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2011 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (34-20) at Nationals (22-31)

Philadelphia Phillies (34-20) at Washington Nationals (22-31)

Cliff Lee, LHP (4-4, 3.50 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26 ERA)

Time: 7:05 pm, Nationals Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 96
Twitter: Phillies Nation

So, since it’s no longer Memorial Day weekend, I guess we don’t have to feel unpatriotic about the Phillies beating teams from New York and Washington anymore. Considering tonight’s pitching matchup, we should expect more of the same.

Cliff Lee might be only .500, but a deeper look into his season shows him to be as effective a pitcher as he’s ever been. Lee is second among NL starters in K/9, second in K/BB ratio, and fourth in both FIP and xFIP. He’s averaging not only more than a strikeout per inning, but 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, combined with excellent control. Incidentally, the top three starting pitchers in the NL in K/BB ratio are Roy Halladay, Lee, and Cole Hamels, in that order.Noting the small sample size caveat, Lee has had success against most current Nationals. Ivan Rodriguez has a career .375 average against him with five walks in 37 plate appearances, but no other Nationals player has more than two career hits against the Phillies’ top lefty. Meanwhile, Nationals starter Jason Marquis has been shelled by Chase Utley, who has a career .464 batting average against the man once called “Gamechanger,” while Raul Ibanez, who is somehow inexplicably among the leaders in All-Star voting, has pegged Marquis for seven hits in 20 at-bats, four of them for extra bases. Not that this means much–I just thought you might find it interesting.


Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Mayberry CF, Lee P

Your Gameday Beer – Jim Beam Bourbon

This morning, I went with a friend of mine to serve as a witness as he applied for a marriage license. He’s in his mid-20s, but he’ll be the first of the group of guys I’ve been friends with since high school to tie the knot, and it was a heady occasion. With that in mind, I’m not sure beer’s going to cut it tonight–this may call for something stronger.– by Michael


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  1. Sse01

    May 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Kendrick pitching Saturday :-p

  2. Jeff

    May 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    god lee s u c k s. what a wasted contract. best rotation in baseball history. yea right. braves were much better. lee throws to many strikes. he s u c k s. 5-0 against the werthless nats. they s u c k…..werth s u c k s

  3. bacardipr05

    May 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Wow Jeff i was about to turn the game on you serious 5-0…

  4. sse01

    May 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That was a bolt, at least we have something positive tonight.

  5. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Love me some Dom Brown!!

  6. Tracey

    May 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    FINALLY, the Phillies start showing some offense!

  7. sse01

    May 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Back to back jacks, back to back games.

  8. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Back to back HR in back to back games in the home run payoff inning… What are the odds?

  9. Lefty

    May 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    This thing is far from over.

    Tonight’s beer Jim Beam – I heartily approve!

  10. Tracey

    May 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm


  11. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Love me some Dom Brown!!!

    Smell it??

  12. Tracey

    May 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    It says a lot about the Phils that other teams get nervous about a hit, even when they have a 4-run lead. I wish the Phillies fans knew what the opposing managers do.

  13. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Come on Gload… Find a gap, score a run, put some pressure on this pen.

  14. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow… Catcher interference chases the starter. First time I’ve seen that.

    Clippard is a hard thrower… The kind of pitcher Jimmy likes.

  15. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Shameless plug… Check out baseball junkies- best baseball movies (non comedy) and a discussion about Jo Jo Reyes’ futility.

  16. Pat Gallen

    May 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Lee has not been sharp. Funny things happen when you aren’t playing for a contract. Just sayin’.

  17. Jeff

    May 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    all that money to a .500 pitcher, even when he was with us the first time he had the horrible streak. yes he was great in the playoffs but come on. between his contract and howie we could have 6 players. howard is just a waste of human space. i love most of this team but hate this guy. not clutch. swings at horrible pitches. very streaky. never feel confindent in big spots. you should never feel like that with your 200 million dollar man.

  18. The Original Chuck P

    May 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I hope not, Pat. That’s a bad thought. I still think he kicks it into high gear when the playoffs roll around and that’s all I care about. Just be there when it matters.

    • Pat Gallen

      May 31, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Yeah might be slightly harsh, but guys that aren;t playing for that big contract no longer have 110% of the drive. It’s nature really. Maybe singling him out is wrong, but honestly he looks bad right now.

      These are the Nationals – he struck 12 of them out on 99 pitches less than 2 months ago. They didn’t change much.

  19. bacardipr05

    May 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Lets not sugar coat this turd a sugar coated turd still stinks. Lee was rocked Baez sucked an my man Zag just cant seem to get a break every time he is called up. Not sure whats up with Lee he has given some brilliant performances then a bunch of turds.

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