2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Phillies (9-6) at Braves (9-6)



braves2-300x113.gifIt had to end some time.

The Phillies lost Monday night to the Braves, and on a night when the Sixers lost to the Heat.

Blech.

It’s okay. Also, Odubel Herrera is good and stop complaining about him. Anyway, here’s the lineup!

Gametime: 7:35 p.m.

The lineup:

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

Pitchers: Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.93 ERA)

Pivetta hopes to continue his strong start to the season. Crawford is back below the pitcher’s spot tonight, while Andrew Knapp gets a start at catcher. Also, no Scott Kingery.

Your Gameday Beer: Late to this one tonight, so allow me to drop in Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, my first favorite beer. It still hits a weird s0ft spot, but my tastes have since matured.

Go Phillies!

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Ken Bland

    April 17, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Midway into the 8th, the Braves have executed 4 FOUR double plays so far. And the Phils have STILL managed to leave 6 runners on base. And they have now collected 6 walks, matching Sunday’s 6 walks when they scored 10 runs on 8 hits, and now have just 1 run.

    A timely hit somewhere in this mess would be nice. It’s still not too late if the pen can hold the Braves. But boy, 4 double plays. Yuck.

    • Vinnie

      April 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Ken…the timely hit came through in the 10th!

  2. Vernon Dozier

    April 18, 2018 at 1:52 am

    All of a sudden, two games out of first. 9-2 since that 1-4 start.

    #BeBold

  3. Ken Bland

    April 18, 2018 at 8:20 am

    For all the use that Gabe Kapler is getting out of his bench, all the starting lineup changes over what is now 10% (16 games) of the season, it’s more than different how he continues to use Carlos Santana.

    Last night, on the surface, Santana had what’s been a typical 2018 game for him. 0-3, but he walked twice. Hit one ball hard, but it wound up a double play. He did strike out a couple times which is not typical. His .136 batting average is sponsoring a building of momentum toward many observers losing all patience with him.

    The question in my mind is beyond whether a night out of the lineup would do him well. It’s whether you keep him in what’s developed into an important spot in the batting order around the game, the 2 hole.

    And at this point, I would offer a resounding yes, and credit Kapler for keeping him there so far.

    Short season it’s been, the glaring stat so far on Santana’s baseball card is his .125 BAPIP. His strikeout rate is in line with his long career record, walks as well. His always good OBP is right there, about 100 points up on his BA. For whatever pace is worth, he’s on track to score 100 runs.

    Over the years, I’ve seen a handful of players that had good career starts, but lost it either at or just a little earlier than Santana’s age, 32. Some guys get fat after signing nice contracts. If there’s a sign of complacency in Santana, I don’t see it.

    A night off? Maybe. Probably. But I wouldn’t even go so far as to say definitely. Charlie used to refer to a portion of the calendar as hittin’ season. It’ll come for Santana. Maybe not even in the form of a barrage of hits, but I remain glad the Phils signed him, and am not at all displeased with his contributions to this pretty good start the Phils have to date.

  4. Jeff Orbach

    April 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Kapler’s overuse of Hoby Milner really beginning to bug me. Is Hoby Milner this year’s Justin De Fratus?

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