2012 Gameday

Gameday: Marlins (1-3) vs. Phillies (1-2)

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) vs. Miami Marlins (1-3)

Cole Hamels vs. Anibal Sanchez

Time:  1:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: CSN, MLBN

Weather: Partly Sunny, Chance of Rain, high 63

Thanksgiving is cool, Christmas is awesome (hell, we even have “Cliffmas” in the city of brother love), but the Phillies home opener is something that, to me, rivals the greatest days of the year.  A holiday spent with more than 50,000 of your closest friends, some with less than no intention of actually watching the game, but all of whom contribute to one of the greatest home atmospheres in baseball.

Today, the newly named Miami Marlins bring their new skipper, Ozzie Guillen, and the beneficiaries of their offseason spending spree, Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle to Philadelphia for the first time in 2012.  A 72-win team just a season ago, this new look team from Miami has quickly become the media favorite to dethrone the Fightin Phils as NL East champions.  And while none of us are ready to give up the title, we acknowledge that season shapes up to be more of a grind than in years past.

Cole Hamels was skipped in yesterday’s game three vs. Pittsburgh- a move some said was to split up the lefties (Cliff Lee and Hamels), but we all know that Cole was passed over to give him the distinction of taking the hill in the season’s home opener.  That decision was an easy one.  With a juiced-up (aka drunk and rowdy) crowd behind him, Hamels should no doubt be reminded why he does not want to leave Philadelphia.  The hometown fans, starved for a winner, desperate for a parade, finally got what we so desired thanks in large part to this homegrown lefty, then a star in the making, now one of the most desired players in recent memory.

Hamels, a two-time All Star with career marks of 74-54, with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, is in his final year under contract (bet you didn’t know that yet…) will be very difficult to afford should he reach the Free Agent market after this season, as many baseball “experts” have said the Phillies don’t have a great chance to retain his services should a bidding war ensue.

And so today starts a new chapter in Cole Hamels’ Philadelphia story, perhaps the last chapter – but regardless of how that story ends, the bigger issue is the season at hand.  The head-to-head battle for the 2012 NL East crown begins today!

35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. branderson925

    April 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Real pessimistic but it sucks to think that one run Cole gave could be all it takes to lose this one.

    Stumbling out of the gate

  2. Pat Gallen

    April 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    At this point you might be right.

  3. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Let’s Go Phils! Let’s Go Phils!

    No, seriously Phils, let’s GO ALREADY!!! sheesh…

  4. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    oh good grief….

  5. Jeff

    April 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    This team is a AAA team with a couple great pitchers. Our run is over

    • EricL

      April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Lol they won 102 games last season, they’ll be fine

  6. Chris

    April 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    So, after we lose to Josh Johnson tomorrow, we’ll be 1-4. This lineup is pathetic.

  7. branderson925

    April 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Don’t overdo it with the pessimism. Jesus. Must be fans only from the 2008 and after period. What a privileged group you are.

    • Tracey

      April 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Actually, I’ve been a partial season ticket holder since 2000, one of the worst seasons in Phillies history. I’ve been a fan since the early ’70s. So I think I’ve earned the right to bitch a little when they play like crap, which is what they’re doing right now.

  8. Jeff

    April 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    No but when your offense has declined and you don’t do anything
    That’s not good gming. Our pen is a disaster.

    Freddy gal is go away u greenie

  9. Dave

    April 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I knew the offense would be poor, but I have to say even I am surprised at how lifeless it is. We haven’t even faced a good pitcher yet! The laws of averages say that we can’t continue on this pace.

    • The Original Chuck P

      April 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      The Phillies have played sneaky good pitchers… Anibal Sanchez is a decent pitcher. Karstens is underrated. Plus, the Phils are historically bad in Pittsburgh. Panic meter is fairly low but there are things I’m not happy about… Bullpen roles are still undefined, we don’t have a bona fide RBI guy and a 1B platoon is brutal. We need an identity…

  10. branderson925

    April 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Alright relax Tracey. I’m just saying don’t be so rough during game 4 of a long season. They can’t keep up this pace, it’s just law of averages…

    Plus we’ve done terrible in April for the past decade now so I’m not surprised really. I do expect a move to be made though before June. I don’t know how RAJ will make it without pulling all of his hair out

  11. Jeff

    April 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    The division is better. Mets are young. Miami is much better

    Be worried

  12. Manny

    April 9, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    RALLY TIME MOTHERTRUCKAS!

  13. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    @Branderson: Don’t worry, I’m not one of those people who say the season is over during the first week. But I’m beginning to think this game is over. 🙂

    • Tracey

      April 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      … or maybe not! Two hits in a row with no outs, and Chooch is up! Whee!

  14. Manny

    April 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    FREDDYYYYYY WOOT!

  15. Dave P

    April 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Talk about a time to get your first hit. Freddy, good job.

  16. Jeff of Nova

    April 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Freddy G with his 1st hit oh yeah!!

  17. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Woo hoo!!! Galvis picked the right time to finally get a hit!!!

  18. Jeff of Nova

    April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    They should have kept Savery in, probably a better hitter than Nix:)

    • Manny

      April 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      I laughed but then sadly realized you’re probably right.

  19. Jeff of Nova

    April 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    There goes the rally way to go “much improved bench”

  20. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    LA said, “one swing of the bat makes this a one-run game.” Seriously? You think that’s coming from Nix?

  21. Dave P

    April 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    It was wigginton up when he said that.

  22. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    (sorry, I’m listening on At Bat 12, and it’s about 5 minutes behind the actual game!!!)

  23. Manny

    April 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Should’ve kept Raul… at least he can hit one out of the park. (half-serious, half-joking)

  24. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    This is the 14th best line up in baseball at least.

    BTW

    Ths is te 5th starter for the marlins.

  25. Manny

    April 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    So now we use Papelbon??? #explainthatdubee

  26. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    How bad is Ruben.

    On top of the 10 other things he should be fired for.

    The way they handled Brown has been a complete disgrace.
    #1 prospect in baseball and now has little to no value in 12 months. Needed to play him or trade him a year ago.

    RAJ is like a guy who is playing 1000 hands of poker and is dealt aces 1000 times and somehow after the 1000 hands hes down.

    There is no salary cap. The phils dont have to over pay liek the NY teams. They are the best salary situation in sports. Yes they should contend every year.
    While I still thnk they have a punchers chance this year. With the big 3 pitchers. Even next year they are toast. Sad to see a team implode. When it seems intentional.

  27. Manny

    April 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Anddddd that blows. They can score a run so easily… it’s a struggle to get even one from our guys.

  28. Dave

    April 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Omar Infante has 2 home runs and 3 already for the year. He hit 7 all of last year…ridiculous.

  29. Tracey

    April 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    bleh.

  30. c schreiber

    April 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Can Cliff Lee play first? Can Worley play the OF? Savery in the OF.. Let Hamels pitch and we have a better hitting lineup than what’s been trying to hit.

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