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Ruf, Utley and Phils Offense Outslug Cubs

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, August 06, 2013 10:43 PM Comments: 42

Darin Ruf continued his assault on major league pitching on Tuesday night.

Darin Ruf continued his assault on major league pitching on Tuesday night (AP Photo).

The Phillies playoff hopes are long gone, but fans desperately searching for a reason to keep watching need to look no further than Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and Cody Asche.  The contracts and lack of production from the Phillies aging offensive core make their development critical for the team’s future, and all three delivered in some way on Tuesday night in a 9-8 comeback win over the Cubs.

The trio of 20-somethings combined for five hits, three runs and four RBIs on the night, bailing out Kyle Kendrick who was mediocre in his six innings of work.  The Phils trailed 4-1 and 5-2, before they stormed back.  Kendrick gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits, and was hurt by two long balls before he settled down.  Chase Utley also had a big night, collecting three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Jonathan Papelbon was very shaky in the ninth and Brown dropped a routine fly ball in the process, but the Phils were able to escape with their second win in their last 15 games.

PHILS BATS COME ALIVE

- The Phils offense hasn’t showed up like it did tonight since the first game back from the All-Star break, a 13-8 win over the Mets.  They pounded out 13 hits, seven of which went for extra bases, and added a pair of walks.  If young lefty Alex Wood (Sunday night’s opposing starter) was the exact type of pitcher these Phils typically struggle against, hard-throwing righty Edwin Jackson was just the opposite on Tuesday. Continue reading Ruf, Utley and Phils Offense Outslug Cubs

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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 (50-57) 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 (49-52) 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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Gameday: Phillies (49-52) at Cardinals (61-37)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, July 25, 2013 06:05 PM Comments: 36

Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at St. Louis Cardinals (61-37) 

Kyle Kendrick  (9-6, 3.94) vs. Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)

Time: 7:15 PM EST, Busch Stadium
Weather:  Clear, 81
TV: CSN
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

Wednesday night was ugly for the Phillies.  Very ugly as they were clobbered, 11-3.  The Phillies will turn to Kyle Kendrick, who is coming off a rough start where he allowed six runs.

Lance Lynn has 11 wins on the season, but that may be because he leads the National League in run support.  Lynn tends to get into jams, but manages to escape them.  Lynn will allow baserunners, and it is up to the Phillies’ offense to capitalize with runners in scoring position.

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

GO PHILLIES!

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Gameday: Phillies (48-48) vs. Mets (41-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) vs. New York Mets (41-50)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33 ERA)

TIME: 7:10

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 97, humid, sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

After a much needed break following three games in 24 hours, the Phillies return to action tonight in New York to kick of a nine game road trip with a three game series against the Mets. The Phillies, who finally reached the .500 mark right before the break, will look to get over that mark for the first time since early June.

Kyle Kendrick will get the ball for the Phillies in their opener tonight at Citi Field. He is coming off a terrific start against the Nationals where he earned the win after going seven innings and allowing just a run on five hits. It was Kendrick’s 13th quality start in 19 total starts this year. He last pitched against the Mets on April 26, where he tossed a complete game shutout for the only time this season, and allowed just three hits.

Opposing Kendrick will be Mets right hander Jeremy Hefner, who has been pitching extremely well of late. In his last four starts he has allowed fewer than three runs and five hits in all of them, and holds a 1.67 ERA over that stretch. Hefner did face the Phillies twice this season, yielding five runs in three innings back in April, but also holding them to just three runs in a Mets win on June 21.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Domoniv Brown have all fared well against Hefner throughout their careers. Rollins is hitting .415 (5-for-11) with two doubles and an RBI, Utley is 2-for-8 with a homer and three RBI and Brown is 4-for-4 with a homer, five RBI and two walks against the Mets right hander. All of them are in the lineup tonight, and here is how the remainder of the lineup looks:

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

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team starts on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

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Replacing Dubee Could Help the Phils

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 12, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 0

Rich+Dubee+Philadelphia+Phillies+Photo+Day+WQYnievRTD9lThursday night, former Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson and current Phillies writer Mandy Housenick had a very interesting exchange on Twitter. Mathieson suggested that bullpen coach Rod Nichols take over Rich Dubee’s job as pitching coach, and Housenick added that Ryan Madson and Brett Myers had similar opinions on Nichols. Earlier this season, MLB Network’s Mitch Williams also suggested that Dubee get replaced. Roy Halladay, among others, defended Dubee.

But maybe Mathieson and Williams are on to something. Dubee has been in the Phillies organization for 12 years, and nine with the major league team. It could be time to replace him, as Williams said, if only to get a new voice in the ears of the Phils’ pitchers. The starters are doing exceptionally well, and the emergence of Kyle Kendrick as a solid part of the rotation is outstanding, considering where he came from.

But the bullpen is another story. It ranks last in the NL in ERA (4.58) and walk rate. Many young arms have struggled lately–Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes (possibly due to injury), and Justin De Fratus come to mind. Maybe Dubee just isn’t reaching the young guys like he wants to. And if (Rod) Nichols is beloved as much as Mathieson suggested, replacing Dubee with him seems like a no-brainer. The younger arms–the ones that need coaching the most–would have a new coach and a chance at a fresh start. The benefits would be great.

What would the cons be? In my eyes–nothing. Charlie Manuel‘s contract is up at the end of the year, and I think that, barring something unexpected, he won’t be re-signed by the club. Manuel and Dubee are good friends, and it would be hard to imagine Manuel leaving without Dubee. I think it would be the right move to let go of most, if not all of Manuel’s coaching staff at the end of the year.

I’m not saying that the Phillies should do a mid-season coaching move like they did with Milt Thompson. There is no need for a “shock” move to light a fire under the players with a playoff berth unlikely. But a change could be what benefits the Phillies most in the coming years, and the end of this season is the perfect time to do it.

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Kendrick Stymies Nats, Frandsen Comes Up Big in 3-1 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 11, 2013 09:47 PM Comments: 12

Kendrick out-dealt Zimmermann to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 game and series win. Photo: AP

Kendrick Bends, Doesn’t Break in Face of Errors by Utley

Chase Utley became the first Phillie since David Bell in 2005 to commit three errors in a game, but that did not phase Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick picked up his eighth win of the season, pitching seven innings, giving up only five hits and walking just one while striking out a pair. While Utley highlighted the worst of the Phillies defense tonight, Domonic Brown nailed Bryce Harper at the plate in the first and Darin Ruf helped start a “do-it-yourself” double play at first. Kendrick out-dueled Jordan Zimmermann, tonight’s hard luck loser, who gave up just two earned in six and a third, striking out six, giving up eight hits while walking none.

Don’t Look Now: Ruf Hits in Sixth Straight Game, Frandsen Gets Him Home in the Seventh

With the game knotted at 1-1, Darin Ruf stepped to the plate in the seventh and drilled a double off of Zimermann. Kevin Frandsen was magic once again in a pinch-hitting role and doubled home Ruf’s pinch runner John McDonald off reliever Ian Krol to put the Fightins ahead 2-1. That would be all they needed as Antonio Bastardo held the Nats scoreless in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 20th save in 24 chances after an Utley insurance run scored in the eighth for a 3-1 victory.

Revere Gets Two More Singles, Extends Hit Streak to Nine

So much has been made about Ben Revere‘s recent tear and it has almost all been said. But just when you think there are no more ways to frame Revere’s recent success, his two singles tonight combined for his ninth multi-hit game in the last 14 games, raising his batting average 32 points in that span. In the 71 games since April 17, Revere has raised his average 110 points and has gotten on base at about a .370 clip since then. Compare Revere’s production to a very similar player, the Nationals Denard Span (.257, sub-.315 OBP) who got essentially a three-year, $20 million deal and this looks like one of Ruben Amaro‘s smartest acquisitions.

With the win, the Phillies have now won 7 out of their last 10, all against teams over .500. They will gain a game on either Atlanta or Cincinnati this evening as the two teams play each other in four straight starting tonight. The Phillies head into the All-Star break playing solid baseball and will play three against the 36-53 White Sox. They are once again just one game under .500.

Are you starting to believe the Phillies are playoff contenders?

 

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Gameday: Phillies (45-47) vs Nationals (47-44)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, July 11, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 5

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-47) vs Washington Nationals (47-44)

Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) v. Jordan Zimmerman (12-3, 2.57)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: 80′s chance of showers/t-storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to win their third straight series tonight, as this is the fourth and final game of this four game set with the Nationals. They won the first two, but lost last night, giving the Nationals a chance at a split tonight. Kyle Kendrick will try to prevent that from happening. He’s coming off two poor starts against the Dodgers (6 IP, 4 R) and Braves (5 IP, 6 R). After starting the season with a 2.47 ERA in his first eight starts, he has a 5.14 ERA since (10 starts).

Opposing him will be Jordan Zimmerman, and he’s been very good this year. He’s posting a 2.57 ERA and has twelve wins already. Going just by the pitching matchup, I’d say the Nats are the favorites in this one.

 

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Your gameday beer: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer in a Can

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is a summer seasonal beer available from April through September by 21st Amendment, and can be yours in six pack cans and on draft. It’s an American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon, ending in a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor. Haven’t had it yet, but I’ve heard different reviews. If you’re feeling frisky, try it out on another hot, hot day. -Pat Gallen

GO PHILLIES!

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