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Assembly Required: Phillies at Nationals Game Thread, August 10, 2013

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I feel like the Phillies missed a few steps getting ready for the season way back in March.

Cliff Lee smiles are the best smiles.
Cliff Lee smiles are the best smiles.
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The Phillies are pretty bad.

I know. This must be shocking to you. I'll give you a moment to absorb that news.

It almost feels like they missed a few steps in the instruction manual of how to set up your seasonal baseball team. Sort of like when you accidentally skip a page when you're putting together an Ikea table (named Glark or Flarb or something like that). All of a sudden you're putting the top onto four legs only there's nothing to secure it there. "Oh well, I guess it's fine" and then you end up with beer all over your floor and your phone. (That totally hasn't happened to me. Nope.)

Or maybe you just have a few random parts leftover and you don't know where they're supposed to go. That feels like the 2013 Phillies. There were a few of those flat washers left from Jimmy Rollins' assembly, but you used those to keep all of Laynce Nix's stuffing from falling out. Cole Hamels is missing a nozzle and the screws that attach Roy Halladay's legs can't be found. Delmon Young probably ate them.

Cliff Lee will face off against Taylor Jordan tonight. The Phillies are still playing baseball games because they have to. Discuss that AND your favorite piece of Ikea furniture in the comments below.


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3 game series vs Nationals @ Nationals Park

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Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Cliff Lee

#33 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

205

L

L

Aug 30, 1978



Taylor Jordan

#38 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-3

190

R

R

Jan 17, 1989