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2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (37-50) at Rockies (33-52)

Philadelphia Phillies (37-50) vs. Colorado Rockies (33-52)

Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) vs. Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.98)

Time: 8:40, Coors Field
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The second half of the season is underway!  In recent history, the Phillies have been known to be a second half team.  They have to start playing good baseball immediately if they want any shot at getting into the postseason.  Playing against the Rockies could be a good start, especially since the Rockies have a worse record than the Phillies.

Cliff Lee is coming off his first win of the year.  Lee needs to put his first half behind, and put together a nice streak of wins.  Lee will be opposed by rookie Christian Friedrich, who has struggled in most of his starts.

The Rockies are without Troy Tulowitzki, who had surgery in mid-June.  However, All Star Carlos Gonzalez is having a tremendous year, batting .330 with a .967 OPS.  In addition, Todd Helton is always a threat.

Coors Original

Your Gameday Beer – Coors Original

In the spirit of this mile-high series, sip on a can of original Coors as you witness the Phillies hit the road. The “Banquet Beer,” as it’s known, is 5 percent ABV and is the oldest of the Coors beers. Buy a six-pack, eat some steak and potatoes with it, and be sure to dispose of the cans by stepping on them, just as the Phils will hopefully do to the Rockies tonight. – By Pat
Go Phillies!

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  1. JohnMatrix

    July 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I thought you said this pitcher struggled. Looks like cy young to me

  2. Ken Bland

    July 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Not necessarily fair to mention this, let alone of great importance, but Chase is now hitting below .200 since his first at bat homerun. Still less than 40 at bats. 14 total bases in those at bats.

  3. JohnMatrix

    July 13, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Sorry cliff. Not tonight. Same old phils.

  4. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Earlier today, I was reading a quote from Cliff Lee about his first win. He said that his failure to get a win wasn’t a big deal. Well, guess what, Cliffy. It IS a big deal. And maybe if you remembered that it’s a big deal, you wouldn’t suck so badly.

    This is ridiculous. We start off the xecond half of the season against one of the few teams that’s doing worse than we are. And that team is now winning. Thanks for nothing, Cliff.

    • schmenkman

      July 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      I assume he meant that the fact that he personally had not been credited with a win is not a big deal, which of course is exactly right.

      At this point, and it’s a low bar, but this is a quality start for Lee. Tonight is on the offense.

      • Ken Bland

        July 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

        It does measure out that way, but he had some bank account savings that carried him to it with that lack of control in the 6th. Wild high. Not the first time this year. But he pitched real well for the most part, great groundball ratio.

        It is on the offense, but that’s so far.

      • Ryne Duren

        July 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm

        dead on schmenkman! 3 runs 2 earned. schwimmer sucks, put the game out of reach. the article about our pen yesterday was encouraging. and i agreed. i even commented on schwimmers outings being better! then tonite my son and i are watching and lee is beginning to struggle and i’m squalking to my son that a real manager would have a righty and lefty warming up going into the inning with lee at 70 pitches to start.and i see schwimmer stretching his arms out then he sat down after lee gave up another hit! i’m screaming at the tv! come on charlie you moron get somebody up will ya! next thing i know dubee’s out there kiling time then schwimmer comes in . say to my son he’s been doing pretty good lately i hope he’s loose enough. no sooner i get that out boom boom boom i say my son .i’ll keep my mouthshut! i think part of our pens problems are they let the veteran starter stay in too long because of who they are and don’
        t have guys loose enough when they come in! the starter gets left in and he puts runners on and gives up a few runs then nitwit decides it’s time and brings a pitcher in not warmed up then it’s over. how many times have you seen that?

  5. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    The Four Aces are now the Four Jokers.

    • Ken Bland

      July 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      I don’t think that’s true. The lead singer of the group died a few years ago, and I think the other members of the group are retired.

      The Four Jokers must be a different group. Matter of fact, they may not have even been 1 hit wonders. Kind of like a certain baseball team that won Opening Day, and feels like they haven’t won since.

  6. Lefty

    July 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I think we need to put some real bulls in the pen. It just feels like it falls apart every night like this.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

      lefty we need alot of things. i’m getting to the point where if we’re gonna lose then bring up a couple of AA position players and see what they can do. can they be any worse? poly can’t run his hits are all soft he has practically no run production. dinglberry get two hits one infield then promptly gets picked off. he’d be at AA tomorrow replacing the player we brought up. trade vic for anykind of bullpen piece you can get. ship schwimmer out. i can go on and on. these guys piss me off i’m running out of hair to lose! lol

  7. John

    July 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    This team is a disaster….I know we have not given him runs, but i am so sick of cliff lee at this point!

  8. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I remember watching them in 2000. I don’t remember them looking this bad even then. This is ridiculous.

  9. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I really need to revise my Harry Kalas game-calling program. Because I’m tired of Harry sounding so excited every time the other team kicks our asses.

  10. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    WHEW! That was risky, but it worked! Now let’s see if we can bring him home…

  11. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    YES!!! About time they figured out how to get somebody home from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

  12. JohnMatrix

    July 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    As i said before, at least its still baseball, but boy was i nieve to think a week off would change things

  13. Tracey

    July 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I was hoping this game would start off the second half on a good note. I think we were all hoping for that. I just hope this game doesn’t set the tone for the second half, because they looked deflated, just like in the first half.

    • Ryne Duren

      July 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Tracey ricky bo said on the pregame that the phils said they’re refreshed and he said he’s looking forward to the phils gettin it going tonite! he said they should sweep the rockies are a horrible team, their pitcher tonite has an era over 10.00 at coors! well if they’re horrible and they sweep us guess what their record will be better than ours! what’s that make us?

  14. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I hope Ruben has his plan to sell in place before the end of the week. Sheesh! Not what I had hoped for tonight.

  15. JohnMatrix

    July 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Fuvk mayberry. Pierre should play everygame

    • Stuart

      July 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

      I have been saying this for ever. Pierre is GREAT at the top of the lineup. He is quick, he can steal and he can bunt. His average is better then mostly everyone on the team. Why does Charlie insist on not playing him as a starter?

      • schmenkman

        July 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

        Because it’s a platoon. Pierre has started against 26 straight right-handed pitchers.

        Mayberry starts against most LHPs, and that’s a good thing. Mayberry is hitting .258 against lefties, and has shown power, with a .506 slugging percentage and .769 OPS.

        Pierre has hit lefties fairly well for his career, but this year he’s hit .171 against them with 0 walks and 0 extra base hits, for a horrendous .361 OPS.

        There are 301 players who have at least 40 at bats against lefties. Pierre’s .361 ranks 299th.

        Seems like the right decision.

      • Stuart

        July 14, 2012 at 12:57 am

        I would rather have an actual number 2 hitter and someone who can bunt and have speed at the top of the lineup then playing Mayberry and batting him 7th and then putting Vic in at second. It messes up the whole lineup when they could have a more legitimate lineup with Pierre in there. For what its worth, Pierre’s WAR for this season is 1.04, Mayberry…-0.1…Yes, negative. He does not help the team in anyway. You cant simply look at average. You have to look at how a player overall helps a lineup and helps the team.

      • schmenkman

        July 14, 2012 at 3:52 am

        Please confirm to make sure I understand right: againts lefties, you would rather have an automatic out in the lineup than a better-than average hitter with some pop. The “for what it’s worth” part isn’t worth very much when you’re quoting overall stats as an argument for playing Pierre against lefties.

        Mayberry has certainly struggled this year, and his 128 at bats against RHPs have been as big a hole in the lineup as 2011’s Michael Martinez was overall. But against LHPs, he’s been pretty good, and has helped the team loads more than Pierre has.

      • Stuart

        July 14, 2012 at 7:19 am

        I just dont think 250 is all that much better than 170 when the one other player is a lot better player. He can work walks more, he doesnt strike out as much, he can steal bases if he gets on base, he can actually drop down a bunt. Pierre can help this team produce runs by playing small ball which is what this team needs.

      • EricL

        July 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Okay, but there’s lots of things Mayberry can do that Pierre can’t do like, for instance, hit the ball out of the ballpark. Mayberry also has an arm with some strength in it, as compared to the wet shoelace that is Pierre’s arm.

        The bottom line is that Pierre is a better hitter than Mayberry when facing right handed pitching, while Mayberry is a better hitter than Pierre when facing lefties, and they’re getting playing time accordingly.

  16. Double Trouble Del

    July 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Only Hamels will bring more back than the second and third tier players that Polanco or Victorino or Wiggington or Pence or Mayberry or Fontenot will bring back. Nobody acquired in those deals will be seen until 2015!

    • Ryne Duren

      July 14, 2012 at 12:16 am

      the only two i would keep on your list would be fontenot and wiggy for the bench! the rest can go! and i don’t care if we just released them! pence you could probably get something for him, but the rest hah! the player we would get aren’t gonna be any better than what we have down there right now. so bring up our own players can they suck any more or less than those guys?

      • Ryne Duren

        July 14, 2012 at 12:17 am

        oh yea i forgot to mention SIGN HAMELS

    • EricL

      July 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

      In addition to Hamels, you can very likely get some pretty good pieces by trading Hunter Pence.

  17. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 14, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Paging Dr. Donald M. Wheeler.
    Paging Dr. Wheeler.

    Doctor there is no more pulse.

    Doctor the King Howard and Prince Utley have what record as starters?

    Doctor your prognosis was not correct.

    Doctor Donald
    Doc Halladay soon.

    The prescription we need?
    And its all better. I hope.

    Cant lose.

  18. Morris Buttermaker

    July 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

    I know people are upset with Schwimer. But you have to realize that he plays a very valuable role on the team. Once you see Schwimer coming into the game, you can safely change the channel without any concern that the Phillies will come back and win the game. The Phillies might be trailing by 1 to 3 runs late in the game, and you kind of know that they will not make a huge come back. You may be thinking, “Hmm… the Phillies still have a chance, but I really want to get caught up on Game of Thrones” But alas, you see Schwimer coming in from the bullpen, and you feel safe about changing the channel, putting in a DVD, turning on the Playstation or going to bed.

    • Joey Spagna

      July 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Ain’t Schwimmer the guy that bangs Jennifer Aniston?

  19. Cs

    July 14, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Shane is shot. I’ll take $15 in trade to dump him.

    • schmenkman

      July 14, 2012 at 3:56 am

      Selling low is typically not a good strategy. Actually if ever there was a time to sign him to an extension, this would be it.

  20. Andrew From Waldorf

    July 14, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Paging Doctor Donald M. Wheeler?

    Do the frauds proposing ridiculus trades mean that much?

    The ones that clown the state of the franchise?

    Well Its all funny.

    How about those of us that care?

    We dont matter much. You have your agenda.
    They are all great and thats that.

    Its only 15 games

  21. Psujoe

    July 14, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Sign Hamels and get what you can for the rest even if you have to pay salary in the trades. Pierre will get you a decent middling prospect or 2. He’s destroying righties and is once again a huge threat to steal. Vic will get you something. He’s killing lefties and is a gold glove caliber cf. after that only pence would net value.

  22. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

    @Morris: Lmfao!

  23. Ray Guinea Boy

    July 14, 2012 at 10:38 am


    You’re a complete idiot.

  24. Ken Bland

    July 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    “The Yankees can say all they want that they won’t trade,” Gammons said (LISTEN HERE). “I do think it’s not exactly in Brian Cashman’s DNA to trade young players, but it’s different when you’re Cliff Lee. I think there’s a possibility. I really do. I think (the Phillies) can get more for Cliff Lee than for Cole Hamels.”

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