus and all came down together.

Lineup: Hernandez 2B, Galvis SS, Frandsen 1B, Ruiz C, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Martinez CF, Martin P

 

Gameday Beer: Bud Ice

If you’re going to watch that lineup, you need to find one of the most powerful aphrodesiacs available to man. That would be Bud Ice. Hell, I’m not even sure if they still make it, but if they do, go get it. It does NOT go down smooth, and does NOT taste good, but who cares. -PG

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Gameday: Phillies (62-75) v. Nationals (69-67)

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 02, 2013 06:54 PM Comments: 20


Philadelphia Phillies (62-73)
at Washinton Nationals (69-67)

Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.58 ERA) vs RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.96 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV:
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 80, Clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The red-hot Washington Nationals, winners of nine of 12, including a come-from-behind win against the Mets last night, square off against the Fightin’ Phils, who are now 9-8 after appointing Ryne Sandberg interim manager. The Nats send ace Stephen Strasburg to the hill in an attempt to stay just 6.5 back of second Wild Card leader Cincinnati, who defeated St. Louis earlier.

The line-up tonight features Cesar Hernandez starting in center in his first game back with the Phillies after his recall and a nights off for Darin Ruf and Cody Asche. Pete Orr is at third base. None of the September call-ups are in tonight’s line-up.

Lineup: Hernandez CF , Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Frandsen 1B, Orr 3B, Mayberry LF, Bernadina RF, Hamels P

 

Gameday Beer:Miller High Life

In support of organized labor on this Labor Day, we present a union-made beer: Miller High Life. High Life is a cost-effective alternative to higher-priced brews that goes down easy, made for the everyman. And for this Phillies line-up, composed almost entirely of everyman-level players, it is very much appropriate.

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Gameday: Phillies (62-73) at Cubs (56-78)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 31, 2013 03:15 PM Comments: 17

39212-cubsPhiladelphia Phillies (62-73) at Chicago Cubs (56-78)

Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07 ERA) vs RHP Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64 ERA)

TIME: 4:05 ET, Wrigley Field
TV:
Comcast SportsNet, MLBN
Weather: 80, Isolated Thunderstorms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are back at it again today after a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the Cubs yesterday in Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley. That’s the seventh win for the Phils in their last ten games. If only they had done this all season, right? Oh well. It’s still been fun to watch them since Sandberg took over the helm.

With Cliff Lee on the mound, you’ve got to like their chances of winning again today. Lee, perhaps the streakiest pitcher in Phillies history, struggled out of the gate after the All Star Break. But he’s pitched well in his last starts, allowing six earned runs over 23 innings. Lee has dominated the Cubs over his career to the tune of a 1.77 ERA. They’ve never beaten him. You’ve got to like the Phils chances against Chicago when Lee is on the mound.

Throwing a wrench in the plans for victory could be Cubs starter Chris Rusin. The rookie pitcher has been great since getting recalled to the Majors in early July. Worse, he’s never faced the Phillies. Traditionally, that has been kryptonite for the Phillies lineup. But, with a bunch of fresh faces, maybe they’ll fair a bit better today.

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

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Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red

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 (50-61) vs. Cubs (49-62)

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, August 30, 2013 02:22 PM Comments: 21

39212-cubsPhiladelphia Phillies (61-73) vs. Chicago Cubs (56-77)

RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81 ERA) vs RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03 ERA)

TIME: 2:20 ET, Wrigley Field
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 89, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Ryne Sandberg returns to Wrigley Field today for the first time ever as a big league manager.  The Hall of Fame second baseman turned Phillies manager spent 15 years on the North Side of Chicago, earning 10 All-Star berths and nine consecutive gold gloves for the Cubs after coming over from the Phillies in a lopsided trade that netted the Phils only Ivan DeJesus.  Wrigley is always a festive atmosphere for day games and today should be no different.  Expect a warm welcome for Ryno, whose No. 23 was retired by the Cubs in 2005.

On the field, today marks the second major league start for Roy Halladay since returning from surgery.  Doc was solid in his first start back last Sunday, surrendering only four hits and two earned runs over six innings and earning the win against the Diamondbacks, which was only his third of the season.  Halladay will become a free agent after the season and has expressed interest in sticking around in Philly.  Each of his remaining starts is critical in determining what the 36-year-old has left in the tank.

The Phils had shown signs of life lately, winning seven of nine before ultimately splitting a four-game series with the Mets.  They’ll look to get back on track this afternoon at Wrigley Field, which tends to be an unpredictable environment for baseball weather-wise.  The forecast calls for sun and temperatures around 90, so if the wind is blowing out this could be an exciting one.  Halladay is opposed by Cubs fireballer Jeff Samardzija, who has tailed off significantly after a promising start to the season.  Samardzija has an ERA over five in July and August.

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

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Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale

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 (51-62) vs Cubs (50-63)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 08, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 22

Philadelphia Phillies (51-62) vs Chicago Cubs (50-63) 39212-cubs

Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46 ERA) vs Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 90, chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies have another crack at a series win on Thursday afternoon when they take on the Cubs in the rubber match of their three game series.

Rookie right-hander Ethan Martin will be making just his second career in the big leagues. Martin allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his debut against the Braves, but did show some encouraging signs. Martin allowed only one run in the first four innings before the Braves roughed him up for five in the fifth. His fastball was touching 96-97 and he racked up six strikeouts despite his short outing.

Martin will be opposed by Jeff Samardzija, who has been solid all year and exceptional of late. Samardzija has gone 13 innings in his last two starts, and has allowed only three combined runs while striking out 16 batters. However, the former Notre Dame football standout has not fared well against the Phillies in his career, posting a 9.00 ERA in seven games (one start).

Despite his lack of success against them, no current Phillie has especially enjoyed facing Samardzija. Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins all have an RBI off him, but are a combined 3-for-16 with four strikeouts. Today’s lineup definitely has a different feel to it, as Ruiz has moved up to the two spot,  Michael Martinez is playing in place of Rollins at short and Kevin Frandsen is leading off and playing first after Michael Young was scratched due to hamstring tightness.

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

Gameday Beer: Yuengling Lager

You know it, and you know it well. You call for it simply by saying “I’ll have a lager.” It’s a staple of the Philadelphia region and really never lets you down. From time to time I’ll order one if a beer list isn’t tickling my fancy. It’s just there. It never wows you. It’s like the Juan Pierre of beers. He won’t blow you away, doesn’t hit for power, but always gives a decent showing when you need him. -Pat Gallen

 

 

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Phillies (51-61) vs Cubs (49-63)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, August 07, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 8

Philadelphia Phillies (51-61) vs Chicago Cubs (49-63) 39212-cubs

Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87 ERA) vs Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 81, chance of rain

Media: Twitter and Facebook

One night after the offense lashed out for nine runs, the Phillies will attempt to take an early series victory over the lowly Cubs Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Lefty Cole Hamels will get the ball for the Phillies, coming off his best start of the season. He tossed eight innings of shutout ball against San Francisco, and was able to lower his ERA to under four (3.87) for the first time this year.

Hamels has seen the Cubs six times in his career, and has gone 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA against them. His last start against them was in 2010, when he gave up just a run in seven innings of work.

The Phillies will be facing All-Star Travis Wood, who just had his worst outing of the year. On Friday against the Dodgers he allowed five runs on seven hits and five walks in just 3 1/3 innings. Wood has seen the Phillies twice, and not since 2011. In 2010, the southpaw came close to a perfect game against the Phillies, throwing eight perfect innings before Carlos Ruiz broke it up in the ninth.

Ruiz, in fact, is the only current Phillie to even have more than one hit off Wood in his career, going 2-for-5 with two doubles.

Lineup: M.Young 3B, Frandsen 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, D.Young RF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Hamels 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. It’s tough to go wrong with a good ale.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (50-61) vs. Cubs (49-62)

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, August 06, 2013 05:52 PM Comments: 21

39212-cubsPhiladelphia Phillies (50-61) vs. Chicago Cubs (49-62)

RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.27 ERA) vs RHP Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 73, overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies welcome the Cubs to town tonight, who are one of three National League teams with a record worse than the Phils 50-61.  To put it plainly, the Phillies have been in a free fall since the All-Star break.  They have lost 13 of 14 games and have been swept in three of five series since the Mid-Summer Classic.  Not only are they no longer in contention for a playoff spot, but with a run differential of minus 88 (second worst in MLB), they look like one of the worst teams in baseball.

The good news for Phillies fans is that they’ll get to see All-Star left fielder Domonic Brown again a day early, as he is back in the lineup tonight after being out since July 23 with a concussion.  Brown had three hits and a home run last night in a rehab start in Class-A Lakewood.  Brown will play left field and Darin Ruf will play right, despite never playing there previously in his professional career.  Ruf was reportedly taking fly balls in right field at around 3 o’clock today.  Laynce Nix (.486 OPS) was designated for assignment to make room for Brown, and Delmon Young, at least for now, appears to be the odd man out from a playing time standpoint (and rightfully s0).

Kyle Kendrick will be on the mound for the Phils, who had a horrendous July after a very solid first half of the season.  Kendrick gave up 21 earned runs on 38 hits in 25.2 innings in July for an ERA of 7.36.  In a season where it looked like he had turned a corner, the 28-year-old righty now has a 4.29 ERA, which is nearly identical to his career mark.  He will try to get back on track against Edwin Jackson and the Cubs, who have lost four in a row.  Nate Schierholtz, who the Phils non-tendered before the season in favor of Nix, will bat cleanup for Chicago.  He has an OPS of .827, which would rank second to Brown among Phillies with 100+ at-bats.

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

3498868847_cdfdc0e2edGameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale

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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