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Gameday 25: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

Philadelphia Phillies (12-12) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8-19)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: RHP AJ Burnett (0-1, 2.73)
vs.
ARZ: RHP Brandon McCarthy  (0-4, 6.23)

Time: 4:10, Chase Field
TV: Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Sunny, 72
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: 

Big comeback win last night, but this is a bigger – a series win is at stake and a winning west coast road trip, which would be a huge confidence boost coming back to Philadelphia. But first, beat Brandon McCarthy who has had an awful start to his season. These are the must-win games where the Phillies have to beat up on inferior opponents. With a victory, they can finish the road swing 6-4.

Lineup:

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

38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    After last night’s exciting comeback win, let us push over the .500 mark today boys, with a series win.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Second that thought

  2. Ken Bland

    April 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I believe this is Wil Nieves 4th or 5th start of the year today. So that’s pretty much a frequency by which you’d expect Ruiz to get a day off, but specifics within the clubhouse, like interfacing with Chooch personally and knowing how he feels et al, I don’t think I’d rest him today.

    It’s not like he’s been overused year to date, tomorrow is an off day, he’s seeing the ball tremendously, and it’s not like a Saturday night/Sunday turn in a St. Louis summer, although obviously, we’re talking Phoenix.

    Even the individual matchup V McCarthy doesn’t sway in this case. No history, although ironically, Galvis is 3-3 off McCarthy in his career.

    We’ll see how much it matters. Maybe Nieves makes a god contribution.

    The conclusive thought is I wouldn’t break Chooch’s momentum just to give him consecutive days off. That’s more of a dog days or hot weather thang.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      The team is undefeated when Nieves starts helpfully that trend continues… I think it’s 4-0 or 5-0…. Not a huge sample but something to be hopeful for anyway

      • Ken Bland

        April 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

        Looks like 4-0, including the start when Burnett beat Alex Wood (1st game after hernia announcement), so some reasons for it being an acceptable move. AJ was great that day. Lots of analysis for such a small sampling of games. I mean it’s acceptable under any circumstance, I just would rather take my chances on Chooch continuing to smack.

      • Hogey's Role

        April 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        Yeah there’s pros and cons either way, I understand and agree with the thought to rest him and keep him fresh, but I also will miss his hot bat in the lineup and the same time

  3. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Sandberg over managing continues.. Chooch is on fire

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Yeah over managing because he gives guys days off to keep them fresh, and being that he’s a catcher he needs to be rested more frequently then regular position players….

      This day off is no surprise as Sandberg had previously stated several times that he is going to give his veterans days off so they are rested and fresh down the stretch run…

  4. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Off day tomorrow, Chooch has had plenty of off days in a young season, let the man play. Sandberg is an over manager with a huge ego that refuses to think outside of the box.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      162 games is a long season and it’s a grind it’s better to give guys days off now rather than later when we may be in a playoff push and we’ll need guys to grind through then….

      Sandberg has made mistakes this year no doubt, he isn’t perfect but this over managing hoopla is stupid, come on 40 60 some games into his managerial career and you wanna pull the plug already, that makes sense

    • wbramh

      April 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      The guy hasn’t even managed half a season since he took over from Charlie and you want to dump him, already? And he’s now 13-12 managing a sub-.500 quality team.

      I mean, I can see dumping a manager if after his first 10 years managing in the majors not one of his teams finishes higher than fifth place. I don’t even know how a guy with that poor a record could be called a “manager”… More accurate to call him “Casey Stengel.”

  5. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Revere actually making a good break on a lone drive..

  6. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Chooch should be taking grounders at 3rd.. Tito Francona gave you the blueprint.. Try thinking outside the box Sandberg!

    • c. schreiber

      April 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Why not try hitting grounders to Ruf and see what happens. The increase in offense is worth it. Worth a try.

  7. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Asche is a black hole

  8. teejayvee

    April 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    The Phillies have a big 3rd base problem. Neither Galvis nor Asche can hit ML pitching.

  9. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Whats going on with Cesar Hernandez?

  10. Hogey's Role

    April 27, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Depending on the situation in the ninth I’m inclined to let aj finish this thing…. Unless we get some runners on

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Boy tough game for asche today… 4 strike outs, but gotta give some credit, the phils ran into some tough pitching today

  11. lefty

    April 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Atta- boy Freddy

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      April 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Lefty,
      Right now he cannot hit a watermelon, but can the kid field or what? Nice defensive move by Sandberg there.

      • lefty

        April 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        The funny thing is – I still think he can and will hit. But yeah, he is special on defense and every team needs a guy like that.

  12. lefty

    April 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Yes! What a great west coast roadie.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 27, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    I am putting the request in for world series tickets now.

  14. lefty

    April 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Super job by Allen James today.

  15. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Papz shutting up alot of haters in the city!

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Boy what a crazy over managed game that was whew!!

  16. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Did the over manager consider taking AJ out in the 7th?

    • Hogey's Role

      April 27, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Oh absolutely, it’s so crazy he just over manages every decision to be made, yup lol

  17. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    RUF is still alive?

  18. loupossehl

    April 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    A fine road trip, especially with the return of Cole, even if he didn’t get a “W”, However I have some deep concerns, before Phillies’ fans are overcome with euphoria:

    1. Sandberg giving Ruiz the day off, and what profound shadow this decision may cast over Sandberg’s entire managerial career.

    2. Burnett’s BA coming back down to .333. And here I was thinking this guy could help us out …

    3. Ben Revere hitting .312, and projecting to steal about 60 bases over the course of the season. And here I was thinking …

    • Ken Bland

      April 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

      If I’m not mistaken, Revere has 9 steals. Maybe more notably, it’s in 10 attempts. If he does tail off a little on his total, but can keep a high percentage going, it’s particularly meaningful to offset his lack of power. Good percentage with the equivalent of say 50 doubles would be terrific. Maybe make up a little for his low OBP for a leadoff guy.

      What did I see yesterday, he’s hitting about .340 since last May 1 in about 90 games. That’d be a nice stretch to carry out, even if it drops off some. One of the questions, and maybe not a major one, but still a question with him is he’s never played a full slate of games in his career. Not that he’s missed a great deal of time this year, although 4-5 games so early on is a good percentage, but if he can keep playing with minor interruptions, and stay strong, the contributions he does make would be so pivotal. What he does well, he does close to real, real well.

      • schmenkman

        April 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

        Batting average since May 1 2013:

        1) Revere .336, 2) Trout .334, 3) Cuddyer .333, 4) Blackmon .333, 5) Cabrera .331, 6) Beltre .330

        Of course Revere has what they call an “empty” batting average, with little power or walks to go along with it.

  19. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Gotta tip my hat to Burnett today. Guy pitched great, considering his hernia and the such. Zero walks to boot! Hopefully, Cole shakes off the Mutts on Tuesday. Go Phils!

  20. Chuck A.

    April 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Jacob Muran …. So if you think Sandberg over-managed this game just what specifically would you have done different if you were the manager? Besides giving Carlos Ruiz the well-deserved day off for a day game after a night game…

  21. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    What does well deserved day off mean?! He played so well he gets to go to the bench?

  22. Jacob Muran

    April 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    What does well deserved day off mean? He played so well he gets to go to the bench?

  23. Phillies fan from Germany

    April 28, 2014 at 7:16 am

    @Jacob: I am pretty sure that catchers, especially 35 year old ones, need regular rest during a 162 game season. What you accuse Sandberg of doing, overmanaging, is exactly what you propose to do. You want to make a mangerial decision (leaving Chooch in instead of giving him his regular rest during day games) based on Chooch’s recent hot streak, which has no predicitve value at all, as numerous statistical studies have shown.

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