2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Giants (19-17) at Phillies (20-15)

San_Francisco_Giants_logo_2000.pngAfter watching Aaron Nola carve up the San Francisco offense, the Phillies will try to take the four-game set against the Giants tonight.

Gametime: 7:05 p.m.

The lineup:

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

Pitchers: Nick Pivetta (1-2, 4.76 ERA) vs. Chris Stratton (3-2, 3.99 ERA)

Pivetta has struggled recently, giving up 10 runs off 11 hits and six walks in his last six innings of work. Odubel Herrera has now reached base in 37 consecutive games. The Phillies won their 20th game last night; last year, they won their 20th game on June 5.

Your Gameday Beer: It’s a Hefeweizen kind of day. I choose Victory’s Mad King’s Weiss. Made with German floral hops and malts, it packs a nice little punch.

Go Phillies!



  1. Ken Bland

    May 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    After today’s sweep achieving win over the Giants, the Phils have 19 games left in May. At 22-15, would haves, could haves and should haves aside, since you are what your record says you are, that’s pretty much what pre season optimism would have counted out.

    The question at hand is what’s a nice near term goal to build off that.

    To set a goal, it’s not a bad idea of what it is that you’re attempting to achieve.

    From the Book of Baby Steps 101, I overlook contending. A little long range for my tastes. Optimistic at season’s start, my own personal goal has been to be positioned as a buyer for trading season.

    The division race, not really too different from the Wild Card race at this point, figures to take care of itself as for the most part, the League appears pretty balanced.

    So to get to June, still a good month away from even thinking of what deals can be made to strengthen the club, and looking at a schedule the rest of May that has some challenges, I figure the Phils would do well to go 11-8 the rest of the way.

    They do that, against the likes of hosting Toronto and the Braves for 3 each, visiting St. Louis for 4, that’d be pretty awesome, and you’d think that a good amount of positive individual performances would lead to that. Those matchups mentioned don’t even include 3 against the often troublesome Mets, mess that they are right now, or 4 in LA which could be tough.

    Frankly, I’d be awfully impressed if they can hit the 11-8 mark. But although it’s a game by game proposition, during and after these next 19, it’d be a pretty solid wrap on the first third and change of the season.

  2. Vernon Dozier

    May 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Nice job by Vinny today. There have been too many games when he completely unraveled after getting off to a rough start, but he held it together today.

    A four game sweep is impressive no matter who the opposing team is…and this is the Phillies’ second already. Even more impressive is that the Giants were fresh off a sweep of their own, steamrolling over the Braves in Atlanta. In their first 12 series of the season, the Phillies have four sweeps. That’s the most since the ’93 team had five sweeps in their first 12 series.

    Speaking of the Giants, they should really get serious about starting their own rebuilding process. They’re an old team, not particularly talented, and have no shot at contending. They need to sell off some of their few valuable pieces (Bumgarner, Posey, etc) and begin that rebuild.

    #BeBold #ElTorito

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