2012 Gameday

Gameday: Astros (15-19) at Phillies (16-19)

Houston Astros (15-19) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-19)

Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58) vs. Joe Blanton (3-3, 3.24)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Showers, 68
Media: Twitter and Facebook

2012 hasn’t started the way fans had hoped, but the Phillies’ schedule seems to be in their favor this week. The Phillies were able to win the series against the Padres, who currently have the worst record in Major League Baseball. Tonight, they open a two game set with the Houston Astros, another team below .500. Then, they head to Chicago to face the Cubs, who are last in their division, then return home to face the Boston Red Sox who are also in last place. With this week’s schedule, the Phillies are in a perfect position to improve their record.  The Phillies need to take advantage and win the next few series.

The Astros don’t have much expectations for the 2012 campaign, other than finishing towards the bottom of their division. Despite being under .500, the Astros haven’t been completely awful to this point. Wandy Rodriguez has been their best pitcher, and they’ve gotten some offense out of their 22-year-old second baseman, Jose Altuve. Brett Myers returned to the closers’ role and has converted nine out of ten saves.

Joe Blanton takes the mound for the Phillies, looking to continue his hot streak. In his last three starts, Blanton is 2-1 with a 2.35 earned run average. Opponents are hitting .195 against him in his last 23 innings. Also during that span, Blanton has 21 strikeouts.

Blanton will be opposed by Lucas Harrell. Harrell has struggled in his last two starts, allowing ten runs in his last 11 innings. If Harrell is to struggle again, the Astros will have to rely on their bullpen. Unlike the Phillies, the Astros’ bullpen has pitched very well, posting a 2.70 ERA.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Polanco 3B, Mayberry 1B, Galvis 2B, Blanton P.

Artois BockYour Gameday Beer– Artois Bock

Tonight we’ll try 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


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  1. Jeff

    May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Galvis bunts at first pitch. Wow

    Galvis and Dipsy. Both a waste of space

  2. Jeff of Nova

    May 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Wow the patience of Pierre is amazing, 1 or 2 pitches max

    This horrible pitcher has only thrown 54 pitches in 4 innings, where Blanton has thrown 62

    I mean come on take some pitches the first or second time through the lineup then be aggressive on the 2nd or 3rd time, Its simple, our lineup is not that powerful and potent to be that aggressive with a young pitcher

  3. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I find it amazing how some batters seem to key on one pitcher. Lee would be a HOF pitcher if he faced JB all year long

  4. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Lee would be in the HOF – sorry, type ahead..
    All Pence needs to do is hit either a deep grounder or a fly ball – no popup, no short grounder, no strike out

  5. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Choochie shows how its done, thanks Chooch

  6. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’m impressed JB with another outstanding performance (regardless of who his opponent is). Does Cholly take him out? 102 pitch count, a no brainer in the past but this year?

  7. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Mistake leaving Joe in

  8. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I was thinking one more runner reach base and Cholly needs to come out – the Strohs beat me to it.

  9. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Oye, here we go again –

  10. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Pence with 2 strikes is so predictable

  11. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Haven’t seen that in a long time Mr. Polanco!

  12. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    That had to be scripted – someone told Fontenot to swing at the first pitch, right?

  13. brooks

    May 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Congrats to Poly for hit #2,000 – it was a big one!

  14. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Just curious…with a 5-1 lead in the ninth, why would the old man bring in Papelbon? I know the bullpen has been horrendous o late, but why not try Diekman? Manuel amazes me. Anyway, a nice win. Chooch, Polanco, and Galvis played well. Go Phils!

  15. Jeff of Nova

    May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I know Paps needs to get some work in, but lets not make this interesting, would be a better spot for one of the call ups

  16. Jeff of Nova

    May 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I said it before, will say it again,

    Last year when Galvis was hitting well in AA and AAA it was higher in the order, it would not hurt to give him try at the 2 hole, especiially after a 3-4 night like tonight.

    and yes I agree with the question on why Paps is in tonight

    • c schreiber

      May 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Jeff does NOVA stand for northern Virginia? If so where?

  17. delearyous

    May 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    paps came in because he was already warmed up when they took it out of a save situation

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