2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (22-23) at Cardinals (25-19)

Philadelphia Phillies (22-23) at St Louis Cardinals (25-19)

Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) vs. Jake Westbrook (4-3, 2.41)

Time: 8:15, Busch Stadium
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Sunny, 84
Media: Twitter and Facebook

For the first time since they eliminated them from last year’s playoffs, the Phillies will take on the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Busch Stadium. Seeing the Phillies back in St. Louis will no doubt conjure up images of David Freese and the rally squirrel for Phils fans everywhere. This is not the same Cardinals team that beat the Phillies in game 5 of last year’s NLDS, however. Albert Pujols is now in L.A., Lance Berkman could be calling it a career, and Chris Carpenter has yet to throw a pitch in 2012, dealing with a shoulder issue. Despite their new look, this Cardinals team is in first place, and still a very formidable opponent. A big reason for their success so far this season has been their prolific offense, which ranks at or near the top of the N.L. in just about every offensive statistic.

Tonight, Joe Blanton will be tasked with shutting down that offense. 2012 has been very solid for Blanton so far, though he is coming off his worst start of the season, one in which he allowed seven runs (six earned) to the Red Sox over 4.1 innings. For his career, Blanton has faced the Red Birds six times (five starts), posting a 3-2 record and an ERA of 3.03–something that bodes well for the Phils tonight as they try to get back to .500. Another positive sign for the Phillies is the fact that Blanton has pitched better on the road this season, posting a road ERA (3.48) that is almost a half run less than his home ERA (3.90). However, his only two losses against the Cardinals came in his last two starts against them. He’ll look to end that skid tonight.

Veteran right-hander Jake Westbrook will take the ball for the Cardinals, and has pitched quite well this season. For his career, he’s faced the Phils three times, going 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA. Current Phillies hitters are hitting .269 against him in a combined 93 at-bats. Several players in tonight’s lineup have had a ton of success against Westbrook, including Polanco (.321), Pence (.583), and Wigginton (.333). Interestingly, no player on the active roster has ever homered against Westbrook. Jimmy Rollins returns from paternity leave and has been inserted at the top of the batting order.

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

Your gameday beer: Saranac Summer Ale

What better way to quench your thirst during the summer-like day we’re moving into than with Saranac’s Summer Ale? With hints of honey and lemon, the Summer Ale is not too bitter in taste and goes down rather smoothly. Have it with a summer salad and some barbecue chicken. – By Ryan

GO PHILLIES!

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  1. Ian Riccaboni

    May 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    And Polly gets the party started!

  2. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Just got home from work to a pleasant surprise!

  3. bacardipr05

    May 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wheres the punch line Tracey? Thought you was going to say the wife left me and took the kids…

  4. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    hehehe. No punch line here. But looking at the score, I’m a little nervous. How many times have we seen them blow a 4-run lead in the first?

    • schmenkman

      May 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Twice?

      • c schreiber

        May 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

        Welcome back..haven’t heard from you lately

      • schmenkman

        May 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

        Thanks (been spending my free time writing over at the good phight).

        Your guy Middlebrooks is still looking good.

  5. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Ugh. Pence really needs some remedial fielding training

  6. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    WOW!!! What a catch!

  7. bacardipr05

    May 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Keep tacking on the runs..Thats the way to go…

  8. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Wow! Nice to see some aggressive ball pay off!

  9. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Blanton is dealing tonight!

  10. bacardipr05

    May 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Blanton seems to be cruising i can see the confidence like i got this….lets just hope he keeps it up

  11. Jeff Dowder

    May 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Domonic Brown is playing CF in AAA tonight…

    @PigsRadio: “Phillies prospect OF Domonic Brown is playing CF for IronPigs tonight — 1st time since 2008 (when he played 69 G in CF for Low-A Lakewood).”

  12. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Blanton is dealing tonight!oh

  13. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Blantonoh good grief…

  14. bacardipr05

    May 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Spoke to soon…Cholly get the bullpen up now…Blanton just self-destructed…

  15. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    You spoke to soon and put the hex on Blanton, Tracey.

  16. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    You threw it out to the universe at 8:34 and had to ask about giving it back didn’t you Tracey.

  17. Tracey

    May 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    well it’s about effing time

  18. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Blanton dealing? Worst pitcher in baseball history. Outside of kk

  19. Phil-is

    May 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Pholly is looking good. Blanton….not so much.

  20. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    6-0 lead and they will lose.

  21. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Ty sucks more then Dipsy

  22. Pat Gallen

    May 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I love Jeff.

  23. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Has anyone noticed, other than me, that all the P’s hits but one were ground balls thru the infield and the Cards are the ones with the line drive hits and Homers. Just saying.

  24. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Thanx Pat. Love you. Why take Joe out now cholly. He is good for
    Another 7 runs. How do you leave that piece of crap in. 6-0 lead
    Are you kidding me

  25. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Way to go Tracey..

  26. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hate to seem like I only come here when its going bad.

    But really?

    holy cow.

    Joe needs to get one those big midwestern cheeseburgers.

    The pen being this bad. tought for the old man to fo alot.

  27. Phil-is

    May 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Wow….thanks Joe. You’re hopeless! You were in far too long.

  28. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Schmenkman, by the way how’s that Will “Middling” Middlebrooks doing with the Red Sox??

  29. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I am taking a nap.

    Jeff wake me when its the 8th inning

  30. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I knew it would only be a short time before Nlanton $h!t the bed on the lead. How can we unload this guy. Never been a fan of him from the start and always thought he sucked. On a positive note, we scored 7 runs!

  31. Greg G

    May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Fat Joe is worthless… I noticed as well as Phils hits are bleeders and Cards smoke the ball

  32. AZHokie22

    May 24, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Love how these fair weather negative nancy Phuls fans have ruined their own blog

  33. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Freddy!!!! He’s got more RBIs than Rollins! Fontenot is becoming a nice pick-up for the team. Way to bail out fat joe, boys! Go Phils!

  34. brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Its Qualls.. buckle your seatbelts!

  35. brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    2 full innings from Chad? Comon Cholly – you had to know better than that.

  36. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    @brooks: You called it about Qualls giving up the home run balls! C’mon Phils!

  37. brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Part of what I really like about tonight (its not over of course) is that there are only 2 extra base hits by the Phils AND, there are quite a few 2 out hits with RISP. A nice change if only the pitching can hold up.

    The Cards have 6 extra base hits including 2 (so far) hrs.

  38. brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Sorry, 3 hrs.

    Its Freaky Diekey!

  39. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Much better.. a nail in the coffin? Freaky to start the 8th – I hope he can make it – some Paps action in the 9th?

  40. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    16 hits and 10 runs.. that is a lot of offense! They HAVE to hold onto this lead

  41. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    When the pitching is great we can’t score. Amazing.

    Jimmy the baby gap will make an out on the first pitch.

    Hope baby jimmy drew gap is not watching

  42. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Thank you jimmy for not disappointing. Gap

  43. c schreiber

    May 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Garvis has 21 RBIs and Rollins 7…….just saying

  44. charlie

    May 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Cholly is an idiot. He left the fat ass bp pitcher in too long. If u want a shut down inning don’t call on fat ass.

  45. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Ab! Just get a grounder! Get us out of this

  46. schmenkman

    May 24, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Fun fact: Rollins swings at the first pitch 17% of the time (15th lowest out of 89 NL qualifiers).

  47. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    SOB

  48. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Glad to see our 50 million dollar man to come to face holiday

  49. charlie

    May 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Can we have someone pitch a shutdown inning on this shitty relief staff

  50. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    What a mess!

  51. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Sit down Antonio –
    Anything left ?

  52. Lefty

    May 24, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    That’s the biggest K of the season right there. The NL’s leading HR hitter with two on bottom 8. Way to go Antonio.

  53. Jeff

    May 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    God our pen is horrible. Bastard is terrible. Jose is 65

  54. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    When Pence is off, he is waaaay off.

  55. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    OK – here we are $50 mil into this guy

  56. Ian Riccaboni

    May 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    And that’s equates to some ground-gained in the NL East.

  57. Brooks

    May 24, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    That was a win!

  58. schmenkman

    May 25, 2012 at 12:08 am

    The Phillies had a good approach tonight. They’ve been more patient since Manuel’s team meeting on May 9th:

    before the meeting: 5.7% walk rate
    after the meeting : 9.0%
    (league average is 8.3%)

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