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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (24-23) at Cardinals (25-21)

Philadelphia Phillies (24-23) at St Louis Cardinals (25-21)

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) vs. Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.55)

Time: 7:15, Busch Stadium
TV: Fox
Weather: Sunny, 94
Media: Twitter and Facebook

In the first two games of this series, the Phillies have looked like a team that is still very much feeling the sting that accompanied an early playoff exit when the Cardinals unexpectedly upset them in last season’s NLDS . The Phils can still taste the bitterness, and they’ve looked determined to wash it away in defeating the Cardinals two games in a row. In a way, the Phils have turned the tables on the Cards in the two victories. Much like the Cardinals during last year’s playoffs, the Phils have been the team to keep battling, to claw and scrap and find a way to victory, no matter what it takes. The effort has been a breath of fresh air for a Phillies team that has, at times this season, looked completely incapable of coming back from a deficit or out-slugging an opponent to win a ball game. The series has all the makings of a turning point, if only the Phils can get one of these next two games.

Behind the arm of Kyle Kendrick, they’ll try to assure themselves a series victory tonight. Despite most fans’ perception of KK, he hasn’t been too bad as a starter this season. His 4.33 ERA in five starts is respectable. If you take away his first start against Arizona, in which he allowed seven runs over just 3+ innings, his ERA drops to 2.25. In his last start against Washington, he took the loss. But it was more due to the fact that the Phillies didn’t score any runs. He went seven innings and gave up just two runs. It does bear mentioning that in those last four starts where Kendrick has been much better, he’s faced the Cubs twice and the Nationals twice–two teams that rank 14th and 13th in the NL in runs scored, respectively. He’ll be dealing with a different monster tonight when he faces an offensive juggernaut in the Cardinals.

Jaime Garcia gets the nod for the Cardinals, looking to stop their two-game skid. Fans are, no doubt, very familiar with Garcia, as he has been a thorn in the side of Phillies hitters for a few years now. In six career games (four starts) against the Phils, Garcia has posted a 1.20 ERA. Current Phillies hitters have hit a combined .193 against Garcia, though they do have nine walks to 11 strikeouts. Some will remember that Garcia’s last start against the Phils came when he faced Cole Hamels in game three of last year’s NLDS. Garcia stymied the Phils over six innings until Ben Francisco did this.

Hopefully the Phils can find some more magic tonight against Garcia.

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

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Summer Ale

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. That means, whether you’re celebrating down the shore, going to a local picnic, relaxing at home, or watching the game after a day of work, you pretty much have to drink an American beer. Why not go with the summer selection from one of the finest breweries our fair country has to offer? Enjoy it and be safe out there this weekend. – By Ryan


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  1. Mike

    May 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    46 pitches through 5. I feel dizzy.


    May 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Great game Kyle Kendrick !!

  3. c schreiber

    May 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Where is everyone tonight espically the Kendrick haters i.e. Brooks, Tracey & Big Al. Nice job KK!!!

  4. bacardipr05

    May 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Fantastic effort by Kyle…Got the shutout…Not only that but he did it against one of the offensive Juggernauts of the NL…..Rollins i think he has his ass in his culo….This team has a lot of adversity to overcome with Chase and Howard out…a 1/3 rd of there bullpen out…Rollins swinging the bat like a Ostrich with his head buried in the ground…

    • George

      May 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      If Rollins really did have his @ss in his culo, it would be quite a feat, since culo is Spanish for @ss.

      Also, he was robbed in the 1st of a probable home run. Hard to do if your @ss is in your culo.

  5. Psujoe

    May 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Great game by Kendrik. Thank heavens RAJ improved the bench since 25% of our positional starters have been useless. Love Chase but he should retire to free up the cap $$$. He looked stiff after 6 gbs.

  6. George

    May 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Kendrick was really good. His changeup was nasty, he was hitting the corners, mixing his pitches effectively, and also managed to field his position pretty well and lay down two perfect sacrifice bunts.

    He also went all the way at just the right time, when the bullpen needed some rest.

    Let’s all hope he can do it again.

  7. Keith

    May 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I know this is off topic, but, the Phillies have moved Dom Brown to centerfield in Lehigh Valley, for the last few games. Now, he is not ready to come up this year, as his offense and fielding have been inconsistent at best, but….could they be preparing for Victorino to leave later this year (via trade) or next year (via free agency)? This would save them significant money in centerfield, and make room for Hamels’ salary.

    The chances of Hamels returning have been looking less and less likely with each of his excellent starts, but could this be a sign of Rube trying to be “creative” with the Phils roster and farm system? maybe, I am reading into things to strongly, but why else would they try Brown in center?

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

      They obviously will need a centerfielder next year, as well as LF and probably 3B.

      Don’t get your hopes up for Hamels being back unless they can trade Lee. The chances of them carrying three $20 million pitchers is very slim. It doesn’t make financial sense to allocate that much to the rotation (along with a $13 million closer).

    • Ryne Duren

      May 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

      probably keith they moved him to center because there’s a better prospect they want to play left!

      • Don M

        May 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

        Who is the better prospect?

  8. brooks

    May 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Sweet game by Kendrick and I really did not see that coming.
    I hope Doc can finish the sweep tomorrow, with a win for Doc to top it.

  9. brooks

    May 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I do believe there was a junior sighting tonight, good stuff

  10. Andrew from Harrisburg

    May 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

    @Jeff Lee, Polly, and Vic to Boston for Middlebrooks and Pedroia. Tee hee hee.

  11. bacardipr05

    May 27, 2012 at 2:55 am

    They carried Cole, Cliff, Doc, Blanton, Lidge, Oswalt and Madson. I think they can pull it off they so wish to. `

  12. Chuck A.

    May 27, 2012 at 6:39 am

    In re: the Phils carrying 3 starters making over $20MM …. David Montgomery was asked that very thing recently and he said “yes” they most certainly could. The question now remains as to whether they will.

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      I agree that “on paper” they could certainly do it. The problem is that in reality it leaves very little to allocate to other areas. We’re looking at a team without a future at CF, LF, 3B, and RF (2014).

      • George

        May 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        And without Hamels, we’re looking at a team without much dominant pitching. Halladay has but one more option year, so after 2013, the rotation could be Lee, Worley, Kendrick, heaven knows who, and Blanton. Oh, wait, they won’t have Blanton after 2012.

      • Jeff Dowder

        May 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        George, I definitely agree that Hamels is their best pitcher right now and going forward. The chances of him being here in 2013 are getting very slim though.

        That being said, you don’t need an “ace” in all five rotation slots. St. Louis won the championship last year with Carpenter, Garcia, and some very average guys after that. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball with Kershaw followed by four journeymen pitchers in their rotation.

  13. LCMRSalazar85

    May 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    KK had a nice game yesterday, but he needs more than this. I’m not a hater, but KK’s not a starting pitcher for the long term. Middle relief is best for him.

    • George

      May 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      So far this season, Kendrick has been much better as a starter than he’s been in relief. The game prior, he went seven innings and gave up two runs, and the one before that was also a quality start. With the shutout yesterday, I really don’t know how much more he needs.

  14. Psujoe

    May 27, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Since Chase can hit would there be any AL teams looking to upgrade at DH? Phil’s could use that $15 million to sign Cole, Vic and a LF.

    • George

      May 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      It’s a nice thought, but until Utley proves he can hit WELL, no one will be interested. Most teams won’t go $15 million on a DH these days, either.

  15. SavannanPhillie Phan

    May 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I am pretty sure that Cliff Lee can’t be traded. I think he had that put in his contract when he came back because he wanted to play here till he retires. If you remember he was not happy being traded out of Philly and he and his wife were shocked. So when he took the deal in Philly over NYY it was with the stipulation that he could not be traded away.

  16. SavannanPhillie Phan

    May 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Congrats to Kyle Kendrick what a great game. I will admit that when I saw his name as the starting pitcher I figured this game was lost because of Garcia’s record against Philly. So it was a pleasant surprise to tune in and see the score.

    When I read Kyles interview after the game it was surprising to learn that he likes the heat and humidity. He also likes pitching in Atlanta….good for us. However, speaking of heat….
    Doc will be pitching today and the heat is going to be 96 degrees even though the humidity will be low. So don’t be surprised it Doc doesn’t do so well today with this heat. He seems to have a problem with high temps.

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    First, a congrats to Kendrick, as he rise to the occasion last night and locked the Cards down and gave out bullpen a rest. Secondly, as far as Hamels and signing him are concerned, there are too many “ifs” surrounding this point in the season, the biggest being Utley an if he returns, and how his performance is with the team, amongst the other scenarios already discussed on this blog. It is an excruciatingly long waiting period, but I don’t think they sign, or really heat up talks, until Hamels and the Phillies miss the playoffs ( worst-case scenario) or if they make the playoffs, after the season. Either way, they must sign him. We will see though, as we need to fill LF and 3B and maybe centerfield. Too many variables right now. If Glavis continues to heat up offensively, I’d love to dump J-bag to the 8th spot to light a fire under his prima-donna a$$, but the old man won’t do it. La Russa would have, as he did it when starters were struggling last year. Enough ranting, let us sweep the red birds! Go Phils!

  18. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I meant “rose” not rise. Damn iPhone.

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