2011 Gameday

Gameday: Marlins (7-5) at Phillies (9-3)

Florida Marlins (7-5) at Philadelphia Phillies (9-3)

Javier Vazquez, RHP (1-1, 8.64 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt, RHP (2-0, 2.25 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 53
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Two of the top power pitchers from the past decade come together in a battle of the only two NL East teams over .500. Unfortunately for those of you hoping to see another pitcher’s duel, their careers are going in separate directions.

What has become of Javier Vazquez? How will we remember him? As the great pitcher who filled in admirably for Pedro Martinez at the tail end of the Montreal Expos’ existence? The pitcher who, from 2000-2009, ranked 14th among major leaguers in wins, second in strikeouts, second in innings pitched, and eighth in complete games? Or the one who bombed, terribly, in two stints with the Yankees and has a career record of 153-150 and ERA+ of 105? The one who, as he plays out the string in Florida with a fastball hovering under 89 mph when it used to sit close to 92, will drift back towards almost comically average numbers.

But anyway, it seems like it’s been a while since the Phillies have taken their bullpen out for a spin, and while the odds against three pitchers throwing complete games consecutively are long, back at home and facing a roughly average offense, it’s possible that Roy Oswalt, who’s gone exactly six innings in both of his starts, could keep that streak going. Oswalt’s first two starts have been almost identical–six innings, 88 pitches, 58 strikes in the first; six innings, 90 pitches, 59 strikes in the second.

Charlie Manuel’s giving two of his regulars, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez, the night off tonight. Gload, who was billed as a potential part of a right field platoon with Francisco, has not started so far this season. In fact, he hasn’t even played the field so far this season. Gload has played only 608 1/3 innings in the field in ten major league seasons, and has been a truly dreadful defensive outfielder. So…this ought to be fun.

Lineup: Victorino CF, Planco 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Gload RF, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Oswalt P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Philadelphia Brewing Co. Walt Wit

“We fathom you not–we love you–there is perfection in you also;
You furnish your parts toward eternity;
Great or small, you furnish your parts toward the soul.”
-Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”

A light, pleasant Belgian white ale, brewed in Philadelphia and named after the area’s greatest poet. Had it for the first time at Mac’s Tavern on Market Street the other night, and it tasted like a more citrus-filled version of Hoegaarden. All in all, not bad, and if nothing else, an excuse to quote “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

– By Michael


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  1. Jay aka Phillyboy

    April 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    lets go roy#2!!!!!!!!

  2. Tracey

    April 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm


  3. Tracey

    April 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  4. Frank Riccard

    April 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I love me some Little Roy.

    I’d love to see him go full game, but I don’t think it’s a good idea. Halladay is essentially a super hero, and Lee had a low pitch count. I’m thinking Roy-O puts in a solid 7, and the pen glides to the finish.

    Plus, I’m interested in seeing Nasty Bastard maybe do a little work.

  5. Frank Riccard

    April 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Chooch is just the coolest ever.

  6. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hey folks, worked late, How are they looking?

  7. NY PhilsPhan

    April 15, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s go bullpen! C’mon!

  8. tavian

    April 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    “Bad Luck” Baez sucks swamp water.

  9. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Got to get Dobbs

  10. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm


  11. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Glorius Bastardo- but maybe one batter too late

  12. tavian

    April 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Dobbs is thumbing his nose at us. He is so happy. I hope he gets loose bowels.

    • Lefty

      April 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      LOL -Slip him a Miralax mickey

  13. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Nice catch Vic

  14. Lefty

    April 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    As my old friend Mike D used to say, Those Pesky Fishies got us.

    No hits since the sixth inning.

    Hope Roy O is okay, muscle strains can require DL time., He has a history of back problems, but you could say that about a lot of guys.

    Charlie left Baez in one batter too long.

    Game winning hit- Greg Dobbs- ugh!

  15. Dr. Dave

    April 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    HOW can you let Baez pitch to Dobbs when you have Bastardo in the pen!

    This is why I can’t stand Charley! I know the players like him. But I don’t!

    I would have pinch hit for Oswalt in the 6th.

    Why start the 7th with Romero? Charley could have brought in Bastardo and he would have had as much time as he needed due to the Oswalt injury!

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