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Gameday: Braves (85-55) vs. Phillies (64-77)

bmgndhhvp8d9dllfh3vnf8g5uAtlanta Braves (85-55) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (64-77) 

Alex Wood (3-3, 3.15) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51)

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 75, mostly sunny
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Cliff Lee pitched a gem last night, and Cody Asche provided the big hit to propel the Phillies to a 2-1 victory.

Tonight, Kyle Kendrick will be opposed by Alex Wood, who is coming off a rough start.  Wood, just 22 years of age, was drafted out of the University of Georgia in the second round of last year’s draft.  He dominated his way through the minor leagues, posting a 1.74 ERA in 24 starts on all levels.  Since his callup in May, he has faced the Phillies a few times, including one start, and fared pretty well.  It will be interesting to see how the rookie rebounds after an awful start against Miami, where he allowed seven runs  in less than three innings.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf LF, Asche 3B, Galvis SS, Mayberry RF, Kendrick P.

Go Phillies!

37 Comments

37 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I have no comment on Mayberry. I’ve waited this long, I can still go further.

    Obviously, Alex Wood is a really good young pitcher. He’s pitching well tonight, but the Phils seem to be picking him up well enough. I kinda get the feeling he’ll get stronger as he goes, leastwise through the 2nd trim through. Not dominant strong, but he’ll look even better than he has. At least that’s what the eyes say.

    • Ken Bland

      September 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      “Not dominant strong, but he’ll look even better than he has.”

      Misread for sure, Phils kept having good at bats through at least Asche and tied the game at 2.

  2. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    When Dom Brown got sent down when Pence was acquired, if I can remember this right, his career numbers in a similar number of at bats were pretty identical to Freddie Freeman. Not great, but especially in Freeman’s case, you could see he was making progress. I think he got off to a pretty horrific start when they turned the job over to him. If Dom can keep pace with Freeman as he keeps getting better and better (not Votto good, but good), it’d be a good standard to live with. 0-2, off 2 swings, and he bangs a 2 rib sinle to right. Gooooood hitting.

  3. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Now in this regard, hitting Chase 3 V the lefty is not bad. We should see a smart at bat here. Gotta remember, it’s really just the BA that is bad.

    • Ken Bland

      September 7, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Chase did his part, lining to right. Not his fault that whatever was going on at 3rd was going on. Bad espanol conversation?

  4. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Little early for this, but they won’t exhause KK tonight, especially since they want to have him get out and build some + reinforcement, and it dawns on me that we might see Ethan out of the pen as early as tonight. Course everyone except Paps is on 2 days rest, so you never know who’ll line up, but it’ll be fun to watch and see Ethan as he tries a new role. Be nice to get it off to a good start

  5. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Good job by Sarge repeating his point about Jimmy last night off Chase hustling his way to second after getting OUT OF THE BOX quickly. And the crybaby apologists are brought to mind as we try to go our way, and let them go theirs.

    Good ballgame tonight, real good, as the Phils get the lead run.

    • G7

      September 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Not a coincidence that Jimmy isn’t in the lineup tonight..

      • Ken Bland

        September 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Oh, I think it is. I don’t know that the play was THAT big a deal, but it wasn’t real small either.

        You apparently see it differently, I guess? How come?

    • schmenkman

      September 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      lol

    • schmenkman

      September 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      To elaborate, Utley is the exception. Good job and Sarge is an interesting combination as well. I don’t think those words have been combined in the same sentence previously.

  6. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Alex Wood has had it. Even before Galvis lined the single, he was laboring. 93 pitches off a short, ineffective stint, with an extra day. But that’s a tough, mature kid with a terrific future ahead. We’ll see how much chance he gets to exert that talent into the post season. That’s a 64,000 dollar question.

    Even 2 wins in a row off lefties is incredible, nd its the Phils for the taking. Pretty much, anyway.

  7. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Tonight’s game is only missing one thing. A pennant race. It’s competitive enough that you really feel the dread of winding down the season without chasing something. But at lest it’s a good one. Beats the heck of KK’s last start, Sunday at Wrigley.

  8. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Only 1 dsy left this series to work in a Rico Carty trivia question. Not that Marquis Grissom and Ralph Garr questions are bad, but Rico would make for a good 3 question set.

  9. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Just 10 Brave K’s so far, feels like more, especially with BJ’s night. Still could finish 13,14, but that’s hardly important, except it won’t move runners along. Typical Braves game for the most part, at least offensively, when they aren’t mashing.

  10. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Because of little things (in part, that part only adds up so much), and getting some good swings in, Chase Utley is having his best game in whatever length of time it is tonight.

    It’s good to see.

    The whole team has played well. Even the defense hasn’t looked foolish, or at least I don’t remember it.

    Probably the best game since the last home stand where they did a lot of stblizing.

  11. Bart Shart

    September 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Aren’t you glad we did not sign the Upton brothers .. Over $110 million for BJ (who is really undisciplined, moody and steadily decling) and Justin (the better of the two of them by far).
    BJ is due over $70 million over the next five years. He was far from a bargain. Glad the Braves made such a financially foolish move, and not the Phils. However, the Braves are in FIRST PLACE in the NL East. Perhaps I am missing something important?

    • Carlos Danger

      September 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      The Braves have a productive farm system. The Phillies don’t.

      • Ryne Duren

        September 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        I know it’s only one or two games but it seems as though our farm system beat theirs tonight and yesterday. Just saying .

  12. betasigmadeltashag

    September 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Good game young guys did well Asche-Hernadez-DeFeuntes-dikman. All contributed except for Hernandez brain cramp at Third.

  13. Ken Bland

    September 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Greg Murphy is such a wimp. Shows up with a towel tonight after last night’s all in fun bth. And they got him worse tonight.

    Maybe a raincoat would work. I dunno. These kids seem determined to get him. But it’s fun to see.

  14. betasigmadeltashag

    September 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    And the one kid I did not mention Freddie gets a walks of dinger.

  15. Midwestphillyphan

    September 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    After the past few games, where each of the young guys have come up big, it’s easy to see that the Phillies HAVE to give galvis, Hernandez, ruf, and Asche every day playing time. And brown and revere.

    Maybe this is done by alternating positions and giving guys like Utley Rollins and Howard days off. I could see keeping Howard on the bench for every left handed starter–>ruf on 1st, brown, revere, Hernandez in the Outfield.

  16. Bart Shart

    September 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I think Freddy Galvis is thinking about a serious challenge to Jimmy Rollins for the shortstop position.. Perhaps Sandberg is thinking this as well. I wonder what Jimmy thinks and how Galvis’
    game will affect Rollins.

  17. Ryne Duren

    September 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    All I know is that even though we’re not going to the playoffs. Watching the enthusiasm and the play of the younger players makes it enjoyable to watch this team again win or lose.
    My wife even made the comment that it was a fun game to watch. For most of the year and practically all of last year this team was boring. That was until the youths arrived. Tea they’re going to have some brain farts along the way but that’s the way it is. They learn from it. And get better. At least it’s looking like there could be some hope for next year to be a lot more competitive. Maybe with a few tweeks here and there highly competitive. What say you guys?

    • Lefty

      September 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

      I agree there’s hope, and have had many of the same thoughts.

  18. betasigmadeltashag

    September 8, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I like the young kids also and their energy. The problem is JRoll Utley and Howard will be playing 5-6 days out of 7. Revere and Brown in the outfield. So that pretty much leaves 3rd base and RF for Galvis Ruf Asche and Hernandez

    • schmenkman

      September 8, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Beta, if two of the four turn out to be decent major leaguers, I’ll be ecstatic. Galvis and Hernandez should be on the bench, and between scheduled off days and injuries they should get plenty of opportunities. And it’s not known yet whether Asche, and particularly Ruf, will hit enough after they’ve been around the league a couple of times and pitchers adjust to them.

  19. wbramh

    September 8, 2013 at 3:14 am

    And we may have to add Maikel Franco’s name to that what-to-do-with-them list after Spring training.
    With Asche looking like he’s winning himself a job at 3rd perhaps Franco plays 1B against lefties. He’s blossoming at a high rate of speed and I believe hard to count out as a starter next year.

    The prospects of having three potential 30 HR players (Franco, Ruf, Brown) in the starting lineup would be a welcome change. Of course, less for Franco if he’s platooned with Howard but we can only hope Howard has something left in the tank and can hit his 15 against righties.

    • Lefty

      September 8, 2013 at 9:33 am

      The Franco-Asche competition will be interesting. It appears right now anyway, that we have the first two viable young contenders for the hot corner in a very long time. One of those “good problems” to have.

  20. bacardipr

    September 8, 2013 at 5:59 am

    I think Galvis will make a fine utility man. I could be wrong but i dont think he’ll hit enough to become a everyday player. Thats fine though we can always use a guy like him on the bench. Especially with Chase and Jimmy needing days off. Contradicting myself but who knows maybe in a year or two he will hit just enough to become a starter. As Scheckman pointed out its tough too predict how Asche(Ruf fits in this category) and others will perform one the league has seen them a few times and makes the adjustment. They seem to like Hernandez and i think he’ll be on the roster next year.

    • Lefty

      September 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

      I like Hernandez too. For a small guy he takes a good cut, not too much strength, but also not a slap hitter either. He’s patient at the plate and knows how to hit. Young guys often come with base-running blunders and brain farts, Yasiel Puig has made many this year, it’s just part of the package with them.

      I would like to see them keep both Hernandez and Galvis on the roster as utility guys, but I doubt they will. They seem to like to go with vets for that role instead of keeping young guys on the bench. And maybe that’s the right approach, maybe they learned from D Brown that the younger ones have to get consistent AB’s. Also – I don’t remember, but I would imagine they are nearly, or already, out of options with Freddy next season.

  21. Hogey's Role

    September 8, 2013 at 10:27 am

    What are the chances that they keep Hernandez in center and shift revere to left or right??

    I’m not suggesting this is what they should to but it would be interesting, and the possibility of revere and Hernandez leading off is intriguing…
    also does anyone think that Galvis might beat out Rollins for the starting job next year? Again I’m not not suggesting he will or should either

    • schmenkman

      September 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

      I would say the chances are close to zero on both. I think Ruf will have an outfield job until he shows he can’t hit, and Galvis will be viewed as a backup until he can hit more than he has, last night notwithstanding.

    • hk

      September 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Hogey,

      I have to see more out of Hernandez before I would commit to going into a season with him as the every day CF. That being said, I think they should go into next season with a flexible roster that includes two C’s, Howard, Utley, Rollins, Asche, Ruf, Revere and Brown plus Frandsen, Hernandez, Galvis and another OF (tbd) and they should mix and match to get the best match-ups depending on the opposing team’s SP.

      I do not think that Galvis projects to be an every day player at any position next year. His career minor league OPS is .615 and his career major league OPS is .616. The major league OPS is still a small sample size, but the minor league one does not inspire a lot of confidence that he can hit enough to be a regular. For comparison purposes, in this (by far) career worst hitting season for Rollins, his OPS is still higher than Galvis’s career minor and major league OPS’s.

  22. Ken Bland

    September 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Ah, look who’s playing third today. Third straight game starting V the lefty. Nice little lineup, too for the man trying to shed the interim tag. Kratz gets the behind the plate call. No surprise. And we get more Hernandez in center. Really good to see Fransden, swinging awfully well this week in the 5 hole. But the first thing we looked at, that stood out was Asche getting another start.

    And it gives Cole a pretty good shot at mustering a win today. Let’s just say it’ll be nice to get a day off from watching Mayberry, and if we were pre 40 man, and playing out the string, we could have seen The Mart that’s known as Minnie. It’s a watchable lineup.

    For Hamels part, he’ll touch 200 innings for the year today. That’d be with 7 full. He’ll start the day at 3.50 on the ERA scale. Not that we’re throwing out the KISS theory, but there’s another goal we can belabor him with for his remaining few starts. His career ERA is 3.36, so if he’s gonna get to the minimum goalwe set of 3.33, that’s a steppingstone. Kinda like when Pete Rose went for 44, and invented names and hit streak achievements to get towards Keeler.

    If Cole allows 7 earned runs over the next 30 innings, he’ll be at 3.31.

    Four 1 earned run efforts over 30 innings drops him to 3.19.

    Two earned runs over 30 innings lands him at 3.11

    I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s pitched his last complete game of the year, so 7 solid innings seems a good goal to shoot for each start

  23. Ken Bland

    September 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    We’re about .5way through the Sandberg interim process. We can safely say he hasn’t done anything to eliminate himself from making the job full-time

    More significantly, the question is how far has he gone to winning over Amaro and anyone else that might make the decision, let alone a mutual agreement on the terms.

    Rightfully so, the media has not killed the subject yet, early as it is, and to my awareness, hasn’t really touched on it.

    That might change as early as tomorrow, with a day off, at least on an exploratory basis. Ruben tipped his position in conversation with ex-GM Jim Bowden in an interview this morning.
    About as far as a guy with a drink in each hand might.

    “He’s done a pretty good job so far,” said Rube, in a just slightly positive way.”

    He added that the Phils still may or may not go through a full interview process.

    What we HAVE seen from Sandberg, from the outside, leaving reality to another dimension is good culture, and a lot of people on the same page. He’s certainly shown he can give people a chance to play, and is not afraid to use his bench. He hasn’t embarrassed himself with any ridiculous double switches, and seems to be handling pitching change timing pretty well.

    Of course, all of that has been a in a meaningless stretch run, but it’s all he has to show it within. I don’t see much reason to NOT give him permanency, but that doesn’t mean to jump.

    Jump would be reserved for if Joe Girardi, for some unseen reason leaves New York. Chances are, that’d be like Mike Trout saying he heard voices that told him he needs to play near the South Jersey chore sooner than possible.

    Rube could always have a surprise name in his business card collection, like a Mike Scoscia, but that’s not jump material. Dave Martinez has rubbed shoulders with Joe Maddon for a while now, and is highly thought of, Mike Maddux might well make a good manager someday, and might be more ready than he was 2 years ago when he and Sandberg shared the same interviews.

    While ten zillion things cover this process beyond the scope of an observer, it looks like Ryno would be a better than okay selection, although the Phils still have the ally of time. But no matter what, because any good work will have been shown in a limited environment, non contending phase that this is, there’s little reason to over commit. Ryno should feel very reasonable asking for 3 years. He’s paid his dues. Quiet strength might not be quite as marketable as Charlie’s style, but it’d still go over. The real question is how should the Phils answer that request. Unfortunately, that seems further than they should go. But you don’t necessarily jump at tirst thing thrown your way, and if he stands his ground, and the Phils stand theirs, longer term, it might be a good thing for Sandberg. And that’s assuming the Phils balk at 3, which they might not do.

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