Go Time for Park

park.jpgThis could be Chan Ho Park‘s last start for the Phillies if he has a poor showing tonight against the Mets at Citi Field.

The team’s options to replace Park should he pitch poorly?

- Lefthander J.A. Happ. He narrowly lost the fifth starter’s job to Park in Spring Training. Charlie Manuel has praised Happ recently, saying that he knows Happ can be a successful starter. Happ is 1-0 with a 3.87 ERA in nine relief appearances this season, so he is doing something Park isn’t: getting hitters out at the big-league level. Happ is the favorite because he already is on the 25-man roster and has the confidence of his manager and pitching coach. Other candidates in Triple-A Lehigh Valley would mean optioning somebody to the Minor Leagues, and I just don’t see a fit at the moment.

- Right-hander Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick got a relatively early demotion to Minor League camp in Spring Training because the Phillies thought he hadn’t developed his secondary pitches enough to warrant a continued look. Kendrick is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five starts in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

- Right-hander Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco was the team’s dark horse candidate to win the fifth spot in Spring Training, but he showed his inexperience. He is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts for Lehigh Valley.

- Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. The Phillies picked up Lopez before the end of Spring Training. He is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in three starts. He has big-league experience, which can help his cause should he continue to pitch well.

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The Phillies face Johan Santana tonight. Let’s take a look at the Phillies’ projected lineup, and how they have fared against Santana in the past:

Jimmy Rollins: .059 (1 for 17) with 1 walk, 1 strikeout.
Shane Victorino: .083 (1 for 12) with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts.
Chase Utley: .167 (3 for 18) with 1 home run, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts.
Ryan Howard: .429 (6 for 14) with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Jayson Werth: .313 (5 for 16) with 1 double, 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.
Raul Ibanez: .353 (12 for 34) with 1 homer, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.
Pedro Feliz: .158 (3 for 19) with 1 RBI, 6 strikeouts.
Carlos Ruiz: .429 (3 for 7) with 1 strikeout.

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14 Comments

Well, you really want to have your A-game lineup:
1- on the road
2- against the opponent’s ace
3- against the F’n mutts
Plus, J-Rol, Vic and Feliz have been hot as of late.
Howard, Werth, Ibanez and Ruiz?!? have fantastic numbers against Santana.
The only question mark is Utley (lefty vs. lefty and he’s hurt), but he’s always a short, compact swing away from breaking the game open.
I feel quite confident that we can score our share of runs at $hiti Field.
Having said all that, I’m sure it will be a pitchers’ duel.

I feel fairly confident we can give Santana a run for his money. Keeping my fingers crossed that Park can have a decent outing. However, they say Citifield is not a HR park and our Fightin’s have been winning many games on the long ball. GO PHILS!!

I vote Chase sit at least one more day. He doesn’t hit well against Santana. And 2 or 3 days off in a row, may help his foot. I have an idea, the error he committed the other day, was because of his foot. Pretty routine play for him. Looked like he lost his balance a little, before bobbling the ball. I’m sure he’ll really po’d if he sits, though. He still looked pretty annoyed, in the dugout, late in last nights game. LOL!

Norma: I agree. Maybe have Brunlett start (not sure what his #s are against Santana)Wheels joked last night that he gave Charlie some nasty looks when he told him he wasn’t starting him since Utley wants to play all 162 games.

Charlie has often said that Chase gives him “The Look” when he has to sit. LOL!

Norma, Chase would help the team more if instead of giving Charlie “the look” he’d give Brunlett or Cairo his bat when he’s out of the lineup……

If Park still wants to be a heor to S. Koreans, this is his last chance. If he doesn’t hold the Muts to under 4 runs, he’s back to the pen where he’s always belonged

The pitching matchup looks like a mismatch on the face of it, but stranger things have happened. One thing for certain is that Santana will not pitch a complete game and I like our chances in a matchup of bullpens.
I’m thinking it may get out of hand early though, and we will see the last of Park as a starter.

I missed last night’s game, but a friend told me that it looked like Myers was in pain coming off the mound. Like he had some pain in his rib cage or oblique area. Did you notice anything pecuilar?
Any word from the Phillies?

The Phils just pounded two excellent pitchers in St. Louis. There’s no reason to believe they can’t do the same to Santana. The starters have had a month to work out the kinks in their deliveries. It’s time to stop throwing bad pitches over the middle of the plate. Last night Brett didn’t get even one strike out. Doesn’t anyone think that’s unusual considering the curveball the guy has? Chan Ho needs to pitch with some urgency tonight. He should know his career as a starter is on the line. If he loses it, he’ll probably never get another chance from the Phils or any other team. Let’s see how he performs under that kind of pressure. GO CHAN HO!!! GO PHILS!!!

I don’t have much confidence in Chan Ho Park. Especially tonight since he is going against Santana. I think the pitching matchup is extremely opposite.

Even though Kendrick’s era looks good he’s not going deep into games. In his 6 starts he has gone 4inn twice, 5inn twice ,6inn and 7inn. I would guess that’s due to high pitch counts, and that’s against AAA hitters, what can we expect at the major league level?

Guess Park’s job is safe! At least, for now. He was great! Didn’t panic the couple of little jams he got in. Santana was just too tough, tonight. Only 5 hits, between both teams. Wasn’t thrilled with the Phillies errors.

“I’m sure it will be a pitchers’ duel.” By sully28 on May 6, 2009 10:51 AM….

I hate it when I’m right

Where has this Chan Ho Park pitcher been all season?? He was quite impressive. How unusual that our defense cost us the game. Let’s win the rubber match and give Moyer 250!!

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