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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (23-24) at Nationals (24-23)

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (23-24) at Washington Nationals (24-23)

Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82) v. Jordan Zimmerman (7-2, 1.62)

TIME: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: 50’s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are in Washington tonight for the start of a three game series with the Nationals. They will look to be reach the .500 mark for the first time since April 14. They’ll hand the ball to Kyle Kendrick, who is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA this year. However, he is coming off a start where he gave up four runs over six innings.

For the Nationals, Jordan Zimmerman gets the call, and with a win tonight, will become the NL’s first eight game winner. He’s 7-2 on the year with an amazing 1.62 ERA. He has struggled against the Phillies in the past, however, as he is 1-6 with a 5.04 ERA against the Phils.

Tonight will be cold and cloudy, which makes for a low scoring game, especially when the two starting pitchers have been pretty good this year. But then again, I’ve been way off before.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Revere CF, M. Young 3B, Howard 1B, Delmon RF, Dom LF, Galvis 2B, Kratz C, Kendrick P


Your Gameday Beer – Hoegaarden
On this Memorial Day weekend, good beer is a must. I’ve always like Hoegaarden, which can be enjoyed in small sips with good food. It flows smooth and tastes like citrus. Have some barbecue chicken with it. – By Tim





  1. pamikedc

    May 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Lets go Phillies!!!

    Living in dc for the past 9years, after growing up and spending my whole life in the Lehigh Valley, I hope that we dominate the stadium w Phils fans

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Another must win game for the Phils.

    I get to enjoy the Nationals announcers too.

    I thought theyd not be as good this year as expected. Everything went their way last year.

    That said I still think they are the best team in the division and if the Phils could have a good series this weekend could do some real damage to them. Set them further back.

    DC is a total homer fair weather town so if they are below .500 June first there would be a lot of loss of interest and enthusiasm.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      You gonna apologize to Omar Minaya after today?

  3. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Why Mini Mart? Why?

  4. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    What do you think Andrew?
    2 quick strikes on our boy usually means a down and away silly swinging strike three – but instead a double?? To center field?
    Holy moly…

  5. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    All we need is a fly ball big D – ok, pretty deep fly ball…

  6. Ken Bland

    May 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Wonder how many runs KK needs to win tonight. Tough guess. But small as it is, a little one doesn’t hurt. IF it winds up mattering.

  7. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Even better!
    Should I hold off on my apologies to D Brown, his family, friends and fans? After all, he seems to be the ONLY saving light offensively the Phils have on this team right now – with any sort of consistency that is.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Little early in his season, but D Young’s doing his job, at least of late, no? Small pic as it is.,

  8. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Ken, how about a 6 spot tonight?
    D Young showing some power as well as timely hitting.. yes, Ruben is a brainiac.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      I just don’t have a feel for what support KK will need. Don’t know that I often do this early, but so far, so good. Good at bats mostly so far for the Phils, though.

  9. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Dom Brown might be the best all around player at this point in the season. I can’t believe I am saying it either.

  10. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Just a quick note, the Orioles with a 6-1 lead in the second inning vs Toronto. That has to be fun to watch.

  11. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Nice play Revere.

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm


      • Morris Buttermaker

        May 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        I can understand dropping the ball. But then throwing the ball home was just brutal. But then making a horrible through.

  12. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Come on Kyle, dig deeper buddy.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm


    Omar is still a goof

    Lets get ahead of the Nats and in contention first.

    howard is on a roll.

    I even sat Weiters to put in Howard tonight.

    I am dreading to go look at the Balto box score and seeing Weiters doing big things.

    Anyone who has to sit through the Nationals TV broadcasters you have my sympathy.

    They are the the single worst ever.

    And FP isn’t even that bad.

    The other guy Caprpenter I don’t think has ever watched or followed the sport.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Yep, apologize, because effective today, any form of comparison between your boy and even Omar Minaya is beyond offensive.

      This is on a smaller scale, but today reminds me of Bowa and Sandberg for DeGeezus. And that was before we even knew how good Ryne was.


  14. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    KK is digging himself into a hole that the Phils will not be able to get him out of.
    Not sharp tonight…

  15. Ken Bland

    May 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    What the connection is, exactly, who knows, but KK came out of a 28 pitch inning, turned over by a 7 pitch Zimmerman inning, including KK at bat, and the combo result is it’s tough to get in rhythm. If he can get out at just 1-1, it’s not too bad, but it’s all futile if he can’t get some rhythm going in the next inning.

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Come on Ryan..take a walk one time!

      • Ken Bland

        May 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

        He takes an 0-3 to a double, and then converts 3-0 to an out.

        And unfortunately, there isn’t a player anywhere that that would have done that and you’d have been so quick to notice.

      • G7

        May 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

        More the 3-1 pitch then 3-0..breaking ball way inside..

  16. Ken Bland

    May 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I guess the moral of the story is 0 outs aside, you run on Revere from a certain distance, but short distance or not, a borderline evry accurate throw and 0 hops. Credit Bennie with a very nice play.

    Wonder how the Phils are gonna score in the next 2-3 innings, although there’s a start.

  17. Manny

    May 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Dom Brown has been great all year long. Today is no exception.

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hes been the bright light in this lineup..chipping away at Zimmermann.

      • G7

        May 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        How can Revere hit in to so many dp’s…geez us!

  18. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Damn, would we expect anything different from Ben Revere?

  19. psujoe

    May 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Revere is brutal at the plate. One of the fastest men in baseball and he’s a serious DP hitter.

    What’s with the Mini Mart love. Just go with Hernandez or Fields. Galvis and Frandsen can play 2b. Mini mart has pics of RAJ.

  20. Mike

    May 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    i think revere is nothing more than a faster martinez. why on earth does this guy hit in the #2 hole….bad enough he is in the lineup, at least bat his 8!

  21. DoubleTrouble Del

    May 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    A starter and prospect for a borderline bench player with no upside .

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Triple A starter..Worley was demoted this week.

      • G7

        May 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

        Revere should be in triple A..

  22. Mike

    May 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    i wish there was a poll on here….is revere more of a nightmare at the plate or in the field?

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      as a rule of thumb, you never wanna submit message of the day material when a reader has a sip of beverage in the digestive process That actually turned out to be close to a routine play.

  23. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Its symmetry in a way isn’t it? Phils blow a perfect opportunity to score runs and then, they give it up the next half inning. Seems to never fail.

    • Mike

      May 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      its unfair to classify all the phillies together…its BEN REVERE!!!

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Worst Phillies defensive team in a long time..

  24. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Ruben’s job with the outfield this off season was a disgrace.

  25. Manny

    May 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Revere has single-handedly screwed our chances of winning this game in less than 15 minutes.

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Make it hurt!

    • Mike

      May 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      cannot agree more with you! i thought cf were supposed to save runs. i am not an expert on sabermatrics, but his WAR has to be -2.0 this year!

  26. psujoe

    May 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Obtaining Revere was a panic move. Last thing the Phillies needed was a lefty that can’t hit, has no arm and is shaky in the field. They have over $50 million to spend next year and they need to spend it wisely.

  27. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    The sad part is that the Phillies are down by 3 in the 6th, and I feel like they have absolutely no chance at all to come back.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Seriously? No chance?

      Simple math tells me they are a Revere grand slam away from a 1 run win. Well, lead. Let’s not get delusional.

      Pretty poorly played game. What else is new?

      • Morris Buttermaker

        May 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Revere’s best shot at a grand slam is having it bounce off of his glove.

  28. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    And now here comes the bullpen to make it 8-2.

  29. DoubleTrouble Del

    May 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I know you can’t manage emotionally but I’d love to sit Young and Revere for Frandsen and Nix/Mayberry.

  30. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I wouldn’t go that far – it looked like the Revere deal might have been one of the best made in a long time – a young, fast decent hitting good defense centerfielder with no power – he had (maybe still has) a lot of up side but it was just a mistake, seriously. It seemed like a good move at the time, probably one of the better moves made.

    • psujoe

      May 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I thought it was a decent move at the time, but thought Revere was a much better fielder than he’s showing.

  31. Manny

    May 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Well ladies and gents, this is the team our genius GM has put together for us to enjoy. A center fielder who can’t get on base and comes up short time after time, and a has-been who bats 5th, often in front of our most consistent (all-around) player.

  32. DoubleTrouble Del

    May 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Only after I read my comment did I realize how sad the state of this team really is.

    • Manny

      May 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Yep. I agree with what you said… But very sad indeed.

  33. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Pretty lame game when the only highlight they can dig up is a baby making a funny face.

    • G7

      May 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      In the immortal words of Mortimer Duke..get back in there and Sell Sell Sell..

  34. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Including this game, the Phils play 7 tough teams in a row.
    Being 1 game under .500 now, does anyone think they have a chance at being .500 when this 7 game stretch is done? 3 vs Nats then 4 vs the Red Sox.
    How about the idea of bringing up Ruf for the Red Sox series as a DH? How does that match up to bringing up mini mouse?

    • Morris Buttermaker

      May 24, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Tough teams for the Phillies = Any team not the Marlins or Mets.

    • Ken Bland

      May 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Matt Gelb wrote a terrific piece intra day in the Inky on the Marftinez deal.

      He pointed out that the Phils were, or might have been concerned about Ruf being in a 3-31 slump. He didn’t go on to mention how Mini at 3 for 31 is a Cabrera imitation, relative to his skill set, but you know he was thinking it.

      But what was really terrific about the piece was he listed the 6 worse OPS’s in Phils history (minimum 350 PA) and Mini was 6. I mean what beat writer has the gonads to put that out, and then go into the clubhouse post game tonight and get quotes. And I can see him going in and walking up to Mini and saying “Welcome back, bro.” And Mini saying, “Thanks, bro.”

      I don’t know what the right answer is, but I know Mini’s not. I guess Ruf’s as good a shot as any, although that 3-31 recently’s not a great precursor.

      • psujoe

        May 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

        So go with Josh Fields. They have Galvis and Frandsen as solid fielding IF’s.

  35. DavidE

    May 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    It doesn’t seem that Revere is that good a player. He doesn’t seem to be a good judge of fly balls and he doesn’t throw well. Two bad plays today. Even with his speed, he hits into double plays. Maybe we just need to. go with Mayberry.

  36. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Here’s a stopper… Rosenburger.. nice!
    I like what Stutes showed. Highlight?

  37. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    There we go, first batter faced, a .130 hitter and he walks – he will score too.

  38. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Do I love it when I’m wrong!

  39. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Cholly please, go back to sleep – Horst, way to blow buddy

  40. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Top of the 9th, strong effort kids, come on now!

  41. Brooks

    May 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    This is that 0-2 count I was talking to AFW about earlier…

  42. Morris Buttermaker

    May 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve seen cardboard boxes put up a stronger fight against the rain than the Phillies put up against the Nationals for the final 3 innings.

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