2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (68-78) vs Nationals (77-69)

Philadelphia Phillies (68-78) vs. Washington Nationals (77-69)

Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.51  ) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 3.28  )

Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70’s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies head to DC tonight as they start a three-game set with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start tonight, but he’s been scratched with arm issues. For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick will take the mound.

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

Your gameday beer: Anchor Steam Liberty Ale

A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. Enjoy with some steaks on the grill for today’s game.
– Pat




  1. Bart Shart

    September 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I simply do not see the Phillies getting much for Kyle Kendrick in a trade. Perhaps they should try him in the bullpen, again,.

    • Lefty

      September 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I always thought he performed pretty well in the role of long man/ spot starter. If the price is right I guess.

  2. Ken Bland

    September 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

    The Phils do have an option, thin as it is to use KK as a spot starter/long man next year. If they tender him, the way the Phils operate, he’d sign before the arbitrator steps in for a more player friendly compromise than not. Conservatively, that’s 6 mil for 1, or somewhere in low double figure millions for 2.

    That’s an awful, awful lot of money for a non starter. Papelbon, 12, Adams 6, Kendrick 6. Man.

    He’s held up well in dependability, starting 30 games this year. His 2nd half pitching has been a campaign to disinterest clubs, but that dependability is large stuff.

    About the only way, practically speaking, he winds up a spot starter reliever for the Phils is if they non tender him, and the market places low premium on his dependability. If things get that desperate, he might go back to his old role at a still high salary (4 mil?), but more within reason.

    Others might have a more definitive view of what his near term future is, but I could see it going a lot of ways. I wouldn’t rule out a change of scenery being good for him. I don’t have a clue if this statement holds truth, but maybe he’s too comfortable here. Maybe it’s wiser to say that a change of scenery might be good for him.

  3. Ken Bland

    September 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Don’t look now, especially since it means absolutely nothing, but the Washington Nats are closer to a wild card spot than the Texas Rangers are to a division title. That”s a point for drama only.

    Can the Nats pull off a little short of a miracle and eek in? The Reds are in the early stage of a 9 game road trip, and have 6 left with the Pirates. The Nats could do their part by winning a lot of games, but the 4.5 spread just seems like too much to overcome with no head to head competition. I’d root for the type of collapse the Reds would have to fall victim to on my worst enemy, but the Reds aren’t my worst enemy. Actually, Cincy could win only a handful of remaining games, and still fail to hold up, so it’s really not even a miracle that it would take.

    That AL wildcard race is wilder than wild. How the Yankees remain afloat with their Philliesque flaws all year seems crazy. Their starting pitching has been an abomination most of the year, their pen leaky at the wrong times, and their offense is 400% better than the first half. Plus, the payback for the curse is killing them as Boston kicks their ass thoroughly and often of late. They keep hanging, but hardly wear the moniker of don’t let ’em in, cause nobody would wanna play them.

    Texas is in dangerous territory now. They have 4 at Tampa, and 3 at Kansas City. Should they not make it, and complete 2 straight years of yearend dives from the penthouse, which would follow a crushing WS loss, how do their fans look at their golden era of Ranger baseball. And you thought the last 2 years of Phillies baseball were difficult to digest. Losing, no matter how you do it, sucks. But it’s premature to write the Rangers off. But they’ve helped the Yanks, O’s, Tribe and Royals have hope. Maybe they walk off with a Philanthropist of the Year Award for that generosity.

  4. photoFred

    September 15, 2013 at 11:09 am

    The Case for Ruf,

    So we now have a fair sample of Darin Ruf in the bigs. Here’s what we know: He’s neither the second coming of Luzinski nor is he a Mini Mart. I actually think he’s a serviceable regular–for now. As I post this his OPS is right around Utley’s, and, with only half the games and ABs his power numbers are close. Seems like there used to be a place in MLB for a guy who could hit a hard .250 and get by in the field. Plus, he is still young enough to improve a bit with experience and proper coaching. (Making an assumption there, I guess.)

    I’d like to see him continue to play and make a case for sticking next season. Of course if something way better comes along…

    • Ken Bland

      September 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      Wen you say “something way better,” that might be best answered by the likes of a Nelson Cruz. I don’t know how practical a sign he’d be, or the allure of the Phils, but he (like Choo) is a free agent).

      They uncovered an unheard of Ben Revere last year. Surely there’s a trade candidate out there that might approach your description/. Just don’t ask me who that might be.

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