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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Rockies (59-69) vs. Phillies (56-70)

Colorado Rockies (59-69) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (56-70)

Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.42)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 86, chance of rain
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets

A win tonight would give Ryne Sandberg his first series win as manager of the Phillies.  A loss would give the Phillies and Rockies a split.

Go Phillies!



  1. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Ruf seems to be a baseball player to me.

    Ruben will not like that though and deal him or something stupid.

    Brown in right and Revere in center and ruf in left next year is a good enough outfield.

    The issue would still be the 50 plus million going to 1B 2B and SS
    Who 2 of the 3 really are not good enough and haven’t been for a long time.

    1-0 Phils

    Make up some ground on the Mets!
    Who signed Dice K today LOL

    • loupossehl

      August 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      As previously noted, Ruf-Revere-Brown is the new Luzinski-Maddox-McBride.

      • Brooks

        August 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

        Funny Lou – I have always thought of Ruf being the “baby Bull” – no neck and all but Brown’s power suercedes that of Maddox and McBride and Revere – well, its hard to compare him to either of them. Speed yes but arm? Nada..
        It is nice to think of these guys as anchoring the outfield for a few years to come though. We haven’t seen Ruf at his full potential yet, Brown is just coming into his own and Revere? I’m anxious to see him back on the field. The new look Phils start with the OF, migrate to the IF.. btw – I really like what I see in Asche so far.

    • schmenkman

      August 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Andrew, in what way is the $50+ mil for 1B, 2B, and SS an issue?

      • Andrew from Waldorf

        August 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        That’s over 100 million the next 2 years.

        That could be used to address the multitude of problems this team faces.

        Signing a closer long term not being one of them. As Ruben blew that also.

        Tough to have the 3rd highest payroll and the second worst run differential.

        They will stink the next 2 years with those guys being hurt or stinking.

        I guess its nto an issue though with a GM who would squander it anyway.
        so yes its not an issue as long as he is still GM.

        If someone else had the job would like to see how he spent that 100 million in 2014 and 2015.

        50 million is the pay roll for the Tampa bay Rays

        68 million is the entire Pittsburgh Pirates.

        Sorry to me it is an issue.

      • schmenkman

        August 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

        Even with that $50 M, there will be $139 left of luxury tax threshold to spend on the rest of the roster. I haven’t seen anything that says they won’t have enough to get additional FAs.

        It’s a lot of money, but someone will have to show how it’s actually going to limit them.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Dear Ruben,
    Why pick up Bernadina when you have Wells? Was it to option Mini, who has more lives then six cats, and should have been out of a uniform eons ago? Will you reveal it all in your new book, “How to dismantle a baseball contender” with a foreward by Minaya. Go away, Ruben. Far away to the LAN of classlessness with Papleturd.
    On a friendly, positive note, it seems that Sandberg has imbued the players with some life, or had ye change itself done that? Why both are debatable, I’m just happy to see a little improvement, and I’m happy with the few things Ryne’s done already, sans batting the Mart at lead off. Go Phils!!

    • Ryne Duren

      August 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Hey Big Ed yesterday I mentioned that although mini is gone for now that just like herpes he’ll be back . He’s only in remission right now big guy! lol

  3. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    That was supposed to be “land” and “the” not “ye.” Damn iPhone. and Bernadina is 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. Nice. When I look at the Val of his baseball card, Ruben, I see a lot of $hitty years and one flash in the pan year.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    By chance, do you know where the Phils rank as fat as grounding into double plays? We have to be in the top five!
    Open to anyone: Do we keep Kendrick next year? If so, why? If not, you would replace him? Just wondering because he is so amazingly inconsistent.

    • schmenkman

      August 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      They’re 5th in the NL with 102 DPs (average per team is 97). But more importantly, they’ve had fewer DP opportunities than average, since they’ve hit below average, and their DPs as a percentage of their DP opportunities is 2nd highest in the NL.

      By the way, the team that has ranked first in DPs no matter how you count it, including as a % of opportunities, is St. Louis, the best hitting team in the NL.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        August 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

        Thanks for the reply and stats! I am blown away that St. Louis is number one, and would not have expected it.

      • George

        August 23, 2013 at 10:13 am

        Are these DP stats only “grounded into…” or do they include such things as lining into DPs, runners being thrown out trying to advance on flyballs and strike-out-thown-out-stealing types?

        Further analysis might reveal that the Cards are first because they are aggressive and attempt to advance more often. Maybe they have more line-outs. Lack of speed with certain players might contribute.

        A good hitting team will generally have more DPs because they have more runners on base in a game. But the percentage, to me anyway, needs further examination as to just how a team’s players are doubled up before any hitting judgements can be made.

      • schmenkman

        August 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

        It only includes double plays grounded into, so the aggressiveness doesn’t apply.

        And it’s true that having more men on first would result in more double plays, which is why I also offered GDPs as a percentage of opportunities, where the Cardinals are also the highest in the NL.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Two more homers and Ruff ties Howard this season in less than half the games.

  6. Brooks

    August 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Does that beat all or what?
    I got to see that tonight

  7. G7

    August 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Fightins are back!

  8. Lefty

    August 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    It’s nice to see these games. Doesn’t matter to me if it’s too little too late, I still enjoy winning no matter what.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      August 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm


      Should get on and chat sometime my friend.

  9. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Holy $hit! Two walk offs in a row!!! Way to go boys! Loved every minute of them! Go Phils! Chooch said since Sandberg there life has returned to the clubhouse and now…maybe the field? Go Phils! Woo!!

  10. Ryne Duren

    August 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    maybe throwing viagra at the tv and yelling stand up like men a win dammit is working. If it turns our to be a 4 hour game do I call the doctor? nahhhhhhh

    • Lefty

      August 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

      You don’t need to call the doctor, but that can get expensive man. 🙂

  11. Johanna

    August 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

    On the Gameday beer…at CBP I’d rather spend my $8 or $9 on something with more flavor than a Coors Light…UGH!! You might get more of a buzz from a $4.50 water. How about Victory Summer Love?

  12. Johanna

    August 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    It is still possible for us to finish over .500. That’s what I am hoping for.

    • Ken Bland

      August 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      It’s not fair to speak for other people, but I’d imagine most people would scoff at this question. I mean 13 under .500 is a lot to make up in what’s left.

      But what’s not necessarily a scoffable way of wording this is do they at least have a shot at making a run at .500. Tge answer to that is actually not no.

      The reason I say that is one would do well to remember the 3 of 4 following the only winnavble game V LA are games they somewhere between could and should win, but they were all HOME games. See how the Phils compete starting Sunday, V Patrick Corbinand through a road trip against the Cubs and Mets. Then, they play a bunch of home games. Their on pace to win has dropped to as low as about 70, maybe as high as 72, maybe they dropped down to 69. That’s a far cry to come back from to notch the 81 that .500 represents.

      But if things roll well with Sunday’s atrat, maybe they can still get in a position where they can make 77-78 seem possible That’d be a pretty good sign that they played good ball under Ryno.

      But you gotta play some good games on the road at a minimum to take this recent uptrick seriously, and think it can be stretched.

      • Johanna

        August 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

        Ken – you are probably right. But I can still hope…

      • Ken Bland

        August 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm


        Do we really need the h in your name? Ads to the spell it right challenge.

        I was glad to catch your original post because I did a 2-3 day later flip on it thinking I made a little much of the road thing. Made me think, which is what I try to get of this here place.

        I suppose the best approach is keep thinking positive, and the numbers will fall in as they would, .500, or at least a winning attitude, which is more fun than it was. Hope and a lean to the positive leads me to feeling last night was a blip.

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