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Jun
23
2011
Posted by Ryan at 7:14 pm ET 60 Comments

8:15 PM on PHL 17 and MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP

Roy Oswalt (4-5 3.38 ERA)

PHILLIES: Roy, I think you’re the man. You’ve been one of my favorite pitchers even since you were in Houston. But, man, I never know which Roy I’m gonna see when you show up these days. Please let Awesome Roy show up tonight? Pretty, pretty please?

Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47 ERA)

CARDINALS: Carpenter is having a down year, there’s no question about it. Sure, W-L isn’t an absolute indicator of talent, the Cardinals hitters shoulder some of the blame. In Carpenter starts, the Cards have scored an average of 3.65 runs so far this season. That’s not exactly a ton. However, the Phillies have scored an almost identical average of 3.68 runs in Cliff Lee’s starts, and he’s 8-5. So draw your own conclusions, I guess. Either way, this is a winnable game for the Phillies and a series sweep would be totally sweet with the rest of the NL East heating up.

Big ups to my man @_magowan for the Chris the Builder graphic.
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Jun
22
2011
Posted by Ryan at 5:38 pm ET 82 Comments

8:15 PM on CSN and ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

CRIFF REE (7-5, 3.12 ERA)

PHILLIES: Well, that was a weird one last night. If you would have told me that around 9:30 that the Phillies would score ten runs in that game, I’d probably have punched you in the mouth for lying to me. But, you know, I’ll take it.

Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88 ERA)

CARDINALS: I hope the Phils hitters brought their pads after last night’s game. The five Cardinals relievers that pitched during the 8th inning plunked something like 83 consecutive batters. The Phils won the game, so I doubt there will be much lingering animosity, but if anybody else gets plunked things could get testy.

(heh heh… testy.)

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Jun
21
2011
Posted by Chris at 7:27 pm ET 89 Comments

8:15PM on PHL17

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Roy Halladay (9-3) 2.56 ERA

PHILLIES: Roy Halladay does not lead the league in complete games. He doesn’t have a complete game shut out yet this year. Two of his complete games have been losses. All of this pisses him off. Complete game shut out tonight.

Kyle McClellan (6-3) 3.96 ERA

CARDINALS: Who gives a shit about Kyle McClellan, the important thing here is Poo Holes is out for 4-6 weeks just in time to face the Phillies. Thanks Wilson Betemit!

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May
17
2011
Posted by Chris at 5:21 pm ET 206 Comments

8:15PM on PHL17 and MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP:

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CARDINALS: Dude is getting smoked tonight.

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May
16
2011
Posted by Ryan at 5:15 pm ET 164 Comments

7:05 PM on CSN and ESPN

Pitching Matchup:

Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.78 ERA)

PHILLIES: The Phillies B-Team will be taking the field behind Cliff tonight (Orr, Valdez, Mayberry, and Francisco are all starting) which almost assures that the team will score anywhere between 20 and 30 runs. The only question is does Cliff Lee have what it takes to win ballgames? Make sure do send all of your responses to that question to Danger Guerrero.

Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92 ERA)

CARDINALS: Tony LaRussa is back on the bench for the Cards tonight for the first time in a week. He had shingles. Have you seen the pictures? He looked fucking horrifying. That looks like zombie makeup that Stan Winston would have done for a John Carpenter movie or something.

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May
06
2010
Posted by Chris at 1:31 pm ET 137 Comments

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Roy Halladay (5-1) 1.47 ERA

PHILLIES: Halladay has been the real deal since he joined the Phillies. He is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He has thrown three complete games, including two shutouts. He leads the Majors in wins, shutouts, complete games, innings (49) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.75). He is fourth in strikeouts (39). Halladay has delivered, but so far he has not rubbed off on the rest of the rotation. He can’t help that, but he can continue to win. They hope he does that Thursday against the Cardinals.

Kyle Lohse (0-1) 5.28 ERA

CARDINALS: If Lohse has really found something, an already good year may be about to get even better for the Cardinals. He’s coming off his best start in nearly a year, seven excellent innings against the Reds with eight strikeouts. Lohse got ahead, threw strikes and kept the ball down, which is a pretty good plan for nearly anybody. He’ll be returning to a park he briefly called home, but it’s worth noting that pitching away from Busch Stadium has not suited Lohse well since he joined the Cardinals.

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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May
05
2010
Posted by Chris at 5:20 pm ET 77 Comments

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Kyle Kendrick (0-1) 7.61 ERA

PHILLIES: Many Phillies fans wondered if Kendrick would get another chance to start, carrying a 7.61 ERA after five starts. But the Phillies have little choice but to stick with him with left-hander J.A. Happ still on the disabled list. “We need Kyle to step up,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “We need him to be more efficient. We need him to pitch down in the strike zone. We need his temp to pick up so we have energy playing behind him. And he’s aware of those things. Now he has to put them in play.”

Brad Penny (3-1) 1.56 ERA

CARDINALS: Penny looked a bit shaky for the first time as a Cardinal his last time out, and he still turned in an effective outing. He wasn’t helped by brutal weather conditions, and he came out of the game with a quality start, but he walked five in six innings. He’s one of a pretty short list of pitchers with a history of success at Philadelphia’s tough Citizens Bank Park. Penny is 2-0 in three starts at the Phillies’ home stadium, with a 1.71 ERA and one homer allowed in 21 innings.

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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May
04
2010
Posted by Chris at 3:49 pm ET 187 Comments

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cole Hamels (2-2) 5.28 ERA

PHILLIES: Hamels is coming off another so-so outing against San Francisco, in which he struck out a season-high 10, but allowed another four earned runs in six innings with four walks and nine hits. His velocity worked its way up to 93, which is a good sign for the Phillies left-hander. But April wasn’t a strong month, and Hamels carries a 5.28 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into his first start in May. The Phillies may bump Hamels to Tuesday if they decide to activate Joe Blanton off the 15-day disabled list to start Monday. That would split up the left-handers Hamels and Jamie Moyer in the Phils’ rotation.

Adam Wainwright (4-1) 2.13 ERA

CARDINALS: Wainwright is coming off his least-impressive start of the year, but that just tells you how good he’s been in 2010. When three runs in six innings counts as not-up-to-snuff, you’re going pretty well. Over Wainwright’s last 32 starts, dating back to mid-May of last season, he’s 20-8 with a 2.23 ERA, 209 strikeouts, 53 walks and 13 home runs allowed in 229 2/3 innings. Wainwright has held his own nicely at Citizens Bank Park, with eight shutout innings over two career appearances (one start).

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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