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Domonic Brown Will Only Need to Wait Four Batters Before Homering Off a First-Time Starter Tonight

May 30, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown, right, celebrates with Erik Kratz after Brown's home run off Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara in the eighth inning (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown, right, celebrates with Erik Kratz after Brown's home run off Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara in the eighth inning (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Move Domonic Brown up in the batting order!” you demanded, and your comments did not fall on deaf ears–Ryan Howard heard your cries, and will be heroically sitting out with a “sore knee” in order to give our young masher a chance to do his damange one spot higher in the lineup tonight, and we here at the Level are very excited. It’s just like our man Kulp said: “Stop! No! Don’t do it! Right now you don’t want Dom Brown thinking about anything other than what he’s been doing already…Don’t make a single change that might mess with the hot streak he’s riding.” Oh. Well, tough noogies, Kulp, he’s batting fifth.

Domonic Mordecai will get his chance to tee off in one of the first two innings off Red Sox starter Franklin Morales, who despite pitching in 175 games across seven seasons for the Rockies and Red Sox in his career, has never started a big-league game before. Morales will be taking the place of injured All-Star Clay Buchholz, and hopefully the Phils can find ways to take advantage of his lack of experience, like convincing him that the home team gets four outs in the first three innings of the game! Classic reliever-turned-starter prank.

In the meantime, also take a minute to say hello to Philly second baseman Cesar Hernandez, making his first-ever start for the Phillies tonight after an extremely successful start to the season for the IronPigs, posting a .305/.328/.428 stat line with 15 steals in 19 attempts. Only 23 years old, Hernandez is already being pegged as a potential long-term successor to Chase Utley, though it may be a good game to see him play at least one game for the Phillies (maybe even five) before we deem the best Phillie since Mike Schmidt expendable in his name. I know, formalities.

7:05 first pitch from CBP. Jonathan Pettibone on the mound for the Phils, with the chance to go 4-0 for the year and get the Phils back up to .500 for the first time in a month-and-a-half in the process. Do it for Shane, Jonny.

  1. BenE. - May 30, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Do his “damange”? Is that the French word for “f*cking sh*t up”? If so, I’m all for it.

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  2. BenE. - May 30, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Chronic Opinion was…right. In fact, he usually is, which makes his perpetually pessimistic attitude toward everyone and everything even more annoying. But he’s right, the magic is over, and has been for a while.

    Trade everyone. Utley, Rollins, Howard, it’s been amazing. The most fun baseball I’ve ever watched. But there’s no use trying to force something that just isn’t happening. The Phillies can’t compete with even the third tier of contenders in MLB right now. There’s no reason to think it will be better next season. This IS “next season” and it’s dog sh!te.

    Trade everyone. I’m 100% OK with having a losing baseball team for a few seasons knowing there’s some hope we’ll eventually return to contender status. I’m not OK with keeping these guys, having a losing baseball team anyway, and knowing we’ll be screwed even longer once Utley, Rollins, and Howard eventually leave or retire. Cut your losses and trade them now, eat whatever percentage of a contract you have to, and start restocking the farm. Teams WILL trade good prospects for Rollins, Utley, and Howard if those guys fill a need. Consider Chris Davis was traded from Texas to Baltimore for reliever Koji Uehara (now with the Red Sox) because the Rangers had an overflow at 1st base, and they needed a reliever. You can get a great return if a team needs those guys enough and have parts to spare. Current contenders don’t need their prospects; they need a missing piece. Kinda like what the Phillies did to get Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, etc.

    Trade everyone.

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    • nahroots - May 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      please shut up. you were beating the optimist drum all off season, and it only took until June for you to walk it back completely. Nice try, though.

      They just split a series against the best team in the AL. Quit crying and let it play out.

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      • BenE. - May 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        “Shut up.” What an intelligent response. Yes, I’ve been the optimist for a long time. However, it’s pretty clear the smarter move for the future is to scale back the optimism for the present and start thinking smarter about the future. Last year at this time, we had a lot of injuries and Halladay was underperforming. Naturally, we wanted a wait and see approach to see if Halladay would rebound and Utley and Howard would contribute. One of them is, but now he’s injured again. Halladay won’t pitch for a few more months and still looked terrible. Howard is underachieving. Our offense is in the bottom 5 in MLB in every statistical category. Time to face reality that the run is over. Or we can put it off for another year and have this exact conversation again next June.

      • BenE. - May 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        P.S. obviously, no one was wrong for being optimistic. But there does come a point where even the hopeless optimists have to be realists. The Phillies can’t get on base, can’t score runs, and can’t consistently beat anybody.

  3. Rasputin - May 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Spot on!

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