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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (21-23) vs. Marlins (12-32)

marlins-miami-new-logoPhiladelphia Phillies (21-23) vs. Florida Marlins (12-32)

LHP Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA) v. RHP Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 78, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

On Monday night in Miami, Cole Hamels will get his third crack at the Marlins lineup this year.  It has been a disappointing 2013 for the Phillies left-hander, and no starts epitomize his misfortune quite like the first two he’s made against the Fish.  Hamels has pitched 14 innings against Miami, giving up only one earned run, seven hits and three walks.  In those 14 innings – 13 of which came against rookie sensation Jose Fernandez – the Phillies offense was dormant, scoring zero runs for Hamels and leaving him with an 0-1 record despite a microscopic ERA.

To be fair, Hamels’ ERA for the year is an unacceptable 4.61, well above his career mark of 3.39.  He needs to be better.  After getting rocked in his first two starts, Hamels put together six consecutive quality starts and looked to be back on track, despite going 1-3 over that stretch due to the aforementioned lack of run support.  But he struggled again last week against the Indians, surrendering five earned runs.  Unable to put Cleveland hitters away, Cole ran too many deep counts and the result was 106 pitches in only five innings of work.  Hopefully facing a Miami lineup that is last in baseball in runs will help him return to the form that warranted a six-year, $144 million contract extension last summer.

Lucky for Hamels, the Phillies hitters won’t have to face Fernandez again until Tuesday night.  On Monday, they get Alex Sanabia who – surprise, surprise – also has had success against the Phils, with a 2.45 ERA in two career starts.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are both out of the lineup as the team awaits the results of their MRIs.  This gives Phillies fans another look at Freddy Galvis who, after his Sunday afternoon walk-off home run, has an incredible OPS of .864 (he posted a .617 OPS in 190 at-bats last season).  With seven games against the Nationals and Red Sox looming, the Phillies need to take care of business in South Florida.

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

LandSharkLagerGAMEDAY BEER: Landshark

Courtesy of Ryan Dinger:  Typically I like to pick a craft beer for these, but the Marlins always remind me of Margaritaville’s Landshark. Partly because of the state of Florida and its tropical climate, but mainly because Landshark Stadium was the name of their former home in their last season there. Landshark is an Island Lager without a lot of flash. It is, in essence, a much-improved version of Corona. Easy on the eyes and even easier on the pallet, Landshark is a beer ideal for a lager fan looking for a quality beer without an overly complex taste. It will compliment literally anything you want to have to eat with it. – RD



  1. bacardipr

    May 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I hate to say it but Howard absence may help this ball club. He’s been slumping and whiffing away.

    • G7

      May 20, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Just day to dl stint as far as I know.

  2. David Fisher

    May 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    ‘more than a blog’ is a silly slogan. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein: A blog is a blog is a blog.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      May 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, David! Have you traveled with us on one of our Phillies Nation road trips or seen our cable television program that has had Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Ryne Sandberg, Marc Summers, Tony Luke and other notable Philadelphians as guests?

  3. Mike

    May 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    how much longer do we have to deal with the delmon young experiment? i cannot imagine that d brown in right and a platoon of jmj/ruf/galvis could be any worse? with a team struggling to score runs, the best defense needs to be on the field!

  4. Ken Bland

    May 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    On the telecast of the Monday night game against the Fish, the AT and T poll question found 73% of respondents voting favorably that Cole Hamels would finish with a winning record. Or non losing. Details, details. Just like many businesses would find sales practically non exsistent if they gave iq tests to would be customers before taking their caishe, the Fish apparently don’t measure intelligence of poll respondents before they take their votes.

    Winning 6 in a row for a pitcher of Hamels ability is hardly impossible, but voting favorably on that question shows a complete lack of understanding of the concept that an offense has to coincide with a pitcher’s efforts to get a win. And that has to happen 6 more times than not for Cole to get squared as he is within minutes of dropping to 1 up and 7 down. The nicest thing you can say about that mark is it dwarfs the would be season projections of Sterling Joe Blanton, who gave up 2,000 runs in far fewer innings the other night, but a rare Angel outburst kept his record at 0-7. Just sterling Joe, sterling. And his peripherals are far worse, if c’est possible.

    For his part, and I wouldn’t dwell on this, but I’ll touch it, Hamels has now extended his season of pitching one time with a lead, a 4-0 spread against KC that the doomed lefty gave back to a 13-4 final. But as cold as it sounds, at some point, somewhere along the line, even dismissing ace money, or ace status, a quality pitcher has to pitch to the scoreboard and on his game or not, hold the other team below his team’s score. That’s a sad fact of life on a Phillies 2013 highlight film that despite surprisingly easy to fill positives just hasn’t happened. It’s a vicious mountain to climb, but the truth lies between Cole pitching pretty well, and that not totally harsh judgement, even if not exactly between. And that’s a vicious frustration when it’s such a hard challenge to meet.

    It’s a final now. And probably time to tip the cap to the 15 Fangraph voters who in their pre season predicted CY NL winners from multiple possibities that totally excluded any first place votes for Hamels. Maybe one of these years. But not this one. The Phils have now been outscored by The Fish in their last 2 head to heads by a count of 19-3. And probably have lost the last 3 since The Fernandez gem was 1 night before that (maybe 2, who the frig wants to remember stuff like that. But he pitches tomorrow night. That oughta fire ‘em up in South Beach.

  5. Bill B

    May 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    And because of the incredibly poor performance against one of the 2 worst teams in the league, that is WHY I REFUSE to buy a ticket to go to a game a CBP until such time as they are 10 games over 500.

    It’s a waste of money and time

  6. brooks

    May 20, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I kept the tickets for the 30th for the specific reason to get the Hamels BBL head.
    If I drank enough, it might be on the field if he were pitching.

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