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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (34-38) vs Rays (38-32)

Philadelphia Phillies (34-38) vs Tampa Bay Rays (38-32)

Game 1: Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) vs. David Price (9-4, 3.08)
Game 2: Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48 ERA) vs. Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82 ERA)

TIME: 1:05, 6:35; Citizens Bank Park
PHL 17
Weather: 80’s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

If you like pitching, you will be in for a treat today. The Phillies and Rays will play a day/night double header, and the four starting pitchers all have ERA’s under 3.83. Cole Hamels will get the start in the first game, and he will face off against David Price. In the second game, Cliff Lee will take the mound, and he will oppose Alex Cobb.

As mentioned before, the Rays have really struggled this year against left-handed starters. They have a 9-14 record against them, and are set to face two the best left handed starters in the majors in Hamels and Lee.

Hamels was named World Series MVP in 2008 when he went 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Rays. He hasn’t faced Tampa Bay since, but Jeff Keppinger, who was 5-5 yesterday, is 6-12 lifetime vs Hamels with 3 RBI.

In his last and only start against the Phillies, David Price allowed a career high 10 runs (only five earned). However, he is 3-0 in his last four road starts, including a 7 IP, 3 ER performance against the Washington Nationals.


Game 1: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Ruiz C, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Luna 3B, Martinez 2B, Hamels P

Game 2: Rollins, SS, Pierre, LF, Victorino, CF, Pence, RF, Polanco, 3B, Mayberry, 1B, Schneider, C, Martinez, 2B, Lee, P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer– Whirlwind Witbier
Tonight we have a gentle offering by Victory. This classic German Witbier is supremely drinkable on any evening, especially a rainy one like today. The flavor is comprised by wheat malt and yeast with notes of orange zest, coriander, and clove. Essentially, it’s another more sophisticated version of Blue Moon, if you fancy those. If you can find some fresh shellfish, like a bushel of crabs, have that with it. – By Brian


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  1. Tracey

    June 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Wnee! Iw that the same place he hit his solo HR last night?

    • brooks

      June 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Jimmy’s shot was a 2 run hr in right field

  2. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love the fact these guys are even trying to steal on a southpaw.

  3. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Wiggy, need to make this guy work bud…

  4. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I was just going to ask if Junior had spent his hot streak – too late! First pitch swinging again

  5. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Rollins hit his shot to right field yesterday Tracey

  6. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I’d say what more could you ask from Mr. Hamels? 111 pitch count after 7, with a lead (waay to slim) but its hot out there. Take him out.

  7. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Poly stays in the game

  8. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Wear this B* out!

  9. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Nearly the exact line for each pitcher.

  10. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    This is it.. This is what all the expectations were leading to. Bastardo set up for Papelbon in the 9th with a 1 run lead.

  11. Tracey

    June 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    aw crap….

  12. AZHokie22

    June 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I feel like its not a Bastardo innning without multiple men on base. Jesus…wasted a gem by Cole, story of our season

  13. Tracey

    June 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve got tickets for the 6:30. They haven’t show any sign of offense since 1:30. I have a feeling it’s not going to be a stellar night.

  14. Jeff of Nova

    June 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    This bullpen is pathetic

  15. Mazinman

    June 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Ok, no for watching 8th innings of Phillies games this year for me.

  16. Ken Bland

    June 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Bastardo threw 29 pitches yesterday. What would have been so bad about using Diekman, and if he was off, then your hand is forced, and you use Bastardo then? Now, Bastardo’s probably useless for the next 2 games, between tonight, and tomorrow. And tomorrow, if you think Sterling Joe Blanton’s pitching 9 innings and won’t need bullpen help…well…

  17. Tracey

    June 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    “I’m not dead yet…”

  18. Brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Michael Martinez… not even hitting his weight

  19. Tracey

    June 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm


  20. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Is Utley really coming back on Wednesday?


    I assume Utley is worth 7 games and Howard at least 6

    Thats 13 games to overcome this 10 game defecit

    Thats first place gentlemen.
    First place like when the best team lost the previous 2-5 years.

    Sometimes the best team loses.
    Then Donald puts the best team in last place.

  21. Jeff of Nova

    June 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Not sure what the infactuation with Martinez is, he shouldn’t even be on a AA roster

  22. Stuart

    June 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Something has to be done about this bullpen. They have blown far too many games.

  23. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    It seems like the Phils will lose this double header. 2 hits? really?

  24. brooks

    June 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    It figures, Brooks Conrad is hitting .111

  25. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 24, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I have penciled in Lee for a win in about late august or early September.
    When he gets it he will be worth $27,000,000.00 per win.

    He will win a game this year.

    No drinking on Sundays Brooks

    • Jeff Dowder

      June 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Lee is only making $21.5 million this season. He needs 3 wins to be more cost effective than Freddy Garcia’s $10 million per win ratio of 2007.

  26. Trich

    June 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I’m at the ballpark. It’s so quiet here, you can here the radio.

  27. Trich

    June 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    My friends and neighbors left already. I’m holding on to the bitter end.

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