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Gameday 67: Cubs vs. Phillies



Chicago Cubs (26-39) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-37)

Starting Pitchers:
CHI: Travis Wood (6-5, 4.95)
PHI: AJ Burnett (4-5, 4.24)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Jimmy Rollins is now the all-time hit king for the Phillies. So now what? Well, now they try and win back to back series with a win over the Cubs. They can do so if AJ Burnett can pitch much the same way he did against the Padres earlier in the week.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF/ Ruiz C / Brown LF / Mayberry 1B / Cedeno 3B / Burnett P



  1. lefty

    June 15, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    No hits again? Didn’t Wood almost no hit us once before?

    • Scotty Ingerton

      June 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Hits are overrated!

  2. Scotty Ingerton

    June 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    June 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I would say a no hitter vs the Phils shouldn’t count.

    Howard isn’t even playing though.

    So maybe is should?

  4. lefty

    June 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Whew! Thank goodness. Would have made for a terrible fathers day. Happy Fathers Day everyone.

  5. Mike in NJ

    June 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Well I hope this series ends this stupid talk of late about this team putting a run together. How many times do they have to prove they’re a bad team before people believe it?!?

  6. Ken Bland

    June 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Maybe a little under a month ago, a check of the 2014 minor league records of Vance Worley and Trevor May were submitted as worth keeping an eye on as at least having reached a point of possible tide turning in evaluating the acquisition of Ben Revere. You remember that one, the one where the Phils gave up pitching, times 2, said to be 90% of the game for Revere.

    That sounds like a lot of editorializing, when in reality, the only clear position on the deal is it’s a far cry from drawing conclusions. While May’s results in his last 2 starts are more Kendrickian, or Buchanian, Worley took his 4 walks in 46 MILB innings to the hill in Miami today. 7 innings, no walks, and 5 hits. And the Pirates, although they lost, are about equidistant to first place with the Phillies, and are a MUCH more attractive team to enjoy this year. May, for his part has put up very good numbers, dropping off to blasé in his last 2 starts.

    What’s Revere’s ceiling? Maybe there’s a career year out of the rest of his career, but he doesn’t seem terribly removed from what you see is what you get. Is there at least some half decent upside to both Worley and May? 2014 is suggesting so. And presented another step toward that direction today.

    • DavidE

      June 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Not sure on the Worley/Revere deal. Obviously, the Twins were disappointed with Worley. I still have my doubts about Revere. He has shown improvement. 2 leadoff walks in the last seven games.

  7. Bart Shart

    June 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    They really stunk today. No excitement on the field whatsoever. I wonder what the record is for a team being shut out in a season?

    • Ken Bland

      June 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      lol, I looked that up a MONTH ago.

      They are gonna need a miracle to get there.

      Seems I remember the number being 33 times, Cards in 1908.

      Ya never know.

      • schmenkman

        June 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        More recently, since 1969:

        27 = 1972 Rangers
        24 = 1978 Braves

        Full list:

        With 9 in 67 games, the Phils are on pace for 22.

      • schmenkman

        June 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        The Cubs are also on pace for 22, the Rays 23, and the Padres 26.

    • Eric

      June 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      The only exciting part of today was Ken Giles shutdown 9th inning, including a 101mph fastball, coupled with a really good off speed pitch. I hope he sticks around for a while, because he sure is fun to watch.

      • Lefty

        June 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        Giles sure is fun to watch, but this looks like a good place to bring up something unusual that I heard today about the speed gun at CBP.

        I live in Baltimore and don’t always get the home broadcast from the MLB Extra Innings package. So today I got the Chicago feed, and their announcers, in about the third inning or so, were claiming that the gun at CBP was clocking the Cubs pitchers a couple MPH higher than they normally throw- all weekend. So naturally it made me think of Giles and the MPH he’s been slinging. I don’t think they mentioned it while Giles was throwing later in the game, but being fathers day I could only keep eye on the screen.

        While I’m fairly certain that all these guns are not perfectly calibrated, I find it hard to believe that the one at CBP could be off enough as to bring a noticeable difference to these announcers. But then again, I guess these guys would be used to the speeds their hometown pitchers throw at.

        Is it possible they are right? And are we getting accurate MPH readings for Giles? I gotta admit it made me wonder.

      • schmenkman

        June 15, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        Lefty, I don’t know if the CBP gun is calibrated high, the only thing I heard during the broadcast was that the gun they use to display the speed on TV was 101 on one pitch, but only 100 on the stadium gun.

      • Lefty

        June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

        I forgot to mention that I heard that as well the other night on the home broadcast when Giles was pitching. It gives further evidence that these guns are not perfectly in tune.

        Makes me think I should contest my next speeding ticket. 🙂

      • George

        June 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

        I really don’t give a gosh-darn whether Giles throws 101 miles per hour or 101 miles per week, just so long as he gets people out.

      • Scotty Ingerton

        June 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

        There hasn’t been that much excitement over a CBP radar gun reading since the Billy Wagner days.

  8. Ken Bland

    June 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    It’s strange recalling this story. It was SO right at one time. It’s predicated upon the 50th anniversary of Jim Bunning’s perfect game, Father’s Day, 1964. There was something that seemed novel circulating Phillies baseball back then. Maybe it was the youth, maybe it was the newness of winning, and actually contending, maybe a combination of that, and more.

    There are maybe 5 or 6 of us that seem to still be on this side of the earth’s surface that witnessed that event. And this was when no-hiitters, and especially perfect games were truly ultra special. And with the powerful focus on every pitch of that game, you knew that more people would wanna show off their memory of it than people claiming to have been at Wilt’s 100 point game.

    For about 20, maybe 25 years after that, if I would ask a person which Phillie made an unassisted double play in the 4th inning to save Bunning’s no hitter, you should have seen the reactions. They grimaced. They groaned. It was right on the tip of their tounge. They had the perfect visual of Antonio Taylor diving to his left to snare the shot scorched off line drive hitting Jessie Gonder’s bat. But they were so emotional about that game, further emotionally charged by Johnny Callison’s infamous All-Star rip a month later, and a late season ker plunk that the question was too emotional for them. They couldn’t stay cool, and realize that Tony’s snare was a single out, as mathematics tell us is the only kind of out in a perfect game.

    Now, years removed, and a lot of followers of that magical day removed as well, it’s not as likely that you could fool someone who didn’t watch it. But a good number of knowledgeable people either guessed Tony Taylor, or gave up with shameful looks on their faces. It, like many other things that year, was fun while it lasted.

  9. wbramh

    June 16, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Well, I watched both ends of that 1964 Fathers Day double-header.

    That day also marked the18-year-old Rick Wise’s first major league win, an impressive pitching performance that turned out to be little more than a footnote in the papers the next day. Rick would go on to become another historical footnote in the trade that brought Lefty to Philadelphia. Wise was very good pitcher who was doomed to remain some trivial question.

    The following month, I also watched Callison’s own triumphant return to Shea; that beautiful shot off of Radatz down the right field line. I’ll never forget the little kid smile he had on his face when he was swarmed at home by the National League stars. What a summer to be a Phillies’ fan.

    So when I had a chance to go to Shea for a Mets-Dodgers game a few weeks after the All Star game, it felt like a homecoming of sorts. My first venture turned out to be a rainout after an inning of play but I was staying up in New York overnight to enjoy a second day at the fair and managed to land rain date tickets for next evening’s game and the opportunity to see the great Koufax pitch. A propitious rain out, indeed.

    Shea was just a few months old and unfortunately surrounded by knee deep mud from ongoing exterior construction mixed with two straight days of a relentless deluge. A few makeshift wooden planks had been laid down which barely prevented two 16-year-old fans from totally disappearing in the quicksand-like muck. Nothing about the stadium reminded me of Connie Mack. Compared to my ancient matchbox on Lehigh Avenue, Shea was a big and shiny edifice and had what I could only describe as a new car smell to it; more a cotton-candy sweetness than antediluvian cigar smoke and hot dogs. Our seats were high up in the upper deck along the right field line and when I peered at the impressive roofline I noticed the flags of all the National League teams waving grandly in the welcome Summer breeze. They were placed in the order of league standings, and remarkably, my Philadelphia Phillies flag had been placed in the pole position.

    I was expecting another perfect game that evening since the great Koufax was in his prime and the Mets in their most hapless era, but it was not to be. The Mets jumped on Koufax with an early 3-run homer. Of course, the Dodgers won anyway but it turned out to be a rare no decision for Sandy who finished that season 19-5 season with a 1.74 ERA – and even registered a save against the Phils back in late May.

    And then September happened and as much as I love “Chooch,” to this day I can’t hear the name “Ruiz” without feeling some dread over an event from ancient history.

    As for Wilt’s 100 points against another hapless New York team of the era, I heard the entire game on my clock radio in my bedroom – the radio with the cracked plastic face on the clock portion, the result of a errant BB rifle shot after my attempt to pick off a fly that had landed on it failed miserably. There would be about four or five additional casualties in the room during my less-than-Annie-Oakley (or Albert Einstein) shooting exhibition and none of the casualties happened to be the fly. But the radio survived long enough for me to hear Bill Campbell excitedly keeping a running tab on Wilt’s own shoot-em-up. It was a surreal broadcast, and even at the time, it felt like I was watching the game next to Bill and those lucky 4,124 farmers and chocolateers – and to this day, I can’t see a Hershey Bar without smiling.

    Maybe it’s time to give up Chico Ruiz’s ghost.

    • Lefty

      June 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

      A foot note to the Rick Wise trivia question-

      It’s nearly impossible now to believe that a 5,000 dollar raise request by Carlton is the reason the trade was made, and that both guys got the raise from the other team

      Or if you don’t have time for the whole link this sentence captures just how stupid this trade was for the Cardinals:

      “The impetus was the fact that neither the Cardinals nor the Phillies wanted to pay THEIR pitcher $65,000, but each team was willing to pay $65,000 to another team’s pitcher. “

    • Ken Bland

      June 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Good stuff.

      Some quick reactions to what you wrote about.

      Kfax at 19-5. Truly incredible. Headed down to the lot that night with the boys for our nightly wiffle ball game, and to this day, I could PHYSICALLY pinpoint WHERE I said if Koufax doesn’t win 20 games this year, they oughta….whatever ridiculous threat I made. I mean you couldn’t ask for better timing. When Sandy threw his perfecto V The Cubs, I didn’t realize it at the time, that Hendley threw a 1 hitter, same game. I needed a look back years later to be cognizant of that. Sweet Lou Johnson. My mainest man, west of Kingfish Covington.

      I also could pick the exact spot I was in when Callison connected. We were radio side at summer camp. Ask me if I care that I didn’t see it. Radio was plenty. The AS game used to be SO meaningful.

      When Hamels won his 100th, I thought it’d be cool if he sat with a sheet of paper that said 100. No common denominator between Hamels and Wilt, just thought it’d be neat. Probably seem like a cheap shot. Unofficially, Imhoff gave up 89 of Dip’s 100. York Larese might have given up 48. 169-147. Gimme a break.

      Wonder if there’s be more media coverage of the 50th of the last 2 weeks than Bunning’s game.

  10. wbramh

    June 16, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Ken – By the way, Bunning’s tougher no-hitter came 6 years earlier (1958) in Fenway (and the last time the Red Sox were no-hit in their own park).

    Interestingly, the saving play of that no-hitter happened while the Red Sox were still in the field in the top of the 1st inning. While sliding into 2nd, Billy Martin spiked Red Sox 2nd baseman Pete Runnels but Runnels stayed in the game.

    After Williams, Runnels was the toughest out on the team sporting a .322 BA and .416 OBP that year. When The Red Sox came to bat in the bottom of the 1st, Geno Stephens hit a ball about 375 feet but Kaline snagged it on the warning track. A lucky out, but not the luckiest of the game for Bunning. The next batter was Runnels who hit a grounder down the 3rd base line that took a difficult high hop on Detroit 3rd baseman, Ossie Virgil (Sr). Virgil managed to knock down the ball, retrieve it and beat Runnels by a hair on his throw to first – but only because the normally speedy Runnels was too badly injured by Martin’s slide to run at full speed. Runnels limped off the field and out of the game and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

    By the time anybody started thinking about a no-hitter, the rest of the plays were routine outs. The rest, as they say, is history.

  11. Bart Shart

    June 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Steve Carlton refused to shave off his mustache, thus pissing off the Cardinal’s brass.

  12. Ken Bland

    June 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Starting tonight, Monday, June 16, the Phillies play the 1st of 28 games in a row leading up to the all-star break. Every one of the games is against a decent (.500 area or better) team. Wonder how the ’61 club would fare in these 28 games. I’m not curious how the Phils will do.
    Barring postponement, best case scenario is 8-20. So there go that drama.

    What I am more intruiged by is how money wagered involving the Phils will turn out. If you bet on them every game, is there a net profit? After all, you’ll get a nice price on all road games. You’ll have to risk a slightly higher amount for a handful of home games. Betting on the Phillies every game, the question would be can they win enough to eek out a small profit.

    Looking at tonight’s first game, the odds are pretty rangy, so for consistency’s sake, this will be based on 5Dimes line, and the line used will be randomly selected based on whatever time of day I feel like checking it out.

    Bet on Braves tonight, risk 128 to win 100.

    Bet on Phils tonight, risk 100 to win 118.

    I think it’d be a trip betting every game on the Phillies, and this thing winding up on the plus side.

    Anyway, here’s to 20 games under .500 at the break. However this turns out.

    • Ken Blsnd

      June 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      A mere one game into this 28 game just for fun exrercise, is it not possible that a trend exists already?

      Yesterday, we set parameters of consistency of wagering either for or against the Phils all the way. The Phils figure to be favored very few times, and it’s interesting to think about if always betting the dog might be profitable over this stretch.

      Their extra inning win over the ATL scored the pro Phillie side 118 dollars.

      If you wagered on the Braves that’s 128 down.

      Hamels and Lee can only pitch so much, especially now, so you’re gonna compete, and maybe win SOME of these games, but tonight, the Braves require a 169 dollar plunge just to win 100, and the Phils would pay 159 off a 100 dollar toss at the window. So no matter what, 2 games in, Phillie players would be up, Brave backers still down.

      Of course, not everyone views this 28 game set the same way. The contention stated that the Phils win 8 of a scheduled 28, which, with no meaning isn’t even seen as debatable would no doubt draw disagreement from Jonathan Rah-Rah-Sis Boom Ba Papelbon, who’s always good for an attention grabbing quote.

      After last night’s ballgame, Papelbon dropped hints that THIS is what he signed up for. No, not his inability to hold a lead and have a teammate bail him out, but the win. According to Papelbo, who IS having a terrific year, it was a “statement” game by the Phils. Somebody please cue up Jimmy Ruffin crooning I’ve Passed This Way Befo’ in the background.

      Papelbon predicted the division is up for whoever gets hot, ignoring the Lee less Phils number of clubs to pass. He then simplified the problem to “we just have to win games.” There’s a NASA candidate for you. I didn’t realize that’s all you have to do to solve the pennant chase problems.

      So the Phils made a statement. Finally. 60 games into the year. I guess the 2 games following 3 game win streaks were whispers in the night. And in this brutal schedule stretch, we’ll see how many statements the Phils make.

      All that said, as Joaquin once said, “Youneverknow..” If I’m in the locker room, I’d like to think I’m as optimistic as Papelbon, as he should be. I just have a hard time envisioning him smashing a bottle of champagne over Howard Eskin’s head and verifying that at THAT unlikely time, nosy news Eskin was right about Papelbon being drunk.

  13. Ken Bland

    June 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
    But the guy that’s especially euphoric this day is the risktaker thatbet on the Phils
    each of 2 previous nights.

    And if you did, you are now up 277 smackers combined. And the payoff swung slightly up before the first pitch, no less.

    If you bet the last 2 on the Braves, good night nurse. Wagering enough to win 100, the 2 game net is negative 297. Oh, well, what’s a 53rd week of Junior’s allowance out of the 2014 budget.

    Now looking like only a 3 game series against Houston later this summer is all that separates the Philly contingent from winning out, the Phils send Hernanez against Harang
    In this fairy tale creation, just betting against the Phils, you need the Phils to lose about 5 in a row now just to get back above water. Maybe it’s 4, but who’s counting. Vegas players, who as a general rule subscribe to momentum as the main basis of investment might actually be more inclined to play the Phils today in this winnable matchup., Harang won the CY in April. A lotta guys do that. We’ve seen this act before, but the Phils pen’s been more than decent lately. How dare reality remind us of how fleeting that’s been.

    To win 100 on the Braves, today, it’s another 157 out of the pocketbook. A bet on the Phils of 100 would pay 147. If I wasn’t walk walk walkin’ out the door after last night, had I bet on the Phils the last 2, you win 147 more, a new world’s record would be set for fastest exit stage any door since Frank Budd went deep.

    Win out, except for Houston. What a STRONG team motto.

  14. Ken Bland

    June 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    3 games into this now, betting against the Phils has a 454 dollar deficit on the card.

    Betting on the Phils the same 3, shows plus 424 c notes. Timing is everything. Buchanan and Shelby Miller tomorrow night. Let’s see how close we can guess on the line. 6 1/2, 7 1/2, Cards.

    • Ken Bland

      June 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

      I had a feeling that guess of 6 1/2, 7 1/2 on the first game of the Cardinal series was low. As it stands this morning, 5Dimes wants a bet of 180 on the Redbirds to win 100, and if you put a buck on the Phils, you win 170. I wonder if the Saturday game of Cool and AW might be as low as 6-7

      Shelby Miller, from a distance by which he’s followed hasn’t had an unusual career (what is a usual career?), but he’s had enough ups and downs for his age. One time excellent prospect, I think I recall him pitching well early last year, but by season’s end and playoff time, he was as invisible as most of Gene Mauch’s 1964 rotation. But he’s found a place again, and pitched well the last 3 starts. On the whole, it’s another game you look at, and wonder how the Phils can win, but in recent days, the Phils have the best record in world history as underdogs. Since money management isn’t part of this exercise, and probably wouldn’t have resulted in a plus 427 sum to date, the possibility of a higher plus read after tonight is still theoretically possible.

      Additionally, the Phils are 3-0 in this 28 game period. With one reliable starting pitcher. It’s not all about starting pitching, with overall cycles a consideration as well, but we’re at least 4 games away from even entertaining thoughts that this stretch might conclude better than expected. 3 wins in the next 4 would set a high standard for Xmas gifts to surpass months out, but going in, all I know is since Papelbon declared Mionday night Statement night, the Phils haven’t best themselves, an early season trademark.

      But there’s always a place for root, root, root for the home team. Always was, and probably always will be.

  15. Ken Bland

    June 20, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Now 3-0 since Papelbon’s statement about Monday being a statement win, the Phils are scheduled to a baseball abnormality tonight, and sort T shirts that say in BOLD CAPS “UNDERDOG PROFITABILITY” The ledger card now has ’em sponsoring players on ’em the last 4 games up 594 smackers based on the path we’re following.

    Conversely. not even betting ON the opposition, but AGAINST the seemingly woebegone Phillies now would have you down 634 dollars, and rereading the curriculum you got at The University of Money Management. When does doubling down present enough pain?

    Burnett V Garcia tonight, and the Phils are not quite as disrespected on the money line. You bet 100 on the Phils, and they win, you add 151 to your net wealth. Gotta risk 161 to cop a 100 take home on Sant Looie.

    The Phillies actually present a good case for getting support tonight despite the “fact” that this “Win Out Except for Houston” theme is not a likely development. I haven’t followed Ben revere’s injury progress closely, but having pinch hit last night, he might be okay to play tonight. But he won’t. Not shouldn’t. Won’t. Mayberry has killed Garcia, and figures to get one of many more starts that he should (have), and the Phillies W-L mark with Revere in the lineup matches the dread that is based on so many others of their early season poor record.
    That’s just one of a thousand ways to look at the game, but it’s there for consideration. It’d be quite disappointing not to see Mayberry get another shot. Against AW tomorrow, you wouldn’t even expect he’ll get a chance after one more night off for Revere.

  16. Ken Bland

    June 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    With 5 straight heavy underdog wins in place now, risks of 100 dollars per would be a profit of 748 dollars. Now all you need to do is find the 1965 Rambler that had racing stripes as the all time statement of sarcasm, and you’d know where to spend the money. Anyone putting money where their mough is and painfully trying to show how little regard they have for the Phillies would be looking at a deficit of 798 dollars. What a sinful week to discuss with a priest tomorrow come confession time.

    Today, with an in the groove Cole Hamels on the hill, you risk 100, and the book would pay 148 with a Phillie 6 pack. On the surface, a pitcher of Hamels ability, with a risk reward price like that wouldn’t be the worst bet of all time. AW requires a 158 risk to cut losses to 100.

    My only near certainty out of this one is the Cardinals won’t come out of it feeling better about their offensive struggles.

    • Ken Bland

      June 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Bets on the Phils drop to a profit of 648 with today’s Cardinal win. Betting against the Phils now nets at a loss of 698. Those figures are close, not accurate, but make a point, whatever it is.

      You won’t get many better pitching matchups than Hamels and Wainright today, and it lived up to billing. Cole walked 3 or 4, including a couple leadoff guys, but didn’t break. AW is terrific. And no small task tomorrow in Martinez.

  17. Ken Bland

    June 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    5Dimes offers a 143 payoff on a 100 dollar play on the Phils today. And according to the page I got that from, the Mirage is paying 130. That’d be something if somehow, both numbers were real time accurate.

    153 is the price on the Cards and Martinez. It’s not a Phillie lineup that you’d have high expectaions from, but Sandberg nicely timed Rollins and Utley time off this week, so maybe he gets away with giving Byrd a day off, and Revere, Rupp and Asche all playing. Rust and Mayberry against a righty are factors there more than ability, but it’s just an opinion, anyway.

    Today is the 12th anniversary of Darryl Kile’s death. A lot of players and fans have come and gone in that span, but there are still more than enough people who felt the shock of that day to recall the eeriness a dozen years later. He’s fondly recalled around here.

  18. Ken Bland

    June 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Fresh off a 5-0, then 0-2 road trip, the Phils return to what’s been home field disadvantage to face off with The Fish. The Phils and Mets are both 16-21 at home, helping drag The East to an overall 100 home wins, and 94 losses. So they’re 5-2 in this 28 game stretch that based on one opinion, was supposed to go 8-20 at best. Playing off last week, and the hole they dug year to date, another 5-2 week is all but essential if you’re looking for an excuse to think the slant should be to the buy side, or at least to avoid whatever selling the restrictive market will feature. Well, figures to, as opposed to will, I guess.

    Betting on the Phils this last week now fields a profit of 548, and an anti-Phillie stance of minus 598. Tonight, the price is risking 102 on the Phils to win 100, you have to put up 108 on the Marlins to win 100. 102 on Roberto Hernandez doesn’t seem to respect the hard work that can go into hard earned US dollars, but the universe carries many surprises. Miami is threatening to buy during the forthcoming Liquidity Season, but they still need to stave off the seemingly critical loss of Jose Fernandez. They just wrapped a Phillieesque home stand with a 3-7 mark, and their offense has lately showed more signs of Stanton and maybe.

    5-2 this week, V Miami and Atlanta might give the Phils a chance to further indent the NL East standings. Washington plays out of the division (Houston, Cubs), so the treading water drill might not be as in play. Where they are now, I think it’s 50-38 the Phils need to finish to hit the 84 wins that’s projected to win The East. THAT sounds doable, til you realize this stretch we’re in gets followed by games with the Giants, who might be beatable, but it won’t be easy, and the interleague schedule still holds Houston, Seattle and Oakland, and off a kinda typical 1-8 slate versus AL teams so far, the chances of using those games to pad toward 84 wins is not good.

    Home sweet, home, huh? We’ll see. What we’ve seen so far belongs in Aesop’s Fables.

    Nola tonight. Take the over on the anticipated overreaction level. With CONFIDENCE, as Crazy Eddie used to say.

  19. Ken Bland

    June 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Time to get fast and furious. One brain cell says it would be quicker to archive previous messages from the 1,623 prior home shutouts, and copy and paste, my other brain cell said go original, it’ll be quicker.

    Droppage. AGAIN last night. Sometimes its win 1, lose 1, not for this Phillie club. Not at this time. 5 up, 3 down. And pro Phillie profits are now down to a scant 446 bucks, anti Phillie plays now are 498 in the hole.

    Tonight, it’s 109 to win 100 on the Fish, 102 to win 100 on the Phils.

    Phils are now 21-33 when Ben Revere starts. How much is attributable to him, how much is picking on him, who’s to say. But that’s what you’d call a resume lowlight.

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