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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (26-27) vs. Red Sox (32-22)

Boston Red Sox (32-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (26-27)

Franklin Morales (0-0, 0.00) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.21)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: 86, Partly Cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

For the second time this series, the Phillies will catch a break by missing an ace-caliber pitcher. On Monday, it was Clay Buchholz who the BoSox held back due to shoulder soreness. Tonight, Boston will push back Jon Lester to take Buchholz’s scheduled start tomorrow. Pitching in Lester’s wake will be the versatile Franklin Morales, who is expected to be a reliever for the Sox over the long haul. Morales, 27, has yet to make an appearance this season. Over the course of his career, Morales has made five appearances against the Phils, with his lone start coming way back in 2007 as a member of the Rockies. In other words, he’s a pitcher the Phils haven’t really seen, and that usually spells trouble. Among the hitters starting tonight, only Jimmy Rollins has faced Morales more than five times. No one has yet faced him ten times.

As for Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone, many of us are still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Pettibone has gotten great results so far, but the numbers seem hollow. He’s got a 3.21 ERA, but a 4.51 xFIP. That is largely due to an 85.3 LOB%. As our own Corey Seidman tweeted earlier, opponents are hitting .330 against Pettibone when the bases are empty, but just .206 with runners on base. Those numbers aren’t sustainable. Eventually, Pettibone is going to come back to earth. This could spell bad news with a potent Red Sox offense that is third in the AL in runs scored and fourth in OPS. Consider that the Red Sox have an OPS of .818 versus righthanders (compared to a .684 against lefties), and it could be the first rocky outing of Pettibone’s young career.

A couple lineup notes: Cesar Hernandez makes his first big league start after being recalled from Lehigh Valley yesterday in place of the bereaved Michael Young. It should be a short stay for Hernandez, but fans will get a glimpse of what the 23-year old brings to the table. Ryan Howard sits, likely in need of the rest because of a balky knee. Domonic Brown moves up in the order, but Manuel curiously opts not to bat him cleanup in lieu of the resting Howard.

Lineup: Revere CF, Hernandez 2B, Rollins SS, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Frandsen 1B, Kratz C, Galvis 3B, Pettibone P

Your Gameday Beer: Sam Adams Boston Ale

Boston’s most famous brewer is Sam Adams. When people go with Sam’s standard offerings, the most popular is the Boston Lager. I’ve always been more of a fan of the Boston Ale, however. The taste starts off with a combination of sweetness and malts, but finishes heavy on the hops, leaving drinker’s with a taste much more complex than its lager counterpart. While the lager may be the casual Sam drinkers selection, the Boston Ale is the beer drinker’s beer. Have it with a steak, some vegetables and some cheeses to get in touch with your Colonial America self. –RD




  1. PhillyMike

    May 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Good idea resting Howard tonight. Brown still not high enough in the lineup but OK. Hopefully, our young pitcher can hold it together. We need a real winning streak.

  2. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Boy, have things changed down CBP way. It’s not necessarily the first time, but certainly close that the Phils unveil a starting 8 tonight that is almost totally different than a year ago. Jimmy’s the lone holdover in this part decision, part freak of the draw. Whether Team Makeshift can pull it out tonight, in what’s seen as their best shot at a 4 game win skein this year is largely up to how Pettibone fares in facing a lineup light year’s better on the Boston end.

    Should be some energy exerted by the youngest lineup the Phils have flashed in a while. Young and hungry oughta be pretty interesting.

  3. PhillyMike

    May 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    RD – I like the summertime Sam Adams.

  4. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I wouldn’t overdramatize this, this early especially, but Papi here in the 2nd might be the key at bat of the game. Keeping it at 2 here might mean a lot/

    • Ken Bland

      May 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Now to do something with it.

  5. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Let’s see if they can get to Hernandez this inning. Might nbe a little optimistic, but Morales doesn’t have great rhythm so far.

  6. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    3 guys who hit the ball well off Morales earlier bat this inning. I guess that goes down as a hopeful hint.

  7. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Right up there with 700 other Phillies innings this year spelling out are ya kidding me?

    Leadoff walk….well, you know how that works when it’s the other way.

    Morales all over the place as the inning went ion, Farrell playing with a charmed life by stretching his pen, but not going to it since a lot og game is left.

    And Kratz. Good grief.

    Pettibone fights back after dinks galore spell a 4 run first, and they’re gonna leave him hung out with only the 2? Ugly bumps along the way. But they still could easily win this game.

    • G7

      May 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Easily.. Nothing easy with this team..they need to work and come through with men on base..period

  8. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    This, without question, with Martinez announced is the worst Phillies offensive representation in an inning since Oldis, Koppe and Malkmust musta batted in 1 inning.

    This is an unbelievable inning with these 3. No offense to Galvis, but let’s n ot get carried away with him.

    These other 2? Just unreal.

  9. c. schreiber

    May 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Its a disgrace to me to see MiniMart in any uniform in the ML and even more so wearing the great Mickey’s #7. Mantle must be turning over in his grave.

    • Ken Bland

      May 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I would agree, except I don’t know that Mini wearing a Detroit Red Wings sweater, or Manchester United uni would look too sexy either.

      Probably a terrific guy, but good gawd.

      That’s hilariioud that the ump warned Horst. There oughta be a law that you have to be a decent pitcher to get warned. If you can’t pitch, how’s an ump to know?

  10. Morris Buttermaker

    May 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Why even have Mini Mart pinch hit? Pettibone is a better hitter. Save Mini Mart to pinch run- the only thing he is capable of.

    • Ken Bland

      May 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      the hilarity of it is you use Howard or Nix there and save one for a big late inning spot is that Mini MIGHT be a better play than either against the lefty.

      Might is just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

      • DavidE

        May 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        Martinez should have drawn a walk. That pitch on 3-0 was clearly high. Probably a foot high. Anyway, Martinez hit a line drive.

  11. Morris Buttermaker

    May 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Remember when we use to complain about Eric Bruntlett?

    That Grizzly Adams looking mofo was better than 4 or 5 guys in the starting line-up tonight.

    • Ken Bland

      May 30, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      I guess the moral of the story is a good team can bury a weak player.

      And I guess when the bad players multiply, Welcome to New York Mets baseball. Or an imitation of same.

      • Morris Buttermaker

        May 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        They should have just worn Iron Pigs uniforms tonight.

        Also, the Mets are a few innings away from sweeping the Yankees.

  12. Ken Bland

    May 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Whatever the connection, Papi has a terrific home run ratio in games he’s played first base I guess since inter-league, or some qualifier. So in that regard, the blast was no surprise.

  13. Bart Shart

    May 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Dull game. Crappy bullpen with weak bats,

  14. c. schreiber

    May 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    When, oh God when, is Rube going to release that deadarmed Durbin. Jesus he’s terrible.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm

      I’m with you. I cannot understand why his leash is so long. He flat out stinks. I also, based on his performance last season, though Horst we would have performed better than he has so far. Stinker of a game.

  15. c. schreiber

    May 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    B P Durbin.

  16. psujoe

    May 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Frandsen needs to be in the lineup! Everyday, until he shows he can’t do it. How do you reward a guy who carried your team the second half of last year? Trade for a rental at $6 million. A good rental IMO, but not one that should knock Frandsen out of the lineup over Howard vs lefties…

    • G7

      May 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Ain’t gonna happen..

    • c. schreiber

      May 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Joe??? Did you watch the same game as I? Batting 6th and playing 1B was Fransen!!!

      • psujoe

        May 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Yeah, and 1/3 with a BB. He needs more PT. He’s only playing now because Utley and Young are out. He’s a .293/.340 OBP against lefties lifetime in the majors and in the stratosphere the last 2 years. Keep him in the lineup.

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