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Gameday: Phillies (52-62) vs Nationals (54-60)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 09, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 28

Philadelphia Phillies (52-62) vs Washington Nationals (54-60) washington_nationals_logo-9726

John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) vs Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 91, chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies travel south to Washington D.C. Friday to open up a series with the Nationals after taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs.

The Phillies will send lefty John Lannan to the hill against his former team, whom he has faced twice already this year. He has pitched extremely well against his former club, allowing just two runs on 10 hits in 13 innings of work. Lannan will be on full rest after pitching on just three days rest his last time out, when he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Braves.

On the mound opposite Lannan is right-hander Dan Haren. Haren, despite ugly numbers, has pitched well of late. In his last start against the Brewers he tossed seven shut out frames, and since coming off the disabled list right before the All-Star Break he is 2-2 with a 2.40 ERA.

Against the Phillies this year. Haren has taken two losses but has not pitched all that poorly against them. In his first start he allowed three runs in six innings and in the second starts he allowed two runs over five.

Michael Young has had by far the most success against Haren in by far the most at bats. In 66 at bats he is hitting .333 off him with three doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBI. Delmon Young has three doubles and four RBI in 32 at bats (.313 average), and Jimmy Rollins has hit at a .278 clip with an RBI off the righty.

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

download (2)Gameday Beer: Orval Trappist Ale

I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. - By Brian

 

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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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Gameday: Phillies (50-59) vs Braves (65-45)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 04, 2013 07:00 PM Comments: 11

Philadelphia Phillies (50-59) vs Atlanta Braves (65-45) 

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Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05 ERA) vs Alex Wood (1-2, 3.52 ERA)

Time: 8:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: ESPN

Weather: 80, partly cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

After losing 5-3 on Friday, the Phillies will look to salvage a game in their three game series against the Braves on Sunday night. With last night’s loss, the Phillies have now lost five straight series since the All-Star Break.

Left-hander Cliff Lee, who has missed a few starts with neck stiffness, will start for the Phillies in the finale. Lee has struggled a bit lately allowing at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts. In his las outing against the Mets, he allowed five runs in seven innings of work. The longball has been a problem for Lee of late, as he has surrendered seven homers in his last two starts. In his career against Atlanta, Lee is 6-4 with a 2.97 ERA

Lee will be opposed by lefty Alex Wood, who has pitched well in his rookie campaign for the Braves. Wood churned out a quality start his last time out against Colorado, allowing just three runs in seven innings. The seven innings was by far his longest outing of the year (previously 4 1/3 innings), and it came in only his third start of the year, as he was pitching out of the bullpen for the most part before Tim Hudson’s injury.

Only Jimmy Rollins, Darin Ruf, Kevin Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz have had an at bat against Wood (Rollins is the only one with two at bats), and Ruf owns the only base hit against the lefty.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Ruf LF, D. Young RF, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lee 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 (50-58) vs Braves (64-45)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 02, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies (50-58) vs Atlanta Braves (64-45) 

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Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) vs Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA)

Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

Tv: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 85, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies open a three game series with the first place Atlanta Braves on Friday night, still looking for their first series win since before the All-Star break. After a tough loss last night, the Phillies have now dropped 10 of their last 11 games.

Right-hander Ethan Martin will be making his major league debut tonight for the Phils, coming off several strong starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In his last three starts (18 innings) he has allowed only one earned run and ten hits, and is currently on a 13 inning scoreless streak. He is coming off the best month of his season, in which he went 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA.

Opposing Martin will be Kris Medlen, who does not have much success in his career against the Phillies. This season he faced them twice, going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA. Over his entire career he is 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA (22 earned runs on 46 hits) in 34 innings against the Phillies.

Several Phillies players have hit Medlen hard through their careers. Jimmy Rollins is 4-for-13 with three doubles, two walks and a RBI, Chase Utley is hitting .375 in eight at bats against Medlen with two RBI, and Delmon Young has a home run and four RBI off Medlen.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Martin P

bagpipers-scotch-ale-posterGameday Beer: Fegley’s Brewworks Bagpiper’s Scotch Ale

Brewed locally in the Lehigh Valley, perhaps this malty, smoky ale will bring former IronPig Ethan Martin some success today in his debut with the big club. This ale, which is brewed with a bit of scotch, features some caramel, roasted barley and earthy tones, and at 8.5% ABV, if the Phillies do have a bad game you might not even remember it.

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Gameday: Phillies (50-57) vs Giants (47-59)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 01, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (50-57) vs San Francisco Giants (47-59)giants

Cole Hamels (4-13, 4.09) vs Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79 ERA)

Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 79, storms possible

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies still have a chance to win their three game series with the Giants on Thursday in a rubber match that features two very good but underperforming pitchers.

Left hander Cole Hamels will take the baseball for the Phillies, looking for his fifth win of the season. Hamels was the tough luck loser his last time out against the Tigers, where he allowed just two runs in seven innings of work but got only one run from the offense in support. Hamels’ last start against San Francisco was last season, where interestingly enough, he squared off against Matt Cain and the two homered off each other. Hamels allowed five runs in 7 2/3 innings in that game, and overall in his career is 5-3 with a 4.14 ERA against San Francisco.

Cain comes into the game for the Giants coming off one of his best starts of the season, in which he allowed just a run and struck out seven over seven innings against the Cubs, but also lost due to poor run support. Despite the strong start last week, he has allowed 14 earned runs in 15 innings in his four starts in July.

Chase Utley has hit exceptionally well of Cain in his career, with a team leading four homers and eight RBI in 26 at bats against the Giants righty. Jimmy Rollins and Laynce Nix also have both homered off Cain, and Nix holds the highest average against him (.348) of any current Phillie with ten or more at bats.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Nix RF, Ruiz C, Hamels 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 the fact that it is not brewed with traditional hops, but with coriander instead. 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 (50-56) vs Giants (46-59)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, July 31, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 27

Philadelphia Phillies (50-56) vs San Francisco Giants (46-59)giants Kyle Kendrick  (9-7, 3.96 ERA) vs Chad Gaudin (4-2, 2.77 ERA) TIME: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park TV: Comcast SportsNet Weather: 86, sunny Media: Twitter and Facebook The Phillies ended their eight game losing streak on Tuesday with a 7-3 win over the Giants, and tonight they will have a crack at winning their first series since before the All-Star break. They will do so with Kyle Kendrick on the hill. Kendrick has been one of the Phillies most consistent starters this season, and despite earning a loss, he pitched well his last time out against St. Louis. The righty tossed six innings and allowed just three runs on five hits, marking his 15th quality start this year. Kendrick did face the Giants back on May 7, and earned a win after holding them to two runs over seven innings. The Phillies will be facing Chad Gaudin, who they have faced several times but have never seen as a starter. In nine relief appearances against the Phillies he has held them to three runs over 13 1/3 innings (2.03 ERA), and all three runs came in the same outing. He worked two scoreless frames against the Phillies earlier this year. Michael Young is the only Phillies player with any success against Gaudin, and he has done it over a large sample size. Young has seen Gaudin 22 times, and is hitting .455 with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI against him. No other Phillie with more than three at bats against him has ever gotten more than one hit. Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, D. Young RF, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Kendrick P ShockTop-Belgian-White-155x300Gameday Beer: Shocktop Belgian White With summer in full swing, it’s a great time to crack open a true summer brew with a Shocktop Belgian White. This wheat ale is brewed with lemon, lime and orange peels to give it a refreshing taste and subtly sour finish. It’s the perfect beer for relaxing and watching the ballgame whether you are at the bar, relaxing at home or hanging out down the shore.

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Gameday: Phillies (49-56) vs Giants (46-58)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 30, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 21

Philadelphia Phillies (49-56) vs San Francisco Giants (46-58)giants

John Lannan (2-4, 4.13 ERA) vs Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 86, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies return home Tuesday after a 1-8 road trip to start a nine game homestand beginning with three against the defending world champion San Francisco Giants.

The Giants, much like the Phillies, have struggled of late. They are just 3-7 in their last ten games and are in last place in the N.L. West.

Tuesday’s opener will feature a pair of left-handers on the mound. John Lannan will get the baseball for the Phillies, coming off a poor start against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he lasted just four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Lannan had pitched well in his two starts prior to that game, however, having given up just one run in 16 innings before his poor outing last week.

He has fared well against San Francisco in his career, holding the Giants to just four runs in 20 2/3 innings (three career starts).

He will be opposed by veteran southpaw Barry Zito, who continues to have a Jekyll and Hyde season with the Giants. In the confines of AT&T Park, Zito has been lights out, pitching to 4-1 record and 2.45 ERA in 11 starts. On the road, he is a whole different story. Zito has started nine road games this year and is yet to win one. He is 0-6 and has allowed 40 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings (9.39 ERA) away from home this season.

Over the course of Zito’s career, several Phillies players have had success against him, most notably John Mayberry Jr., who is 3-for-8 with three homers, and Chase Utley, who is 7-for-20 with four extra base hits and three RBI.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

lat48_2_largeGameday Beer: Sam Adams Latitude 48

This IPA from Sam Adams is a nice, reddish colored ale with a smooth finish and earthy, somewhat bitter taste. The hops are strong but not overpowering, making this subtle IPA a top choice for both the avid and the casual beer drinker.

 

 

 

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Gameday: Phillies at Tigers

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, July 28, 2013 12:05 PM Comments: 7

Philadelphia Phillies  at Detroit Tigers 

Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 3.97) vs. Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.49)

Time: 1:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather:  Chance of rain, 70
TV: PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

The Phillies play one more in Detroit before heading home to f ace the San Francisco Giants.  The Phillies hope to end this road trip on a positive note.

Rick Porcello had a pretty solid rookie year in 2009.  He still is a decent end of the rotation starter, but hasn’t been as strong as he was during that rookie season.  This year, he averages a hit per inning, but does not walk many batters. Since 2009, Porcello has really improved in the strikeout department.  He had a very slight decrease in strikeouts from 2009 to 2010, but since 2010 his strikeout totals have increased.  During is rookie season, he averaged 4.7 strikeouts per nine. This season, Porcello is up to 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

GO PHILLIES!

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Gameday: Phillies (49-54) at Tigers (57-45)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, July 27, 2013 02:03 PM Comments: 59

Philadelphia Phillies (49-54) at Detroit Tigers (57-45) 

Raul Valdes (1-0, 7.59) vs. Max Scherzer (14-1, 3.14)

Time: 7:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather:  Rain, 68
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Today’s game was all set up to be a real pitcher’s duel.  Cliff Lee was expected to start alongside fellow All-Star Max Scherzer, however Lee was scratched due to neck soreness. As rumors circulate about his impending departure, he is listed as day-to-day. In his place today, Raul Valdes will get the start. The lefty was 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA over 12 starts for the IronPigs before being recalled Tuesday. That day, he allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings in relief against St. Louis. This will be his third career start.

Scherzer, meanwhile, was the AL started for the All-Star game and was tied for the Major League lead in wins as of Friday. This will be his first start against the Phillies.

GO PHILLIES!

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Gameday: Phillies (49-52) vs. Detroit Tigers (56-45)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, July 26, 2013 06:38 PM Comments: 14

Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at Detroit Tigers (56-45)

Cole Hamels (4-12, 4.16) vs. Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90)

Time: 7:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather:  Cloudy, 73
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

The Phillies head to Detroit after being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals.  They’ve been stuck on 49 wins for a few days now, and can’t reach number 50.  It’s going to be another tough series as the Tigers are in first place in the American League Central.

Like the Phillies, the Tigers have had bullpen issues.  The Tigers rank 26th in bullpen ERA (4.08) while the Phillies rank 28th (4.51).  Manager Jim Leyland has shown that he has little trust in his bullpen.  In multiple instances as of late, closer Joaquin Benoit was forced to pitch in non-save situations to avoid late-inning comebacks by the opponent.  On the other hand, the Tigers have a very strong starting rotation, which has the sixth best ERA in all of baseball.

GO PHILLIES!

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