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Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Yankees

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110801033255/logopedia/images/9/98/7204.gifNew York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Brighthouse FieldClearwater, FL

Weather: 72, 60% Chance of Storms

TV: The Comcast Network, MLB Network

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Kyle Kendrick takes the mound against the New York Yankees today.  He is scheduled to be followed by Aaron Cook, Chad Durbin, Zach Miner, and Jeremy Horst. Ryan Howard looks to keep his hot start going as the only Phillies player to start every game.

Howard and the Phils will face Jose Ramirez, a 23-year old righty from the Dominican Republic in his sixth professional season. Look for big games from Howard, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown as the Phillies could tee off against Ramirez, a player who has never played passed the High-A level.


1. Rollins – SS

2. Revere – CF

3. Utley- 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. M. Young – DH

6. Brown – LF

7. Nix- RF

8. Asche- 3B

9. Lerud – C

Go Phillies!



    • Lefty

      February 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

      I look at it like this. Compare their loses to the gains. Who is better

      Bourn, Chipper, Prado


      The Law firm of Upton and Upton

      IMO- At best it’s a wash. I other words the Braves are still good, but not better than last season.

      • schmenkman

        February 27, 2013 at 8:29 am

        Yep, agreed.

      • William Rennick

        February 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

        Medlen & Minor were two of the best starting pitchers in baseball in the second half last season after not contributing much in the first half. They may very well pick up where they left off (they’re certainly young enough), which would improve the team greatly. Nothing stays static – there are plenty of moving parts on every roster. In other words, just observing that “Players A & B are being replaced by Players C & D” is a not the way I’d evaluate a team.

      • hk

        February 27, 2013 at 9:56 am


        While I agree that 2012 Bourn + 2012 Chipper + 2012 Prado projects to be > 2013 Upton + 2013 Upton + 2013 Johnson / Francisco at 3B, I think you also have to consider that a full year of Andrelton Simmons is a huge upgrade over what they got at SS last year (-2.1 WAR from Pastornicky, Wilson and Janish, followed by +2.2 WAR from Simmons over the last 49 games) and that Heyward and Freeman are both at ages where you would project them to improve over last year.

      • Ken Bland

        February 27, 2013 at 11:43 am

        I believe we can count on not being locked up for reasonably expecting the Phils to indeed finish ahead of Atlanta. But one wild card that might dry your wash pretty quick would be if Heyward has that breakout year that offsets some of those losses. He’s scary, though it hasn’t happened yet, of course.

      • Ken Bland

        February 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

        Jayson Werth was asked if considered the Braves or Philadelphia Phillies a bigger threat. Werth, the former Phillie, did not hesitate.

        “Phillies,” he said. “I think everybody is writing them off. They played good in September, when they were healthy. They’re not going to roll over, that’s for sure.”

        And about the Braves? “Yeah, the Braves got the Upton brothers,” Werth said. “But they lost [Martin] Prado and Chipper.”

        J Dub. My man.

      • Lefty

        February 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        @William Rennick and hk- – Valid points, but I was more trying to address the large majority of fans that just look at “”what great moves they made this offseason”” to say that I don’t think those moves improved them greatly- if at all. Of course there are many other moving pieces guys, the Phillies have some too that if all goes well, could easily beat the Braves out. Hell, the Nats are not even totally out of reach. It may appear that way now, heck they look like the best team in baseball on paper. But little things (moving parts) can also derail a season, the loss of a great clubhouse leader like Morse could hurt them more than they know.

        @kb – I like JDub’s comments, just saw that piece a few minutes ago, even Davey Johnson looks like he’s choosing his words about the division carefully, and that’s unusual.

      • hk

        February 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm


        I agree that their off-season transactions leave them likely to get reduced production from 3B, CF and LF in 2013. I’m not so sure I agree with your comment that they are still good, but not better than last season.

  1. George

    February 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Kyle Kendrick still gets no respect. I mean, this is only the second comment on today’s gameday. If this happened to be a Lee or Halladay start, there’d be ten times that number even before the game started.

    I happen to be a Kendrick fan. I think he’ll do well this year.

    • Ken Bland

      February 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You probably wanna discuss him as a pitcher, which is fine. When you say he’ll do well, care to define that?

      My take on the guy is not along those lines. I’m somewhere between fascinated and respectful of the way his career has followed a little engine that could path. Like many, I’ve emotionally rode with his ups and downs, going nuts when he sut out the Cards last year (talk about no respect, he couldn’t inspire comments after that gem. One guy said trade him, his value will never be higher. What is it, a freaking crime to give credit where it’s due?). But all that said, my focus on him now is what happes at year end. He’s hung around, going as far as a 2 year deal, earning a pretty penny. Has about a year or two of arb left, and I’m interested to see how he performs, and possibly getting quite expensive. Will that happen? Six, seven 8 mil or nion tendered. I root, but with an attempted objectivity,asnd am just interested in how it plays out. But the little engine that could keeps on, keepin’ on, and it’s definitely a neat story to follow. Amaro (obsession time) bashers might wanna try to sound objective by giving him credit for being patient with this guy. Don said earlier today Bowa personnifies what Phillie fans want. With a quieter personality, this young man isn’t far from high on that list.

      • George

        February 27, 2013 at 3:42 am

        When I say I think he’ll do well, I’m not thinking in terms of a Halladay or a Hamels. But as a #4 starter, I believe he’ll be fine, putting in some better than average innings, and with decent run support and defense, winning a few more than he loses. I think he’s been slowly improving as a pitcher simply by trusting himself and his somewhat limited stuff. He’s at an age now where most pitchers reach their peak (a lot of people probably don’t realize that he’s actually younger than Cole Hamels).

        He is, as you’ve stated, something of an engine that could, and I hope some fans come around more to his side. It’s hard to love a fourth starter, and he’s rarely even been that high in the pecking order, but that shutout last year was a gem, and should have been appreciated far more than it seemed to be.

    • Lefty

      February 27, 2013 at 6:53 am

      For what it’s worth- The forecasters project Kendrick’s season like this-

      Bill James- 180 IP, 8-12 W-L, 4.25 ERA, 4.75 K/9, 2.65 BB/9,1.1 HR/9
      Steamer- 154IP, 8-9 W-L, 4.60ERA, 5.41K/9, 2.78BB/9,1.08HR/9
      Zips- 140 IP, 9-10, 4.31 ERA, 5.66K/9, 2.57BB/9, 1.16 HR/9

      Pretty much what you’d expect from a 4th or 5th starter. His K/9 which has always been lacking a bit reached an all time high for him last season, (6.55) and is projected to return to his previous numbers. I get the feeling that two of the ratings systems were not aware that he was slotted for the fourth spot by the innings they expect him to pitch. Like I said at the beginning, FWIW.

      • Ken Bland

        February 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

        With expectations like that, KK has a shot at a pretty good year. Those projections might be based strictly on data (I don’t know), but I think James is a little high on the innings pitched.
        It’ll be Kyle’s first full season start to finish starter, and based on his career innings todate, I think 170 would be good to shoot for. Foundation in place, closer to 200 net year might be a realistic goal to shoot for.

        I guess all 3 projectionists were trying to apply a little humor to their data. There’s not other reason to do a profile on him with K/9. If this defense can somehow support his doing a 7.5 H/9, his ERA maybe can test 3.6-3.75. As a pitch to contact guy, and a helluvan example of it, who cares about his K/9? It’s not like it figures to ever change.

        You can’t get arounbd the 98% ability that the game is, but don’t bother checking how the projectionists factored in the security and comfort level of knowing he’s starting every 5th day for the firsttime in his Phillie career.

        It’s fair to judge KK compared to number4 standards. Unfortunately, since the club (as does any, but maybe not as much) that needs some overachieving guys, KK, big responsibility that he holds this year would do well to shoot for higher standards. He’s one of the guys that CAN overachieve, at least by a reasonable amount, and at least in terms of hope, that’s the standard I’m looking for.

        A little Kendrick discussion. HOW BOUT THAT!

  2. phil

    February 26, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Why was Utley scratched today? Anyone know

    • frank

      February 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      Caution. The field was wet because rain just ended.

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