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Gameday 10: Phillies vs. Marlins


marlins-miami-new-logo Philadelphia Phillies (3-6) vs Miami Marlins (5-5) 

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: A.J. Burnett
FLA: Jose Fernandez

Time: 7:05
Weather: Cloudy with possible T-storm, 72
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies will face a tall task Friday night, when they go up against one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and one who has handled them well in his short career. Jose Fernandez is 2-0 with a minuscule .71 ERA in two starts thus far. Domonic Brown, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd are hitless in 32 combined career at bats against Fernandez, and Jimmy Rollins, who is the only other player in tonight’s lineup that has faced him, is hitting .143.

Phillies’ pitcher A.J. Burnett will be making the start against is former team, who he has had success against the times he has faced them. In two career starts against the Marlins, Burnett has allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings and struck out 11 hitters.


Gywnn CF/ Rollins SS/ Utley 2B/ Howard 1B/ Byrd RF/ Brown LF/ Ruiz C/Asche 3B/ Burnett P



  1. PaMikeyDC

    April 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    OOOOH Gwynn leading off.

    A mini mart aka mary mart in the making?? Also, @schnekman, any idea if another team has signed Mini Mart. Just curious.

    Go Phillies!!! 4-3 win tonight.

    • schmenkman

      April 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Mini is playing for the Pirates’ AAA team in Indianapolis (5 games at SS, 2 at second so far).

      • wbramh

        April 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

        Playing for the Pirate AAA team in Indianapolis is not far enough away. I’d feel more comfortable if mini was cryogenically frozen and air-dropped on whichever pole has the most ice left on it.

  2. Ken Bland

    April 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    When it’s mentioned, and rightfully, almost parenthetically, that AJ has had success V the Fish in the past, a principal reason is left out. In those 14 innings, or approximately since I only see the total number of at bats and not innings pitched, but 14 sounds right, he’s only walked 4 hitters. Many times in his career, he’s polar opposite of Cliff Lee, needing as much of a strike zone expansion as possible. Unhittable? Can be, often, if not always is. But the walks. For whatever reason, in those 2 starts, the BBs were avoided.

    Can he do that tonight? Does it really matter? Ironically, the saving grace for tonight is that Fernandez has yet to establish himself as having 9 inning capabilities. It’s ironic in that the Phils pen as it is, it’s a little weird how desperate they should be to get into another club’s pen.

    A win tonight would be a major, major coup. But I don’t see it as equally impossible to when they faced Kshaw late last year with the season a total lost cause, and he being so overdue to pitch well against the Phils, and particularly as terrific as he’d become. But one way or another, the talent on display tonight in Fernandez is one of those special moments to appreciate, and especially if they win. Contrary to public opinion, not all people put their pants on the same way.

  3. teejayvee

    April 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Burnett is 37.
    Another brilliant signing by our GM.

    • Morris Buttermaker

      April 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      It’s probably the best move has made in 2 years. I have no idea how he still has a job.

    • schmenkman

      April 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      It _was_ a good signing.

    • lefty

      April 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      The Burnett and Byrd signings were two of the best this team has made in the last few years.

  4. Ken Bland

    April 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    People keep attacking the bullpen because it’s collectively so high on the underperforming list, but this rotation is comparably poor. How do you get nearly 90 pitches in the books through 3 innings.

  5. Ken Bland

    April 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    His 54 strike, 52 ball total now turned over to the archives, AJ’s last 10 innings are now complete. That span includes giving up 10 hits, and 12, count ’em 12 walks.

    The further removed we get by the day, the closer we get to Joe Blanton still being in the rotation.

    As AJ said after his last start, another failed venture, this is inexcusable. Add another inexcusable to the data. At 16 mil for the year, or approximately 500,000 per start.

  6. lefty

    April 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Credit where it’s due, our offense did an excellent job against a very tough young pitcher out there tonight.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      April 11, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      They really unloaded on him, Lefty. It was really a bright spot, considering the last three games. Of course, Chase “I whooped the flu” Utley is still the Man!

      • lefty

        April 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        Yeah that flu didn’t stand a chance ha

  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    22,203 people attending tonights game.

    IIs there a point when they cant meet Rubens bloated pay roll?

    I bet if they fired him people would attend more.

    5-2 Phils.

    but its the bullpen from here on out.

    looook out

  8. Morris Buttermaker

    April 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    The bullpen is exactly what I thought it would be. Not great, not terrible. The starting pitching has been a complete disappointment though.

  9. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Burnett deal is a good one.

    Especially to someone like me trying to win more games then the sorry ass mets.

    It made it possible.

    Byrd may be ok but I am tired of fossils.

    Can lose 90-100 with younger guys just as easily

  10. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm


    when did the Phils re sign Al Holland?

    This is great!

    • lefty

      April 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Ruben likes hollandaise sauce. The reason these signings are good is he got value for short contracts and did not have to give up his draft pick. ie Byrd > Ellsbury or Cruz that cost their teams picks.

  11. Morris Buttermaker

    April 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I work with young children. I often give my students the One Minute Challenge. We sit in complete silence for exactly one minute. We restart the clock if one of the students makes a noise.

    If did this with Tom McCarthy, we would have to restart the clock every 15 seconds.

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Remember this is a Marlins team that has Casey Macgahee hitting clean up.

    The division is so bad.

    Really I could hit 4th or the Nationals and they still win the division.

  13. lefty

    April 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Well lets if papplebunny can throw strikes here.

  14. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Great (insert sarcasm)…Passholebon.

  15. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    A great win against Avery tough young pitcher, who apparently has given up five hits or less in his last seventeen starts!
    Diekman did great and Hollands, including Mario, Al, and the sauce were all solid.
    Bastardo was hit or miss a usual.
    I still loathe Psychotron.
    Hope AJ’s groin is okay from all those walks he’s given up.
    Go Phils!

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 11, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Winner winner
    chicken dinner

    cooperstown look out

    This team may turn this around!

  17. Brooks

    April 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Byrd JUST missed hitting a 3 run hr early in the game, it was just about in the pansies (I dont know what is growing in left field this year..)
    Howard and Brown still have shown nothing and both are essential for this team to make some progress. Lots of men left on base.
    Burnett at times looked great but sometimes looked lost as he could not find the right zone.
    Rollins had a nice game – if the Phils could have capitalized on the DP started by Howard, the Marlins might have been blanked – and finally, the beast looks human – Giancarlo Stanton whiffed a few times with men on base…

  18. Brooks

    April 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Burnett threw 8 pitches in the first inning then poof –
    Fernandez did not work up a sweat in the second inning, got Chooch on 3 pitches then Asche and Burnett both on 1 pitch – Asche was first pitch swinging at least twice, probably more times.
    It was good to see Freddy Galvis, but I would like to see Asche play through some of this.

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