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Gameday: Phillies (49-52) at Cardinals (61-37)

Philadelphia Phillies (49-52) at St. Louis Cardinals (61-37) 

Kyle Kendrick  (9-6, 3.94) vs. Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)

Time: 7:15 PM EST, Busch Stadium
Weather:  Clear, 81
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Wednesday night was ugly for the Phillies.  Very ugly as they were clobbered, 11-3.  The Phillies will turn to Kyle Kendrick, who is coming off a rough start where he allowed six runs.

Lance Lynn has 11 wins on the season, but that may be because he leads the National League in run support.  Lynn tends to get into jams, but manages to escape them.  Lynn will allow baserunners, and it is up to the Phillies’ offense to capitalize with runners in scoring position.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Young 3B, Utley 2B, Young RF, Ruf 1B, Nix LF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Kendrick P.




  1. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    49-52? Huh? I coulda swore I read a few days ago the Phils had pulled even at .500. Guess ya can’t believe everything you read. That’s a shame.

    This oughta be fun tonight. The Cards recall that one time lefty specialist Mark RapICann’tSpellItChinski just in time to find the Phils talented lefty pinch hitting core once again headed by the Mart known as Minnie. I’ll have seen more than everyuthing there is to see in baseball when Charlie takes another one of these subtle thanks for the roster, Ruben shots by sending Minnie to the plate, Metheny responds by bringing Rosenthal in for Rep forcing Minn ie to (not) hit lefthanded. It’s comical to think Minnie is a switch hitter considering his usual skill set from either side.

    Pleased to be running photography of The Great Darryl Kile as the Phils wrap this set in this tremendous baseball toen. Kile dropped a 12-6 that would make even Roy Oswalt jealous. Only a slight exaggeration, but after his Colorado debacle, Darryl was reacquainting with his niche in Cardinal land when he passed a way too soon. He’d have been even more fun to watch in his advanced years as he was a smart assed pitcher.

    And speaking of pitching, here’s an update on how the Phils starters have now fared in conjunction with the at the time 8 dudes behind them since the all star break when the Phils only committed 4 errors during the 4 day break….

    25.2 IP in 5 games

    Thirtyfreaking eight hits

    22 godforsaken earned runs

    ERA 7.85

    Queried up in heaven today as to his response to thate results, The Honorable Gene Mauch tersely (as usual) said, “Now you know why I just pitched Bunning and Short..”

  2. teejvee

    July 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Here’s the state of Phillies nation.

    The Starting pitching stinks.
    The bullpen stinks.

    The offense stinks.No power. No leadoff hitter . Ruf is a joke. Even Dom Brown pre injury was completely ineffective. Ruf doesn’t look like he can play at this level. The catcher can’t hit sans roids. Mayberry can ONLY hit one pitch -a hanging curve. The next big hit by Rollins will be his first in 2 months.
    The defense stinks.

    The minor league system is barren.
    Other than that-All is well.

    • Erik Bailey

      July 26, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Ruff – .290 avg .390 oba and he stinks? Don’t post unless you know what you are talking about. And if you are looking for rbi’s, you can’t get those when nobody gets on in front of you. If every Phillie had the approach of Ruff and Utley our offense would not stink, it would look more like the Cardinals.

  3. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Cloaked secrecy on Cabrera’s availability starting Friday. Leyland post game today…

    Asked for an update on Cabrera after the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said: “He didn’t play today. I don’t have anything for you. I wish I did. You guys can ask till the cows come home. You’re wasting your time.

    “You want to a quote on Cabrera — he didn’t play today. I have no idea.”

    Leyland said he understood why he was being asked, but he had no update.

    “Better again today, like I told you yesterday,” Leyland said. “Wasn’t playable. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

  4. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Let’s see if this Young at bat is an at bat of the game as it moves on. Scoring ops figure to be rare, and at leasdt he hit the ball well the first time.

  5. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Often, you can’t be sure whether it’s good pitching or bad hitting, or vice versa to properly apply credit. That KK bunt was good execution by the Cards, but that bunt? Good lord. Snuffs out continuation of a modest comeback, and maybe more importantly, forces them to keep the Cards at bay. No small task. There isn’t much that is for this undermanned ballclub. Bad fundamentals.

  6. c. schreiber

    July 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    What a call Charlie!!! Kendrick bunts with two on, one out, 2 strike count, into a third to first DP. I guess we’re seeing it all this year. Minimart called up three times when I understood he had been released last off season and now he and John McDonald are our infield bench. Big bats on wood, huh. What a f—–g joke this team is.!!!!

    • Ken Bland

      July 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      I saw it a little differently. The call was okay, the execution horrible. He’s a better bunter than that, but you wouldn’t know it from that at bat. But, they’re still in the game, fragile state that it is.

  7. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    That oughta do it for Lynn. Things should get tougher from this point forward.

  8. Ken Bland

    July 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Shame. I wouldn’t tell Metheny how to run his pen, but while Lynn didn’t exactly look tired, he’s been up a lot, and you’d figure long as he’s in, maybe he hangs one.

  9. Morris Buttermaker

    July 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I know the Phillies are only down by two. But it feels like they are down by 13.

    • Ken Bland

      July 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      That’s the thing about this club this year, and a lot of last, I guess. They tend to win when you don’t expect it and vice versa. Such is life for an average or medicore club, I suppose. It’s really why I thought they’d win a couple of these 6, because they are undermanned and overmatched, so they’d do the unexpected, and play into the trend I described. But it does feel like they are down a lot, and it’s tough to see it changing. Plus, the Cards are really good. Maybe things go better over the weekend. That word maybe is a life saver.

  10. c. schreiber

    July 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Remembering Dandy Don “Turn out the lights the party’s over, they say all things must end”

  11. c. schreiber

    July 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Strike three!! Let the firesale begin.

  12. Mac

    July 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Does anyone else think Ed Wade is somehow to blame for this?…

    • hk

      July 25, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Why? For fleecing RAJ in the Pence trade?

      • Mac

        July 25, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Wasn’t a legitimate question but I am curious as to why the Phillies hired him back in any capacity

      • schmenkman

        July 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        Mac, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t. He’s as responsible as anyone (or more) for the 2007-11 run.

  13. Scooter

    July 25, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    It’s always ugly at the end. And this is downright fugly, so man, it better be the end.

    Sell, Ruben, sell.

  14. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    So the great Rubini wants to buy…
    The only thing he can buy is false hope. He needs to unplug from his false reality Matrix and stop chugging his pharmaceutical grade Kool-Aid. For a plethora of reasons this team doesn’t have it. Even in a weak division, it isn’t happening. However, let’s say the Braves collapse and the Phil’s surge and capture the division. They aren’t getting past any of the other teams. The cards had five hits and three runs, with no homeruns. The Phils had six(?) an one run, and no homeruns. Good teams always find ways to win. Unfortunately, this team is not good, sadly they are mediocre. I had hoped beyond hope they would be more. I drank the Kool-Aid, but this Neo woke up.

    • George

      July 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

      I hate to say it, but the only way this team will get any bullpen help is to buy it, because they sure aren’t getting any from their own farm system. Just so long as they don’t rent, and don’t trade any really good pieces it might be okay.

      I wouldn’t want the job of trying to figure out whether to sell off major players or not. The only people who would bring back anything good are the ones who’d be difficult to replace, like ace pitchers and good 2nd baseman. People who think much can be gained by trading aging players with bloated contracts, such as Papelbon, or catchers on the downside who can’t seem to hit anymore, or statues of right fielders and 3rd basemen, are living in a fool’s paradise. Something can certainly be gained by dumping these guys, particularly M. Young, but one should wonder just how much that will help. A few low-level prospects may be good three or four years down the road, but next year’s team will have to be built with free agents and rookies. Free agents are getting scarce and rookies can be risky. Building next year’s team could indeed mean “buying,” at least to a certain extent.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        July 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

        I agree totally. I’m afraid that Ruben will make some ridiculous deal and give up the “farm” so to speak, or do something irrational because he thinks they have a legitimate shot this year, when they don’t and should look to purchase pieces to re-tool for next year and sell or remove any dead wood, i.e., Nix and D Young for starters. He has to buy, sell, and remove wisely with ye notion that this year it isn’t happening, so let’s look to next.

  15. Bart Shart

    July 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Is anybody going to talk sense to this management team? Amaro is going to further ruin this team by his failure to deal. He is paralyzed with fear. This Amaro is NO general, whatsoever.
    His team will suffer longer and stronger by his inability to make deals NOW. The window of opportunity is closing and he sits shivering in the corner too frightened to pull the trigger on some deals.

    Amaro needs to get out of town. The sooner the better. Put flatley, he stinks.

    • schmenkman

      July 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      “He sits shivering in the corner too frightened to pull the trigger”? that’s great stuff, but you’re a few days early on the “failure to deal” accusation. The vast majority of deals happen in the last days before the deadline, and especially on the 31st itself.

    • Ken Bland

      July 26, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Yo, Bart,

      Let me put it this way. It won’t surprise me if by Aug 1, Ruben’s work is greeted with a fair amount of dismay. I don’t KNOW that it will be, but I’d lean that way.

      But the fact of the matter is this, and to me at least it’s inarguable.

      At best, the public has only the slightest idea what he has going on, and what his longer term plan is. Only people that are naïve or morons swallow what’s printed and spoke and take it as gospel and whole. Sure, there might be some truth to some of it, but nothing’s been done yet, so what the hell’s to criticize. If you had a good awareness of what’s even on his plate, PERHAPS you’d have credibility questioning his pace. And maybe it is a poor pace, but it’s a blind stab to guess that.

      So I’m of the thought that talking sense into this management team is maybe condescending in a way when many of the critics don’t necessarily have much clue what their criticizing other than useless rhetoric. Well, it’s not useless. It’s good for propaganda and reaction testing.

      But again, I’m not surprised if come Aug 1 there’s room to be pissed. But til then, its just good for water cooler and blog talk.

      You’ve been around the block, Bart. You should relate to this line of thinking, though you might not agree, though to be honest, I think there’s a good amount of truth of which I’m writing. After I jab the send button, there’ll be at least 1 person thinking this way.

      • Double Trouble Del

        July 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        Ken, I agree. I think the deadline passes without any deals of consequence although I still hope for the outright release of Nix.

      • George

        July 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        “Deals of consequence” aren’t going to happen because they’re not going to trade Papelbon, Lee, or Utley. Who else would be of consequence? Maybe Ruiz or M.Young or Rollins, but they’re not going to gain the team a whole lot. Rollins could be somewhat consequential, but he’s probably in the Lee/Utley category.

        As far as Nix goes (and I wish he could) they’ll need some kind of warm body for the outfield until Revere returns. At least he can move more than D. Young. That’s the guy they really need to get rid of. Nix won’t get you any runs, but any run Delmon gains with his bat is immediately given back with his lack of range and anthracite glove.

      • Ken Bland

        July 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        Outright release of Nix. Let us ponder the possibility of that. Let us remember that Nix smashed a wicked homer to pave the way to Doc Halladay’s 200th win. Such developments, which generally occur once in a lifetime are usually auto qualifiers for heaven entry. The other side of the coin is if steroids merit an unpaid suspension,, and that’s the way it is, shouldn’t overall ineptitude warrant a choice of castration or sport abolishment? I suppose Nix is a rweener. As a general statement, you gotta get SOMETHING for the guy. But if not, only when his roster spot is costing someone of value, or potential a chance, might as well keep the guy and not eat the cash. He iseems to be costing Minnie a roster spoit, and thet’s not bad.

  16. Bob D

    July 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

    stick a fork in them, the Fat Lady is singing loud and clear for all to hear!

    I will still root for them, but this really hurt most legit chances to make playoff push. Now they would have to go on a run of the ages or the Braves/Nats/Mets would have to completely collapse. (Strange, Mets are within striking distance of 2nd place)

  17. Preseechace

    July 26, 2013 at 12:54 am

    W – drinking water tanie przeprowadzki wroclaw Switch the name of good sized establishments are more costly functions – while in the instance of Orange marketing campaign rebrandingowa exceeded 1 billion zł! A very equivalent example stands out as the era, which transformed in the T-Mobile in June 2011 all shares of PTC and Polish mobile operators Era and Heyah Deutsche Telekom took over, establishing a global brand name T-Mobile.

    • loupossehl

      July 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

      I agree that Tanie Przeprowadzki would look good in a Phillies uniform, but he ain’t no Troy Tulowitzki.

      • Dave

        July 26, 2013 at 7:32 am

        Agreed. And Heyah Deutsche is tearing the cover off the ball! Lol.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Schastlivy sluchai moi droog.

    • MP

      July 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Rebran Dingowa was a stud in Japan, BTW

  18. Ken Bland

    July 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Beat reporters have a tricky privilege in their arsenal. Use of old quotes. Columnists at least seem to do it more, and the quotes can still seem fresh, and useful.

    But that’s the first thing I think of when I scan this afternoon’s Free Press, and read Jim Leyland’s interpretation of Phillies baseball. God forbid for Nice Guy Jim’s sake that this gem of a verbiage collection be actually current, but I really believe it’s as old as 1 fay.


    We don’t see them a whole lot, but I’ve been watching them on TV lately,” Leyland said. “They’re a good team, they’ve always been a good team. We’re going to face real good pitching.

    “They are right there in the thick of it in the National League East. They’ve had a couple injuries, but they’ll be tough.”

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