Padres-Phillies Game Thread 5/11/12

These guys again. Following last month’s split of a 4 game series, the Padres (11-21) roll into Philadelphia for an NL cellar-dweller face off. The Phillies (14-18), needless to say, have seen better days. Along with bullpen problems, they’ve slogged through injuries, defensive kinks, and offensive woes on the way to assembling a miserable start to the 2012 season. The Phillies have not begun the season 14-18 since 2007, and they’ve not begun the season worse than that since 2002.

All of this prompted manager Charlie Manuel to call the vaunted closed-door meeting, but a simple glance at the roster is enough to raise doubts that this is anything but a simple personnel problem — a problem which is unlikely to be helped by the call ups of relievers Raul Valdes and Jake Diekman, and utility man Hector Luna. The former two are likely innings fodder for a struggling bullpen, and the latter hasn’t had more than 100 plate appearances in the majors since Pinochet last drew breath.

The Phillies are at least on the favorable side of the pitching match-ups in their next attempt to get the season on track. Tonight, right-hander Vance Worley (3.45 SIERA in 2012) goes against Clayton Richard (4.22). Worley’s April 19th start in San Diego was one of the best of his young career; he threw 7 innings of scoreless ball and struck out 11 Padres. Tomorrow, Roy Halladay (3.52), fresh off a very good comeback start, meets former Red Edinson Volquez (4.14), acquired by the Padres in the Mat Latos deal. And on Sunday, Cole Hamels (2.55), currently sporting 44 strikeouts to just 6 walks, takes on Jeff Suppan (4.48) in a 1:35 PM start. Jeff Suppan! Ha! Life.




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