2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Blue Jays (23-27) at Phillies (28-19)

toronto-blue-jays-logo.jpgIt’s Memorial Day weekend and the Phillies are in the hunt, which is more than we can say about the last four seasons.

Let’s celebrate this long weekend with a visit from our friends up north, the Toronto Blue Jays. Sure we had a poor relationship in the past (see 1993), but in recent years I’ve felt a certain kinship to the Jays. This is a fun team with good fans in a great city (seriously Toronto is a fun place) who have to constantly endure the high levels of oxygen their annoying rivals suck out of the atmosphere.

Plus there’s the Roy Halladay connection. The Phils will honor the late Halladay by putting him on the Wall of Fame later this season. The Jays retired his number on opening day. Halladay meant a ton to both of our fanbases, and his sudden death this winter was tough to bear. We stand in salute of Doc with our Toronto friends.

Now let’s beat those Jays.

Gametime: 7:05 p.m.

The lineup:

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

Pitchers: Zach Eflin (1-0, 1.56 ERA) vs. Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 0.93 ERA)

This “Sam Gaviglio” night is going to go one of two ways: He either completely shuts the offense down or they absolutely blast him into outer space. That’s what “Sam Gaviglio” does … if that’s even his real name …

Your Gameday Beer: Here’s Nomad by Great Divide out of Denver. Nomad is a crisp, clean Czech pilsner perfect for warm days such as this. Great Divide makes great beer, and their taproom is really fun and has outdoor seating. If you’re in Denver, check it out!

Go Phillies!



  1. Vernon Dozier

    May 25, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Going into tonight, the Phillies are 1-10 when they allow more than five runs in a game.

    I’m not sure that this Hoskins in the two hole experiment was ever a good idea, especially while he’s been in a slump that’s now approaching a full month.

    For the season, Phillies’ batters in the second slot are hitting a combined .155/.291/.276 for a .567 OPS. Other than the ninth slot (.162/.241/.299, .540 OPS) it’s been their least productive spot in the batting order by far.

    #BeBold #ElTorito

  2. Ken Bland

    May 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Good evening from first place.

    Aaron “Middle of the pack” Nola double figured his way to another strikeout driven pitching performance as the most hitless wonders since the ’59 White Sox returned the Fightins to their birthrightful place atop the NL East Saturday afternoon.

    And what, you might ask is the nicest thing about being in first place? Thankfully, we needn’t discuss who’ll pitch the damned play in game leaving followers of the club split evenly between Nola and Arietta. And for those higher math types that can evenly split Pivetta in the mix.

    First place, baby. Rock n’roll. The new theme, replacing “When is the Rebuild Over” is “Build on It.”

    And that’s the way it is, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Good night from First Bleeping Place.

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