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Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Astros


Houston Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Brighthouse FieldClearwater, FL

Weather: 80, 10% Chance of Rain

TV: The Comcast Network

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Baseball is finally here!

Cole Hamels takes the hill in the Phillies Spring Opener at Brighthouse Field against the American League’s newest punching bag, the Houston Astros. Scheduled to follow Hamels on the hill are B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, and Justin De Fratus. All of the relievers throwing today have a puncher’s chance to make the club out of Spring Training.

The Astros counter with Lucas Harrell, 27, on the bump. Harrell, a righty, was 11-11 with a 3.76 ERA last year for the Astros in his rookie season.

Revere – CF
M. Young – 3B
Utley – 2B
Howard – 1B
Ruf – LF
Brown – RF
Nix – DH
Betancourt -SS
Kratz – C

Go Phillies!



  1. CS

    February 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    For the record it’s not on RCN.

  2. Brian

    February 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Why isn’t Galvis getting the start at short?

  3. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Geez, Harrell is listed at the top of the Houston depth chart for their starters. Even above Norris. zGuess that goes with the bottomless predictions for their club.

  4. CS

    February 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Revere leading off, takes the count 3-1, 3-2, and gets an infield hit.

    • Ken Bland

      February 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      I like power, but I’m a huge fan of speed. That was a terrific sequence.

  5. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I didn’t realize they called an error on the ball Young knocked down. Not an easy play, but one most 3rd basemen make. Dom did a nice job of calling off Chase on the fly ball in T1.

    Same old Chase on the basepaths. Mid season form.

  6. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Bah, humbug. I was thinking that if Kratz worked a hitter’s count, they should score 4 this inning, but he flew out early in the count. Then, something we won’t see often, Revere GIDP.

    Bettencourt hitting away worked out well for Charlie.

    Nice start at 2 zip.

  7. Chuck A.

    February 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Franzke and L.A. on the radio is like music to my ears.

  8. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Didn’t affect anything, but a strong, but inaccurate throw from Dom as Houston cuts it to 2-1. So the tying run probably would have scored had he been sent. Too far up the line.

  9. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Juan Pierre 2-2 for the Fish, leading the Cards, 5-1. Polly’s hitting 2nd, 0-1. Nice top 3, Pierre, Polly, and Stanton.

  10. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    The old Texas catch phrase, “Ground ball past a diving Young and the ball kicks off Ruf’s glove.

    It’s windy, and it’s Game 1, but defensive questions aren’t being answered today.

    • Chuck A.

      February 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Revere. And the beat goes on…

      • Ken Bland

        February 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        Yeah, but Bettancourt’s havuinbg a good game. He’s just depth, but his day has been fun to watch.

  11. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    That oughta do it for BJ. At leasthe got his work in. I didn’t count, but I don’t know that he threw 1 swinging strike. Or it felt like it. Now that Kendrick is dabbling in holding some degree of confidence from people, BJ might be ready to step into KK’s hopefully former role, the one you semi to fully dread. Hopefully, he’s ready for a better year when it counts, because he was as much a part of the bashed pen last year. That’s the sort of performance that one way or another this club can’t afford to carry.

  12. Publius

    February 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The praising of Yuni’s defense is both hilarious and rage-inducing. The dude is *terrible*.

    • Ken Bland

      February 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      What praise are you referring to?

      • Publius

        February 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Sarge saying that Yunu can “pick it” and has an “all-star arm”

      • Chuck A.

        February 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

        Sarge has to be the WORST announcer/color commentator in sports. As for Betancourt….who cares. Like Ken says, he’s just depth. If he can make a few decent plays along the way then great. Otherwise, it’s really a non-issue.

      • Ken Bland

        February 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        Whhels committed a Sargism along those lines earlier today as well saying Fransden did some superlative adjective when he played 3rd last year. Fransden was a valuble player last year, and a nice story, but he wasn’t any sort of defensive standout when he played 3rd.

        At least we know Wheels and Sarge are in mideseason form.

  13. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    You can’t jump on a guy not pitching well today, because you don’t know what he’s working on, like Jerome Walden appears to have gotten hit for the Braves (didn’t watch), but that’s a helluva job by Jared Cosart in his 2 innings.

  14. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Aw, geez, Mini’s in the game at short. Good luck on a comeback

  15. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I’m afraid to look at the box to see if Mini will get an at bat this inning. Holy fear!

  16. Arc

    February 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    So, hows that money saving outfield working out for us? Lmfao
    Oh, I know, I know, its just spring training. Thats what they said last year.
    Looks like the same batting philosophy to me; all or nothing.

    • Chuck A.

      February 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Just LOVE your optimism. Jesus…live Phillies baseball is back in our lives for the first time in almost 5 months and you’re complaining like a spoiled baby.

      • Arc

        February 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

        Was your heart not crushed the last two Octobers like the rest of us? there’s a point where irrational optimism is a negative. I dont want to feel good, i want to win. And if you think you were the only one counting the days from last season to watch the Phillies, you’re the most “uneducated fan in baseball”. I know this is spring training, but you cant tell me in the back of your mind your not seeing the impending doom witnessing the performance of this squad ” AGAINST A SPRING TRAINING ASTRO’S SQUAD” which can only be a foreshadow, or should I say, will be a mirror of last years season. Tell me how this squad will be markedly better than the second half squad of last season., and dont spew off that best case scenario crap. You know as well as I do, as a general law of manhood that; anything that can go wrong will go wrong. So, as men we hope within reason, but it is irresponsible to not prepare for the worst.

  17. Jay Floyd

    February 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm


    • Ken Bland

      February 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      I THINK, and I mean think there was an old NHL player Gilles Tremblay that pronounced it like that. Not that that has anything to do with a guy that should be a household name to 1 of the team’s broadcasters, but maybe that’s where it comes from, a typical pronounciation of the French name. Might be very wrong.

  18. Arc

    February 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Its ironic, many of the fans on here, by their condescending comments against me assume the posture of believing they are the most knowledgeable about baseball out of the Gen. public, and that maybe so, but this kind of group also has the most biased judgement. Most of you cant see things objectively. The irony is that the casual, less knowledgeable fan “such as myself” is probably the most objective fan. Now, listen here little kiddies, this season is toast, the 2014 free agent market is garbage. How do we start to build a serious team able to compete in the next 5 years with Hamels as our #1. Also, what have we learned from our mistakes if anyone can reason this out objectively.

    • EricL

      February 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Yes, Arc, you’ve certainly made it clear that you find condescending comments to be gauche.

  19. Observer

    February 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Don’t feed the trolls?

    • Arc

      February 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      doesn’t your post contradict your screen name??

  20. Ken Bland

    February 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    The good and bad of it all.

    Da good….

    Cool Hamels


    Yunesky had a career game

    Revere is gonna be more than fun towatch, more like FUN.

    Day closer to seeing where Doc is.

    Great to see Chase this early.

    Enjoyed watching Jared Cosart.

    Coulda done without….

    Bad enough it’s Houston, bleeping pain that they are with so few names, but those bleepers now have a lifetime record against the Phils of 10,000-1. Course the 1 loss was the 5th game of ’80 in the LCS, so it don’t matter.

    I’m interested to see when we see better defensive play, even fundamentally, let alone execution. It should happen, it better happen. Consitetly might be a dream.

    Good night from last place, grapefruit style.

    • Arc

      February 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Maybe Paps is right, there just never seems to be that killer instinct like the Giants have. It never seems to be a sense of urgency. One little league kid, who was about 17 once told me back in 2010, that he thought the Phillies were just arrogant. “out of the mouth of babes”.
      Anyway, I really dont see any visible philosophically different approach to the game of baseballl from this club. Amaro did not bring in that leader, I guess unless its ” Michael Young?” Im sorry, I think “Pat the Bat” was that guy!!

  21. Chuck A.

    February 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Arc – Not sure just what to respond to first but here goes:

    1) Stop it with the “most uneducated fan in baseball” crap. When you say sh!t like that it makes you look stupid and small and you won’t get much respect from anyone on here.

    2) No, I DON’T see “impending doom” after the first Spring Training game. Are the Phillies going to win the division? No probably not. BUT… they DO have a chance to win 90 games and make the playoffs. A lot has to go right, but those things (healthy Utley and Howard), healthy Doc (maybe not 2010 form but a bounceback from last season), improved back end of the bullpen.

    3) Yes, “anything can go wrong that will go wrong.” But flip that over and you can also make a case that anything can go right that will go right. I choose to look at it that way until I feel otherwise (like sometime after the actual season starts, for example).

    4) Hamels as our #1??? You’re actually questioning that??

    5) Pat the Bat was a leader?? No, he was an adequate left fielder, a very good RH bat for us for many years and, by all accounts a good teammate. I don’t necessarily think he was a “leader”.

  22. frank

    February 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Someone made a comment years ago that I have never forgotten because it is so true. That is that losing hurts more than winning feels good. I would imagine that most fans feel a lot worse about not winning the world series in 2009 than feeling good about winning it all in 2008. I sure wouldn’t want to be a fan of the cubs or other teams whose fans have never experienced their team winning a world series. The Phil’s have given this fan base an exciting winning team for years.
    One team will win it all this year. But there are millions of fans that have hope that their team will be that team. I love baseball and hope the Phil’s win, but if they don’t, I will still love watching them and talking about what they need to do to get better

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