2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Braves (15-11) at Phillies (16-10)

After last night’s stale potato chip and flat Coca-Cola of a baseball game, the Phillies will try to take two of three against those old Atlanta Braves today.

It’ll be the last time the Phils see the Braves for a month. So that’s nice.

J.P. Crawford suffered a forearm strain last night and will head to the 10-day disabled list. It’s a shame to lose him, because while he’s been slow to get comfortable at the major league level, since April 10 (13 games) he’s hitting .275/.341/.500. Yeah, he’s not bad!

Scott Kingery will be the shortstop while Crawford is out. And Jesmuel Valentin is coming up; welcome to the majors!

Gametime: 1:35 p.m.

The lineup:

  1. Hernandez – 2B
  2. Santana – 1B
  3. Herrera – CF
  4. Hoskins – LF
  5. Altherr – RF
  6. Knapp – C
  7. Franco – 3B
  8. Kingery – SS
  9. Velasquez

Pitchers: Vince Velasquez (1-3, 4.50 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (3-0 3.38 ERA)

It’s Velasquez vs. McCarthy, Part III. McCarthy won the first two matchups, and I don’t even need to look that up.

Your Gameday Beer: In honor of Odubel Herrera’s climb-the-fence-and-rob-the-shrub-of-a-home-run feat last night, here’s All Day IPA from Founders. I truly think this is the best, pound-for-pound post-hike IPA. It’s full bodied, sessionable but just experimental enough (you’ll get some sweetness along with a medium hop body). And it’s available in a ton of places. If you’re ever in a crunch and need a quick anytime beer, All Day is my choice.

Go Phillies!



  1. betasigmadeltahag

    April 29, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Can Kapler please please get Santana out of the 2 hole, I don’t care about hard hit outs or how many pitches he takes, he is hitting 190 and had some bad at bats last night even the long AB that resulted in a BB was a bad AB, he should have walked on 4 pitches and he had bad swings and misses at bad pitches. Not even a good pitch that he missed. Where on Kapler’s chart does it say to sit the 20 million dollar man. Does his money have something to do with him still in the line up every day. How about moving Hoskins up to the 2 hole he is much better hitter and makes more contact. Hernandez, Hoskins(1b) Herrera, Altherr, Franco, Williams, Kingerly Knapp P

  2. Vernon Dozier

    April 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Crawford placed on the DL this morning…Kingery will be the guy at least for the next two weeks. It’s hard to see him playing any worse than Crawford, who was awful in the field as well as at the plate.

    It’s up to Vinnie to prevent a third straight series loss to the Braves. My confidence level in him remains low, but I’m hoping he steps up.

    The Mets continue to struggle, so a win today could mean first place.


  3. Vernon Dozier

    April 29, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    That got ugly fast…the Braves are just a better team.


  4. Jeffrey Orbach

    April 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Can you please stop telling Vinnie to use his fast ball so much-Please sit Santana , it looks like he’s pressing right now and may need a day or 2 off to get his head together.

  5. Vernon Dozier

    April 29, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Yeah I get that there are 60 million reasons to be playing Santana, but he’s definitely not helping this team right now.

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