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Gameday: Phillies (5-6) at Marlins (2-9)

Philadelphia Phillies (5-6) at Miami Marlins (2-9)

Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.72) vs Kevin Slowey (0-2,2.19)

Time: 1:10 PM, Marlins Park
Weather: 83, Chance of Rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies and Marlins are coming off back-to-back low scoring games that came down to the final innings.  The Phillies really need to step up the offense today.

Kevin Slowey has pitched well in first two starts of the season, but the Marlins’ offense has struggled mightily thus far.  The Phillies will catch a break once again as Giancarlo Stanton will be out of the lineup.

Concerns continue to surround Roy Halladay.  Will he struggle against this weak Marlins lineup?  Or will he continue his success against the Marlins?

LINEUP: Jimmy Rollins gets the day off. Quintero catching Halladay.

Revere CF, Galvis SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Young 3B, Brown LF, Mayberry RF, Quintero C, Halladay P.






  1. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Ripken, I mean Utley, never a good idea to start a message with a typo is playing again today.
    That’s not a bad thing, but it’s interesting to think about that with the idea of how valuble he is to the lineup’s offense even though he’s basically cooled off quite a bit in the last few games. When you figure the Phils will probably have to be at their best for the next 7 against the Reds (at) where you can count on a minimum of 1 nightmarish game per history, and then against the Cardinals for 4 at home, you’d like to think Chase will have played in the first 19 games.

    I doubt anyone would have expected that. It’s great if it’s holding up. And I don’t know that he should have gotten a day off anywhere along the line, or for those future games. It’s just a little surprising he hasn’t. I’m sure Charlie will get blamed if Chase wears down, but that’s why being an unofficial bench coach, as Ryne is, and the so called heir apparent might be as good a job as a backup quarterback,

  2. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    In better times, IF it happened, you wouldn’t even notice it, but with the spotlight bright and focused, even in a shut ’em down 1-2-3, Doc threw 5 strikes out of 11 pitches. You wouldn’t think that’s a god sign, but what anopposing lineup, although Polly, Dobbs and Coughlan have all fared pretty decently V Doc.

  3. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    There’s a play of the game early nominee. Quintero-Halladay-Revere 8-9-1 and Mayberry in the 7 spot really limits the Phils scoring chances, and with 1 out, Revere on 3rd, Galvis (2-2), Utley hits the first pitch into a tailor made amongst tailor made double plays killing the rally. Well, rally’s a strong word, but it’s all relative.

  4. glutenous

    April 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    And once again the phillies can’t score. They seem incapable of hitting with RISP.

    • Ken Bland

      April 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      While that’s true, 2 of the 4 or 5 failings today are by Utley. On the 1st pitch of the at bat. No way did I think he’d do that again last at bat, but I’ll take him in that situation all day long, recent history be damned. Out of the 4-26 in this series, or whatever it is, to me, a good measure of it is how many of the outs are hard hit balls. I don’t know the answer, but if most are, you just write it off.

      I can’t believe they’ve had their last AB with RISP of the day. Let’s see how they do from here.
      Not that you write off the frustration of what’s been.

      • Ken Bland

        April 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        You gotta have heart. All ya really need is heart. Young Mike.

      • glutenous

        April 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

        I was surprised to see Utley swing at the first pitch there. You expect a better at-bat from him in that situation.

      • Ken Bland

        April 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        This swinging at the first pitch stuff is overdone. It’s risky, sure, but a quality hitter sees a pitch he thinks he has, you get after it.

        I thought Howard’s legs against Pierre’s arm was actually the danger zone more than the play at the plate.

        If Minnie Mart laced a 3 run triple against the Phils, it would be the equal of what we just saw. That is inbleepingcredible. Freaking Qualls.

  5. glutenous

    April 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I really thought Howard was going to get thrown out at the plate on Young’s hit. Am I too pessimistic?

  6. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Guess we can at least start sniffing 200 now. At 57 pitches, Doc’s probably positioned to show the grimace when Charlie says that’s enough, and we’ll see how it works out with no Adams today. Far from out of the woods, but a couple extra runs, a miracle in this part of the lineup would be a godsend.

    • glutenous

      April 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Chad Qualls steps on the mound and induces a first-pitch double play to end the inning? Absolutely unacceptable.

  7. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Revere now has hit 4 balls in the infield, and is a maximum of 3 steps from a 4 for 4 day.

    I’m not sure how good that is, actually. Eddie Gaedel had more power than this guy.

  8. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Giving that lead up really, really hurts.

  9. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    How many centerfielders in baseball need the relay man to execute that double play? And Nennie exerted full strength to get the ball to Galvis.

    Oh, well, they at least got it.

  10. Lefty

    April 14, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    If they leave Qualls in to face Utley, Howard and Young, he won’t disappoint.

  11. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Might be reinvent the wheel thinking here, but I might be inclined to pinch run Jimmy for RyHo, and move Young to 1st base the rest of the way. I suspect off Qualls, RyHo gets a chance to score.

  12. glutenous

    April 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Sigh. Just another game you can honestly say the Phillies do not deserve to win.

  13. chuck schreiber

    April 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Qualls never pitched like this for us. Does that tell you about our offense.

  14. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Lotta down time for Doc during this long but scoreless to date frame. See how it affects him. Doc mentioned some long innings by the Phils hitters last year affected him. Funny, I remember very few long offensive innings by the club, but be that as it may, hopefully they score out of this and he’s ready to roll.

  15. chuck schreiber

    April 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    The same Jimmy popup, two days in row in crutial situations. Hasn’t changed

  16. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Even with a win, this game has a huge asterisk on it’s tag because you gotta PH for Doc now.

    So unless they score here, he’s not getting 200.

    In other words, they better score. It’s sad enough that after masterfully oirchestrating his way to an economic pitch count off intelligent pitching (and weak competition, let’s not get carried away), he’s not out there to apply the tying knot himself. Nice outing though, but ya gotta win this game.

  17. Bart Shart

    April 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    This Phillies team is basically inept. It will be a struggle to finish with a 500 record this year. I would say that it is time to rebuild NOW !!!! I am happy to see the fans NOT PAYING for an inferior product this year. Very disappointed thus far in 2013

  18. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I am officially retired from criticizing Laynce Nix for life. Suuuhhhhhweeeeeetness!

    What a rip!

    Let’s go DH, and Doc can pitch the 9th. Maybe that’s a great rule afterall.


  19. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Utley walk and a RyHo base hit, and the 4 guy has a higher BA than Chase. Early season anomoles are a trip. Just like Doc halving his ERA today.

  20. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Okay, here’s the deal. We’re 10 minutes or so from a memorable win. 200, baby.

    But at the same time, this could be the worst loss the Phils endure in a long time. About a week, if you’re hanging around 12th and Vine, and might take a train, might take a plance.

    Welcome to the sports world. Either exhilaration, or we’ll wonder why the hell we watch this stuff.

    Paps Winning Ribbon Time. Let’s do it.

  21. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm



    2 to 200

  22. Brooks

    April 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I think Nix redeemed his entire career with that swing too.

  23. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    WP – Halladay

    Save Papelbon

    GWRBI Nix

    Coming soon. 1 away from 200

  24. Brooks

    April 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    There we go….
    Does it matter that the victory was way to hard fought against the dregs of the ML today? No it doesn’t. The Phils won and that’s all that counts.
    Now that I will call a good game.

  25. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, that is sweet. Deserve to win or not. Gonna be a good fliught to the Natti. Doc may downplay the achievement in the post game, but I have a feeling that on the flight, with his boys, he will really have this sink in. It ain’t 300, but it’s a whole lotta wins.

    Solid game. Loved watching this one.

    1 game behind the Nats assuming the Braves hold an earlier 9-0 lead.

    Keep pluggin. Gots to be havin’ heart.

  26. chuck schreiber

    April 14, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    How good right now would J Upton or Fowler be looking in our lineup? Oh, that’s right Rube made OF moves on, oh nobody.

    • Mike

      April 14, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      And they could’ve gotten Justin had they not given up Vance and May for Revere.

      • G7

        April 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

        They had no shot at Upton, get over it!

      • Double Trouble Del

        April 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Really? May, Worley, Pettibone, Martin, Joseph, Asche, Ruff et al, together would not have been enough to get Upton.

    • hk

      April 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Forget J Upton and Fowler, how good would Nate Schierholtz look in the Phils’ OF right now?

      • Rudy Canoza

        April 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        He’s off to a good start!

      • wbramh

        April 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

        I’d rather have a slumping and hurt Stanton in right field than the guy who is supposed to automatically (and undeservedly) inherit the position sometime this season.

        And unlike Upton, I think the team has a fighting chance to land Stanton.

      • Lefty

        April 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

        wbramh- You sure caught my eye there. What do you base this “fighting chance” on?

    • schmenkman

      April 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Justin Upton’s career OPS on the road: .740
      John Mayberry’s career OPS on the road: .741

      Upton is a good player, but I expect him to come back to earth at some point.

  27. Lefty

    April 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Paps had me nervous there for a minute, he got it done, all that matters.

  28. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Big time congrats to Humberto Quintero for being an integral part of Doc’s 200th as his batterymate. Sdded a double, too. No doubt a cherishable moment in his career.

  29. ken stfu

    April 14, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Boy that Ken was annoying know it all today.

    • Brooks

      April 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      This must be KB’s brother, little Ken. Ah, a brotherly love.

    • Rudy Canoza

      April 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Haha, it’s definitely hard to read the game day threads now with 20 or 30 posts by the same dude.

    • c schreiber

      April 15, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      As usual.

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