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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (53-69) vs Dodgers (72-50)

Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50)dodgers_logo

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 84, rain possible

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies have yet to score a run under new manager Ryne Sandberg as the Dodgers have shut them out in consecutive games and won another series to continue their torrid play. The Dodgers have now won 42 of their last 50 games, which has been done just twice since 1900.

Cole Hamels will be pitch for the Phillies looking to continue his recent stretch of quality starts. In his last four starts (31 innings) Hamels has allowed just five earned runs (1.45 ERA) and has gone eight or more innings twice. In that stretch he has lowered his season ERA from 4.16 to 3.65.

Lifetime, Hamels is 3-1 with a miniscule 1.64 ERA against the Dodgers. His last time facing them was in 2012, when he tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs.

Hanley Ramirez, who is having an MVP caliber season, has had the most success against Hamels. In 65 career at bats he is hitting .296 with two homers, six RBI and 10 doubles. Adrian Gonzalez also has two solo homers in 27 at bats against the Phillies’ lefty.

After seeing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in games one and two, the Phillies will get little relief in the third game of the series when Ricky Nolasco takes the hill for the Dodgers. Since coming over to L.A. from Miami, Nolasco has earned a win in four of his seven starts, and in his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA.

As a member of the Marlins, Nolasco has seen the Phillies many times with varied success. In 21 starts he is 8-6 with a 3.78 ERA. In three starts this year against the Phillies he is 0-1 and the Marlins lost all three games, but he allowed just seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings (3.38 ERA).

Chase Utley has seen Nolasco well in 35 career at bats, posting a .293 average, two home runs and a team leading seven RBI,  and Domonic Brown has a homer, double, triple and three singles in 15 at bats against him.

Lineup: Martinez SS, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Wells CF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

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  1. hk

    August 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    It’s bad enough that Michael Martinez is on the roster, but it’s significantly worse that our new manager, under whom the team has yet to score in two games, has Mini-Mart in the lead-off spot. Unless Sandberg’s mandate is to get the best draft pick possible (i.e. lose as much as possible), I don’t like what I see of his lineup construction three games into his tenure.

  2. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Unfortunately, while it’s not exactly relavant, I remember Riccky throwing like a 1 hit complete game, or a perfect through 7, something real good 2-3 years ago in this park. So it’s not like he’s never had success against the Phils, and in this park, no less.

    Let’s see if they can make some nopise 4-8 this inning. The 18 scoreless (now 19) is only as big as you make it with who they faced the last 2, but the longer they get shutout today, they probably press more.

  3. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Here’s a good example of a danger of hitting Minnie 1, but damned if they didn’t bunt anyway.

    Let’s see if it somehow pays off.

    • DavidE

      August 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Hamels should have batted 8th today and Martinez should have batted 9th. Hamels has hit well lately.

      • Ken Bland

        August 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        I just can’t believe he batted him leadoff. That I really find incredible.

  4. teejvee

    August 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Paging Schmenk.What’s the MLB record for scoreless innings for a manager who takes over in mid year?

    • c. schreiber

      August 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      The announcers (Johnson & Shmoltz) on TBS mentioned “no new manager has ever been shutout in their 1st three games”. We about to see MLB history today. Its 2 – 0 and its over.

  5. Morris Buttermaker

    August 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Every time Mini Mart gets a start, Phillies fans should get 1/9th of their ticket price back.

  6. c. schreiber

    August 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    As soon as I posted my last post Ruf took care of the record. The RUFFER…..

  7. Bob D

    August 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I see the addition of MiniMart as a no holds barred move by Sandberg. He is going with his all power team trying to get a run across.

    In other news, Ruf continues to just hit hoe runs, I wonder when they will cut him loose so we can see a real prospect play.

    • Ken Bland

      August 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      What’s your take on Asche?

      • Ryne Duren

        August 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        Ken I’ll respond to your question of Asche. And I’ll add some thoughts on Ruf. All I can say is to be patient with these guys. Run them out there every day, it’s the only way to get any kind of sample as to what kind of players they are. The longer the sample the better to know. It took Brown what 500-600 AB’s over a couple of years till something clicked in him? People have to remember there aren’t that many players in baseball history who came up and right away started player all star caliber ball. look at Rollins he’s the same as he was when he came up! Had to get a Rollins dig in couldn’t help myself.
        Anyway Ken you get my drift, I don’t have to spain it to ya man. Our problem now as fans we got spoiled by winning. I’m willing to be patient and see how they develop. I’ll end with this ( FIRE RUBE ASAP) . We can start a wall of shame with him as the first inductee and mini #2 and we have a long history of players who could fill that wall up! As you well know also. lol

  8. Ryne Duren

    August 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I was hoping and praying when he fouled that ball off his ankle that he broke it! Forgive me Lord.

  9. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    We’ll call this a set up inning. If they can get thru Mini’s spot, they go 2-3-45 next inning and we’ll see if they can at least tie it. Defense permitting, of course.

  10. Bob D

    August 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I am impressed with Ruf and Asche. especially with Asche defense and he looks like a solid hitter. If both impress enough the IF & OF is set for starters next year. However Rollins I see as not a top of order hitter.

    • Ken Bland

      August 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I was curious, prompted by your view on Ruf.

      I really like Asche/ Didn’t expect him up this early, but it’s great that he’s getting this experience.

    • G7

      August 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Revere will lead off..definitely need a bullpen redo and a bench redo for next year..Michael Young should of been traded by now.

      • wbramh

        August 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

        And a first base redo and a catcher redo and starting rotation redo and a shortstop redo and a GM redo…and did I mention a GM redo?

    • Ryne Duren

      August 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Bob in my eyes Jim Me’s days should be numbered period. Galvis can’t hit but Rollins is working his way down to Galvis territory. So Bob in my eyes if we’re gonna have a SS who can’t lead off or doe’s mostly nothing this year offensively then it might be in the best interests of the team to play Galvis at short. He showed us what he can do playing 2cd, 3rd, and the OF and he was good at all of them so put him at short as a stopgap till either Quinn, or J.P. Crawford is ready. I think what we’re getting from Rollins is what we’re gonna get from here on out offensively. And defensively and speed wise even less. Time to move on.

      • schmenkman

        August 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        “So Bob in my eyes if we’re gonna have a SS who can’t lead off or doe’s mostly nothing this year offensively…”

        Ryne, as I’m sure you know it’s unusual for a shortstop to leafoff, and the fact that Rollins has been able to lead off for much of his career, when the Phillies haven’t really had anyone who fit better in the leadoff spot than wherever they actually hit, has been gravy.

        I agree that if he continues hitting like this year he shouldn’t be at the top of the order, although where he hits actually makes little difference in how many runs they score.

        We can disagree on many things, but I have to say as a Phillies fan the “Jim Me” comments are uncalled for and kind of embarassing.

  11. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    They’re talking shirts while Utley makes a 400 iq play.

    Now, to do do something with it.

  12. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Utley just stabds there, gets away with murder letting the ball hit him, MAKES it happen, and Brown follows through, with excellent baserunning.

    I ask you, where is the quit?

  13. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Regretfully, Cody swung at a simply ideal double play pitch, playing right into Nolasco’s hands.

    But excellent hustle serves a tying purpose.

    Got a shot.

  14. Ken Bland

    August 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Fortunately, we’ve seen the last of Minnie. Jimmy should be pinch hitting for Cole, which means at least we’ll see a bona fide major league order this inning. Maybe Mayberry bats for Minnie, and then we’ll see Ryno’s first double switch. And Minnie can’t be part of it.

    I don’t know about Rosenberg coming in. I guess if it’s tied, maybe. But should they take the lead, go Madson straight to Lidge. God, this pen is awful

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Hanley is an MVP candidate?

    Did I read here that Rollins is going to Cooperstown?

    Paplebomb is in.

    Do the math Ken.

  16. teejvee

    August 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Yeah baby. Mike’ the hammer ‘ Young hits a scintillating 2 hopper to the ss . Inning ending choke job double play right? No way-not the way MY blasts that ball. Hanley can’t handle the Young rocket-Philies win!!!!

  17. bigdaddy

    August 19, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Asche has shown skill at 3rd base, but do we need a less than .250 hitter who has below average power. CBPark is a hitter’s field. We got 5 homeruns last year from Planco and Frandsen at 3rd. Besides other needs, the Phils need a 20-25 homerun 3rd baseman.

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