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Gameday: Phillies (52-64) at Nationals (56-60)

Philadelphia Phillies (52-64) vs Washington Nationals (56-60)washington_nationals_logo-9726

Kyle Kendrick (10-8, 4.36) vs Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01)

Time: 5:05, Nationals Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 85, chance of storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Kyle Kendrick began the season red hot.  It was like he transformed into a completely different pitcher, but he has now returned to his old ways.  Kendrick has struggled since June, as he is 3-4 with a 6.93 ERA in his last seven starts (37.2 IP).  He’s coming off another poor start, where he allowed four runs in six innings against the Cubs.

Don’t  let Stephen Strasburg’s record fool you.  He has nine losses, but in Philadelphia terms he would be victim to the “Cole Hamels/Cliff Lee syndrome” —  a lack of run support.   He’s been just as good, if not better, than he was last season before he was shut down.  His strikeout average has decreased, but averaging about a strikeout per inning is still pretty good.

 Go Phillies!



  1. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Aw geez, would you look at that. She’s back.

    Used last year as a facetious acknowledgement of the early season woes of the Phillies, thinking it would be highly temporary, the good old last place icon reappears. Still 7 and a half games behind the Phizzies, and currently being drilled by the on again off again Braves at 8-4, it’s hardly a matter of time before the Fish catch the Phils, or in the spirit of The Last Place Derby, should we say the Phils catch the Fish, but these are the facts, and they are indisputable.

    Today’s dusk intruding Phillies game at Washington is their most likely loss of the year. Somehow, Vegas has the game at 2-1, and I assume, per their mission, expects to draw edge money off aneven amount played both ways. To think the Phils will win this one is well within the parameters of the freedom of thought the Constitution provides, but if you commit a felony today, and bet on the Phils within the 24 hour cycle, any attorney worth a fraction of salt should get you off on grounds of mentally incompetent to stand trial.

    It’s not even the pitching matchup of Strasburg V Kendrick. Strasburg might get runs at a Hamelesque pace, and Kendrick, despite teases and minority support of threatening to be a better than average pitcher someday, but this one screams of a Nationals win.

    The Mart that’s known as Mini will set an MLB record today for most inept player to ever start an entire series for one thing. The only question about old friend Jayson Werth today is whether he sees pink or yellow grapefruits. Since Mike Young attempted to get his teammates to play for pride, the L’s have run rampant. The Nats, for whatever reason seem more committed to winning to offset a disappointing year. Not to mention they are 16 times more talented.

    After today’s loss, the Phils head to Atlanta where they should lose a minimum of 2 of 3, dropping them about 14 games below the territory formerly known as sea level. That place is now called Fantasy Island. Tomorrow, the Fish play in KC, but it’s Fernandez V Bruce Bleeping Chen. Can you spell 6 and a half? Can you imagine the experience factor when Chen faces Polanco? One guy has a social security number of 1, the other guy 2, they are so antiquated. Lord only knows whatever happened to winner, winner, chicken dinner, but the race to last place might, should and could intensify soon.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Another must win for the pacifist Phils

    Updating Mets 4 Diamondbacks 1

    I would like to take this time to thank Ruben Amaro Sr.
    And Junior

    And Ken Bland

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Nats announcers saying how great the Nats are playing.

    The numbers are on the rise the teams amazing playing great.

    Just schedule the Phillies and you can get healthy and feel good about yourself.

    Who is after the Braves?

    Nats announcers say its hot tub time machine like the feel good story of 2012.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      I’m not as down on the Nats guys as you, but it might come from you seeing a lot more of them. But my comment was I know J Dub’s on fire, but they are getting carried away with it.

      It’s not like 13-24 (now 14-25) has never happened. The idea of walking him in the first was pretty comical.

  4. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Few will notice the quality of Minnie’s throw back in, they’ll just keep thinking he’s areound because he can play multiple positions.

    He don’t play none of ’em too good. That was NOT a major league throw. AT ALL.

  5. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Keep challenging Werth with fastballs.

    Its working great.

    If the General Moron gets in a bidding war ( possibly with himself like Rollins) for Halladay I will simply have a fit.
    At which time Ken will laugh and it will be grand.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I forgot my hashtag.


  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The Orioles and the Angeloses control the Nationals TV rights.

    I firmly believe they purposely have a bad TV broadcasting duo.

    Their radio guy Charlie Slowes is one of the best in the business.

    So its not just hatred for the Nats.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Orioles, on the other hand, at least seem to have always had a core of terrific announcers. Sometimes the baseball’s dragged it down, but that’s how it seems.

  8. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Mess fail to score with ’em loaded. Still up 5-4. Hope exsists in Waldorf.

    We’ll see how they do in LA. Not sure who’s pitching, but should be competitive through the starters at least.

  9. c. schreiber

    August 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Andrew I agree about the Nats “clown” announcers. Bob Carpenter and the other bozo can only use words like “on the black” “97 miles an hours” “natitude” they have to give the speed on every pitch. Biggest homers outside of the Yankees men. Been listening to them for years now and this season I keep the sound off most times.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      these 2 guys haven’t done the Nats the whole time there, so you used to, and what did you guys think of them? Dibble did tv, right? So dpsre me the tounguelashing on him, but who else? There was a 3rd guy in the booth with Dibs, Ray Knight….how was he?

  10. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Stras got thru last inning on 1 leg, to hear Carp and FP tell it, but watch this next inning.

    Against this part of the lineup (no offense to Kratz), he might pitch legless and strike out the side.

    #natitude, baby, it’s all about natitude

  11. c. schreiber

    August 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Why does MiniMart wear batting gloves?? Their for hitters aren’t they?

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Jon Miller was good back in the day.
    With the Orioles.

    To me he jumped the shark and got into that McCarver John Madden Mike Emerick type of thing though later in his career.

    I wish I could complain about Martinez being as skelled as he is.

    But he is somehow the least of my issues with this team.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      In more recent years, I recall liking Fred Manfra and Bill O’Donnell from limited listening.

      I have never really been too sure what to make of John Miller. I don’t dislike him, more a question of how much I do. No complaints about his Scully imitation though. He can outVin Vinnie.

      • loupossehl

        August 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Bill O’Donnell was really good. He used to be the voice of Syracuse U. football, and I listened to him year after year when I was a kid in Upstate NY. Then he went on to Baltimore, and their gain was my/our loss. Those were good days sports-wise, and I’ll always remember him.

      • Ken Bland

        August 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        So Lou, maybe you don’t see this, but your remembering O’Donnell and as a Cusy guy brings a question to mind. SU as I bet you know has turned out many notable broadcasters. In fact, if you count off air and smaller market successful careers, the number might be outstanding.

        But just at the national on air level, the number is sky high.

        So I wonder, of the many success stories, if they went elsewhere and weren’t Orange, would they have been as successful? Or is there something in the water at the Newhouse School of Communications that parlays a golden mike.

        As I think about it, these days, a Cuse diploma probably gets attention at any media outlet. But if we go back to Marv, Glickman, Criqui, O’ Donnell and and Musser types, it was probably more the men than the program.

        Wonder whatever happened to Don Bombard. I actually know, we’ll see if the name triggers a memory, If you even see this post.

        Gelb went to Syracuse.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Dibble was great.

    They fired him for telling the truth.

    Stupid fans dislike that.

    Knight does the pre and post game.

  14. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    So through 3, and the order once, 5 Ks, but it’s only 1-zip as the Nats are playing their usual why should I drive a run in when the next guy can.

    So they’re in it.

    The great ones start good, and get stronger. We’ll see how they do 2nd time through the order. If I’m a guessing man, it’s not well, but they might stay in the game quite a ways.

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm


    Why and how would a fan Want Rollins Utley and Howard batting 1 3 and 4 ( regardless of who is where) in 2014?

    Ken its is difficult if not impossible for me to understand this mentality.

    People really enjoy losing with players they are attached to and or like?

    Outside of this site my real life friends make fun of the Phillies for the signings.
    So its not just me.

    I just don’t understand it.

    But I also consider 2010 and 2011 to be failures.

    By the line up. The core of the line up.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Well, the plan would figure to be Revere 1. But I’ll tell ya what, JHey is kicking ass as the Braves leadoff guy, and Dom’s a lot like him, maybe more patient, maybe he’s the leadoff answer.

      Unfortunately, Dom might be the answer in 4 at the same time. I wouldn’t be afraid to use RyHo in different spots depending on the matchup. Some lefties, I might bat him 4. But he’s not glued into that spiot.

      I don’t care where Chase hiuts. He’s an asset anywhere. I’m cool with him at 3.

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Carpenter says Strasburg is untouchable.


  17. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I have to think the part of the game when I pretend the Phillies may win or have a chance today is over.

    and its 2-0


  18. Rob h

    August 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    You are they ultimate hater.

    • Mike

      August 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Being honest is considered being a hater?

  19. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Unfortunately since 2010 I have been the most accurate person on this site when it comes to analyzing this team and where they are and where they are heading.


    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      I’d vouch for that, but I’m only here the last year, and your statement holds a lot of truth since then. Plus, defending impluies a degree of concern about what people think of each other, and I choose my alliances way too selectively to care. But I’ll vouch for Andrew having a lot of good reactions and expectations in the last year.

  20. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    You would have hoped they would have been a little more ciompetitive after Brown got back. 2 of 3 against the Cubs sort of competitive. But since they’re gonna get killed in Atlanta, defined by at least losing 2 of 3, guess we’ll just have to wait this out and see if they get deceptively warm at some point.

    Should have won the stupid game last night.

  21. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm


  22. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Former announcers for the Nats

    Mel Proctor, play-by-play, 2005
    Ron Darling, color commentator, 2005
    Kenny Albert, play-by-play, 2005 (when Proctor was unavailable)
    Jack Voight, color commentator, 2005 (when Darling was unavailable)
    Tom Paciorek, color commentator, 2006
    Don Sutton, color commentator, 2007 – 2008
    Don Baylor, substitute studio analyst, 2007 (when Ray Knight was unavailable)
    Rob Dibble, color commentator, 2009 – 2010
    Debbi Taylor, Field Reporter, 2007 – 2011
    Kristina Akra, Field Reporter, 2012

    Proctor was a pro. Don’t know where he is these days, if he is. Didn’t realize Sutton ever left the Braves.

  23. Double Trouble Del

    August 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Looking forward to solid 2nd base play for another 2 years. Utley has flat out stunk it up today. Can’t wait to see his skill set next year …25 errors are not out of the question.

    • Ken Bland

      August 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      You’d have moved him?

      • Double Trouble Del

        August 11, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        I really don’t know what the return would have been for a rental. I suspect it would not have cracked a team’s top ten prospect list. So trading him would have been a tough call simply because of the PR involved. Let him play out the year have a whirlwind good-bye tour and thanks for the memories. I know people talk about Rollins’ selfishness but I can’t help but think that Utley lied to the team two years in a row about the condition of his knees, something I consider to be extremely selfish. The incident left a bad taste in my mouth since then.

      • Ken Bland

        August 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        Our sentiments are reasonably similar. My most convictional thing is I know better than to jump up and down on the deal. But I like the guy. By the way, fwiw, I heard Ruben say in a radio interview Chase was a “terrible” defender at 2nd at UCLA and he’s worked really hard to get where he is. Surprised me that he might have been that bad. Ancient history, anyway.

      • schmenkman

        August 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        DTD, Utley is still a very good fielder this year, according to all the stats. But what do you mean by “he lied”?

      • Double Trouble Del

        August 11, 2013 at 8:48 pm

        I really should have used the phrase “was not forthcoming” to the team regarding the condition of his knees.

      • schmenkman

        August 11, 2013 at 10:52 pm

        DTD, even reworded, I don’t buy that narrative, and this is more plausible to me:

        He had been working on his right knee all winter (the one that bothered in spring ’11), it’s feeling good, and he comes to spring training expecting he’ll be ready to play and that he can work through any minor pain issues, as he always has in the past.

        When he ramps up baseball activities, his left knee now feels a lot worse than he expected, so he realizes he can’t play, and goes and gets another opinion on a physical therapy regimen to strengthen it.

  24. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Guess it’s only fair to acknowledge Jake’s terrific inning. Singular event, it is what it is.

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Ken, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, myself included.

  25. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Good for Stras. Hopoefully, Ruben is on the phone trying to acquire him and Mike Trout for the Atlantaeries. Might improve the club. Never know for sure, but it might. Good night from way below the equator in 4th place.

  26. Double Trouble Del

    August 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I never thought I would say it but this GM has surpassed Minaya in terms of pure incompetence.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      August 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm


      Never had a man reach second base today.

      He has I think surpassed Minaya.

      Minaya brought in crap.

      Dummy hoards all his home grown players until they are worthless and over paid.

      Grew up on Mel Proctor doing the Bullets and Orioles.
      Love that guy

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