Morning Phil Up – 4/17/2014 – Cliff Lee and Philadelphia Phillies lose pitchers’ duel to Julio Teheran and Atlanta Braves


Apr 16, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher

Julio Teheran

pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s Game

Braves defeat Phillies 1-0.


Emotional reaction immediately after the game

Three hits? Three lousy hits? And one of those was an infield single by Ryan Howard!

Less emotional, more optimistic reaction after thinking about it a bit

Cliff Lee was pretty darned awesome, and the Phillies will win most of the time if they get a performance like that.


Julio Teheran was fantastic. The Phillies had the best on-base percentage in the National League coming into the game, but Teheran limited the Phillies to three hits and zero walks.


No one player stood out as being worse than the others. The ineptitude was pretty consistent throughout the Phillies lineup.

Today’s Game

Atlanta Braves (10-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-8)

Game time: 1:05 PM


Starting pitchers: Alex Wood (2-1) vs. A.J. Burnett (0-1)


After being shut out in last night’s game, the Phillies will attempt to get their offense going in the series finale against the Braves. They’ll be facing second year man Alex Wood who has been excellent so far in 2014, recording a 1.87 ERA.

A.J. Burnett will make the start for the Phillies, and it will bear watching to see how he performs now that he has been diagnosed with a hernia. Burnett is optimistic that he can manage the injury, but this control has been lacking thus far this season.

Link of Interest

The Good PhightPhillies set to lose $24 million in 2014

If you’ve watched a Phillies home game on television this season, you’ll notice that there have been a lot of empty seats. The Phillies have been drawing considerably fewer fans to the ballpark, and as a result, they’re likely to lose a decent amount of money this season. It’s possible that this may result in major changes being made to the team.

Tweet of Importance

It’s obvious what the problem is. Forget what I wrote earlier, Cliff Lee is evidently the real goat of the game.