2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (24-27) vs. Red Sox (32-20)

Philadelphia Phillies (24-27) at Boston Red Sox (32-20)

Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48) vs. Ryan Dempster (2-5, 4.69)

TIME: 7:05, Fenway Park
Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: 60s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

If he truly is dealing with a knee issue, then why isn’t Ryan Howard the DH tonight? The lineup remains the same as in the opener of the series, when the Red Sox trounced the Phillies 9-3.

Domonic Brown was named the National League’s Player of the week. In his last six games, Brown hit .348 with two home runs, a triple and two doubles to go along with seven RBIs. It’s great to see him finally living up to the hype, leading the team with 10 homers. I know that “on pace” means little, but 31 homers and 90 RBI is pretty solid for a guy that many people wanted out of town after just about 450 AB’s.

Cliff Lee is truly the Phillies only hope. They’ll need a major shutdown performance from their ace tonight if they have any thoughts of winning. This Red Sox team can strike quickly, as we saw last night.

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

Your Gameday Beer: Manayunk Brewing Hive Honey IPA

I’ve not yet had this particular brew from Manayunk Brewing, but it sounds delightful. This copper ale will take your palate for a spin. This brew is loaded up with our favorite American hops and complimented by a touch of raw honey procured from a local hive. Using a small amount of specialty malt and nearly every method of hopping possible, we present to you this delicious seasonal. Sounds sweet. – PG




  1. bacardipr

    May 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Wheres L. NiX been?

  2. Ken Bland

    May 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    “I know that “on pace” means little, but 31 homers and 90 RBI is pretty solid for a guy that many people wanted out of town after just about 450 AB’s.”

    The only, or leading problemma with “on pace” is that people run it when a guy is hot, or cold. Run it when somebody has gotten back to “normal”, might not be so bad.

    I see the Mess have pursued having Mo throw out the first pitch I guess tonight. I guess they’ll wait until Jimmy Shortstop is closer to retirement before inviting him. . Pretty nonsensical move in my view. I can just see if the Giants having Sal Maglie throw out the first pitch at the Polo Grounds after he became a Dodger. Not that Mo was a Met. but a little hatred never hurt the game. This cross marketing nonsense gots to go. Guess that don’t leave much room for interleague editorializing, now, do it?

  3. psujoe

    May 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    The teams approach at the plate is a friggin disgrace. The shitty hits on 1st pitches is totally unacceptable. It starts with Charlie.

    • hk

      May 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      Delmon Young has seen 5 pitches in 4 AB’s tonight.

    • schmenkman

      May 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Brown: nice hit on the 1st pitch.

    • schmenkman

      May 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      The Phillies are hitting .337 with a .930 OPS when they put the first pitch in play.

      • hk

        May 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm


        What percentage of their PA’s have come against starting pitchers?
        How does this compare to the MLB average and where do they rank in MLB in this category?
        What is their team OPS in all PA’s in which they swung at the first pitch?

      • psujoe

        May 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

        Master stat man, I must say that is a meaningless stat. What are those same stats on swings?

      • schmenkman

        May 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        hk, the stats you’re interested in can be found at baseball-reference.com, with some number crunching.

      • schmenkman

        May 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        In a more helpful vein, hk I think your point is probably that by not being among the league leaders in taking the first pitch, the Phillies aren’t forcing starters out of the game, and limiting their opportunities to feast on middle relief.

        That would be assuming equally strong offenses, since a weaker offense will cause an opposing starting pitcher to stay in the game since he won’t need to be pinch hit for as long as he has a lead.

  4. schmenkman

    May 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    They’re swinging at the first pitch at exactly the average NL rate of 28%.

    Utley 13%, Revere 15%, Rollins 21%, Galvis 23%, Mayberry 27%, M.Young 28%, Howard 34%, Brown 35%, D.Young 39%, Kratz 46%

    • psujoe

      May 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      So how do they compare on those 1st swings? Not some meaningless subsection of ‘in-play’.

      • schmenkman

        May 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        I don’t know — just meant that they don’t swing at the first pitch any more than average.

  5. psujoe

    May 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Quick check. Bottom quarter in the NL in plate discipline.

    • schmenkman

      May 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Not surprised, but what do you mean exactly by “plate discipline”?

  6. psujoe

    May 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    last post since everyone left.

    I would love to see a stat of plate discipline by count. That would be very meaningful.

  7. George

    May 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Why isn’t Howard the DH, if he’s dealing with an injury? There are simple answers to that. Howard is apparently not in so much pain that he can’t manage to catch a few throws, and D. Young is such a butcher in RF that you remove his so-called defense whenever possible.

    I think it might have been best to remove Young completely and use Nix, a lefty hitter, instead. To go along with his bad fielding, D. Young isn’t hitting much, either.

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