Gameday: Phillies (25-23) at Cardinals (25-22) – Phillies Nation
2012 Gameday

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

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

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) vs. Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78)

Time: 2:15, Busch Stadium
TV: PHL 17
Weather: Clear, 95
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will try to do something today that they haven’t done all year–and that’s sweep a series. In fact, it’s the first time this year that they will even be in a position to do so.

Roy Halladay will get the start, and he’s coming off a performance against the Nationals where he let up five runs in six innings and took the loss.  He’s been “off” this year, and even admitted that he didn’t feel himself, as well as admitting to trying to carry the team on his back.

He’ll have a tought ime getting Carlos Beltran out today, as Beltran has 14 hits in 42 at-bats with two home runs and 10 RBI against the Phillies righty. However, Halladay has good numbers against Yadier Molina (2-11), David Freese (1-8), and Matt Holliday (1-10). I don’t know what to expect from Roy today, but I don’t expect those three to be a huge factor.

For the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright will start the game, and he’s having a down year after missing all of 2011 with an injury. He’s posted a 4.78 ERA in 2012, which is over a full run above his career average of 3.08. He gave up five runs in each of his last two starts prior to this past Tuesday when he threw a complete game shutout against the Padres. He has “OK” numbers against the current Phillies, with Hunter Pence (10 hits in 32 AB) having faced him the most.

One interesting thing is that Jimmy Rollins and Mike Fontenot have nearly identical stats against Wainwright. They both have six hits in 17 AB against him, both have two doubles and five strikeouts, and have identical slash lines–.353/.353/.471. It will probably take a good amount of offense to win today’s game, and the Phils are hoping that Wainwright’s last outing wasn’t a sign of things to come.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Chooch C, Victorino CF, Luna 1B, Galvis 2B, Fontenot 3B, Halladay P.


Your Gameday Beer – Hoegaarden
On this warm Memorial Day weekend, good beer is a must. I’ve always like Hoegaarden, which can be enjoyed in small sips with good food. It flows smooth and tastes like citrus. Have some barbecue chicken with it. – By Tim


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  1. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I don’t know where the weather is 72, but it’s 92 in St. Louis and Doc has a history of problems in blistering heat. I am worried.

    • Jonathan Nisula

      May 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Weather Channel duped me on that one

  2. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm


  3. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Sometimes it sucks to be right.

  4. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    what in the world were they thinking, sending Ruiz on that one? Dead duck.

  5. Josh

    May 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Chooch was safe. Fletcher is horrible today.

    • Tracey

      May 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Umpires are never strict when the ball beats the batter by that much. The catcher had control of the ball, standing on home plate, while Ruiz was still 10 feet away.

  6. DCmikey

    May 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    HALLADAY??? He is pulled- what happened??

  7. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Halladay is still pitching. He had a crap first inning, but he has settled down

    • Tracey

      May 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      oops… sorry, I has a dumb. Was looking at the wrong thing. Don’t know why Halladay was pulled.

  8. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Apparently he suffered an injury when he tried to pitch with a glove on his pitching hand.

  9. branderson925

    May 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Uh oh..The frustration continues. I hope Doc is alright. I really, really do.

    Unless KK can fill his shoes….



  10. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    “right shoulder soreness”; “a precaution”; as if the Phils don’t have enough trouble already.


    May 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Halladay is the new Kendrick.
    Kendrick is the new Halladay.

    At least we still have a Halladay….and I am worried about the real Halladay. Hope and pray he is okay. Could be the heat or an injury.

  12. Ryne Duren

    May 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    everyone was suspecting a problem with doc since spring training with his lack of velocity. well hear it is shoulder soreness! i’ll bet he’s had it all along and tried to work through it being the trooper he is. however we all know that when you’re dumb enough to think you can work through it … then you’re just dumb! by trying to work it out by pitching with a problem to be a help to a struggling team only in the long run it hurts the team ! how many times have we seen that over the years? like i said on a post a few days ago, he was following the demise of another great pitcher (lefty) and his shouder soreness was rotator cuff and that was it! all downhill after that. i hope that’s not the case but i fear it’s not gonna go well. the phils try to downplay certain players injuries and suspect they’ll downplay this. if worley comes back we’re gonna need a righty long man in the pen cause KK just earned a spot in the rotation. it time for tyler cloyd to come up!

    • George

      May 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I’d wait a bit before announcing the demise of Halladay. A sore shoulder is not always a rotator cuff; in fact, sometimes it can be something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position. There’s also been some debate concerning his velocity. Not all radar guns are created equal, and not all scouts are geniuses. And sportswriters are definitely not qualified to blather anything but what they think will make a good headline.

      • Ryne Duren

        May 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

        all due respect george. i agree about the sleep thing, i’ve had it happen to me but it’s usally ok after a day or two and i’m 61! but doc’s been suffering with low velocity and command since the beginning of s.t. i hope you’re right man but my better judgement tells me uh-oh. i’ve seen this so many times.

      • Jeff Dowder

        May 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        Sports writers spend their days talking to players, coaches, managers, front office people, scouts and other people within the game that they write about. It’s their job. I’d say they are pretty qualified – definitely much more than some anonymous chuckleheads on a message board.

      • George

        May 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Sure they talk to players, etc. But they also interpret and put spin on things. The job of a sportswriter is not just talking to players, it’s deciding which elements of a player or scout’s OWN OPINIONATED discourse will make a story.

        Yes, even players, scouts, and front offices speak out the wrong sides of their mouths at times. Has anyone here really believed Amaro, Jr. when he talks about Howard or Utley?
        Did anyone believe that Lee would NOT sign with the Yanks or Rangers? Reported by a writer: Scout (who probably watches Halladay now and then) says “different arm angle,” Dubee, (who sees him every time he throws) says “no.” Great reporting, if you like inflammatory speculation.

        I may be a “chucklehead,” but I never claimed to tell the truth like so many people writing professionally. You just can’t trust everything said by these guys. They can’t even agree among themselves.

  13. Dave P

    May 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    chad qualls is so bad.

  14. bacardipr05

    May 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    At one point you start to wonder how much adversity can this team over come…If it turns out Doc is headed to the DL.

  15. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    A friend told me last week that the Phillies sellout streak ended, and the Phils have been keeping it quiet. I was just checking on that, and I don’t think it’s true. The official published capacity is 43,647. I checked the attendance for every home game since May 8 (when several news articles sent up the alarm that the streak might be ending soon). The lowest home attendance since then was May 15: 43,781. But the numbers are definitely trending downward.

  16. Tracey

    May 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I’m getting tired of the “player of the game” being an opposing player.

  17. Dylan

    May 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    A. Danys Baez
    B. David Herndon
    C. Chad Qualls

    • George

      May 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

      That’s a total no-brainer. It’s: A. Baez. He sucked for one and a half seasons, and he was also more expensive than either of the others. IN fact, I think he cost more than Qualls and Herndon put together. Qualls, right now, would come in second, because Herndon at least is young enough to have a tiny bit of potential, gets some ground balls, and hardly costs anything.

    • Ryne Duren

      May 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      i had to laugh when i read your post dylan. i too think it’s baez but qualls is giving him a run for his money! i think qualls is gonna take him!

  18. bacardipr05

    May 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    99.9 % agreed with what George said. On top of that the Baez signing was even more riskier or dumber than the Qualls signing. I remember reading in a Baltimore website they couldnt wait to get rid of Baez and we where clowned on signing him.

  19. bacardipr05

    May 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    As well Baez got a 2 yr deal, seems Rube at least learned a lesson this time around.

  20. Chuck A.

    May 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    1) I hope the sellout streak DOES end because a) I’m getting sick and tired of hearing about it and b) I will be able to get good tickets easier.

    2) As far as the “player of the game” is concerned I’m pretty certain i’t actually been a Phillie 10 out of the last 15 games since they are 10-5 in that stretch.

    3) Answer to the bullpen question: Danys Baez. And it’s not even close.

  21. Ryan H.

    May 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Have a feeling Roy Oswalt’s phone will be ringing tonight.

  22. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Hands down- Baez. Abysmal. Atrocious. Etc. etc. I really hope Doc is ok, if not lil Roy’s phone might definitely ring.

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