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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Dodgers (35-21) vs. Phillies (28-29)

Los Angeles Dodgers (35-21) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (28-29)

Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02)

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

Injury update: Placido Polanco sits out tonight with a cut on his left index finger, which he suffered tagging out Matt Treanor at third last night. The cut did not require stitches, but Polly is unable to hit and could miss a few days.


It’s been a familiar theme for the Phillies this season. They’ll win a handful of games (five of seven, or something along those lines), start to gain some momentum, and then quickly lose it all, caught in the teeth of a three or four game losing streak. It’s the reason they’ve hovered around .500 all season and the reason they’ve been unable to make any real headway in the standings. This latest four-game losing streak is just another installment in an ongoing tale of mediocrity the likes of which Phillies fans haven’t seen since the early 2000s.

So, do you want the good news or the bad news first?

I’m feeling like a downer right now, so let’s divvy out the good news first. The Phillies haven’t lost five games in a row yet this season. While they been unable to piece together a long winning streak, they’ve also managed to avoid any really long losing streaks. That bodes well. But, wait, there’s more! Chris Capuano is pitching way above his head this season, as his .236 BABIP indicates. His 2.50 ERA is nearly two runs lower than his career mark of 4.26. He has to come back to earth eventually, and tonight is as good a night as any for that to happen.

Time for the bad news: Kyle Kendrick has, shall we say, struggled against the Dodgers in his career. In the 30.1 innings he’s faced them, he’s allowed a whopping 27 earned runs (That’s an 8.01 ERA for those of you too lazy to do the math). But KK has pitched well lately. He’s sporting a 1.65 ERA over his last four starts, including the complete-game masterpiece he spun against the Cardinals on May 26th. Plus, the last time he was on the mound is the last time the Phils got a win.

Can KK be the stopper? We shall find out.

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

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Saranac Rye IPA

It’s another IPA recommendation. This time it’s the rye edition by Saranac. This beer has a gorgeous amber color with a healthy white head. Taste-wise, it’s a standard hoppy IPA, but with a tinge of sweetness followed by a slight bitterness from the rye. Have it with a roast pork and broccoli rabe sandwich. Make sure the provolone is extra sharp. –Ryan Dinger

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  1. DCmikey

    June 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Placido not in the lineup due to a lacerated finger. We cannot afford more injuries.

    Call Orr back up. Ha. He was actually decent for us


    June 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Hector Luna should play first base tonight instead of Mayberry, who has stunk at the plate all year. What is the matter with Charlie?

    • schmenkman

      June 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Since Luna was called up, they haven’t been that different.

      Luna .838 OPS
      JMJ .752 OPS

  3. Chuck A.

    June 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    If I hear Sarge talk about “confidence” one more time I’m gonna vomit.

  4. Lefty

    June 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Sarge is a joke of an announcer. He said Fontenot showed “great patience” when he took over for Galvis, looked at one pitch, and walked.

  5. LCMRSalazar85

    June 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Are we mathmetically eliminated yet? Galvis is hurt now. KK can’t hold the lead, and no one can get the clutch hit with runners on base.

  6. LCMRSalazar85

    June 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    …mathmatically he said.

    • schmenkman

      June 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Practically. 5 out with only 105 to go.

  7. Chuck A.

    June 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    5 out. 105 to go. And three other teams to leapfrog over to get into 2nd place. Three other teams that are playing well.

  8. Chuck A.

    June 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Now 6 out and 104 to play. Yeah….things are looking up.

    • schmenkman

      June 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Got ’em right where we want ’em.

  9. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Another ugly one tonight, boys. KK loaded them up one too many times, Glavis injured himself, etc. As much as I respect Thome, as a player and as a person, he needs to retire. Also, if I was paid millions a year, and cut my finger, I would play. Polly, like an old horse, needs to be put down. The players of old would have played, hurt finger or cut finger, and they made much much less. Ed Delahanty probably would of went 3 for 4 with Polly’s “injury”, while half in the bag. lol. At least Howard and Utley are making some progress in getting ready to return around July – because it is no longer early in the season, and I am starting to finally worry. Cause as Cholly says, “It’s whacked-up!” Go Phils!

    • schmenkman

      June 7, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Wait — you’re getting on Polanco because he was spiked? Did you also have him pegged as “done” last month?

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