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Gameday 7: Brewers vs. Phillies



Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-3)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.29)
MIL: RHP Kyle Lohse (0-1, 3.86)

Time: 4:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy/Windy, 65
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Chase Utley is not in the lineup today, he’s been scratched from the home opener with the flu. Carlos Ruiz will slot in that spot in the order. He’s never started a game batting third in his career, and has just two career at-bats in that place in the order. They’ll miss Utley who was leading all NL hitter in slugging percentage through the first week. That’s the bad news.

The other bad news is that the Phillies are just 3-7 in 10 home openers in Citizens Bank Park, losing last year’s game to the Royals 13-4. Let’s hope for a different outcome with Kyle Kendrick against former Phillie Kyle Loshe. Good news, please.


Revere CF / Rollins SS / Ruiz C / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / C. Hernandez 2B / Asche 3B / Kendrick P



  1. bacardipr

    April 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Flu Utley doesnt seem like the type that would take off cause of a flu. Almost forgot that Loshe is still around.

    • schmenkman

      April 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      He was actually sent home, presumably so he wouldn’t infect anyone else.

  2. ryguy80

    April 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I didn’t know machines could get the flu….

    • wbramh

      April 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Just because Chase doesn’t even flinch when he gets hit with a fastball and can run the bases better than anyone on the team even though he doesn’t own a pair of kneecaps doesn’t mean he’s a cyb…

      Never mind, good question.

  3. Phil Lee

    April 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    or as Utley calls it…Influ F’ing enza!

  4. ConspiracyTheory

    April 8, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Flu? Dunno if I’m buying it. He was drilled in the knee the other day. Coincidence?

  5. Carol Norman

    April 8, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Instead of all the insinuations,can’t somebody say, Hope you recover quickly, Chase? Give the guy a break. I know alot of people who had the flu this year and believe me they couldn’t have played a game of b ball if they HAD to!!!!

  6. wbramh

    April 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Let’s just hope Chase hasn’t been kissing Galvis lately.

    Don’t these players receive flu shots?

    I realize they don’t guarantee immunity but they sure have worked for me and my family, even as others have fallen within breathing distance. You’d think team-administered shots would be automatic considering the potential for mass disaster. Perhaps flu shots are the norm but Chase was the rare whoops.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Flu shots are a hoax

      • wbramh

        April 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        Uh huh.
        Nice weather we’re having.
        Too cool to sweat – too hot to wear your tin hat.

  7. rellis

    April 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    If this was Hamels being scratched with the flu, the whole fan base would be up in arms and telling him to man up. Different rules for different players.

    • schmenkman

      April 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      If this was Hamels, the fan base would assume he actually had a major setback in his rehab and that he’s likely out for the season, and possibly “cooked”.

    • wbramh

      April 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      And if it was Rollins he wouldn’t have had the runs between home and first.

      (sorry, it was just sitting there to be said)

  8. Ken Bland

    April 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I also find this Utley deal a little weird. But from a different angle. One that might have Alexander Graham Bell rolling in his grave.

    I assume he was at home in bed. I also assume that he owns a thermometer. With the flu, his temp is most likely over 100, and this seems like a waste to have him drive to the park just to be sent home. I would think they could keep him isolated, and maybe spend time in the sauna to try to sweat it out for a late game pinch hit deal. This doesn’t seem like a guy that would call in sick, so if he’s well enough to get to the park, might as well keep him there and hope he’s somehow well enough to hit in another 3-4 hours. That he probably wouldn’t have been reinforces the point of why is he there in the first place.

    And I wouldn’t expect this, but it wouldn’t shock me if the reporter that initiated the sent home angle (no offense) maybe ran with a story she heard third hand, and he’s still at the park resting there. A trip to the park and home certainly did little to shorten his recovery time.

    Since this is Utley of whom we speak, I’ll add that he’ll probably find a way to sneak into the boxscore with 2 hits. However they do it, the great ones find ways to conduct miracles.

    • Vinnie

      April 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      I beleave that he was sick and went in to be seen, then sent home. (Probably against his will)

      • schmenkman

        April 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

        I assumed he came to park ready to play, looked awful, and was sent home rather than continue to put 24 other players at risk.

    • jeff orbach

      April 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      I, for one am glad they sent him home, because all he needs is to breathe on a few people and now the whole ball club gets the flu. Someone I work with came in earlier this year with the Flu and infected the whole office.

      Flu shot only protect against the most prevalent strain of the flu, not all of them. So you can still catch the Flu even if you get the shot.

    • wbramh

      April 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Actually, Ken, the flu leaves you dehydrated so hopping in a sauna to “sweat it out” might not be advisable…
      unless your affairs are settled, of course.

  9. Lefty

    April 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I don’t know what the hell is wrong with RAJ. Didn’t he know that it was cold, windy and damp in Chicago? Did he not know that Utley could catch his death of cold?
    That guy just screws up everything.

    I forgot the symbol Schmenkman.

    • schmenkman

      April 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      A “/s” is often used at the end to signify sarcasm, but it’s coming through loud and clear without it.

      • lefty

        April 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        I should credit George for starting this yesterday, I’m just piling on.

        BTW- Nice piece on Rollins the other day. .

      • schmenkman

        April 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Hey, thanks.

    • wbramh

      April 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      We’re all familiar with the story of “Typhoid Amaro.”

  10. lefty

    April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Brewers announcers were saying that if the single up the middle not hit the bag, Revere would have been able to throw out Lucroy at the plate. I’m not quite as sure.

  11. lefty

    April 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Good thing he’s off the juice. Sheesh!

  12. Ken Bland

    April 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I think Ryan Braun is the first half Jewish player with half his thumbs healthy to hit 3 home runs in a game against an at best half good pitching staff since Smokey Burgess.

    I don’t know if Smokey ever hurt a thumb, but with a name like Smokey, I figger there’s half a chance he’s half Jewish.

    I can’t help but think back to AFW’s look ahead to Braun after last year’s debacle that he’d more or less fall flat on his face. Sometimes, you win, sometimes you lose. Which is better than David Montgomery’s trade math.

    Gotta tip the cap. That guy just destroys the Phils.

  13. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    3 more runs by the Brew Crew and we have déjà vu of the homeowner against KC last year. We had evil Kendrick today, and Brad Lincoln…well…ha ha ha ha.

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