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Jun
30
2011
Posted by Chris at 12:09 pm ET 57 Comments

1:05PM on CSN and MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cole Hamels (9-4) 2.49 ERA

PHILLIES: Jon Lester gets WAY too much attention as “one of the best young left-handers in the game today” when Cole is clearly superior, which he will prove today.

Jon Molester (9-4) 3.66 ERA

RED SOX: Thought I was gonna make a cancer joke, didn’t ya?

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Jun
29
2011
Posted by Chris at 6:13 pm ET 44 Comments

7:05PM on CSN and ESPN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Vance Worley (2-1) 2.83 ERA

PHILLIES: Vanimal was working on a no hitter of his own last time he pitched against the A’s, unfortunately his pitch count was higher than me this past weekend. Sorry for that lame analogy. But it explains the missing game threads.

John Lackey (5-6) 7.36 ERA

RED SOX: I have a feeling the Red Sox are going to hit Worley pretty hard, so hopefully the Phillies beat up on this troll equally as bad.

Thanks to James Fayleez for the Clarence Worley pic.

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Jun
28
2011
Posted by Chris at 7:01 pm ET 86 Comments

7:05PM on PHL17 and MLB Network

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cliff Lee (8-5) 2.87 ERA

PHILLIES: Cliff Lee could care less who the Red Sox are. That being the case, why not throw his third straight complete game shutout?

Josh Beckett (6-2) 1.86 ERA

RED SOX: Josh Beckett leads the league in ERA this year but I feel like the Phils usually hit him pretty well. Also I hate him and wish him nothing but the worst today.

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May
23
2010
Posted by Chris at 2:04 pm ET 113 Comments

NOW on MyPHL17

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Roy Halladay (6-2) 1.64 ERA

PHILLIES: Halladay suffered his second loss of the year on Tuesday despite making one of his grittiest starts of the season against the Pirates. He threw a complete game with 132 pitches — one shy of his career high, and the most thrown by any pitcher in the Major Leagues this year. It was Halladay’s fourth complete game in nine starts, but the Phillies offense couldn’t back him in a 2-1 loss. Halladay remains one of the top pitchers in baseball, and he hasn’t allowed a home run in 32 1/3 innings. He will face a familiar foe in Boston on Sunday, against whom he is 14-14 with a 4.28 ERA and six complete games in his career.

Tim Wakefield (0-2) 5.31 ERA

RED SOX: The veteran knuckleballer will make a return to the rotation for at least two starts, while Josh Beckett recovers from a lower back strain. Wakefield has made five starts for Boston this season, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA. The righty is searching for career win No. 190. Wakefield hasn’t won a game since July 8, 2009. He has been in position to win four times over that span — three of them starts — but leads have been squandered after his exit. Wakefield’s next win will be No. 176 in a Boston uniform, putting him 16 behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young for the club lead. Wakefield’s last start was on May 12, when he held the Blue Jays to five hits and three runs over seven innings. Wakefield will get to swing the bat in this one. Wakefield has taken 103 at-bats in his career, hitting .126 with a homer and four RBIs.

Thanks to James Fayleez for the Wakefield picture and Bob Bobsteen for the Halladay picture.

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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May
22
2010
Posted by Chris at 3:36 pm ET 125 Comments

7:10 PM on FOX

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Kyle Kendrick (2-1) 5.24 ERA

PHILLIES: Kendrick was very sharp in his last start on a rainy night against Pittsburgh — eight innings, two runs — and may have turned the corner after a rough first month of the season. The 26-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts. The Phillies would still like to see more consistency from him, but they like where the trend is going. He’s walked only six batters in his last four starts after walking nine in his first four.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1) 7.89 ERA

RED SOX: Dice-K continues to be haunted by one bad inning. Last time around, he gave up a five-spot in the first inning of a no-decision against the Yankees. In that one, he gave up nine hits and seven runs over 4 1/3 innings, walking three, striking out three and throwing 103 pitches. Two starts ago, Matsuzaka put together one of his best performances in a Boston uniform, giving up three hits and a run over seven innings against Toronto, walking none and striking out nine. Matsuzaka has struggled on the road thus far, going 0-1 with a 12.54 ERA in two starts. He hopes to have better success in Philly this year than he had in 2009, when he gave up seven hits and four runs in a no-decision.

Thanks to James Fayleez for the Kendrick picture.

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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May
21
2010
Posted by Chris at 10:42 am ET 117 Comments

7:05 PM on CSN

PITCHING MATCHUP:

Cole Hamels (4-2) 4.29 ERA

PHILLIES: Hamels was one strike away from throwing six scoreless innings Sunday against the Brewers, but he allowed back-to-back solo homers to Casey McGehee and Gregg Zaun to spoil his night. Hamels still finished with a nice line — he allowed six hits, two runs and three walks and struck out three in 6 2/3 innings — but he knew it could have been better. Still, Hamels has a 3.20 ERA in three starts in May, a sign that he could be putting things together.

John Lackey (4-2) 4.86 ERA

RED SOX: Lackey is coming off a mediocre start at Detroit, where he gave up nine hits and five runs over seven innings in a loss. Lackey’s last two starts have been below expectations. He earned a win against the Blue Jays on May 10, but didn’t pitch particularly well, giving up eight hits and six runs over six innings. Opponents are hitting .284 against him. Lackey has made three road starts this season, going 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA. This will be his first career start at Philadelphia. He won his only career start against the Phillies, giving up five hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings.

Thanks to @Phylan for the Lackey picture and @dhm for the Hamels picture.

Another equally hilarious picture of Lackey by James Fayleez.

(Pitching reports courtesy of MLB.com)

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Jun
17
2008
Posted by meech.one at 8:56 am ET 17 Comments

The Fightins’ drew first blood against Boston in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd in South Philadelphia last night. A fired-up Phillies team practically put the game away after the 2nd pitch in the bottom of the 1st when defending NL MVP Jimmy Rollins cleansed a Colon fastball deeeep into right field. Three batters later, Ryan Howard hit the first of his two opposite field homers on the night to make it 3-0, and that would be all they needed. Hamels was sharp as usual, the only blemishes being back-to-back solo shots surrendered to Dustin Pedroia & JD Booo in the fifth.

After the jump, some more game notes…

UPDATE: Per request, more pink ape man at the bottom.

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