2012 Gameday

Gameday: Padres (12-22) at Phillies (15-19)

San Diego Padres (12-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (15-10)

Jeff Suppan (2-0, 0.90) vs. Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45)

Time: 1:35 Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78
Media: Twitter and Facebook

After dropping a close one to the Padres last night, the Phillies will look to take the series win today behind Cole Hamels, who is riding a great season so far in his contract year. There has been some whispers that the Phillies have had some talks with the Blue Jays about Hamels, and Ruben Amaro Jr. even said that the Phillies could become sellers at the trading deadline. If these talks and rumors have any merit whatsoever, Hamels’ days in Philadelphia may be numbered. And that makes me sad.

Getting back to the baseball side of things, Hamels is nearly untouchable to these Padres hitters. Collectively, they have only posted a .194/.235/.302 slash line. Cameron Maybin has had the most success against him, collecting seven hits in twenty-two at-bats, including three doubles and a triple.

For the Padres, Jeff Suppan will take the mound, and he’s only given up one earned run in ten innings this year. However, the Phillies have pretty good numbers against him, with Hunter Pence leading the way with a .412/.545/1.000 slash line against him, with three of his seven hits being home runs. The numbers favor the Phillies, but like most games this year, that won’t mean a thing when the two teams take the field.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Galvis 2B, Schneider C, (Hamels P)

Your gameday beer: Pete’s Brown Ale

Pete’s Brown Ale is a beer from the Bear Republic Beer Co. in California. It’s made with molasses and brown sugar, so it’s bitter, slow and thick. Eat a steak with a sweet potato with this one. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES!

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  1. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    WOO HOO!!!

    Now THAT’s how you fire up the team! This hitting a teenager with a pitch nonsense isn’t the way to do it.

  2. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    OK, if even Wiggy can get on base, we need to be able to score him.

  3. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    THAT’s how you do it! Whee!

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Looks like JRoll read my comment I posted previously about heart and Ed Delahanty. Lol. Go fightins’.

  5. Brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Schides with 2 hits? Jroll with a hr??? Whats going on here?

  6. Brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    No no no no no….

  7. Brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Suwweeeet!
    See if Vic or Pence can remember what they’re supposed to do here

  8. Jason Graph

    May 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Watch the Phillies —> http://goo.gl/NNasw

  9. Brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    What kind of lead do we need Tracey – 5, 6 runs?

  10. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Well, we’ve never lost a game where we had a 7 run lead… we’ve lost with 5 and 6 before…

  11. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    We’re looking pretty good so far, but we haven’t gotten to the bullpen yet. Hamels is up to 95 pitches, so now is when the scary part starts.

  12. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Whoa… and Wiggy got a hit! I was about to say that even Wiggy got on base, but only with an error. Now he’s earned a base on his own!

  13. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    argh.

  14. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Yikes… I think Hamels is wiped.

  15. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    WHEW!!!

  16. Brian Michael

    May 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hamels threw a lot of pitches early but made it through 7 with a quality start.

    Chooch time!

  17. psujoe

    May 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Ah Brown Ale. Had the Ribs soaking in a nice But Brown ale for a few hours this morning. Added the dry rub abd they’ll be done by 5:30.

  18. chuck s

    May 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Can you believe that major league players both Ps’ & Padres, don’t know the infield fly rule. Unreal.

  19. Lefty

    May 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Get Contreras and his over 8 ERA out of there right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    (shudder) one run lead is definitely not enough…

  21. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    @Lefty: I think Charlie heard you!

  22. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The lack of fundamentals is something. I think Chooch just had a brain cramp. He knows the game and has good instincts.
    He got bailed out though because as bad as the Phils are right now.
    The Padres are just that much worse. This Padres team is on a 63 Mets level ( featuring Richie Ashburn).

    Padres Astos Cubs.
    Phils have to run off some wins. Because these losers will be playing the Nats and Marlins and Braves later this year when the Phils will be facing real teams.

  23. Lefty

    May 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Jes—– Chr—- Charlie, what took so long? Better question, what is he doing in there anyway?

  24. Jeff

    May 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Hunter sucks. Rollins sucks.

  25. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    oof. OK JP, let’s shut it down.

  26. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    WHEW!!! YAY!!!

    Is that the first series they’ve won this month?

    Harry’s singing High Hopes on my computer…

  27. BART SHART

    May 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    PHILLIES WON!!!! PHILLIES WON!!! PHILLIES WON !!!!

    PHILLIES WON!!!

    PHILLIES WON !!!!!

    OMG !!!! PHILLIES WON!!!!

  28. brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Yes we relish the win vs the worst team in the NL. Only 2 away from .500 and 6 out of first place.

  29. Tracey

    May 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Don’t rain on our parade, Brooks! Our next series is against another team with a worse record than ours! We’re on a roll!

  30. TheDipsy

    May 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Over/under on starts that Cole has remaining with the Phils – 13 1/2.

    The Dipsy

  31. Brooks

    May 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    These are teams that the Phils have to beat Tracey – no doubt about it.
    I’ll take a 3-2 win anyday.

  32. Jeff Dowder

    May 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I’ll take the over. RAJ wants no part of another fan backlash similar to when he traded Lee. Trading Hamels would go over much worse than that. They will probably lose him in free agency though.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies/Pick-an-ace-any-ace.html

  33. TheDipsy

    May 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Jeff – Thats why RAJ trades him. I think that RAJ knows he’s not signing him. He woulda been signed. You can’t let him walk away fror nothing because that would be worse.

    The Dipsy

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Getting an extra first round pick won’t be much worse than getting three mid-level prospects. Nobody’s giving up one of their top prospects for a two month rental, and RAJ doesn’t want to go down in Phillies lore as the guy who traded both Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels away. Fans look at homegrown talent a lot differently than they do guys who came up through other systems. Trading Hamels would be a PR disaster, and the Phillies are very PR concious.

      If someone offers a Middlebrooks, Arenado, or Rendon type guy (a real blue chip prospect) I’d personally drive Heidi and Cole to the airport, but I don’t see it happening. I also can’t see them having three pitchers making over $20 million (even if it’s just for two seasons). It gives them very little to allocate to the rest of the holes they have.

      There best choice would be to try to move Cliff Lee again, but I’m sure they’d need to eat some dollars to make that work. There won’t be many teams lining up to pay a 37 year old pitcher $27.5 million in 2016.

  34. BART SHART

    May 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Juan Pierre…..a future Hall-of-Famer — inducted for his name — both Spanish and French. What a find for the Phils !!! Just kidding about the HOF. But you gotta love this guy.

  35. bacardipr05

    May 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    They have to lock up Cole…Utely will come off the books in 2014…It will be foolish for RAJ if he does not…Theres wiggle room in there even if RAJ has to back load the contract…

  36. Dave

    May 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Bart,

    Yes, but Pierre is only batting .351 this year. Dopey will put him back on the bench where he had him last week. You want to set your lineup with your worst hitter at the top and your best hitter on the bench. That’s the way to win.

    • George

      May 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

      It’s quite likely that part of that .351 average is because Pierre ISN’T in the lineup all the time. He was signed as a platoon player, and the main reason for platoons is that certain players don’t do well against certain pitchers.

      One other factor is John Mayberry. He needs regular playing time if Manuel wants him to improve. He’s also a lot better on defense. He can actually throw runners out, whereas with Pierre, even the shallowest fly ball is a run if there’s a man on 3rd and less than two outs.

  37. Dave

    May 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I understand that he wants to play Mayberry, so why not play him at 1B and put Pierre in LF? Why is Wiggington out there? He’s the actual platoon player. Pierre has never been a platoon player and has a career avg of .297 Who else on the Phillies has a lifetime avg like that?

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