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Gameday: Phillies (45-47) vs Nationals (47-44)

adz8otx6xektaq3eszfoq5ecjPhiladelphia Phillies (45-47) vs Washington Nationals (47-44)

Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) v. Jordan Zimmerman (12-3, 2.57)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: 80’s chance of showers/t-storms
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The Phillies will try to win their third straight series tonight, as this is the fourth and final game of this four game set with the Nationals. They won the first two, but lost last night, giving the Nationals a chance at a split tonight. Kyle Kendrick will try to prevent that from happening. He’s coming off two poor starts against the Dodgers (6 IP, 4 R) and Braves (5 IP, 6 R). After starting the season with a 2.47 ERA in his first eight starts, he has a 5.14 ERA since (10 starts).

Opposing him will be Jordan Zimmerman, and he’s been very good this year. He’s posting a 2.57 ERA and has twelve wins already. Going just by the pitching matchup, I’d say the Nats are the favorites in this one.

 

Lineup:

Your gameday beer: Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer in a Can

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is a summer seasonal beer available from April through September by 21st Amendment, and can be yours in six pack cans and on draft. It’s an American wheat beer, which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon, ending in a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor. Haven’t had it yet, but I’ve heard different reviews. If you’re feeling frisky, try it out on another hot, hot day. -Pat Gallen

GO PHILLIES!

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I actually expected a little less favorable Zimmerman price tonight. It’s pretty much 140 to win 100, I’d have thought more like 130, 125. So it’s the 14,000th time this year the Phils have a shot to do more than we’ve come to expect. But for whatever the logic’s worth, once again, Vegas either has it right or seems to.

    O/U 8. Hmmmm. I believe I’ll hunch over. Maybe? I think? Yeah, probably. Really comes down to what’s to make one think Kendrick steps up tonight. As always, ya never know.

  2. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The good news is that lifetime, at least in terms of average, Kendrick pretty much owns J Dub.

    Be advised to duck when Bryce Harper steps to the plate. Well advised strategy anyway, but he’s 7-14 off KK.

    Ryan Zim’s got a nice ratio to his credit as well against the Phils pitcher.

  3. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Adam Kilgore mentioned Zimmerman’s neck’s been bugging him lately, and he looked a little uncomfortable coming off the mound a couple innings back. Fairly long inning for the Nats. We’ll see if it factors in here.

    Doubtful, but you got any better solutions to beat this guy?

  4. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    That Rollins play at first appeared to be totally missed. And that run would have been huge. Absolutely looked like a flat footed tie.

    Kevin Fransden. Nuf said.

    Well, we’ll see how the pen does. Not to mention the defense. Oh, brother.

  5. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Ruf appears to have a good throwing sense from first. I’d imagine he can throw hard if needed, but he’s shown twice tonight that an accurate throw is important whereas some guys seem to respond like a hurried throw will get the job done.

    Meanwhile, Chase’s 3 errors tonight would do well to stop there. Looks like Bob Brenley and Glenn Davis both had 4 errors in 1 game, Brenley’s might have been in 1 inning/ I’m sure Chase could do without that publicity, but you can’t stop playing hard just to prevent it.

  6. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    A good hitter hits 3 out of 10 times.

    But how many productive at bats does a good hitter have out of 10 times.

    Have to figure at least 5.

    So the odds aren’t exactly against Mike.

  7. Ken Bland

    July 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I’d almost go so far as to say that was a solid fundamental win tonight even considering the defensive miseries. That’s how many little things went right. Really a good, and maybe important win.

  8. G7

    July 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Nice job of scoring runs with limited opportunities.

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