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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (29-34) at Twins (25-35)


Philadelphia Phillies (29-34)
vs. Minnesota Twins (25-35)

Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93) vs. P.J. Walters (2-1, 4.42)

Time: 8:10, Target Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Partly cloudy, 71
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Update: Placido Polanco returns to the lineup after missing six games with a laceration to his left index finger.

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With their win over the Toronto Blue Jays today, the Washington Nationals now sit a cushy ten games above the Phillies in the N.L. East standings. That is the furthest back the Phillies have been since 2006 when they finished 12 games behind the Mets. A big reason for the widening gap between the Phils and the first-place Nationals has been the porous play since the calendar flipped to June. Since June 1st, the Phils have gone just 1-9. The major culprit for the Phillies skid, despite popular belief,  has been faulty performances on the mound, both from the starters. Combined they’ve posted a 4.93 ERA during the month of June, which is more than a run higher than the 3.77 ERA the staff posted during the first two months of the season.

The loss of Roy Halladay certainly hasn’t help the staff, but the results on the field haven’t been there either. Exhibit A: Tonight’s starter, Cole Hamels. After dominating the National League for two months, Hamels has not looked himself in his two starts during the season’s third month. He’s thrown 12.2 innings, which is decent for two starts, but has allowed eight earned runs–good for a 5.68 ERA. He has been slightly victimized by a .324 BABIP in those starts. But, bad luck stats aside, the fact is this team needs a win right now, and Hamels needs to be the guy to give it to them. Hamels has faced the Twins once before in 2010. He got a no decision in that start, allowing three earned runs over seven innings pitched.

Starting for Minnesota will be 27-year old, P.J. Walters. After getting 2012 off to a very good start, Walters has come back to earth in his last two starts, allowing nine runs over 9.1 innings pitched. Walters has never faced the Phillies.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Polanco 3B, Mayberry 1B, Martinez 2B

GAMEDAY BEER: Flying Dog Dogtoberfest

Perhaps it’s the rich amber color, the smooth and sweet taste, or the Hunter S. Thompson quote on the label, but something about this beer really does it for me. It’s been one of my absolute favorites since the first time I had it. It has a complex taste, with elements of sweet and bitter, but also goes down incredibly smooth, without being too abrasive to the palette. Despite the name drawing inferences to Autumn, the Dogtoberfest is actually a perfect summertime beer. Have it with some traditionally grilled food. –By Ryan

Go Phillies!

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  1. Jeff Dowder

    June 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Do you know what would happen if you asked Bryce Harper if he wanted a Flying Dog beer?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzbhjzsyvGk

    Speaking of Harper, the kid has a .932 OPS. He’s 19.

  2. Lefty

    June 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Jeff D That’s funny, but I still think Mike Trout will be the better all around major leaguer. (Think Rickey Henderson)

    And a quiz question this evening, but don’t cheat and google it.

    Can you name the only MLB pitcher with a single digit number on his uni? (Hint- formerly in the Phillies organization)

    • EricL

      June 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      I don’t know, but Omar Olivares used to wear #00, which shouldn’t even count as a number.

      • Lefty

        June 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        Wow he wore eleven numbers, and 00 twice. Oops, I cheated.

  3. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Aw… don’t change the pitcher! We liked that one!!!

  4. Jeff Dowder

    June 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Jim Bowden did a blog post on trade deadline sellers. According to him, the Phillies have given up on Brown:

    “Players to market:

    Cole Hamels, LHP: The Phillies should try to sign him first and only consider moving him if he’s not signed by July 31. With a rebuild possibly on the horizon, it would be wise to also keep open the idea of re-signing him as a free agent in November. The Dodgers would love a deal for Hamels around prospect Zach Lee. This is an opportunity for L.A.’s new ownership to make a big splash.

    Shane Victorino, OF: If the Phillies don’t feel they can win the division by the deadline and Victorino is not signed, they might have to consider dealing him and getting value rather than a compensatory draft pick after he walks. The Tigers could put him in left and DH Delmon Young.

    Domonic Brown, OF: The Phillies have given up on him and his stock is at its lowest. However, there are still some organizations, like Toronto, that place a premium on tools and he could end up there.”

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=4237

    • nick

      June 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      That and 1.09 will get you a Wawa coffee. Bowden hasn’t been the most impressive blogger.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Look Wes Mantooth in to pitch.

    3 runs in the first. The phils have to score a ton tonight…
    And Cole Hamels is pitching…

    This story cant end badly…

    Lefty Ill go with my stock answer to all Phillies trivia questions.
    Jose Mesa

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    make that 6 -0 …

  7. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I see 6 runs for the Phils in the first, but I don’t believe it… and I’m not sure I trust them to hold that lead…

  8. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    WOW!!! Go MiniMart!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that!

  9. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Well Tracey, remember its only the second inning. Cole just gave his first homer up.

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    If they blow this one to Dorothy Mantooth and the last place Twins.

    I am turning in my fan card. Or do some shots of jack.

  11. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Roll with the Jack Andrew – this is hard to stomach

  12. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Mini mart made a nice defensive play, BUT then made two putrid errors. With the lead we had starting this game off, if we lose….
    In my heart I’m giving this team until the all-star break, but my head tells me we most likely will be sellers.

  13. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Coleski just doesn’t seem to want to get out of this inning…
    I wonder if the Phils will be playing 2 games again tonight a hitting game in the first 4, and a naptime game from the 5th on?

  14. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    WOW!!! Amazing power!

  15. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Look at this! Way to go Gentleman Jim!

  16. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    It’s interesting to see them maintaining this 6-run lead. Twins score one; we get one in the next half. Twins score 2, we score 2 in the next half.

  17. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    And Vic just keeps swinging at pitch number 1 and Chooch just keeps getting on base..

  18. Chuck A.

    June 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    That home run was a BOMB!!

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      June 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Chuck, I wholeheartedly agree.What is even more impressive is not only did he hit it 450ft. at his age and with a tweaked back, but he has the TOP FOUR distances of home runs for Target field. The man is on fire lately.

  19. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Comon Jimmy, the Twinkies are just trying to give this away

  20. psujoe

    June 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Thome is a stud. Glad to see him killing it at DH. You just hope he can do it coming off the bench.

  21. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Cool Cole, cool Cole

  22. Lefty

    June 13, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Hint # 2 – Traded for Roy Halladay

    Minnesota announcers doubt Thome can be a good pinch hitter when inter-league ends, not enough AB’s, should be playing for AL team. And as much as I like the old guy, I agree.

  23. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Cole has given up his second hr.. will that be all?

  24. EricL

    June 13, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Cot for Choice!

    • Lefty

      June 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Hot as a firecracker

  25. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Both Vic and Poly have not contributed anything to this game yet

  26. Lefty

    June 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Didn’t Thome hurt his back sliding into second? What’s that got to do with him not being able to play first base anymore?

    • EricL

      June 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      At this point it might be worth it to just tell him to stand on the bag, not bend over, and only catch balls right at him and receive throws from the other infielders just to get him in the lineup.

  27. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    If Cool Cole gets through this inning, call it a night? Looks to be sputtering

  28. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Please don’t self-destruct…please don’t self-destruct…

  29. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    That was a bomb. I honestly considered picking up Thome for the AL DH games in fantasy. I should have. Hes been on fire.

    But the fact is even if they win tonight thats only 3 wins this month.

    Here comes the pen Brooks. Pouring the first shot.

  30. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Cool Cole does not like the month of June – Lefty, say it aint true

  31. c schreiber

    June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’m curious as to what you kool-aid drinkers will have to say if the P’s blow this one as it looks like their trying too do as Bastardo is now pitching?? Will you be ready to agree with those of us who already think it’s over for the year?

    • schmenkman

      June 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Ummm, No.

  32. psujoe

    June 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Cole keeps pitching the way he has the last 4/5 games and he’ll RAJ look like a genious.

  33. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Don’t do it big Ed.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/deaths/ed_delahanty_obituary.shtml

    hang in there. And dont jump

  34. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding me…

  35. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Everyone crapping their pants yet?

  36. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Ruben and genius in the same sentence?

    oxymoron :
    A figure of speech in which incongruous or contradictory terms appear side by side; a compressed paradox.

    9-7
    pouring shot #2

    I have a feeling Chuck will be asking for my fan card though.

  37. Catcher

    June 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Wow. Better start kissing our lead goodbye then….what a shocker.

  38. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Nice, score 9 runs and have a 2 run lead.. 2 men on base and there’s still no outs! Amazing.
    Cole was our best pitcher

  39. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    “It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion.” Yeah, that sums it up nicely.

  40. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    And Wheeler says…

    Its like watching a train wreck in slow motion

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    Thank you Chris

  41. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Oh yes, Tonio our best middle reliever –

  42. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Shot 3

    And Brooks let me know when Mesa is coming in to end this rally.

  43. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    WHEW… Well, we’ve got to get back a little insurance…

  44. c schreiber

    June 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Sure seemed like alot of you are sweating. I wonder why??

  45. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    That windows commercial is the worst commercial ive seen in a long time.

  46. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    @Andrew: Isn’t that an insane way to end your career. LMAO.

    In all reality despite our injuries, lack of pop in the line-up, and errors, this team should still be winning games, but now our pitching is bottoming out. We just find ways to lose. What a cluster@ck Cholly has on his hands. Gotta try to hold on to our one-run lead for two freakin’ innings. Oh Christ, here comes Qualls warming up. WTF!!!!…Grrrr….

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      June 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      meant to put “starting” in front of pitching, as our pen is a mess. Damn bourbon.

  47. psujoe

    June 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    serious Question: The Indians are inn the hunt. It’s clear Thome can still hit and DH. What could the Phils get to let Thome finish his career in cleveland. Have to trade high now.

  48. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I wonder if the old man is going to try to use Paplebomb for more than 1 inning.
    Sad I know every bad move the old man contemplates even before he does.

  49. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Thome has no value in any trade.

    As do many of the players you guys think have value.

    Thome truly none. Youd trade for a small fee or release him and no other team claims him but the one he wants to goto. The other teams would respect that I suspect and not claim him.

    • psujoe

      June 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Indians DH is a lefty hitting .240’sh with limited power. 1B is another lefty hitting .220’sh with limitd power. Home town hero for basically 500K and that is no value? We’re not talkin’ practice! We’re talkin’ playoffs and a hero ending his careeer at home.

      • c schreiber

        June 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm

        Their power hitting DH Hefner is on DL and due back in about 2 weeks

    • EricL

      June 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Um, I’m pretty sure he’s better than a number of teams’ current DH players.

    • Jeff Dowder

      June 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      He can’t play the field anymore and he could never pinch hit. He still has some life at DH. It would be nice to see the Phillies send him back to a contender in the AL.

  50. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Perkins… I could go for some french toast. Or fried chicken biscuits

  51. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I truly don’t believe that Gentleman Jim can hold up for an entire year as a DH.

  52. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    BEHIND THE BAG!!

  53. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    OK Vic, do SOMETHING

  54. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    “Its the last at bat that counts -”
    Cholly Manuel

  55. Jeff Dowder

    June 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    R.A. Dickey’s last five starts: 39 2/3 IP, 50 K’s, 1 ER

  56. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    The ultimate in respect to Senor Choochie – now JR, make this guy pay big

  57. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Oh good grief. Bases loaded with no outs, but I have no confidence that they’ll score a run.

  58. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    What a mess, what a total F*n mess

  59. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Pathetic. For christ sake. How many times can they have men in scorimg position and no outs and not score

  60. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Disgraceful. Absolutely disgraceful.

  61. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Here comes a fastball MM

  62. Brooks

    June 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I’m not sure if I need to stick around to see the bottom of the 9th – I drink too much as it is

  63. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Its getying to be re- god -damn -diculous

  64. JohnMatrix

    June 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I thought the twins had a 13 year old manager. When did this old guy take over.

  65. Tracey

    June 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    WHEW!!!! I didn’t think they could do it…

  66. psujoe

    June 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    papplebon has been worth every penny. Great catch Martinez. Need to make moves without sacraficing the future to get some BP help.

  67. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Even in a win the phillies are terrible

    But I got a lot of good laughs out of this.

    Toronto can hit and that park his a hitters park. That will be a fun series.

    I am enjoying this season.
    Bases loaded no outs and no runs.
    I laugh anymore.

  68. psujoe

    June 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Sign Cole for 5/$100 and he should take it!

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