Phillies-Nationals Game Thread 5/4/12

No need to pinch yourself, for this is real life. The Washington Nationals are indeed in first place in the NL East at 16-9. Their offense hasn’t been anything to write home about — even the Phillies have outscored them, for instance — but their starting pitching has been phenomenal. Four of their five starters have posted an ERA under 2.00 in five starts, with the lone exception being Edwin Jackson at 3.69. Even the back of the bullpen has been in on the action as closer Henry Rodriguez has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings.

The Phillies’ pitching has matched them pound-for-pound, however. This was an interesting fact I dug up earlier today:

twitter.com/CrashburnAlley/status/198501465432662016

Aside from tonight’s match-up, the starting pitching should be the cause célèbre. Kyle Kendrick opposes Stephen Strasburg tonight (what a disparity in talent!), Vance Worley and Gio Gonzalez face off tomorrow afternoon, and Cole Hamels and Jordan Zimmermann wrap up the series on Sunday night. I’ll set the over/under on runs scored by both teams in the series at 12.

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91 comments

  1. sixerfan1220

    May 04, 2012 08:07 PM

    50 million for a reliever isnt worth it even if that reliever is Rivera

    the deal is bad and will always be bad no matter what paps career is as a phille

  2. boredjake

    May 04, 2012 08:10 PM

    Strasburg blow out his elbow yet?

    How’s the fan support….just tuning in now.

  3. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:12 PM

    The bullpen sure feels scary right now outside of Pap.

  4. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:12 PM

    Doesn’t make the contract make sense though.

  5. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:16 PM

    Come on blue

  6. Dustin

    May 04, 2012 08:18 PM

    Sure would be nice to have another ump right now.

  7. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:19 PM

    So they get to take a run away two plays in a row essentially?

  8. Colin

    May 04, 2012 08:20 PM

    Referencing my previous comment:

    It is fairly silly that one of the largest sports leagues in the world can’t have an umpire ready in the event of illness.

  9. boredjake

    May 04, 2012 08:20 PM

    The ball that went over the bag was a harder call. I saw in slow-mo and wasn’t as sure. The tag was call was bad. A 3b ump sees that missed tag very clearly.
    I’m shocked the 2nd base up didn’t err on the side of the runner.

  10. Dustin

    May 04, 2012 08:22 PM

    What Colin said.

  11. pedro3131

    May 04, 2012 08:24 PM

    “Kendricks not a swing and a miss guy” Understatement of the year

  12. Dustin

    May 04, 2012 08:25 PM

    makeup call there?

  13. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:26 PM

    weird weird weird

    strikezones have been awful the last bunch of games too

  14. boredjake

    May 04, 2012 08:31 PM

    “Mayberry, .226 hitter, no homeruns and 2 rbis”
    So when do we conclude last year was just us getting punked?

  15. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:34 PM

    seems a bit early for that don’t you think?

  16. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:48 PM

    unbelievable. I want that run they stole

  17. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:50 PM

    JROLLLLLL

  18. sixerfan1220

    May 04, 2012 08:51 PM

    bill, i blame you for jinxing that paps will be used tonight

  19. pedro3131

    May 04, 2012 08:53 PM

    Look at this, a manager bringing in his closer in a non save situation… Too bad Chawlie isn’t still here to take notes

  20. Noah

    May 04, 2012 08:58 PM

    well at least they can’t call him out with no throw

  21. pablo

    May 04, 2012 09:11 PM

    Is the gun fast? Bastardo hitting 94, Schwimmer hitting 96.

  22. Noah

    May 04, 2012 09:12 PM

    Almost had a heart attack there

  23. Martin Hansen

    May 04, 2012 09:21 PM

    While it is frustrating to have managers mismanaging in these situations, it is as frustrating that the Phillies don’t score any runs in these situations.

  24. Noah

    May 04, 2012 09:35 PM

    Why did Chooch come out of the game?

  25. Bill Baer

    May 04, 2012 09:37 PM

    They double-switched him out so that the pitcher’s spot wasn’t due up for a while, so Schwimer could pitch multiple innings. Rather than use Papelbon.

  26. Noah

    May 04, 2012 09:38 PM

    I get that I just think you wouldn’t want to pull your hottest hitter in a tie game.

  27. Dustin

    May 04, 2012 09:48 PM

    Definitely don’t put Papelbon in here, Charlie. ffs.

  28. BDF

    May 04, 2012 09:51 PM

    Jesus Christ, I just got off the phone and Charlie took Chooch out???

  29. Noah

    May 04, 2012 09:53 PM

    Unbelievable

  30. machenwasright

    May 04, 2012 09:58 PM

    single tear

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