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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (8-11) vs. Pirates (10-8) Phillies (8-11) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (10-7)

Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00) vs  A.J. Burnett (1-2, 2.63)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 51, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Jonathan Pettibone makes his Major League debut tonight against the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Pirates. Pettibone, 22, is the youngest Phillie starting pitcher to make his debut with the team since Vance Worley started as a 22 year old in 2010. Pettibone’s AAA stats this year are a bit misleading: Pettibone has a 9.64 ERA with a 4.88 BB/IP in 9.1 IP against a 2.55 ERA in 42.1 IP last year for Lehigh Valley after a late season call-up.

Crashburn Alley’s Eric Longenhagen says Pettibone: has terrific control but spotty command, meaning he throws a ton of strikes because his mechanics take him directly toward the plate but he doesn’t always throw them where he wants. He left several pitches up in the zone which he won’t get away with tonight if it continues. Pettibone, per Longenhagen, sits in the low 90s with his fastball and has a low 80s change-up.

The Phillies will face A.J. Burnett tonight, who in 164 PA, current Phillies are hitting .255/.355/.462. Chase Utley is hitting a career .296/.406/.593 against Burnett in 32 PA. Burnett and the Phillies have some history: Burnett defeated the Phillies in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series while the Phillies got some revenge in Game 5 by chasing him in the third.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Young 3B, Brown LF, Revere CF, Kratz C, Pettibone P,c_limit,q_80,d_beer_def.gif/beer_15956.jpgGAMEDAY BEER: 8.5 Pirate

I’m going to be honest – I have never heard of this beer before tonight, but this Belgian import sure has a cool can with a simple but awesome name. Hopefully the Phillies put up 8.5 or more runs tonight and avenge the Western PA sailors. Argh matey!

Go Phillies!



  1. Rudy Canoza

    April 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    • Mike

      April 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I’ll take Darin Ruf developing in LF over D Young. Could’ve used that money elsewhere.

  2. Andrew From Waldorf

    April 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I cant get this game at all.

    Must be something abotu the Phillies feed that wont allow it to be on the package.

    Great treatment of the fans.

    • nickw

      April 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Neither can I. And I am furious. Monday night games are the only ones I can watch all of. It’s been five years since I missed one. What’s going on MLB?

    • Ken Bland

      April 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      Try picking it up on the Cynicism Sports Network. They just said Pettibone reminds them of Cliff Lee. No run support (early as it is), and he mixes oin an occasional homerun. To a .125 hitter, no less, although Pedro is no .125 hitter, he’s just earing that stat for now. Or was.

  3. johnmatrix

    April 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    man, the phillies have had some incredible outfield catches this year.

  4. bacardipr

    April 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Maybe theyll put Young out for display and trade him for a prospect to a AL team.

  5. Andrew From Waldorf

    April 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    @ nick I called direct tv

    The lady made up some BS abotu the boton thing.

    Why is the Phillies game blacked out on MLB network in waldorf maryland?

    Oh well I can miss it and i wont miss the bad offense.

  6. Jeff of Nova

    April 22, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I do like that they are making Burnett throw pitches, too they could not in G2 of 2009 WS

  7. Jeff of Nova

    April 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    3 walks so far woohooo

  8. chuck schreiber

    April 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Bases loaded, no outs, ko, ko, hbp (1 run), KO on ball 4. How F—ing PATHETIC. Not a ball hit fair after loading um up.

    • Ken Bland

      April 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      When Kratz came up, with Pettibone up next, how many runs did you think was reasonable to expect?

  9. johnmatrix

    April 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    has anyone ever seen a team leave men on the 3rd with no outs like this team does?

    • Ken Bland

      April 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm


      My question below your post here is directed at you (and Chuck above), even though you’d never know it by where I placed it.

  10. Ken Bland

    April 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    When Kratz came up, with Pettibone up next, how many runs did you think was reasonable to expect?

  11. chuck schreiber

    April 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    More than one if only someone could put the ball in play. This has happened too much in the last two years.

  12. jake

    April 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Just can’t breeak this game open. Ughh I hate games like that.
    Though I do think that with a south/southest wind (as is common at CBP in warm weather) Dom Browns fly out is a homer. With the NW flow winds blow in from Ashburn alley.

    Regardless with bases loaded and none out they have to better than a HBP run.

    Back to the bourbon. It’s not going to get better looking the LESS I drink.

  13. chuck schreiber

    April 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Who’s charlie warming up? Durbin !! He’ll put the fire out I’m sure.

  14. Ken Bland

    April 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Kratz’s at bat 10 pitches is normally a good thing, but he was just staying alive. I didn’t expect Pettibone to do anything, it would have been a plus. Jimmy could have gone either way. What I was focusing on was (this is more question than criticism) is Mayberry hotting 2nd against a righty for the 2nd straight game. He’s done some good things, but that just doesn’t breed confidence.

    But I don’t disagree with you guys, I was just concerned from the start.

  15. Ken Bland

    April 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    One other thought on the 1 run bases loaded dea with none out. I’m not saying it was wrong to let Pettibone hit, but I can’t help but wonder if Tony LaRussa would have let him. Or in other terms, out of 30 MLB managers, how many would have pinch hit there.

    Biddle, Morgan, Hamels, Lee. A little lefty weighted in maybe 2015 (maybe ’14?. Wonder if anyone’s gone 4 deep in a rotation from the left sode.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      April 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

      The way Morgan is pitching, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him up this year, too, should something go amiss. Biddle’s ETA, last night’s awesome effort not withstanding, is likely 2014.

  16. art kyriazis

    April 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

    three points:

    1) Pettibone did a great job vs the Pirates. As with Vance Worley, Ryan Madsen and Kyle Kendrick before him, not to mention Brett Myers, the Phils need a young arm to rejuvenate the staff.

    2) Ruiz is coming back within the week, but for the record, Kratz is sitting at 48 OPS+ while Quintero is at 92 OPS+, while Quintero has the best defensive stats on the team, and Kratz very nearly the worst. The Phillies have probably lost an entire game below replacement on both offense and defense by playing Kratz instead of Quintero all of April. The obvious thing to have done would have been to play Quintero, the defensive catcher, and use Kratz against tough lefties or just against lefties. Kratz is what he is–a minor leaguer.

    3) Freddy Galvis we think of as an amazing infielder, but based on the limited stat sample of his starts so far this year, Galvis is 3d in the NL in runs saved in Left Field, is above average at SS, is exceptional at 2B, but is below league average at 3B. These stats are based on a very limited sample, but suggest that probably Frandzen should be used to spell Young at 3B, unless Charlie is trying to get a LH bat into the lineup. Of course, there would be no reason to sit Young against lefties. There would be many reasons to sit Ryan Howard vs. lefties, on the other hand. However well Galvis plays in LF, since Galvis is good enough to play SS or 2B for more than 1/2 of the teams of in baseball and start, and since the Phils obviously need a corner outfielder, this begs the question of why the Phils don’t simply trade Galvis for a corner outfielder with power. The Dodgers need a SS and the Phils could use Kemp or Ethier, and the Phils could part with either Rollins or Galvis to get Ethier. While trading Rollins seems counterintuitive, Galvis can start at SS, he’s young, and he’s a great glove and can hit. He’s also got speed. Ethier has a .400 OBA v. RH hitters, and paired with Utley, would give the Phils some much needed offense.

    4) I know I said three points, but here’s a fourth–I watched Lehigh Valley the other day on TV, and made a couple of observations. First, Cody Asche does not yet look like a major league hitter. Second, Darren Ruf is fielding LF very, very well. I saw him make some very difficult catches in a bad cross wind, and he also was hitting the ball well even though he was mostly getting junk and breaking balls. The Phillies should cut Ezekiel Carrerra, who is contributing nothing, and bring up Darren Ruf, who can platoon with Brown. Then they could platoon Mayberry with Revere in CF and let Delmon Young play in RF when Young comes back. And they would not have a roster spot filled with a player who can’t hit. Carrera can run, but he can’t hit. He can field, but he can’t hit. His OPS+ is so low, it has to look up to look down. Darren Ruf hit nearly 40 homers last year. How do you keep that kid on the farm? And why should you? He’s not costing you anything to bring him up. Let’s not forget that Delmon Young drinks, is an anti-Semite, and is probably insane. He’s so crazy he makes Michael Vick look like St. Francis of Assissi.

    Art K, Philly

    • schmenkman

      April 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Art, with all due respect, 8 innings at third is essentially zero, and not a meaningful indicator of anything.

      Also with Kratz vs. Quintero. That just seems like hindsight based on very small samples, and we really have no idea whether Quintero would have been better than Kratz if he had played more.

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