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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (21-24) at Marlins (13-32)

marlins-miami-new-logoPhiladelphia Phillies (21-24) at Miami Marlins (13-32)

Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 2.84 ERA) v. Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.48 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 77, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook


Apparently this Miami Marlins team is supposed to be pretty bad. You wouldn’t know it from watching the Phillies last three contests against the Fish, in which they were outscored 21-3. It’s no wonder then that four of the Marlins 13 wins (30.7%) have come against the Phils this year. Last night’s loss may have been the most frustrating of the season, as the Phils wasted an otherwise dominant outing from Cole Hamels by once again forgetting to bring the lumber.

If you’re looking for a reprieve tonight, you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s because the man on the mound for Miami has flatout owned the Phillies so far this season. For that reason, you probably already know the name Jose Fernandez. He’s an unpolished rookie with a very high ceiling, who has been an otherwise pedestrian pitcher this year, except when facing the Phils. In fact, if you remove Fernandez’s two starts against the Phils–in which he’s held them scoreless over 6 innings and 7 innings, respectively–he would have a 4.94 ERA. That’s right. Simply facing the Phils has saved Fernandez a cool run and a half on his ERA. That needs to change tonight.

Starting for the Phils is Tyler Cloyd, who’s making is second start of the season in place of the injured Roy Halladay. In Cloyd’s first start, a couple weeks ago in Arizona, he pitched well enough to get a win. Though his numbers looked pretty good, for those who watched the game, it seemed apparent Cloyd had been let off the hook by Arizona. He left a few balls over the plate, and Arizona failed to capitalize. While it’s always a slippery slope to delve to deep into statistics after one outing, Cloyd’s 4.56 xFIP suggests there is going to be quite a bit of regression over the long haul, if the Phils continue to go with him. For now, he has a (supposedly) weak Marlins lineup to deal with, and he should be able to handle them.

Despite speculation on this website that Howard could be headed for a DL stint, he returns to the lineup and is batting cleanup tonight.

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

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  1. Rudy Canoza

    May 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This is at least the third time that I’ve seen an interview where RAJ has broken out his “our players have good numbers on the back of their baseball cards” line. Jeepers.

    • Lefty

      May 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      That’s the main tool used in the Phillies analytics department. 🙂

    • Mike

      May 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Wow, Ruben really has no clue…

    • schmenkman

      May 21, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I actually mostly agree with Amaro there.

      Will Ruiz/Kratz have a .583 OPS the rest of the way? I would bet No.

      Were Revere’s past two years a mirage? I would bet No.

      Will right fielders have a .573 OPS the rest of the way? I would bet No, whether DY improves, or Ruf is brought up and Brown moves to right.

      Will Howard finish with a .712 OPS? I would bet No.

  2. Ken Bland

    May 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    When you see a pitcher for the first time, the first question you have to ask off a good start is what will happen the 2nd time through the order.

    The Phils answered that in Game 1 against the righty.

    So with 2 at bats in the books, the next question you have to ask is will they be better off having seen him several innings in start 2.

    The Phils definitively answered that one as convincingly.

    Which brings us to tonight.

    There can’t be more than 20 games this year where the Fish will be favored to win. I didn’t even check the line, but how can they not be favored. That doesn’t mean they’ll win, but when the Fish is favored, it says a lot about the opponent.

  3. DaveP

    May 21, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Much more fun to watch than last night, to say the least.

  4. Brooks

    May 22, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Tonight’s game as AFW would say, is an absolute must win.

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