2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (22-24) at Marlins (13-33)

marlins-miami-new-logoPhiladelphia Phillies (22-24) at Miami Marlins (13-33)

Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.83 ERA) v. Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Marlins Park
MyPHL 17
Weather: 79, chance of showers, expect the roof up
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Fightin’ Phils enter tonight’s game with a shot to win yet another series. The Phils are 2-0-3 in their last five series and have posted a record of 10-8 in that time period. A win tonight and they will have been undefeated in their last six series with an 11-8 record. That record translates into a .579 winning percentage and over 93 wins across a whole season. Interesting.

Despite how inconsistent the play of the Phils has felt, the Phils quietly entered tonight’s just one game behind the Nationals (pending a result in their game against the Giants) and six behind the Braves, who disposed of Vance Worley earlier today. Cliff Lee takes the ball tonight, looking for his fourth quality start in a row and is opposed by the pride of Conroe, TX, righty Kevin Slowey.

Expect a big game out of Lee, who has held current Marlins to a .209/.248/.313 triple-slash line in 123 PA against. Marlin Catcher Miguel Oliva has two career homers off of Lee but is not in the line-up tonight for the Fish. Chase Utley is out again tonight while Ryan Howard will start in back-to-back games after receiving a cortisone shot in his knee.

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

http://dostalalley.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Coors-Light-Bottle-Dostal.jpegGAMEDAY BEER: Coors Light

The Fightins need Cliff Lee to be the Cliff Lee they know and love tonight in order to pick up a W. Like Lee, you always know what you are going to get when you have a Coors Light. Here is to Lee’s reliability and a solid start toinght against the Marlins! – IR



  1. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    In the time I have followed the Phillies, there have been times when I was rock solid positive they’d win on a given night. This happened once that I felt this, and was proven incorrect, maybe twice, respect to the selective memory process possibilities, maybe even 3 times. Whether it was 1, 2, or 3, unlike the millions that shut up and don’t keep coming back like they never make mistakes, here we go again. Cliff vintages up a gem, and Slowey, seen a second time in recent times doesn’t cut it. One game under sea level by night’s end.

    • G7

      May 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Don’t look now, but Braves are about to run away from the pack!!

      • Ken Bland

        May 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        This is classic apples to oranges, but I guess it’s 3 years back now, Braves led the Phils by 7 in early June, finished 7 behind at season’s end.

        Good ballclub, with some non contributors so far, no less. If I were them, I’d believe. But I wouldn’t get overconfident.

      • schmenkman

        May 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        That’s old news G7. They already ran away from the pack in April!

    • Ken Bland

      May 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Sho nuff nailed the Slowey part of the take good, if you stretch far and wide. Nice pick up by the Fish in a highly criticized off season. Pitched well in the past, and another good job V The Phils.

  2. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    So far, so vintage, and it’s well documented how when Cliff starts well, he ALWAYS wins. Pardon me while I cough. But that did beat the alternative.

    Sad to say Werth looks right for a night. Great game, Wash 2, Giants 1, final in NoCal. Scutaro deep to the wall as a last gasp, but Soriano got the save. Winning pitcher was Ron Schueler.

  3. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    That was a really cool double erasure. It set a new major league record for least skilled defensive players to ever execute a double play. And pretty damned smoothly, too.


    • c schreiber

      May 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      Have to agree with you Ken, extremely smooth. By the way am I the only one that been impressed with our 3b (young) defense??

      • Ken Bland

        May 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

        It’d be more interesting to get a response from those that massively criticized how he’d play 3rd this year.

        I wouldn’t use the word impressed, because he’s got definite limits going right, and is average to his left. But even without the expectation curve benefit, I’d say he’s played a competent third on the whole, and asking more than that would have been unfair. He has absolutely played worse third base than he has this year in the past, and when it’s said and done, there’s at least some truth to his settling into a routine as a plus.

      • schmenkman

        May 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        He’s caught most of the balls hit at him, and even made the occasional web gem. But his range is limited, so overall, he’s been below average.

      • hk

        May 23, 2013 at 5:50 am

        I’ll second shmenkman’s response. It’s all about the range. Of the 21 MLB 3B’s who have played enough innings to be considered “qualified” by ESPN.com, Young ranks 20th in range factor ahead of the statue-like Miguel Cabrera. I don’t think anyone is surprised that Young has a good fielding percentage or that he’s shown a good glove and arm on the balls that he get to…after all, he did win a Gold Glove at SS 5 years ago and you don’t win one of those without a good fielding percentage.

  4. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Boy, when Vintage is on, he is a sight and a half to watch.

    What a tremendous pitcher during those times.

    That man is FUN in supersized caps.

  5. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Remember that powerful at bat by the centerfielder as a look back and regret it point possibility depending how this suck turns out.

    Big, big failed at bat.

    How many 8 hitters does a fortunate pitcher get to face in a game. In this case, one more than ever deserved.


  6. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Few things in sport match the positive vibe of reaching a point where you know you have the game, and move into killer instinct mode. If only the 2013 Cole Hamels S
    how could taste massive run support like tonight. Cliff climbs a downhill mountain from this 3-zip support.

    9-6 post Doc looks achievable.

    That’s pretty good.

    • G7

      May 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      If only Hamels could throw a shutout..

      • c schreiber

        May 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

        He still might not get the win.

  7. pamikedc

    May 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Everyone HITS. Except Michael Young

  8. JohnMatrix

    May 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    The only time its acceptable to drink coors light is if you are dead and one of your asshole buddies pries open your dead stiff mouth with a snap on pry bar and pours it in.

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