2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Phillies (0-0) at Braves (0-0)

Happy opening day, Phillies Nation!

It’s #NolaDay, too, as the Phillies visit the Braves to begin the 2018 regular season. The Phils are predicted to finish somewhere around .500 by most outlets, but there are more than a few experts who think our boys are going to reach the postseason. Expectations are as high as they’ve been in at least six years.

The lineup:

  1. Hernandez – 2B
  2. Santana – 1B
  3. Williams – RF
  4. Hoskins – LF
  5. Altherr – CF
  6. Crawford – SS
  7. Franco – 3B
  8. Knapp – C
  9. Nola – P

Pitchers: Aaron Nola (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Odubel Herrera is on the bench today, as is Jorge Alfaro. No reason as to why Herrera is on the bench, but apparently Gabe Kapler is glad that the outfielder is upset about it.

Let’s get this season rolling.

Your Gameday Beer: Yup. We’re having beers, baby. Start the year with the dank The Shape of Hops to Come from locals Neshaminy Creek. Sit back, enjoy this hoppy, boozy delight, and dream of the season ahead as the Phils throw it down for the first time.

Go Phillies!



  1. Keg

    March 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    If we lose this one. Thanks sabermetrics. Idiots

  2. Jeffrey Orbach

    March 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Chip Kelly 2 It must be tough to be so smart.

  3. Vernon Dozier

    March 29, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I know a lot of people don’t like Herrera, but he’s been their best player over the past three seasons. He should have been in that lineup. I don’t really understand Crawford in the 6th slot either. That being said, the bullpen obviously needs to be able to lock down a lead like that.

    • Betasigmadeltashag

      March 30, 2018 at 2:54 am

      They had a five run lead. Offense was not the problem. Pulling Nola on 68 pitches was.

  4. czontixhldr

    March 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Well, Hector Neris blew the game – but I blame it on Kapler.

    Why? Simple. Pulling Nola too early after letting him bat inthe top of the inning with men on first and third – and then, which is worse – having Neris intentionally walk Freeman to face Markakis.

    I thought Kapler was a stats guy.

    Going into the game –

    Freeman vs. Neris: .111/.333/.111 – 12 PA
    Markakis vs. Neris: .500/.533/.571 – 14 PA

    In short, Neris owns Freeman, and it was a major fail on Kapler’s part.

  5. Keg

    March 29, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    I agree with walking Freeman. He’s their best player. Don’t let the other teams best player beat you. You can’t make those moves earlier in the game. Ridiculous.

    • Betasigmadeltashag

      March 30, 2018 at 2:49 am

      You can not play the rest of the game by your little Sabre metric bs book. Then walk a guy who hasn’t been able hit the pitcher you have on the mound.

  6. Betasigmadeltashag

    March 30, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Should have been a good baseball day. But my big fear with the new management came true. It is ridiculous to pull your best pitcher with a 5-0 lead and 68 pitches. And playing match up pitcher hitter that early. You play 162 games you can’t not use the Sabre metric book every game. Their was no reason to use the whole bull pen in game one. No reason what so ever for Nola not throw 80-95 pitches. He gets through the 6th and Even into the 7th the game would not have been close. I can foresee a long season of complaint about the horrible management of this team if they don’t back off the strictly book Sabre metrics can’t pitch 3 time through the line up BS.

  7. Betasigmadeltashag

    March 30, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Never agreed with the Kapler hire. Going from one extream to another. I get it is one game, and maybe Kapler will learn a balance, but this is the exact reason I did not like the move.

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