2014 Gameday

Gameday 20: Phillies vs. Dodgers

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dodgers_logoPhiladelphia Phillies (9-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74)
vs.
LAD: Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93)

Time: 10:05, Dodger Stadium
TV: The Comcast Network
Weather: Sunny, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies can return to .500 with a victory tonight against a very stout hurler in Ryu. They’ll do it without Chase Utley who gets a day of rest after tearing up pitching through much of the first month. Ryne Sandberg said he has to think long term with Utley and a breather here and there is to be expected.

As for Ryu, he’s been one of the most under appreciated pitchers in baseball. He hasn’t allowed a run since his first start of the season on April 4 against San Francisco. AJ Burnett says that, despite his hernia, he is able to shorten his stride keeping himself in control through his entire pitching motion. But he’s only done that through one start, and each one is important. Let’s see how Burnett can hold up. Keeping free passes to a minimum is a must against a Dodgers club that can rake if given the chance, which Cliff Lee did not do last night.

Lineup:

Revere CF / Rollins SS / Byrd RF / Howard 1B / Ruiz C / Brown LF / Nix 2B / Galvis 3B / Burnett P

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. bacardipr

    April 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I know Hamels pitched through this and had a fine year. AJ is older and we dont know if his is worse. I say he should get the surgery come All-Star. Yesterday win was important as this guy has been tough.

  2. PaMikeyDC

    April 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Galvis and Nix in the infield. Really???? Those 2 would not start together in any infield in the entire MLB.

    I hope that they make me eat my words.

  3. psujoe

    April 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Nix and Galvis are the same player. Neither can hit. If Sandberg has written off Asche then they need to go get a 3B man.

    • schmenkman

      April 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

      Nix has hit lefties fairly well in recent years (.262/.346/.393). Asche is struggling at the moment, so I can understand not throwing him out there against a tough lefty.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Phil’s up 2-0. Hoping Byrnett can get to the seventh and the ‘pen holds. Agree with all that Nix should be nixed and that Galvis, while a really good fielder, still cannot hit a watermelon. Work calls early. Night Phight’ins.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 23, 2014 at 12:03 am

    AJ Burnett should show Nix, Galvis, and Asche how to hit. Lmao! Gotta go to sleep, but I cannot stop watching.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 23, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Winner winner
    chicken dinner

    The NL east is very very weak

    just saying

    • hk

      April 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

      The five teams in the NL East are cumulatively 6 games above .500 making it the best division in baseball right now as NL East teams are 25-19 vs. teams from all other divisions.

      The last place team in the NL East is 10-11.

      Just saying.

  7. schmenkman

    April 23, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Papelbon since the blown save in Texas: 7 games, 26 batters, 4 baserunners

  8. loupossehl

    April 23, 2014 at 4:01 am

    We are 10-10 … without Hamels. With Cole — perhaps worth 2 more in the win column?

    If so, we’d be 12-8, behind Atlanta but ahead of most everyone else in the NL. Allowing for Hamels’ absence and going strictly by the record so far (small sample size, of course) ,If we are awful then most of the other NL teams are awful-er.

  9. bacardipr

    April 23, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Nix sucks we still need a 3rd stringer SS so hopefully he will be sent down and Hernandez bought up.

  10. DavidE

    April 23, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Not sure why Nix was signed. Notice after the triple, Ryu walks Dominic Brown. Maybe a safety squeeze was in order considering who was up. Good start to the series. Dodgers rotation reminds me of the 2010/2011 Phillies rotation with Kershaw, Ryu, Greinke and Haren.

  11. Brooks

    April 23, 2014 at 7:31 am

    another really fine pitching performance last night – Winnng always overshadows the fact that the Phils offense has taken the schnide again – especially when you throw Galvis and Nix into the mix here.
    Last I heard, Cole was supposed to get the start tonight – anyone hear different?
    VS Greinke – IMO a top 10 pitcher right now – so I sure wont expect more than perhaps 2 runs or maybe 3 tonight from the offense and I dont think its wise to expect a lot out of Cole coming off the DL either.

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