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Gameday 2010

Phillies (11-6) at Diamondbacks (7-10)

dbacksPhiladelphia Phillies (11-6) at Arizona Diamondbacks (7-10)

Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.24) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.50)

Time: 4:10, Chase Field

Weather: Sunny, 87 (Retractable Roof Stadium)

TV: MYPHL 17

Twitter: @philliesnation

An outbreak of injuries hampering Phillies both old and new. An ace winning over the hearts of fans, as well as every game he pitches, and looking nearly unhittable in the process. Sounds a lot like last year, doesn’t it?

The plot from last August is again playing out in the early 2010 season. Of course, some things are different. Some of the cast (Juan Castro, Jose Contreras, Danys Baez) has changed. Oh, and the leading man is Roy Halladay. (Am I ever going to get used to writing that? I don’t think so.)

But Halladay and his 0.88 WHIP can go only every five days, meaning other players have to step up, especially when the core of the lineup falls into a slump, as it has for the past week. One of those guys is Kyle Kendrick, who in his last start pitched brilliantly against the Atlanta Braves, allowing only four runs in eight scoreless innings. Kendrick’s performance was especially encouraging because the Nationals had scored 11 runs on him in two starts that totaled only 5 2/3 innings.

Against the Braves, Kendrick looked like a completely different pitcher. He mixed his pitches effectively and—most important—kept the ball down in the zone. Unfortunately for him, Ryan Madson allowed a pair of two-out home runs in the ninth inning and Contreras gave up another in the 10th in a historic, are-you-bleeping-me loss. But the game was encouraging if only because it gave Kendrick a foundation to build on.

One thing to watch for in the coming games is when the Phillies lineup comes out of its recent doldrums. In the past few years, cold spells have almost invariably followed explosive stretches like the one to start the season, and then the hits start coming again and the wins start piling up. But considering that today’s bizarre starting lineup features three members of the 2005 Seattle Mariners (who finished 69-93), don’t count on the offensive tide to change this afternoon.

LINEUP: Gload, Dobbs, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Valdez, Ruiz, Kendrick

Artois BockYour Gameday Beer– Artois Bock

Tonight we’ll try another bock, this time from Stella Artois. This strong Belgium lager is 6.2% alcohol by volume. The bock has all the components of a good dark beer, sweet flavors of molasses, caramel and toffee. Some might think there is too much sweetness. It goes well with bbq shrimp. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

51 Comments

51 Comments

  1. NYphilsfan

    April 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Why is Victorino out?

  2. Keegan

    April 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Why are Gload and Valdez starting?! Gee whiz.

  3. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Gload leading off….and he gets a single up the middle. Very nice.

  4. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    The natural DOBBBBBBSSS!

  5. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Well I think Valdez is starting because of Castro’s injury yesterday. No idea why Gload is starting…maybe because Vic has been crap lately and Charlie wanted to try and do something new.

    Remember, the key to a good bench is getting guys at bats.

  6. NYphilsfan

    April 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Good point, it’s working so far.

  7. Amanda Orr

    April 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Manuel wanted a lefty heavy lineup since the DBacks don’t have any.

  8. NYphilsfan

    April 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Beautiful first inning by Kendrick.

  9. Dave

    April 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Uggh…. you could build a house in the strike zone Lopez is getting.

  10. Number 47

    April 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    …I hate Kelly Johnson.

  11. jt

    April 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    kelly johnson still killing the the phillies…i’m glad we don’t gotta face him 18 times a year anymore.

  12. Dave

    April 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    KK doing his best Hamels impersonation…
    Where are you, J.B.?

  13. NYphilsfan

    April 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Goodbye Kendrick.

  14. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Not that I particularly like Kendrick or think he is any good, he definitely struck out Reynolds twice on that at bat.

  15. Brooks

    April 25, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    So, it’s not just Hamels and Madson who fall apart when they make a bad pitch. KK has the affliction as well.
    No way the Phils are done with Lopez, I really hope not. The D’backs stink but they are giving us fits!
    Another extra base hit. How long Cholly? How much longer will you leave KK in there?

  16. Manny

    April 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Rally time guys!

  17. jeff

    April 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Dd kendrick crap his pants manny,,,,,pitching is pathetic

  18. Manny

    April 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Raul is definitely hitting the ball well…!

  19. Manny

    April 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    He did in the 5th..but it’s a run one game

  20. Manny

    April 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Choooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. NYphilsfan

    April 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCHIE!!!!!

  22. Number 47

    April 25, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Hooray for Choooch!!

  23. Georgie

    April 25, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Must be comforting to the Phillies’ pitchers that they can give up several HRs and the offense can come back and get even more runs…love it!!!

    That “save” by Ryan looked like that glove-save by Brodeur the other night…too quick for the human eye to see. His defense has become remarkable, so any thoughts I had previously of letting him go any time in the near future are gone.

  24. diz

    April 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Good job offense!

  25. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Can we please get rid of Baez? The guy is friggin terrible.

  26. MikeB.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Yeh, do not know what they wanted with getting Baez during the off season. He was not that great with Baltimore last year either. Really inconsistent.

  27. BurrGundy

    April 25, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Kendrick was good for four innings then the sky fell. I agree with EdR that Baez stinks. I wonder how patient we will be with Kendrick. It seems to me that the guy just doesn’t have the repertoire to be a starting pitcher.

  28. Ed R.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Yep our bullpen, which we knew last year was a problem is totally fine now. Excellent job getting it fixed there RA.

  29. MikeB.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    14 hits for this lousy Arizona team today. Is there anybody besides Halliday who can pitch for the Phils?

  30. joe

    April 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    it’s spelled… HALLADAY you moron

  31. MikeB.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Yeh, but still sounds the same, asshole!

  32. drtyjerz

    April 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    FIRE AMARO. totally over his head.

  33. geoff

    April 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    re: AMARO –still no convincing answer for why we traded Cliff Lee.
    D*mn starting rotation could use him NOW, with KK relegated to shore up stinkin’ bullpen

  34. joe

    April 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    but it’s spelled incorrectly you stupid, ignorant moron

  35. bobby

    April 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    THIS TEAM STINKS!

    THEY LOST 2 OF 3 TO THE DBACKS…THEY ARE TERRIBLE.

  36. mg52

    April 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Just not a good game. Pitching flaws, situational hitting flaws all around. And the ump was kinda erratic. As always, there were one or two guys from the opposition that killed the pitchers. Hopefully, this series will be a wake-up call that elevates this pitching and contact hitting to a new level. It’s still April and there’s time to fix it. We’ll keep our hopes up, and if I’m not mistaken, Doc will be out there next game.

  37. BurrGundy

    April 25, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Thank heavens for Halladay. This is going to be a L O N G roadstand. Lots of kinks to work out. Is Ryan Howard’s power on vacation?

  38. Ted Bell

    April 25, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    I miss Brett Myers.

  39. jay

    April 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    sp need to go deeper than five innings so we dont have to put herndon out in that situation. hes not good enough

  40. joe

    April 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    wonder when Charlie’s first blow up will come

  41. Scott in D.C.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Pitching is atrocious. The B-squad puts up six runs, and it’s not enough.

  42. mg52

    April 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    These kinds of performances have to be concerning for another reason: we don’t want Doc to throw his arm out because this offense and this bullpen can’t do it without him. We all know how much of a rubber arm he’s got, but depending on any one player won’t cut it over the hundred-plus games remaining. There needs to be more of a team effort. If that means making some moves already, so be it. But again, there’s time to correct the gaps.

  43. BurrGundy

    April 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who becomes unhinged and blows up when the Phils blow a game. I know how crazy we fans can get. It is just very bad for my health to let myself get all worked up. It’s hard to be philosophical when the team you love simply slips on bananas and screws up badly. It happens. I cannot help but believe that things will straighten up. Trying hard to be and stay positive.

  44. MikeB.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    So what! This is an informal, casual blog. We are not sports reporters writing for a newspaper here. Just because you have a bug up your ass because the Phillies sucked it up in Arizona today and whatever else is wrong in your life does not give you the right to personally insult me. I am going to report this to the people who run Phillies Nation. Add something interesting to the blog. Read the comment policy under Navigate The Nation. Nothing stated in regards to correct spelling.

  45. mg52

    April 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Gload and Valdez did some good things today – let’s not forget it. As was said before, the B-squad didn’t get it job when it counted all the time, but at least some of the hits they collected showed that there was a silver lining.

  46. mg52

    April 25, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    didn’t get it done*.

  47. joe

    April 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    actually… the b-squad coulda got it done..

    a big spot was raul not moving jayson over in the 8th i believe it was…
    and then valdez singles..

    raul moves him over, they score there

    and herndon gives up WAAAAAAY too many runners an inning..

  48. MikeB.

    April 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I often see words spelled incorrectly on here but I do not mention it to people and make a “pain” out of myself and then insult them. I enjoy what everyone has to offer in their posts.

  49. joe

    April 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    dude..i’m over it.

  50. mg52

    April 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Don’t worry, MikeB. I’ve seen a lot of your stuff on here and I like it. If we all keep talking baseball on here, we’ll all be fine. Love for the Phils is what we have in common – that’s the point of this whole blog.

  51. MikeB.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Absolutely agree, mg52. Go Phils!

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