Gameday Preview: Game 38 Phillies at Cubs

The Phillies look to continue this nice refreshing winning streak tonight in Chicago against the Cubs at 8:05 Pm EST.

Don’t look now but the Phillies only find themselves five games out of first place.

Vance Worley was supposed to start this evening but he did not even make the trip with team to Chicago because of elbow soreness so we get the lovely opportunity to see Kyle Kendrick pitch tonight. Just shoot me now.

Vance Worley has been put on the 15 day disabled list because of elbow inflammation.

Kyle Kendrick is 0-3 on the season and has an ERA of 7.32 which is just horrid. I cringe every time I see Kendrick take the hill so this should be a really fun night. So just prepare for some upcoming losses with Kendrick on the mound.

Matt Garza who is the only Cubs pitcher worth a penny will pitch tonight, he is 2-1 on the season and has an ERA of 2.56. The first time the Phillies faced him this year at Citizens Bank Park they were shutout and could only muster up one hit, ten Phillies hitters struck out that night in what was a pretty feeble effort.

This Cubs lineup is just piss poor from top down, Chad Qualls could probably get these hitters out.

Let’s hope Chad Qualls is not used tonight but he probably will be so I should just hide all of the breakable objects in my house right now.

Weather at game time tonight in the windy city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Phillies! 

Phillies Lineup (18-19)

1.Rollins SS
2. Pierre LF
3. Victorino CF
4. Pence RF
5. Ruiz C
6. Polanco 3B
7. Mayberry 1B
8. Galvis 2B
9. Kendrick P

Cubs Lineup (15-21)

1. DeJesus RF
2. Campana CF
3. Castro SS
4. LaHair 1B
5. Soriano LF
6. Stewart 3B
7. Soto C
8. Barney 2B
9. Garza P

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Another night another bullpen loss. The Phillies get swept at home by the New York Mets.

Bullpen ignites a 10-6 loss to the Mets

Cliff Lee was back out on the mound tonight for the Phillies for the first time since April 18th. The first time he has pitched since pitching ten scoreless innings and receiving a no decision in San Francisco.

Lee helped his own cause in the bottom of the second inning as he hustled down the first base line to beat the throw from shortstop Justin Turner, Brian Schneider who was catching Lee tonight scored on the play.

Once again the Phillies pushed across the first run of the game, that has not turned into wins for the Phillies so far this season, it didn’t tonight.

The Mets answered right back in the top of the third inning, scoring one run off of a Daniel Murphy double to left field, Lee was able to work out of the jam and not allow anymore runs. Very important to limit the runs because this Phillies offense has an issue of scoring when it gets late into games.

Freddy Galvis hit a little weak ground out to second base to give the Phillies 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. I will take runs anyway I can’t possibly get them at this point. That little ground out to second gave Galvis his ninth RBI on the season.

In the top of the sixth inning I about lost my mind, Shane Victorino dove for a ball and missed it, that allowed Andres Torris to get all the way to third base on the play. Two batters later David Wright blooped a little single to centerfield to tie it up two. The Phillies did the worst thing possible which was going to the bullpen. They had there torches ready and they were ready to ignite a loss.

Cliff Lee was done after six innings of work, Lee was on a pitch count because this is his first start since being taken off of the disabled list. Lee allowed two runs off of five hits in his return to the rotation.

Freddy Galvis saved the day in the bottom of the sixth (at the time), Galvis came within inches off hitting his second home run of the season but the ball banged off of the top of the left field wall, nonetheless the Phillies were able to regain the lead on that play. Laynce Nix pinch hit for Lee in the inning and he blooped a little single to centerfield that scored Freddy Galvis from second base.

At this point in time I was cheering for rain to come pour down on Citizens Bank Park so the Phillies didn’t have to go to the bullpen.

But the rain did not come fast enough and we went off on the bullpen adventure once again.

Kyle Kendrick was the first lovely reliever we had to witness in the top of the seventh inning. Guess what happen? He blew the lead.

Contreras would come in later and blow the game even more.

I really can’t comprehend want I witnessed tonight, why after blowing the game in the seventh inning was Kyle Kendrick pitching in the beginning of the eighth.

The bullpen blows and there is really nothing positive about this team right now.

The Phillies have tomorrow off and then begin a three game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday. We need this day off just to relax for once.

Other Notes

Chase Utley participated in batting practice before today’s game at Citizens Bank Park. Here is what Utley had to say.

Joe Savery was optioned to triple a after the game, move to be made on Friday.

Charlie Manuel had a team meeting after the game.

Shocking Late Inning Offense

For the second night in a row the Phillies were able to spark some late inning offense.

That no offensive production all the Phillies fans love and know to heart made an appearance through the first three innings tonight but something sparked them in the top of the four inning. Placido Polanco the God from last night erased that goose egg out of the hit column in the top of the fourth, two batters later Hunter Pence hit a little cue shot to the right side of the infield and it got through the infield to right field, the balls was hit slow enough that Hunter Pence was able to make it to second base on the play. Next batter was Wigginton and he got both of those runners home on a 2 RBI clutch single, he was able to make it to third on the play because the Braves Left fielder let the ball go right by him.

Cole Hamels pitched a really great game tonight but was not able to pick up the victory, Hamels went six strong innings but the Phillies had to go to the bullpen because Hamels threw a lot of pitches tonight, Hamels allowed two runs overall tonight and it just seemed like he fell behind hitters 2-0 a lot tonight and because of that his pitch count was high.

Both the Phillies and the Braves went to the bullpen at almost the same time tonight, the Braves have a really great bullpen and the Phillies so far this season have had a pretty shaky bullpen.

You would have never thought the Phillies would be able to produce runs off of this strong Braves bullpen but in the eighth inning the Phillies pushed across two runs off of a wild pitch and a Hunter Pence single to the opposite way to get the win and move the Phillies back to a .500 record on the season.

The Phillies shaky bullpen was able to make it through the late innings tonight without allowing a run, Bastardo pitched great in his inning of work, Qualls allowed some baserunners in his inning but was able to pitch himself out of the jam, and Papelbon continues to be perfect in his save situations as he picked up his ninth save on the season.

21,640 fans at Turner Field tonight, pretty pathetic.

The Phillies now look to get their record above .500 for the first time since opening day tomorrow night.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 Pm EST. Roy Halladay will pitch for the Phillies and Tommy Hanson for the Braves.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta 

33-year-old righty Brian Sanches has been added to the 40 man roster to fill the spot of the injured David Herndon. I thought the Phillies might give prospect Jake Diekman the promotion but the Phillies decided to go with experience and a right-handed pticher. Sanches pitched very well in spring training and has continued that in Triple A. The starters for the Phillies really need to go deep into games because this bullpen is very shaky. A quality start from a starter could just vanish with this bullpen.

Here is a great story on Antonio Bastardo and his use this year out of the bullpen.

Month In Review

The first month of the regular season for the Phillies could have been worse, it actuallycould have been really bad but as we flip the calendars to May the Phillies finish the month with a 11-12 record and are only 3.5 games out of first place.

It wasn’t the best month ever but we did get through it and somehow come out of it with only one game under .500. Some of the game were really hard to watch and really frustrated the living hell out of me but some games were actually pretty enjoyable if that’s possible. The Phillies really did a lot better than I thought through the first month of play, especially after the Phillies dropped two games to the pathetic San Diego Padres. That west coast trip really looked like it was going to go really horrible but the Phillies pulled some offense out of their ass or somewhere and won the games with their offense in the final two games of that road trip in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

On that trip Cliff Lee was put on the disabled list, this upcoming friday there was a chance Cliff Lee might come off of the disabled list to pitch against the Nationals in Washington but that will not happen. Lee is getting better but he must throw two bullpen session before he can go out there and start a ball game, so far the first bullpen session has not been scheduled quite yet.

The Flyers hockey offense out scores the Phillies offense on a regular basis but at least we are pulling out some victories and we are not six games back already, the Phillies are in the hunt and I know its way too early to say this kind of garbage but hey I’m just giddy and thrilled we are keeping pace and getting these much-needed victories with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out of the lineup.

Speaking of Chase Utley we had a glimpse of Utley when the Phillies were in Arizona, he was with the team that three game series against the Diamondbacks and he even shagged some fly balls and hit a little in batting practice before those games. Once the team left Arizona Chase remained there to continue to rehab and sip margaritas throughout the day.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater today.

So lets hope as the months roll by the Phillies keep getting better and more importantly the Phillies keep getting healthier.

Here are some pictures from when the Phillies were out west, and thanks to everybody that has stopped by this site through the first month of the regular season. It really means a lot to me and I thank each and every one of you.

Phillies vs Padres, Thursday April 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Friday April 20th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Saturday April 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Sunday April 22nd

A Look at The Road Trip

The Philies now will fly to Atlanta Georgia to begin a six game road trip, this road trip consists of three games in Atlanta and three games in Washington against the Nationals.

This Phillies can gain some much-needed ground in the National League East Standings if they can pull out some victories on this road trip as Atlanta and Washington are both above the Phillies in the standings as of right now, but remember folks it is still really early in the season to talk to much about the standings. The important thing is to not get to far back in the standings.

On this trip we will see if the Nationals strategy of keeping the Phillies fans out of their ball park as worked, I highly doubt it worked because who roots for the Nats?

Pitching Match-ups for This Road Trip 

Tuesday

Phillies vs Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Brandon Beachy

Wednesday

Phillies at Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Roy Halladay vs Tommy Hanson

Thursday

Phillies vs Braves 12:10 Pm EST

Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado

Friday

Phillies vs Nationals 7:05 Pm Est

Kyle Kendrick vs Stephen Strasburg

Saturday

Phillies vs Nationals 1:05 Pm EST

Vance Worley vs Gio Gonzalez

Sunday 

Phillies vs Nationals 8:05 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Jordan Zimmermann

Thank You Polanco, Phillies win 6-4

Guys this was amazing, mark this day down in history because the Phillies were actually able to score some runs in the first inning tonight. It wasn’t just one run it was a whopping four runs in the bottom of the first innning. I was so shocked at these chain of events that I got off of my recliner and gave the Phillies a standing ovation at the end of the inning.

But the Phillies had to make the game interesting I guess, I thought we had this game won but the Phillies went to the bullpen and the arson squad gave up three runs which tied it up at four. Chad Qualls was charged with two runs and Antonio Bastardo was charged with one run.

Vance Worley pitched another great game tonight but the sad thing is he does not get credit for the win, sure deserved it but the Phillies bullpen blew the lead late. Worley pitched seven innings and only allowed one run off of five hits, struck out five cubbies.

The Phillies were able to take back the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with a little two out rally action, the rally began when pinch hitter Juan Pierre got hit by a pitch, then two batters later Jimmy Rollins got a single and Pierre was able to make it to third on the play, Placido Polanco was the next batter and he came through big with a 2 out 2 RBI double to give the Phillies the lead.

It was all up to Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning to shut the door on the Cubs and he did just that as he picks up his eighth save of the season.

It was the 214th consecutive sellout at the bank tonight.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST in Atlanta (Braves Country). This will begin a six game road trip for the Phillies, three games in Atlanta and three in Washington. We will see if the Nationals will be able to take back their park back this time around or we  will see the stadium full of the Phillies nation yet again, I’m thinking it’s going to be full of Phillies fans hopefully annoying the living hell out of the two Nats fans in attendance for the games.

Cole Hamels will pitch tomorrow

Some Other Notes 

After the win tonight David Herndon was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. Roster move coming tomorrow.

Cliff Lee will not come off of the DL on Friday and won’t start in our Nation’s Capital, Lee is improving but he must throw two bullpen sessions before coming off of the disabled list. That first bullpen session has not been scheduled just quite yet.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater Florida today.

Michael Martinez is out of the walking boot now and  will continue his rehabbing in Clearwater on that right foot.

Gameday Preview: Game 23 Phillies vs Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies play the final game of this home stand tonight at 7:05 Pm EST against the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies will look to take two games from this four game series.

Hopefully the Phillies can muster up more than two hits this evening and not frustrate the living hell out of me like they did yesterday.

If you’re going to watch this game you might as well drink a little bit, no not just a little bit you might want to drink a lot because this offense is pretty feeble. The more drinks in you the better. The strategy is that you get so drunk you forget to watch the game and you just pass out, if you try to watch this offense without a drink you might break a remote or something valuable so I suggest the first option.

Would you rather be drunk or sober watching this Phillies offense wale away at pitches out of the strike zone?

The Phillies send Vance Worley out to pitch tonight, Worley has a 2-1 record this season and has an ERA of 2.16.

The Phillies will face Cubs righty Chris Volstad, he is searching for his first win on the campaign.

This game will be televised on CSN, 1210 WPHT for radio.

60 degrees at game time tonight with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (10-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Orr 2B

9. Worley P

Cubs Lineup (8-14)

1. DeJesus RF

2.  Campana CF

3. Castro SS

4. LaHair 1B

5. Soriano LF

6. Stewart 3B

7. DeWitt 2B

8.  Soto C

9. Volstad P

Two Hits

Yeah you need to drink to watch this offense, not just one drink, you need about 10 drinks to watch this offense wale away at pitches.

The Phillies only had one hit through the first eight innings today, that hit was a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning from Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies made Cubs righty Matt Garza look like a fricken Cy Younger out there, it was really hard to even watch this game this afternoon. Garza pitched seven innings of shutout ball, then the Cubs went to the bullpen and the Phillies could still not hit them.

Phillies were able to get the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning somehow, the Phillies would get a run off of a bases loaded walk but could not get anymore and lost to the Cubs 5-1.

The Cubs would score first this afternoon after a leadoff double, a misplayed ball out in right field by Hunter Pence where Pence came in but the ball went over his head, then an RBI ground out in the top of the second inning. Kendrick would however got out of the inning with only allowing one run, it could have been a lot worse.

The Cubs would manufacture another run in the top of the third inning, the doom starts to set in because you really don’t know if this offense will be even able to come back from a 2  nothing deficit.

Joe Mather took Kyle Kendrick deep for a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning giving the cubbies a 3-0 lead, that was just Joe Mather’s second home run since his rookie season of 2008.

Kendrick pitched six innings today and allowed two earned runs off of five hits today, at least he went three innings more than his last start.

Juan Pierre again proved that he completely sucks at everything in this game today, in the bottom of the first inning with Hunter Pence at bat he tried to go to second on a wild pitch and was thrown out. Now explain this to me, how does Mr. speedy boy get thrown out at second on a wild pitch? Yes he sucks that much.

213th consecutive regular season sellout today at Citizens Bank Park.

It was the Phanatic’s birthday today guys, The Phillie Phanatic made his debut 34 years ago at Veterans Stadium.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 Pm EST, this will be the final game of this short home stand as the Phillies will go to Atlanta and to Washington on this next road trip that starts Tuesday.

A Look At The Phillies West Coast Trip

After the Phillies won a very crucial early game of the year 8-2 against the New York Mets today they boarded a plane for a long trip out west to San Francisco. This trip consists of ten games in ten days, three against the San Francisco Giants, four against the San Diego Padres, and three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks to conclude the trip.

This is a wonderful trip for me because I will be at Petco Park in San Diego for all four of those ball games, it seems like the Phillies always play great against the San Diego Padres because the Padres are basically a Triple A team

Chase Utley is supposed to rejoin the team at some point on this trip.

Here is how the road trip looks for the Phillies

Monday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST start. 

Roy Halladay vs Tim Lincecum

Tuesday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST Start

Joe Blanton vs Madison Bumgarner

Wednesday at San Francisco 10:15 Pm EST Start

Cliff Lee Vs Matt Cain

Thursday at San Diego 10:05 Pm EST Start

Vance Worley vs Joe Wieland

Friday at San Diego 10:05 Pm EST Start

 Cole Hamels vs Edinson Volquez

Saturday at San Diego 8:35 Pm EST Start

Roy Halladay vs Corey Luebke

Sunday at San Diego 4:05 Pm EST Start

Joe Blanton vs Anthony Bass

then a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Phillies Lose to Mets 5-2

Cliff Lee got rocked early tonight at Citizens Bank Park, gave up back to back doubles to start the ballgame which gave the Mets the early 1-0 lead, later in the top of the first inning Jason Bay hit a two run home run to give the Mets the quick 3-0 lead. I was actually shocked Jason Bay could still hit home runs, it was a deep drive to right center field.

The Mets just got to Cliff Lee early tonight and chalked up enough runs to hold the rest of the game. Cliff Lee in his first two starts of the season has not racked up a win yet, his first start was last Saturday in Pittsburgh and he could not get any offensive support and now tonight losing after getting rocked early.

Cliff Lee pitched seven innings tonight and allowed four runs off of five hits, struck out seven.

Kyle Kendrick and Joe Savery both were used out of the bullpen tonight, Kendrick allowed a run tonight but he was not charged with an earned run.

The Phillies offense could never recover from the early deficient tonight, Phillies would score 2 runs off of 11 hits tonight. The Phillies out hit the Mets tonight but the Phillies could not make runs out of those hits and that is why the Phillies lost tonight. The best part of the night was when Freddy Galvis crushed a ball to right field for his first major league home run of his career, his offensive production has really stepped up in the last three ball games, It’s really cool to watch a rookie do this kind of stuff. The other run the Phillies scored tonight was off of an error by the Mets second basemen in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The guy who caught the Freddy Galvis home run gave it back to him, the fan said to Galvis “you deserve it”

Another sellout tonight at the Bank, time of game was 2 hours and 33 minutes. 208th straight sellout.

Phillies next game is tomorrow afternoon against the New York Mets at 4:05 Pm Eastern time. Vance Worley will take the hill for the Phillies.

Some Other Notes

Phillies signed veteran utility infielder Mike Fontenot to a Minor League deal this afternoon. Likely will be a backup at most for the Phillies.