The Audacity of Nope: Phillies at Rockies Gamethread, June 15, 2013

"Reminder: as we have noted on the scoreboard, those at whom the mascot points are to report to our shadowy ownership group." - USA TODAY Sports

"Hey, maybe we're on a roll!" -The Present Author maybe like 80 times this year

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So that was a fun one last night, huh?

I'll be honest: I missed most of it. I miss most of the games these days, due to what has become just a hellacious summer schedule. I'm hoping that ends soon because I miss the Phillies; I really do. That I actually miss the Phillies might indicate how out of the loop I've been. Rest assured, I definitely know how miserable they've been.

But still, what is a baseball fan if not a bundle of nerves desperately pawing at hopeful signs. Maybe the Phillies are about to become really fun again? I mean, it's certainly possible! Tyler Chatwood certainly appears to be a fairly formidable pitcher this year with a 2.14 ERA, but his underlying skills...well, yeah okay, his underlying skills -- including a K/9 around 9 and an xFIP of 3.05 -- suggest that he's been a pretty great pitcher. And we all kind of know what Jonathan Pettibone is. That's not encouraging!

But hey, they hit yesterday and they might find it in them to hit again today. Coors will be Coors and all. And if they can unlock Chatwood and send him back to being the middling ~5.00 FIP pitcher that he was before this year, then who's to say what the ceiling for this team is? Hey, the only thing that springs eternal is hope, after all. Oh, and terrible eighth inning collapses. Those too.

Discuss the terror of hope below!

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Fri 06/14 WP: Michael Stutes (2 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon
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Philadelphia Phillies
@ Colorado Rockies

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
Coors Field

Jonathan Pettibone vs Tyler Chatwood

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Sun 06/16 4:10 PM EDT

Jonathan Pettibone

#44 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies





Jul 19, 1990

Tyler Chatwood

#32 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies





Dec 16, 1989

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