Found April 29, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Philadelphia Phillies (10-11) vs. Chicago Cubs (7-14)Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39) vs. Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38)Time: 1:35 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL 17 Weather: Sunny, 65 Media: Twitter and FacebookJoe Blanton led the Phillies to a 5-2 victory on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Carlos Ruiz had a big night, going 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 runs batted in. The Phillies hope to keep the momentum a they are looking to get back to the .500 mark today.Kyle Kendrick will try to rebound from his awful start in Arizona. While filling in for the injured Cliff Lee, Kendrick surrendered seven runs in just three innings. The Cubs do not have much exposure to Kendrick, so hopefully that will turn out in favor of Kendrick. After his last start, it will be interesting to see how long of a leash Charlie Manuel will have for Kendrick if he struggles again.The Cubs will send out their best starter, Matt Garza. Garza has the stuff to tally up on strikeouts, as his go-to strikeout pitch is h...

Worley Impressive Again, Polly Comes Up Big Late

Worley was solid once again. (AP) The offense, somehow, saved the day.After blowing a 4-0 lead, Placido Polanco’s two-run double in the eighth inning was the game winner as the Phillies split the 4 game series with the Cubs, winning 6-4 on Tuesday night.BULLPEN BLOWS IT-Antonio Bastardo was lights out last year and was the pleasant surprise of the 2011 roster. This year, he...

MLB News: Howard Headed to Clearwater, Can He Help?

The Philadelphia Phillies received some potentially good news for their ailing lineup and first baseman. Slugger Ryan Howard will head to their Spring Training facility in Clearwater, Florida to begin baseball related activities. Howard could be swinging a bat in about a week. Howard told Dan McQuade of CSN Philly: “The tendon itself is fine, it’s strong. It’s just a matter...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: unconventional smarts

Roy Halladay and the aces of the Philadelphia Phillies are living up to their billing, but not all other hyped staffs are. The experts say pitching continues to be the dominant force, but are they relying on easy numbers? Is it worth watching a national baseball broadcast to hear surface-oriented information? Facts are like an iceberg: Most of it is below the visible line. TAL'...

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 21

Joe Blanton of the Philadelphia Phillies slots in behind the aces.  How do the Braves compare at the bottom of their rotation?  The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below. TAL'S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...

Betting on Lohse and the Freak!

Joe Blanton alert! I have won a good chunk of coin simply betting against this guy anytime he pitches. I am so anti-Blanton I am taking the Cubs +135 on the road. Hopefully, Blanton doesn't find some magic like Matusz did earlier in the week. Give me Timmy Ballgame and his career ERA of 1.96 against the Pads who are hitting .213 as a team. Pretty sad times when Nick Hundley...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: burn rate

Jonathan Papelbon can be used correctly by the Philadelphia Phillies, and there still can be relief-corps issues that affect the locals.  Did what happen in Atlanta over last season impact the Phils?  Did it work in favor of or against the red pinstripes? TAL'S HANDY CAPS   CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-2 triumph:  4 The Crystal Champagne Toast is a...

Gameday: Cubs (8-14) vs. Phillies (10-12)

Philadelphia Phillies (10-12) vs. Chicago Cubs (8-14)Chris Volstad (0-3, 6.14) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16)Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL 17 Weather: Overcast, 55 Media: Twitter and FacebookINJURY UPDATE: Cliff Lee will NOT come off the disabled list on Friday, the first day he would have been eligible to do so. That doesnt mean he isn’t doing well; Rich Dubee...

Phillies Lineup For 4/28 Against the Chicago Cubs

Listed below is the Phillies lineup for Saturday's 7:05pm start against the Chicago Cubs. Joe Blanton will be on the mound looking to improve upon his 1-3 record and 4.34 ERA: 1. Jimmy Rollins 2. Placido Polanco 3. Hunter Pence 4. Jim Thome 5. Shane Victorino 6. Laynce Nix 7. Carlos Ruiz 8. Pete Orr 9. Joe Blanton

Clevenger goes on DL: Cubs call up Castillo

The Chicago Cubs placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right oblique and recalled catched Welington Castillo from Triple-A to take his place. Clevenger was injured during batting practice before the Cubs’ 5-1 win Friday night in Philadelphia. He was hitting .500 (11 of 22) with five doubles. "As of right now, I'm going...

The Cubs - "crack the curse

The Chicago Cubs haven't been in a World Series for 107 years. Yet Cub fans place the blame on a curse placed on them in Wrigley Field during their last World Series appearance against the Tigers in 1945. Legend has it, "Billy The Goat tavern" owner, Billy Sianis bought two box seats to see one of the early Wrigley Field games. One for himself...

De Fratus Experiences Setback with Elbow

Righty reliever Justin De Fratus, who has been checking in with this site throughout his delayed 2012 campaign regarding his progress, as he recovers from an elbow ailment, has experienced a setback on his road to recovery.De Fratus told’s Jay Floyd exclusively last weekend that, following a rehab appearance with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers that...

Remembering “Moneyball” and what it means to Phillies

I was watching the “Phillies On Deck” on Sunday and realized something. Dom Brown has more raw ability that Juan Pierre, both featured in Sunday’s program, but Juan Pierre has much more baseball sense.     What does that mean? The Phillies have a ton of pitching, a ton of confidence, and a good chance to win. You think that ability has everything to do with sport. Explain...

Rollins Back At Lead-Off Spot

The Philadelphia Phillies face the Chicago Cubs today at 1:35pm.  The Phils defeated the Cubs last night 5-2, here is today's lineup: 1. Jimmy Rollins - SS 2. Juan Pierre - LF 3. Hunter Pence - RF 4. Ty Wigginton - 1B 5. Shane Victorino - CF 6. Lance Nix - 1B 7. Brian Schneider -C 8. Freddy Galvis - 2B 9. Kyle Kendrick - P  

Joe Buck calls Chicago Cubs World Series win (Video)

For most Chicago Cubs fan, the signature moment of their existence would be to see and hear the Cubs winning the World Series. Well thanks to Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck at a Red Cross fundraiser in Illinois, we finally know what it would sound like: (Courtesy of Guyism)
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