2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (35-38) vs. Mets (28-41)

New York Mets (28-41) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-38)

Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96) vs. Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL17
WEATHER: 79, sunny
MEDIA: Facebook or Twitter

It’s been a month since Chase Utley has played meaningful baseball after straining his oblique on May 21.

That changes tonight. At long last, the Phillies second baseman is back, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Inconsistency has plagued the Phillies offense and second base has been a problem area. While Utley has been out, Phillies second sackers have hit a putrid .179 with a .250 OBP and just one extra base hit (stats courtesy of Corey Seidman). Perhaps Utley can provide some stability at the position. He was hitting .272/.339/.475 before landing on the DL.

Speaking of inconsistency, Cole Hamels is on the mound for tonight. While many of Hamels’s issues this season can be traced back to bad run support (he’s currently tied for sixth worse in baseball in run support), he hasn’t been his usual dominant self either. If you’re a fan of advanced stats, his xFIP currently sits at 3.60. So progression can be expected. Here’s the bad news: The Mets seem to have Hamels’s number. His 4.20 ERA against them is the second worst for any NL opponent, behind only the Astros (who now reside in the AL, but were an NL team for all of Hamels’s starts against them).

On the other hand, the Phils have owned the Mets so far this year, so maybe things will balance out. For only the sixth time this year, the Phillies have their projected everyday lineup playing.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Young 3B, Howard 1B, Brown LF, Young RF, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P.

Gameday Beer: Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy

So it’s the first day of summer, and this selection from Leinenkugel is my absolute favorite summertime beer. If there’s a better summer shandy out there, I haven’t found it yet. Like a refreshing glass of lemonade, this craft brew, infused with lemons, will cool you off on even the hottest of days. It’s sort of like a Mike’s Hard Lemonade, except way less sugary, and still with a prominent beer taste. In other words, it’s like a Mike’s Hard Lemonade, except it doesn’t suck. Give it go. –RD

GO PHILLIES!

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    June 21, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Regarding the Phillies pitcher tonight, you’re on the right track getting away from the run

    support and pointing to his less than dominant results. The run support issue is a big factor
    ,
    but not enough to give him a pass. Cliff, last year, a much truer case, although he had some

    issues as well (see the difference in homers, for one thing?).

    But it’s a little overplayed leaping into this Hamels sucks against the Mets ordeal, and citing

    his second worse ERA V that club. Not that it isn’t true, but if you look at Hamels work against

    The Mess the last year plus 1 start this year (little command, but unhittable, and a rare win),

    he’s come along enough to where memories of some of his poor work against the NY

    club is digging into ancient history. I don’t know that it’s a great comparison, maybe not even a

    good one, but Doc had a tremendous mark against the NL East (still might) for a long time. If

    he pitched in this series, it’d be like mentioning that as part of a pre game thought. Pretty

    irrelevant to current conditions. Would a pre this year inclusion of Kendrick matter a lot in

    sizing up a matchup? Not especially.

    Utley? Follow your heart. Heart says not to get too excited. Been there, done that. Worn a

    little of the routine. That’s the way it is. Choose your arguments with your heart wisely.

    • rellis

      June 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Will someone please tell me when Cole Hamels has ever gotten a pass in this town? And, why is he always compared to Cliff Lee? I don’t see anybody else compared to Lee and they are two different pitchers/people that handle things differently. Everything Cliff is right, everything Cole is wrong. I don’t know why the fans make this a competition between the two men.

      In hindsight it would have better served the fans and the team if Cole Hamels had been traded.

  2. Manny

    June 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Just when Revere was getting his groove, good old Charlie slots him in the 7th spot behind speedster Delmon Young…

    • Stuart

      June 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I was just about to say this. If Revere is hitting so well, for such a high average why does he get moved out of the lead off spot? Manuel is just so idiotic and stuck in his old ways. Stop thinking this is 2008. Keep Revere at leadoff with his high average.

  3. pamikedc

    June 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    @Manny, totally agree w you

  4. Stuart

    June 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Thats why Revere should be leadoff.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    There’s a confidence builder for ya! Just when you get in a groove at lead-off you are knocked down to seventh after D Young. The only rationale I can think is Cholly wants Revere on base so Chooch can maybe knock him in. Only thing I can think of. It doesn’t matter though, D Young is akin to an automatic out. Cannot believe we let the Mutts tie us.

  6. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Turn,
    Remember when you made that ridiculous comment about walks to the media? Well, that walk, plus the double just enabled the Mutts to take the lead. C’mon Hamels! I’m so frustrated right now.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      June 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Should say “Ruben” and not “turn.” $&@)ing iPhone autocorrect makes me sound illiterate.

      • Lefty

        June 22, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Don’t let that phone drive you over the edge and make you do something rash, Ed.

  7. c. schreiber

    June 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    8 full innings. Looks like our usual 1 inning rally game.

  8. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The bad news?

    Another crap performance by the Phils.

    the good news?

    Ruben Minaya got the dreaded vote of confidence today.

    Arent most coaches shown the door shortly following that.

    Hamels is OK.

    Never ever been one of my favorites.

    The California thing. The wife.

    The glad the season is over quote.

    That said when hes good and dealing I am on the bandwagon with everyone else.

    He is just pedestrian now.

    He isn’t the type who deals well when things don’t his way.

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Ken E baseball

    Original post an homage to AFW?

    Appreciated.

    ITs now bottom of ninth 4-3 mets.

    Utley Young Howard coming up.

    Id say the chances are very low of a base runner.

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Oh yea.

    I found something worse than Chris Wheelers color commentary.
    His play by play.

    J/K

    Love the CW and the roadkill he fastens to the top of his for broadcasts.

    It makes me laugh.

    And theres Howards K.

    Loser loser

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