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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (16-21) at D-Backs (21-15)

arizona-diamondbacks-alternate-logo-2007Philadelphia Phillies (16-21) at Arizona Diamondbacks (21-15)

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26) v. Trevor Cahill (2-3, 2.80)

TIME: 8:10, Chase Field
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Upper 80’s scattered clouds
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Diamondbacks tonight, as they turn to Cliff Lee to be the stopper for them. He’s coming off a start in San Francisco against the Giants where he threw eight innings of two-run ball and got the win. He’s been the Phillies second-best pitcher this year behind Kyle Kendrick. He has the highest K/BB ratio on the Phillies, 2nd lowest ERA, and lowest WHIP. He doesn’t throw a lot of ground balls (least among Phillies starters–highest fly ball %), but the lowest HR/FB %. He keeps the ball in the yard, but facing this Arizona offense in this ballpark will be tough.

Opposing Lee will be former Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill. He’s posting a 2.80 ERA this year, in part because he has been exceptional at inducing ground balls. With the way the Phillies offense performed the last few games, I think we can expect Cahill to have success. I think this will be yet another low-scoring ballgame, and I don’t have faith in this Phillies team to win tonight. But I hope I’m wrong.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, M Young 3B,  Howard 1B, D Young RF, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Revere CF, Lee P

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  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Anyone know what the over/under is for groundouts for Phillies hitters tonight?

  2. brooks

    May 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    How about strike outs for Ryan Howard – at 3 and still counting.
    He looks terrible.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Since homering in his final at-bat Tuesday at San Francisco, Howard is 0 for 14 with nine strikeouts. Pathetic.

  3. Whatever

    May 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Cliff Lee is a really awesome pitcher. Can we get him some runs to work with? We could win most of his starts!

  4. Glutenous

    May 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Bringing in Paps in the 8th. Terry Francona used to do this with some regularity if I am not mistaken. Charlie doesn’t want to let this one get away.

  5. brooks

    May 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm


  6. brooks

    May 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Jr looked as sad against Ziegler as Howard has all night at the plate.

  7. Whatever

    May 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Good victory against a very good baseball team. Cliff Lee was the difference tonight and his 7 innings of shutout ball are the main reason why the Phils can put this game in the win column.

  8. bacardipr

    May 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

    For this team to have a chance starters must go 7 inning of 2 runs or less. Relievers must maintain the lead mounting a comeback is a looooong shot with this squad.

  9. DavidE

    May 12, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Great job by Cliff Lee on this roadtrip. For the first time all year, Revere has be.en effective offensively

    • glutenous

      May 12, 2013 at 12:40 am

      He has raised his avg to .243. I hope he can continue to get on base. Howard 0-5 with 4 Ks. Yikes. Paps with the 5 out save, but a nail biter. With KK going tomorrow, the Phils have a shot to salvage a split here and finish this west coast swing with a 4-3 record.

  10. brooks

    May 11, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    If Howard did not make that great stab for out number one this would be a 1 run game now. As it is, Paps is imploding. A sweep by the D’backs, losing 4 in a row after winning the first 2?
    Not the way to make up any ground here.

  11. Bob D

    May 12, 2013 at 3:57 am

    For Kendrick to win he needs to swing the bat well. Lee won because he can lay down a sacrafice bunt and hit.

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