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Gameday 2: Phillies vs. Rangers


Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Texas Rangers (0-1)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: A.J. Burnett
TEX: Martin Perez

Time: 8:05, The Ballpark in Arlington
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

What an opener. How about an encore? The Phillies will face off against left-hander Martin Perez following their 14-run outburst on Monday. One thing to keep an eye on with the offense is their ability to work deeper counts against the lefty starter, something they did well against Tanner Scheppers yesterday.

But the story for today’s game is not so much the offense – although we’ll all be waiting to see if more fireworks can be lit – but their new starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. Not to put too much pressure on him, but with Cole Hamels out, Burnett will have to pick up the slack. Last season, Burnett went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA. He also led the NL in K/9. He’ll need to be every bit as good this year as he was last with the Pirates.

And, interesting lineup below.


Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley DH / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Mayberry LF / Nix 3B / Hernandez 2B



  1. Morris Buttermaker

    April 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Rangers tonight.. And that means one thing. Bad news for the Rangers!

  2. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Ha ha! Good to see you agaiin, Mr. Buttermaker!

    I’m amused to see that we went from a slugfest yesterday to a pitchers duel today. Let’s see how long our Phils can stay UNDEFEATED!

  3. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Woo hoo! Phils take the lead!

  4. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of replay baseball

  5. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    WOO HOO!!! Ryan Howard comes through!

  6. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    aw crap…

  7. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    OH BABY!!!!

  8. Tracey

    April 1, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I’m feeling better about this Marlon Byrd aquisition… 😀

  9. Brooks

    April 1, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Tracey, Hello Butter

  10. Brooks

    April 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Has anybody even caught a glimpse of Howard hitting to left yet?
    Certainly looks like he has his eye on that all time single season strike out record!

  11. Morris Buttermaker

    April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Great job shaking up the lineup. That really worked out well. Scored 14 yesterday. That’s when you want to shake things up.

    And then have a pitcher make his major league debut on the road in a tie game in the 9th.

    • Lefty

      April 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Seriously Mo? They faced one of the games best young lefties, so yes IMO a good manager “changes” (not shakes up) his lineup to best position his team to win.

      Listen, I was none too kind toward Sandberg in ST for his poor public actions in the Jimmy Rollins situation. But last night? He did the exact right thing with that lineup in my opinion. Splitting Utley and Howard had the right effect when Howard drilled that ball to right field after Byrd singled. It could have worked again after Byrd was intentionally walked if Howard could have repeated that. But then again, asking a player who already has a tough time against lefties to hit .500 in those games is asking an awful lot. He already beat the odds and got the RBI double. Would he have a better chance to hit .500 batting clean up? I think we’ve already seen that play. Byrd is a very good choice to be the 4 hole hitter to split those guys up vs tough lefties.

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