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Morning Phil Up – 5/21/2014 – The Jimmy Rollins leadoff resurgence continues


Yesterday’s Game

Phillies defeat Marlins 6-5

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Emotional reaction immediately after the game

I could do without “exciting” ninth innings like that.

Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit

If not for that pesky Cliff Lee elbow injury, I’d almost be feeling optimistic about the Phillies right now.

Heroes

Jimmy Rollins continues to thrive since returning to the leadoff spot and hit his sixth homer of the season. John Mayberry drove in two runs as a pinch hitter in the sixth.

Goat

Anthony DeSclafani didn’t follow up his strong debut with a good outing. He surrendered five runs in 5.1 innings.

Today’s Game

Philadelphia Phillies (20-22) at Miami Marlins (23-23)

Kyle Kendrick. Image Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

TV: CSN

Game time: 7:10 PM

Starting pitchers: Kyle Kendrick (0-4) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (2-2)

Preview

Kyle Kendrick will attempt to end a long personal losing streak and earn his first win since August 6th. He hasn’t pitched that poorly during the stretch – this year especially – but hasn’t gotten many breaks. Although Kendrick could help his cause by performing better in the first inning. In his last three starts, he’s given up seven combined runs in the first. Perhaps the team would play better behind him if he wasn’t putting them into an early hole.

Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi got off to a good start this season, but has struggled in his last two starts. The Phillies have had some success against him in the past, as he has a 1-4 record with a 4.38 ERA in seven career starts. Like most of the Marlins, Eovaldi has performed much better at home this season. He has a 2.73 ERA at Marlins Park, but a 4.98 ERA on the road.

Link of Interest

Philies Team Site – Montgomery has surgery to remove cancer

Phillies CEO David Montgomery recently underwent surgery to remove cancer from his jaw. While it is a significant surgery, the recovery rate is relatively high for procedures such as these, so there is a sense of optimism. 

Tweet of Importance


So…people don’t exactly think Lee’s gonna pitch the team to a division title, huh?

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  • joe

    Asche has a higher ops than howard…