Posts Tagged ‘Strasburg’

Gameday: Phillies (68-78) vs Nationals (77-69)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, September 13, 2013 06:45 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies (68-78) vs. Washington Nationals (77-69)

Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51  ) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 3.28  )

Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies head to DC tonight as they start a three-game set with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start tonight, but he’s been scratched with arm issues. For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick will take the mound.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B,Ruiz C, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Frandsen 1B, Galvis LF, Kendrick 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



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
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.


Gameday: Phillies (52-64) at Nationals (56-60)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, August 11, 2013 04:31 PM Comments: 43

Philadelphia Phillies (52-64) vs Washington Nationals (56-60)washington_nationals_logo-9726

Kyle Kendrick (10-8, 4.36) vs Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01)

Time: 5:05, Nationals Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 85, chance of storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Kyle Kendrick began the season red hot.  It was like he transformed into a completely different pitcher, but he has now returned to his old ways.  Kendrick has struggled since June, as he is 3-4 with a 6.93 ERA in his last seven starts (37.2 IP).  He’s coming off another poor start, where he allowed four runs in six innings against the Cubs.

Don’t  let Stephen Strasburg’s record fool you.  He has nine losses, but in Philadelphia terms he would be victim to the “Cole Hamels/Cliff Lee syndrome” —  a lack of run support.   He’s been just as good, if not better, than he was last season before he was shut down.  His strikeout average has decreased, but averaging about a strikeout per inning is still pretty good.

 Go Phillies!


Phillies ticket prices for upcoming homestand with Washington and NY

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, June 13, 2013 11:54 AM Comments: 0

Following the weekend series in Milwaukee, the Phillies continue their road trip with visits to Minneapolis and Colorado. The Phillies will then return home for a week-long homestand against the Nats and Mets. The Nationals have struggled enormously lately while injuries have continued to pile up as star ace Stephen Strasburg was sent to the DL with a strained muscle in his back. Similar to the Phillies, the Mets have had a lot of concerns with their offense, best displayed by the recent 20-inning loss to the Marlins in which New York was only able to garner one run despite the extended play.

There are still many Phillies tickets available at Citizens Bank for games against both the Nationals and Mets. For the series opener on Monday, June 17th, the get-in price is only $17 against the Nationals while the average price is $72.08. The next two games against Washington will be even more affordable as the average price for Tuesday is $53.84 and for Wednesday $61.29. The get-in price for these games are at $11 and $9 respectively.

The weekend series against the Mets will be even more expensive than when the Nationals are in town. This is typical – despite what the standings say – as the weekend games have higher demand than mid-week day games. Friday’s opener has an average price of $76.32 and is the least demanding on the wallet of the series. The get-in price for this game is still a reasonable $22. The two weekend games have an average price of $88.78 for Saturday and $92.67 for Sunday yet the get-in price for these games are $16 and $22 respectively.


Gameday: Phillies (24-25) at Nationals (25-24)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, May 26, 2013 12:30 PM Comments: 0

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (24-25) at Washington Nationals (25-24)

Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66)

TIME: 1:35, Nationals Park
My Phl 17
Weather: High 60s, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

In today’s rubber match, the Phillies hope to take the series and get back to .500. Two aces take the mound; one has pitched very well this season, while the other has yet to meet his expectations.

Along with Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg is the future of the Washington Nationals. He has lived up to all the hype as he has dominated in the major leagues. He has had success against the Phillies in his short career thus far, as the Phillies roster collectively has a .200 average against him.

It will likely not be a fun day for both offenses, as the game has the potential to be a pitcher’s duel. Cole Hamels has lacked run support in 2013, and it is doubtful he will receive much today with Strasburg on the hill. Despite some of his struggles this season, Hamels is capable of pitching a great game. At Nationals Park, he is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Galvis 2B, M. Young 3B, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Frandsen 1B, Revere CF, Quintero C, Hamels P




Gameday: Nationals (93-61) vs. Phillies (78-76)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 26, 2012 06:05 PM Comments: 29

Washington Nationals (93-61) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)

John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook

We’re down to just eight games left in the season, and only two on the home schedule. If you haven’t been to a game yet, now is the time. Just a wear a jacket, it’s getting chilly.

It’s another lefty on the mound for the Nationals, John Lannan. You know him well. He’s plunked a Phillie or two over the years and has turned into the replacement for a shelved-Stephen Strasburg.

For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick gets the ball and looks to finish the season off strong. It’s been a positive second half for Kendrick and with a couple of good starts to end 2012, he could play himself into a full-time role in the rotation.

The Nationals magic number remains at five to win the East. Also, Roy Halladay is slated to start on Saturday after having a positive bullpen session. It will his final start of 2012.

Your Gameday BeerPost Road Pumpkin Ale

This pumkin ale is more my speed. It doesn’t have that strong hit of allspice and nutmeg that sends my chest into freakout mode. It’s much more subdued. Post Road, made by Brooklyn Brewery, is called a beginners pumpkin beer by the smart-asses on Beer Advocate. Well, consider me beginning to drink one.  – Pat Gallen



Gameday: Nationals (77-49) at Phillies (60-67)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, August 26, 2012 10:30 AM Comments: 7

Washington Nationals (77-49) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-67)

Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 2.54) vs. Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.78)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are going for the sweep today! Being swept by the Phillies would be a major disappointment for the Nationals. The Phillies are just gonna keep plaingy spoiler.

In his last start, Jordan Zimmermann blamed his poor outing against the Braves on being too excited. For the Nationals sake, they hope that he isn’t too ecstatic to face the third place Phillies. Zimmermann is actually having a great season, but is overshadowed by phenom Stephen Strasburg. Zimmermann was actually the National’s best pitching prospect before Strasburg came along. He didn’t do too great in limited experience from 2009-10, but has pitched very good over the last two seasons.

It’s been a long time since Cliff Lee earned the victory at Citizens Bank Park. He has lost a win in almost every way possible, so let’s home he can get the W and the Phillies can sweep the Nats.

Woodchuck Dry and DarkYour Gameday Beer – Amstel
No, not Amstel Light…Amstel, it’s big brother. Named after the river that flows through Amsterdam, Amstel tastes like a mix between Heineken and Bud. It has the complexity of Heineken (not to mention it’s owned by them) without the bite – definitely a macrobrew. Around Holland you can pick up a can of Amstel in vending machines which is most convenient when you don’t know the language. I’d recommend a fancy hot dog with all your preferred toppings today. – By Brian



Trio of Phillies Take Part in National League All Star Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 10, 2012 11:19 PM Comments: 6

They didn’t have much to do with the win, since the runs were put up early and often by the NL, but Carlos Ruiz and Cole Hamels did take part in the midsummer classic. As the National League lit up the American League, winning their third straight match up 8-0, Ruiz played his part behind the dish.

Chooch entered in the sixth to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, doing an admirable job with a pitch that’s hard to corral. In the seventh, Ruiz caught his every-fifth-day battery mate Hamels, teaming up for a 1-2-3 inning.

Hamels was bringing the goods, touching 96 on the radar gun. The radar did not seem juiced, either, because Stephen Strasburg was hitting 97, which is normal for him. It took Hamels just 14 pitches to get through the seventh.

Jonathan Papelbon closed out the game, getting the final out as Tony LaRussa elected to use three pitchers to get the final three outs of the game Papelbon got Matt Wieters of the Orioles to fly out to right field.

At the plate, Ruiz finished up 0-for-1 with a flyout to left field.


-Mike Trout is just ridiculous. It’s a shame the South Jersey native plays on the west coast, because he’s fun to watch.

-Hat tip to Chipper Jones in his final all star game. The man had a hell of a career and made it hell on the Phillies for many of those 19 seasons with the Braves. Cool moment with his single through the right side.

-If you’d told me before the game that Justin Verlander would give up five runs in the first inning, I’d have slapped you. But it happened.

-Melky Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval go 3-for-5 with 5 RBI. Yeah, you saw that coming, too.

-I’ve driven by Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and it looks very cool from the outside. Also looks like a great place to be on the inside.


Gameday: Phillies (13-14) at Nationals (17-9)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, May 05, 2012 12:26 PM Comments: 3

Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) at Washington Nationals (17-9)

Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)

Time: 1:05 PM, Nationals Park
TV: CSN, MASN (for us VA people)
Weather: Scattered Rain, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Coming off an extra inning loss is always tough.  Especially when its a quick turn around to a day game.  The Phillies will be back up early today to take on the surprise Nationals.  Washington is leading the NL East 26 games into the season.  One of the big reasons for their early success is their pitching staff.

Gio Gonzalez was brought in this past offseason to pitch and to pitch well.  With young arms on the team ilke Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, Gio was, in some sense of the word, to be the staff veteran.  He is a solid right handed pitcher who with Oakland the past two years notched 21 victories.  He has never faced this Phillies team and has a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched this season.

Philadelphia will be asking Vance Worley to just keep doing what he’s doing.  Just one month and five starts into his sophomore season, Worley is showing fans why Charlie Manuel wanted him in the rotation.  In 32 innings this season he has a 1.97 ERA and 32 strikeouts.  Worley is 2-1 in his young career against the Nationals.

Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre are the only two Phillies with hits off Gio, so I wouldn’t expect any barrage of offense tonight.  Another low scoring, good pitching matchup is what we are in store for I think.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Galvis 2B, Worley P

Your Gameday Beer – Tequila

No I am not trying to pull a fast one over on you.  I know this isn’t a beer.  But it is Cinco de Mayo for crying out loud.  Now, Herradura might not be your favorite brand but it is quite refreshing.  Born in 1870, Herradura tradition is as interesting as its heritage.  So for this holiday, go make margaritas, a mojito or take it straight to the face.  Be safe and enjoy. -KC



Gameday: Phillies (13-13) at Nationals (16-9)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, May 04, 2012 06:00 PM Comments: 23

Philadelphia Phillies (13-13) at Washington Nationals (16-9)

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13)

Time: 7:05 PM, Nationals Park
TV: Comcast The Comcast Network
Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

I can’t tell you the last time I was this excited about a series in the beginning of May. Hell, I can’t tell you the last time I was this excited about a series with the Nationals. But I’m stoked for this one. With the Mets falling by the wayside in recent years, Phillies fans could use a new team to pose as the object of their scorn, and the Nats seem to be more than willing to volunteer for the position. It started back in February, when the Nats launched their Take Back The Park Campaign, which caused many local fans to try harder than ever to get seats in Washington for this series, and prompted a “Take Back Nationals Park” promotion here at Phillies Nation, which you can read about here and here. The tension escalated a month later, when Brad Lidge made the claim that the Nationals were probably the most talented team he had ever played on.

Suddenly, there’s a lot hype surrounding the Nats, and the Phillies could have a legitimate rival on their hands. The Nats even came up with an adorable little catchphrase and accompanying fan’s guide to cheering to show they mean business when the Phils come to town this year. Natitude. They couldn’t be cuter.

But empty catchphrases and promotional posturing aside, the Nats are a team with a young core of talent that is building to be a contender. One reason for that is the man who will be on the mound when they take the field tonight–Stephen Strasburg. In his only career start against the Phils, Strasburg was mowing them down, amassing six strikeouts and allowing two hits in 4.1 innings of work. Then this happened. The injury resulted in Strasburg needing Tommy John Surgery and missing the rest of 2010 and most of 2011. He’s back now, and pitching better than ever, taking home NL Pitcher of the Month honors for April. He’s gone at least six innings in all of his starts this season, and has yet to allow more than two runs. The Phillies will have their hands full.

Opposing Strasburg will be Mr. Inconsistency, Kyle Kendrick. In his two starts this season, Kendrick has posted an ERA of 9.00. But he is capable of pulling a rabbit out of his hat and putting together a really good start from time to time, as our own Corey Seidman wrote earlier. For his career, however, Kendrick has not been very good against the Nats, going 2-3 with a 5.46 ERA over 13 games. In four starts at Nationals Park, his ERA jumps up to 6.53.

One thing in the Phillies favor tonight: As bad as they were offensively through the first month of the season, the Nationals were worse. If Kendrick can keep the Phils in it, they may be able to steal a late-inning victory. Either way: Friday night, Strasburg on the mound, that guy Bryce Harper (whom you may have heard of) in left field, a chance to get over .500 for the second time this season, the dawning of a new rivalry–it ought to be a lot of fun.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Victorino CF, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Kendrick P.

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Newcastle Brown Ale

What better way to kick off your weekend than with a Newcastle? Imported from England, Newcastle has a brown color with a reddish glow. The taste consists of soft caramel malts with just a hint of honey. It goes down smooth, making it perfect for a relaxing night in or a night at the bar. Since it’s British, have it with some bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes as we Statesiders call it). -By RD


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