Gameday 2010

Gameday: Nationals (3-4) at Phillies (6-1)

Washington Nationals (3-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-1)

Craig Stammen, RHP vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 60
TV: MyPHL 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The big news today is obviously Jimmy Rollins hitting the disabled list with the calf injury.  In his stead will be plenty of Juan Castro at shortstop – he’ll bat 7th tonight.

Kyle Kendrick and Craig Stammen do battle again, just as they did last week in Washington.  Kendrick’s last time out was a dud, as he managed to finish just four innings while allowing five earned runs.  He takes over once again for the injured Joe Blanton who long-tossed in the outfield today and looked to have no restrictions. Look for Kendrick to go more than four tonight; lets hope his first-start jitters are nothing more than that.

Stammen is the starter for Washington, and was partially responsible for the Phillies only loss of this young season.  In Game 3 of the opening series, Stammen got through five innings, but was given a no-decision. He did allow nine hits to the Phils, but didn’t walk anyone.  This time around, he’ll see a much different lineup.

No Rollins, obviously, and no Jayson Werth either who continues to deal with that hip flexor injury.  Werth is available tonight off the bench, and Carlie Manuel said he might play tomorrow.  Werth looked fine in BP as he assaulted balls into the stands.  Greg Dobbs gets the start for Werth, which makes it four lefties in a row in the middle of the order.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Dobbs (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Ruiz (C), Kendrick (P).

Your gameday beer: Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stoudt

This is odd, yet kind of cool at the same time. It was once a drink for lactating mothers way, waaay back when.  Sam Smith makes a damn good beer and this one an has a nice, silky texture, with a bittersweet finish. A four pack of this stuff will run you about $10-12 but it’s well worth it.  It shouldn’t be served too cold either – the temp should be about 55 degrees.  Eat it with Italian food or a nice Tuna Steak and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. – By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

128 Comments

128 Comments

  1. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    It’s good to see Victorino leading off instead of Castro. Hopefully Kendrick can have a solid performance….6 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 earned runs….. I would be very satisfied with this.

  2. WFC010

    April 14, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Expecting only 2 ER out of Kendrick may be too much to ask for right now, but 3-4 ER is a little bit more realistic and either would be better than his last start for sure!

    The Phillies are going to have a tougher game than usual against the Nationals tonight, considering that both Rollins and Werth are out, and neither Castro or Dobbs can come anywhere near that missing production.

    The keys to tonights offense is going to be Shane coming out of his slump and giving us some hits and bag swipes, and if he can’t get it done than it will fall on to Polanco,Howard,or Utley to get things going.

  3. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Get better Farmer Joe…real real soon.

  4. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Am stuck with Gamecast – is KK getting squeezed a little?

  5. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    So much for 2 ER.

  6. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    No…KK is missing the zone.

  7. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Right now its innings you want from Kendrick and trying to maintain some kind of moderately healthy pitch count cause boy is he close to being done as a starter. This doesn’t seem to be a case of just giving the guy time to pitch into a grove so much as it’s clear he doesn’t have the command of his pitches to make adjustments.

  8. Mulvi

    April 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Deja Vu all over again! 3 Runs in the first against the Natinals! UGH!

  9. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Kendrick — not worth a crap !!!!! so far.

  10. Pat Gallen

    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Yo guys, I’m here at the game. KK is not getting squeezed. Made some ugly pitches after the Castro mis-play.

  11. teejvee

    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Kendrck.

    Nice kid ,but as the scouts say, CPML.

    Can’t pitch, major league.

  12. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    This is why a guy like Livan Hernandez can still get a job while some young guys just fade. Doesn’t matter if your era is dangerous around 5 as long as you can go out there and just pitch, take your lumps and pitch some more. Very disappointed with KK

  13. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    how bad was Castro’s play on the Guzman infield hit? Missed it…

  14. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks Pat + Ed. Just asked because some of the pitches on the Dunn walk looked like they could have been strikes on Gamecast…but its Gamecast.

  15. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Ok, so KK was bad in the 1st.. but the Phillies have loaded the bases por HOWARD!!!!

    It’s cadillac time!!

  16. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    YES!!!!!!!!!! WOHOOO!!!!!!!

  17. mostone

    April 14, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    WooHoo!!!

  18. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I love you, Ryan Howard.

  19. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    No problem Jess. Glad to help.

  20. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Dobbster!!!!!!!!!

  21. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    C’mon Rauuuuuulll get some ribbies!

  22. Pat Gallen

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Man, the Nats are just pure awful

  23. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Way to go Dobbs. This offense is ridiculously good.

    Doesn’t hurt that Dunn sucks at 1st.

    Ok I will be around a bit but I will mostly be on http://www.broadstreethockey.com

    Discussing the Flyers.

    GO PHILS!

  24. mostone

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    OK – Brand new game for KK!

  25. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Big opportunity for Dobbs. At least both starting pitchers stink so far.

  26. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Pat whats the atmosphere like there now???

  27. mostone

    April 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Rauuuuul!

  28. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Well done, Raul!

    Phillies lead!

  29. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Be nice Pat…we were like that once not so long ago.

  30. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Why Castro before Chooch?

  31. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Chooch has a better chance of turning over a lineup. Makes more sense to bat him 8th.

  32. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    It’s a new ballgame for Kendrick. He should be loose and confident……”SHOULD BE” is a big “IF”

  33. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Well after giving up that lead off double I am ready to end the KK as a starter experiment…forever!

  34. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Chooch is great in the 8 hole, perfect place for him

  35. teejvee

    April 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Caution about the offense. These first 8 games are fools’ gold.

    They’ve faced one -ONE-major league pitcher. And he dominated them.

  36. Gaze_NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    It’s brutal how far from the strike zone Kendrick is right now.

  37. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if Roy walks out the dugout and talks to Kendrick? And all of a sudden, Kendrick become Roy Lite?

  38. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    To quote Eric Cartman, “GODDAMNIT KYLE!”

  39. GWFightinsFan

    April 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    KK is sucking it up right now….not looking good….

  40. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Well all thought KK was going to be Roy Lite based on what he showed during spring training but so far…not so much.

  41. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Is KK the 2010 Chan Ho Park?

  42. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    coincidentally in the Reading/New Hampshire game
    Aumont 4IP/2ER/5 hits no walks and 2 ks
    Drabek 3IP 2ER/3 hits a walk and 2 ks….

  43. ChuckS

    April 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Get well soon, Joe, real real soon, please.

  44. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    We can only hope KK get’s his shit together like Park did.

  45. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    When is Blanton due back?

  46. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I really, really just don’t understand how Kendrick can confidently say before the game, that he “knows what he did wrong, and can fix it.”
    He simply does not belong in the majors

    Oh Yeah, our “BOOOOS” should be directed at KK, and KK only.

  47. Mulvi

    April 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    If you’re Ruben are you calling Pedro right now?

  48. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Make that 3ER through 4 for Drabek vs Aumont…

    Now with KK once again it becomes how long can you keep him in before losing the chance to win the game

  49. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I can’t stand these Nats announcers!!!!

  50. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    53 PITCHES AND ITS NOT EVEN THE 3RD

    GO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL YOU JOKE

  51. Ted Bell

    April 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I hope this Kyle Kendrick experiment ends tonight. This chucklehead is just not a big league pitcher.

  52. ChuckS

    April 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    somebody call Pedro!!!

  53. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Pedro won’t be here before Blanton’s back

  54. Brooks

    April 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    KK is the 2010 version of AE.
    How many more starts will Cholly give KK?
    It just ain’t happening folks. Plenty of time and opportunity, he just does not have what it takes. And now for one of my least favorite pitchers – Nelson (go) Figueroa.

  55. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Figueroa hits!!!!! This is gonna be a longggggg game!

  56. Pat Gallen

    April 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The roof almost came down (if there was one) after the 2B before Kendrick was pulled. That was THE ugliest pitching performance I’ve ever witnessed live.

  57. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Why the HELL is Figueroa batting…..We do have a bench and getting on base and scoring runs are important even in the early innings. Is Charlie going senile or am I the one who is nuts?

  58. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Nat’s announcers ripped Kendrick last inning.

  59. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    At least Stammen is at 47 pitches and doesn’t look like he’ll last past the 4th, so we have a good shot at their bullpen

    Let’s hope FullNelson can settle for a few innings

  60. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Polanco now hitting over .500!!!!!!!!

  61. Ed R.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Burr…because Figs is going to pitch a few innings.

  62. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I’ll say this. Shane’s really been wearing guys down in the leadoff spot.
    P.S.: This guy’s gonna have thrown more pitches than KK by the time the inning is done.

  63. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    HOLLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHASEEEEEEEEEEEE

    EL CAPITAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Who’s leading now???!

  64. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    You’re 100% correct, Ed. That is why Charlie Manuel is managing on the major league level and I am eating cheese balls, sitting on my fat ass screaming at Kyle. And Figueroa gets a hit. This is fun and I think we will end up winning a long game.

  65. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Am I watching a football game?

  66. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Couldn’t be worse than KK’s outing against the Mets the year before last facing Pelfrey…

  67. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I kinda feel bad for both starters..

  68. Brooks

    April 14, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    This is amazing! OMG!

  69. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    “Swing and a long drive, watch this baby, OUTTA HERE! Home run Chase…Utley…and now the Phils are leading 7-6. Chase Utley, YOU ARE THE MAN!”

    I can almost hear it…

  70. Brooks

    April 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Chase, for the second game in a row!

  71. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    We could do worse than giving Figueroa a chance to start a few games…

  72. Natinals Manager Ackbar

    April 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    “Our pitchers can’t repel lineup power of that magnitute!”

  73. Pat Gallen

    April 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    This is just insane. I can’t even keep up with this game.

  74. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Hahahaha Polanco is batting .51.5

  75. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Well, this means more money spent at the ballpark = better chance of keeping our key players…

    Just like someone said in the “bandwagon fans” post..

  76. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    BUY 10 BEERS! DO IT, WE NEED WERTH!

  77. GWFightinsFan

    April 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I’m a man and I’m not ashamed to admit it, I freakin LOVE Chase Utley

  78. Brooks

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Pudge is a 38 year old catcher and he stole 2nd base.
    wow..

  79. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    We CAN NOT let a 40-year old catcher steal second base !!!! Even if it is Ivan the Great.

  80. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    So do I, GW.

    Oh my God, Ackbar, we can’t stop them either. Oh, damn…

  81. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Fig’s gonna give up some runs but at least he can somewhat locate his pitches enough to get through a few innings.

  82. Brooks

    April 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    OK, hit and run… sorry

  83. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    before tonight Figueroa had 14 hits in 7 years… crazy

  84. Jim

    April 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Figs with a double!!! This team just wont die i love it. It reminds of the slugfests of 2007

  85. Jim

    April 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Polancos first k of the season couldnt have come at a worse time

  86. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    At least Figuera throws strikes. I had no idea he could hit like this, or maybe it’s dumb luck.. Maybe he is using an old Eric Bruntlett bat?

  87. ChuckS

    April 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    anyone else have a problem with the ump’s strike zone, or is it just me?

  88. NJ

    April 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    my god is this what you call pitching? Giving up runs here and there but getting outs that aren’t 15 minutes apart…?

  89. Jamie's Babies

    April 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    2-0 FLYERRRSSS
    WOOOOOOOOO
    —at least that is a positive 🙂

  90. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    They’re running all over Chooch.

  91. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Marquis? What the hell are the Natinals doing? This isn’t Game 7!

  92. j

    April 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    is fig slow to the plate?

  93. diz

    April 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Yeah, I’m thinking for flyers over devils in five games.

  94. diz

    April 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    shane with a two run homer!

  95. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    There ye go, Shane!

  96. Mulvi

    April 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Ya know, Kyle Kendrick hasn’t been the same since he was traded to Japan.

  97. Nick

    April 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    lets just go ahead and give halladay player of the week for the rest of the season.

  98. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I have been following the Phillies passionately for 50 plus years and this is (from 2007 until today) easily the most exciting team ever in Phillies uniforms. We are really lucky. Damn !!!

  99. BurrGundy

    April 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Decent outing for Figueroa. But he is s l o w to the plate and needs to hold runners better.

  100. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Anybody hear them say that Halladay was starting on Friday night now? I got tix for Saturday and I’m gonna be just a tad peeved if they moved him up…

  101. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    El Capitan!

  102. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    ELLLL CAPITAAAAAAAAAAAN

  103. wxdavid

    April 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    WFC010 GOOD CALL on the LACK of run production from the phillies tonight

    shane is 3-4 already hitting out of the #1 hole as I said many times nothing wrong with shane

    he has to adjust to the 7 hole

  104. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    CHASE UTLEY, YOU ARE THE MAN!

  105. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Keegan: I doubt it, why would the Phillies not want Moyer starting against the Fish on Friday?

  106. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    @Keegan: Jamie was listed as the Friday night starter earlier today, but Phils probables now show Halladay for Friday, Moyer Saturday, Hamels Sunday. Have tickets for Saturday – I’m MORE than a tad peeved.

  107. diz

    April 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I have tickets for sunday. I’ll be happy with Roy or Cole or Happ pitching.

  108. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe they’re doing this Moyer-Halladay swap to save the bullpen? (Since today it’s being used extensively and there was an off-day yesterday anyway)

  109. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    WERTH PINCH-HITTING… please don’t get injured!

  110. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Damn it. Worst case scenario confirmed. Old Man River’s usually good against the Fish, but I’d much rather see the Doc operate in person, if you don’t mind. Damn damn damn it.

  111. WFC010

    April 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    wxdavid: I never made any claims that there would be a lack of run production, what I DID say is that the other Phillies batters would have to step it up a little, to make up for Werth and Rollin’s absences, and they quite clearly have been doing a great job in that department. Shane broke out of his slump, like I hoped he would… and this game has definitely been a slugfest, but when did I ever say that it would be ANYTHING BUT?

  112. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Keegan can you post a link? Can’t find the probable pitchers link on the wesbite!

    Bases loaded no outs, top of the lineup!

  113. Jess

    April 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Its supposed to rain on Friday. Just saying. Won’t be doing a rain dance or anything…

  114. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Jess!

  115. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    VICTORINO COMING UP BIGGGG AS THE LEADOFF GUY!!!

    5 RBIS Tonight!

  116. diz

    April 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    SHane clears the bases with a triple! 13 – 7!

  117. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    14-7… Wow

  118. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Utley was very close to hitting his 3rd homer of the night…

    and Howard was extreeeeemeelyyy close to getting one too..

    GO PHILLIES!

  119. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Where do we put Victorino when Rollins comes back? He just said tonight, with his bat “I wanna be up here. Put me up here.” 4-4 with 5 RBI’s. But where do we put him? Rollins was tearing it up, Polanco is on fire, and Utley and Howard are not going anywhere.

    This is a conundrum when JRol comes back.

  120. Manny

    April 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    J-roll will be out for about a month..so no need to worry about that just yet.

  121. wxdavid

    April 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    shane is the real lead off hitter for the Phillies . This has always been the case

    Even though Jimmy Rollins is a great player and ever so popular he has never been a TRUE lead off hitter for the philies… sure he got off to GREAT start in 2010…. but shane should stay at the top of the order…

    and Jimmy should bat 6th or 7th

    JMHO….

  122. Ted Bell

    April 14, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Brett Myers is pitching a great game against the Cardinals tonight. I’m glad we have Kyle Kendrick though.

  123. Mike D.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    @Ted Bell: and Brett Myers would have cost us $10 million more.

    Before we figure out our leadoff hitter, can we maybe see how Shane does leading off until Jimmy gets back? After that, do you think we should see how Jimmy does after he gets back? But above all, lest we forget, aren’t these the Natinals!

  124. Keegan

    April 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I was thinking that, Mike D. Might’ve jumped on that a little too fast. We have a little while, let’s see what happens.

  125. Ted Bell

    April 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Myers signed a reasonable $5 million deal with Houston. I have a hunch that he’ll have a better year than Kendrick and Moyer.

  126. WFC010

    April 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Maybe a better year than Kendrick, but let’s wait to see how Moyer does on his second start out this year.

  127. Jeff of Nova

    April 15, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Vic had a great game but JRoll is still the leadoff hitter, Vic will adjust to the 7 whole, actually I think he should be in the 5 whole and Ibanez should move down

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