Gameday: Phillies (11-7) at Giants (10-8) – Phillies Nation

Gameday: Phillies (11-7) at Giants (10-8)

Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) at San Francisco Giants (10-8)

Roy Halladay (4-0, 0.82 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86 ERA)

Time: 10:10 p.m at AT&T Park
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 53
Twitter: @philliesnation

The Phillies are coming off a frustrating loss, and hope that Roy Halladay can stop the bleeding.  He’s done it a few times this year.  Halladay will open the series in San Francisco against Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants.

The bullpen has been shaky of late, however Halladay likes to give the bullpen a rest.  Including his last few starts in Toronto, Halladay is 6-0 with 0.53 earned run average, four complete games, and three shutouts in his last six starts.  The Giants have scored a few runs off Halladay thus far, but Halladay has proven that he can settle down and pitch a gem.

Ryan Howard is fresh off his 5-year, $125 million contract, and would like to show fans why he’s worth that amount.  Howard has faced Sanchez 12 times in his career, collecting a .250 average against him.

Overall, Sanchez is starting the year off on the right foot.  He’s been collecting strikeouts right and left.  Sanchez has a tendency to become wild though.  Working the count and drawing walks will be key for the Phillies against Sanchez.

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Go Phillies!



  1. Morris Buttermaker

    April 26, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Giants tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad news for the Giants!

  2. jeff

    April 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    They stink. Doc looks good. Give a man 125. To catch

  3. Morris Buttermaker

    April 26, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Werth looks like Howard’s contract is getting to him more than it is bothering Howard.

  4. Thunder Lips

    April 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    How many straight fastballs down the middle will werth miss this yr? His head is in left field watching where the ball will land but he misses it… frustrating. Too bad the Phils didn’t get one last inning. They’ll make it close and most likely come up short with that bullpen in flux… when things are going bad, they really go bad. April has never been their month anyways…. May will be better month

  5. AGH

    April 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    This is practically a blueprint of what happened yesterday, with the roles reversed. Too bad I don’t envision SF squandering what looks to be a sure win. Can’t wait for May. Maybe getting some regulars back will help spark the club.

  6. Morris Buttermaker

    April 26, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    They need to score a run when they get a lead off double, and should get at least 2 when you have bases loaded with 1 out.

    One of the frustrating things about this group of players is that you know they will struggle in April, June and early September.

  7. BurrGundy

    April 26, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Clutch hitting is a problem.

  8. Morris Buttermaker

    April 26, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    As a resident of Philadelphia, Howard’s contract will ensure that he pays about $5 million in the city wage tax. We all win!

  9. Publius

    April 26, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Oh man, can’t wait to see 6 more years of LHP’s owning Ryan Howard in clutch spots.

  10. jeff

    April 26, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    howard is worth every penny. Keep striking out.

  11. joe

    April 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm


    get off howard…

    you ppl are unreal

  12. mg52

    April 26, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Agreed Publius, working on his approach to lefties is one thing that will really make or break this contract. He’s gotta learn to lay off those sliders. Of course, if I’m not mistaken, that wasn’t even a slider that he missed this past inning.

  13. Travis Lee

    April 27, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Bring me back! Howard stinks! Last year he only tied for first place for RBI. And he hasn’t hit 50 homeruns in like 2 years. What a bum! Why would they spend all that money? They could had me for less.

  14. joe

    April 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

    this blog is worthless.

    you people are stupid.
    dude strikes out once and you think the deal is bad..

    i’m done with this blog. you people arent even fans..

    it’s pathetic

  15. AGH

    April 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Hitting w/ RISP continues to be a disgrace. Can’t even make a productive out.

  16. mg52

    April 27, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I should correct what I said. Howard better be a lifetime Phillie – strikeouts or not. It’s not just the home runs, not just the power – it’s that he’s an icon in Philly and I’m glad that’s gonna continue.

  17. marissa

    April 27, 2010 at 12:21 am

    thank you joe,
    i can’t stand some “fans”

  18. Morris Buttermaker

    April 27, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I am glad we will never have to see Howard wear a different team’s uniform.

  19. Morris Buttermaker

    April 27, 2010 at 12:26 am

    So far this season, the slogan for this blog has been “If I can’t complain, I have nothing to say.”

  20. mg52

    April 27, 2010 at 12:28 am

    We have to remind ourselves that we wouldn’t have expected this career from him back in 2004, even after he lead Double-A in home runs. In the big leagues, he’s made Thome and all the other prior first basemen seem like place holders until he got here. He may strike out against some lefties, but imagine how scared they are of facing him. Only a few hitters in baseball inspire that kind of fear.

  21. Paul

    April 27, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Man, this has been the night for the Phils to leave runners on base. They are what, 0-9 with runners in scoring position?

  22. Morris Buttermaker

    April 27, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Yea, they’ve left a small village on the base paths tonight.

  23. mg52

    April 27, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Morris Buttermaker, I agree. I turned away from what I said before because this blog’s of, for and by Phans – people who love the Phils regardless of the outcome. Giants have beat the Phils seven out of ten in their last ten meetings in Frisco, and, even worse, the Phils have caught the Giants and D’Backs on hot streaks. There’s a whole season ahead – and at least five more years of the Big Piece ahead. Not a good game tonight, but I’m not complaning otherwise.

  24. mg52

    April 27, 2010 at 12:34 am


  25. Durb

    April 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I mentioned this in another blog the other day that we have to stop pitching Halliday 100 plus pitches. He will have a dead arm and might already.
    Tonight is a great example, but I could be wrong.

  26. Morris Buttermaker

    April 27, 2010 at 12:43 am

    It’s widely believed that when Pac Bell/ SBC/ AT&T Ballpark was designed, the architects forgot to include bullpens. So after the stadium was built, they had to place the bullpens along the foullines because there was no where else to put them.

  27. Matt

    April 27, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I love how Bastardo looks like he wants to fight someone everytime he ends an inning.

    We definitely have the feistiest lefty combination of any team haha.

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