Morning Phil Up – 5/8/2014 – After last night’s blowout, Philadelphia Phillies hope to turn things around behind A.J. Burnett
By Mike Lacy
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Blue Jays defeat Phillies 10-0
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
It was horrible, but at least it was quick!
Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit
Whether you lose by one or by ten, it only counts as one game in the standings.
It’s rare to see a player have a triple and a home run in the same inning, but that’s what Edwin Encarnacion did in the seventh. Meanwhile, Mark Buehrle had little trouble with the Phillies’ lineup.
In a 10-0 loss, there’s plenty of blame to go around, but I’ll start with Mario Hollands and Shawn Camp who made a bad game turn downright ugly.
Philadelphia Phillies (15-17) at Toronto Blue Jays (15-17)
R.A. Dickey. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Game time: 7:07 PM
Starting pitchers: A.J. Burnett (2-1) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-3)
It’s a battle of initialed starters as A.J. Burnett takes on R.A. Dickey. Burnett has been excellent lately, and the Phillies will need another strong outing from him if they hope to salvage the final game of this series.
The Blue Jays pitching staff wasn’t thought very highly of entering this series, yet they’ve shut the Phillies out in two of the three games. They’ll look to continue that strong run behind Dickey. The former Cy Young Award winner hasn’t had a good season up to this point, but that doesn’t always mean much when facing the Phillies.
The Phillies have traditionally had some trouble with the knuckleballer, as he has a 2.90 ERA vs. them in nine career starts.
Link of Interest
The Good Phight – It’s time to give Ben Revere a break
The hope was that Ben Revere’s speed and hitting ability would make him an asset both at leadoff and in centerfield. However, he hasn’t hit (or walked) well enough to be an asset on offense, and his defense has been average at best. When you factor in his weak throwing arm, he’s been more of a liability.
Tweet of Importance
When you put it that way, last night doesn’t seem so bad, eh?