2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (7-10) vs. Cardinals (9-7)

CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (7-10) vs St. Louis Cardinals (9-7)

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.52) vs Lance Lynn (2-0, 5.40)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 54, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

So that’s what winning feels like? After what feels like forever (“forever” being four games in this very young season), the Phillies finally got back in the win column last night. Tonight, they look to make it two in a row, something the team hasn’t done in over a week.

If there’s any Phillies pitcher you have a ton of confidence in here in the early going, it’s the man on the mound tonight–Cliff Lee. Through three starts, Lee has been the Phillies anchor, getting two wins and allowing two runs over seven innings in his no decision. His 1.52 ERA ranks near the top of the NL among starting pitchers. It’s been nothing but smooth sailing for Lee against the Cards over the course of his career, as his 3-2 record and 2.44 ERA in six starts indicates.

Countering Lee will be righthander, Lance Lynn. Lynn is off to a shaky start so far this season, allowing nine earned runs in fifteen innings pitched, while managing to pitch into the sixth only once. In his lone start against the Phillies, he allowed four runs over five innings.

In the lineup, Ryan Howard sits for the second straight game due to soreness in his groin, while Domonic Brown returns, getting the start in RF. Freddy Galvis, Mr. Do It All, gets another start in the outfield.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Galvis LF, Utley 2B, M Young 3B, Brown RF, Mayberry 1B, Revere CF, Kratz C, Lee P

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  1. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Couple points of interest in the AL Central game today between the Twinkies and ChiSox. Vanimal threw 7 innings of seemingly excellent baseball, yielding a solo homer in that time, dropping his ERA to 7.11. Show how much that 1 horrific start did him in.

    And Aaron Hicks, he of Grapefruit Hall of Fame membership off a 3 homer game against Cliff (at least 2 off Cliff) went 0-2 to drop his average to .042. But he walked twice in his 4 plate trips, so I know Andrew will be going out of his way to rebuild his fantasy squad around Hicks.

    On Monday’s starter, it almost has to be Valdes with Adam Morgan throwing 100 pitches Thursday. Cloyd, BJ and Petibone numbers wise are terrible. Maybe Tommy Joseph could pitch since so many want him up here, and he wouldn’t have any passed balls on the mound.
    DeFratus has impressive numbers, and the Mart that’s known as Useless is 10-30 at the plate.
    That’s an all-star level .333 if you’re scoring at home.

    Feeling very confident of a win tonight. Direction of the omen to be determined by reality.

  2. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Weird Lance Lynn career stat…

    V lefties 459 plate appearances, 65 walks

    V righties, 490 plate appearances, 17 walks

    With RISP, batters hiit .216, off Cliff they hit .269.

  3. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Not to overreact, but a wandering mind wonders if Freddy Galvis might wind up as a regular CF by year’s end. Bennie’s play wasn’t exactly easy, but that first inning might be a poster child for if that happened.

  4. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    For what it’s worth, Soriano and Castro have had success V Lynn. Fress swinging righties, which Mayberry pretty much is.

  5. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Totally ridiculously up in the zone this inning. Way up.

  6. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    It’s one thing to be careful with the big hitters, but you still can’t just throw a strike to an Allen Craig, early season slump or not. This guy is a hitter. Be careful.

    • Ken Bland

      April 20, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Well, he threw a strike. Hip hip hoorsay. Where’s that sarcasm font?

  7. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    And it all started with a leadoff walk.

    Very nice.

  8. Joshua

    April 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Umpire freaking have that walk to holiday. Squeezing lee

  9. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Lynn’s got a no hitter.

    Hopefully that kills that.

    I like this trivia question tonight. 2 guys that won Triple Crowns. What’s the big deal, everybody wins triple crowns.

    Okay, lets proicess this sucker.

    Medwick is well documented as the last NLer to do it. But I don’t recal him ever being mentioned as a repeat achiever, which you would think would be attached to the memory.
    So I’ll hesitantly scratch him.

    Babe hit .373 1 year,and if they had MVPs all his years, he’d have won 10 of ’em. And you know the drill on his homer dominance. So Babe is one. Duh.

    Other guy…..I have to go with Jimmie Foxx. Pretty underrated guy.

    Degree of confidence in the answer is about 60%. Something bugs me about Medwick, but twice just doesn’t seem likely, and Frank Robinson never won it with the Reds. Obviously, Musial is possible. Stick with Babe and Foxx and play your first instincts.

    • Ken Bland

      April 20, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Frankie Frisch must fit into this brain teaser somehow. Hell if I know how, but he must.

      • Ken Bland

        April 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby. I like being close on these questions. Keeps my self esteem in tact.

        Hornsby was pretty obvious to anybody awake.

  10. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Today’s papers are working feverishly to reword this morning’s game stories. The new headline is “Phils win on Blip Night at the Bank.”

  11. CMay

    April 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Is that actually a base hit??

  12. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Wouldn’t guess Charlie’s thinking, but no matter the score, since they probably get to Cliff in the order now, you gotta use Howard this inning. Save him for the big spot later, which might well not come, he faces a lefty. Here, he’d get Lynn for sure.

  13. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    So Laynce gets the at bat. And that’s fine if Howard just can’t hit. But if he PH’s Howard later, it’d be flat out incredible.

  14. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    The MLB.com feed has 29 video highlights available for your interrupting pleasure. I don’t know what game they are counting 29 highlights from. Maybe Jimmy’s 3 essential popups are highlights? What’s really so highlightisih about Mayberry’s double? Maybe I need to look upo highlight or highlightish in Webster’s. Or MLB.com needs a new calculator.

  15. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Wonder if it’s telling that Aumont was used in a losing game, and for more than 1 inning tonight. This would have been Durbin/Horst territory earlier on. Either way, nice job tonight.
    6 up, same down on right around 30 pitches.

  16. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    On the out of town softball scoreboard, Top 5 in Houston, Tribe 18 runs on 18 hits, Stros 6. Swisher is 4-4.

  17. Mike

    April 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    This same lineup tallies 8 runs in 3 innings and tonight they get 2 hit

  18. Ken Bland

    April 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Phils played the Cards 1 Saturday afternoon back in the 60s abd went into the 9th losing 10-2. Scored 7, and lost 10-9.

    How relevant.

  19. brooks

    April 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Wow, one pitiful game. My entire section actually gave Kraps a standing ovation for that ‘base hit’ he had – and just to put that ball into perspective, it did not make it out of the infield grass.
    The Phils had a man on second base 1 time all night long, a no out double by John Mayberry and you guessed it, the ball is still the only LapTop shs

  20. Ken Bland

    April 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The way this works is by the time I get finished this, the Phils will announce a starter for tomorrow.

    This couldn’t possibly be as funny as it seems, but this thing about who’s starting tomorrow might have a funny twist to it. It was pretty funny last night to read that the Phils might be waiting until the Buccos game is over this afternoon to decide based on who they thought the Pirates would have in their lineup. Might be true since as of a few minutes ago, to my awareness nothing was announced. So much for we just worry about what we can control. I guess the club decided to forego advanced statistics and are trying their own rendition of advanced thinking. Choices as they are, does it matter? And I’d add that when you’re gonna get 2 hit anyway, does it matter, except we’re having a cynicism free Sunday afternoon around here.

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