Category: Philadelphia Phillies

Mets Killers: 2020 Edition

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With the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season postponed until mid-to-late May at the earliest, I thought it’d be an interesting time to take a dive into some of the active Met killers. This list includes some active players that the Mets may be facing in the batter’s box at some point this season, with their career numbers against the Mets. While no regular season schedule is set in stone yet, here are some of the Mets top enemies that will be digging in to the batter’s box based on the regular season schedule that is currently out. Continue reading

Lineups: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies 3:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (87-74):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Gabriel Ynoa (R) P

SP: Gabriel Ynoa RHP (1-0, 7.90 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-91):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Andres Blanco (S) SS
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

SP: Jerad Eickhoff RHP (11-14, 3.72 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 1:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (86-74):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (14-8, 3.42 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-90):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Andres Blanco (S) SS
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Phil Klein (R) P

SP: Phil Klein RHP (0-1, 8.22 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on FOX.

Lineups: New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (85-74):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (3-2, 2.56 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (70-89):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
8. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
9. Alec Asher (R) P

SP: Alec Asher RHP (2-0, 1.66 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Philadelphia Phillies (69-84):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Roman Quinn (S) RF
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
8. Cody Asche (L) LF
9. Jeremy Hellickson (R) P

SP: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (12-9, 3.57 ERA)

New York Mets (81-72):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) RF
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Gabriel Ynoa (R) P

SP: Gabriel Ynoa RHP (1-0, 9.00 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

 

Asdrubal Cabrera Saves The Mets Season!

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It took the Mets eleven innings in a true test of resiliency to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies tonight, as they were down two runs twice in their final turn at-bat’s. Both in the bottom of the ninth and the bottom of the eleventh innings, the Mets were staring down a fourth consecutive loss to a underwhelming opponent. The Phillies seemed to have an answer for everything the Mets brought tonight, but a Jose Reyes two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at six, and ultimately a three-run walk-off home run by Asdrubal Cabrera in the bottom of the eleventh, would propel this team to their biggest win of the season.

The Mets received their first victory of the season tonight when trailing after nine innings, which astonishingly pushed their record to 1-63. In what truly could go down as the craziest and greatest game of the 2016 season, the Mets very well may have just saved their own season with tonight’s victory. The Mets were two outs away in the bottom of the eleventh from headlines in the morning reading of another possible late September collapse, had they lost in heartbreaking fashion for the second night in a row. But a hanging slider by Phillies reliever Edubray Ramos to Cabrera, which sent a no-doubter into right field to send Citi Field into a frenzy was the difference between those stories being written tonight. Instead the stories being written, will be about another obstacle this 2016 team has overcome when the odds have been stacked against them.

I’m truly speechless as to what I just witnessed, as I have been on an emotional roller coaster over the past four hours watching the game. Sure there is plenty to be said about other factors of tonight’s game, but I’m just going to leave you with the video of Cabrera’s heroics below because quite frankly that’s all that matters tonight.

Final Recap: Phillies 5 – Mets 1

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The Philadelphia Phillies (60-70) defeated the New York Mets (66-64) this afternoon by the final score of 5-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/phillies-vs-mets/2016/08/28/448812?#game=448812,game_state=final,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Making his first career start, Robert Gsellman went 7 innings while allowing 4 runs on 7 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He was charged with the loss. Hansel Robles allowed three of Gsellman’s inherited runners to score, and was charged with a run himself.
  • Curtis Granderson was 0-2 with a walk and an RBI sac fly.
  • Jay Bruce struggles continue as he was 1-4 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-1 with a base hit before departing early with an injury.
  • The Mets left 8 on base today and were 1-5 with runners in scoring position.

Well after a promising first two games to start the series, Sunday did not go as planned for the Mets. Already playing without the heart of their lineup with Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker sitiing with injuries, Asdrubal Cabrera would reinjure his left knee in the first inning. Cabrera ran into Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph while legging out a hit and it appeared that Cabrera had injured his arm or wrist. That would not be the case as Cabrera would run to second base very gingerly and immediately be pulled out of the game. It’s another blow for the Mets (which is a redundant phrase this season) after Cabrera had been help carrying the Mets offensively since returning from the DL. Any reaggravation of the knee injury that cost Cabrera three weeks can’t be good, and while there is no official word on how long he will be gone, the way things have gone this season I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit the DL. Simply bad luck has followed the Mets this season and it appears there is no end in sight. 

Robert Gsellman pitched admirably in his first career start as he had limited the Phillies to only one run through six innings before being allowed to take the mound for the seventh. It’s extremely debatable as to how long Gsellman should’ve been left out there before loading the bases with no outs, or whether he should’ve been even sent out to pitch the seventh. In my opinion I didn’t mind seeing him out there for the top of the inning, but he should’ve been yanked when he gave up the first base hit of the inning. He’s a young pitcher making his first career start and the Phillies had a read on him in the seventh, and the Mets ultimately paid for it as Hansel Robles came in and did everything but put out the fire. I do like Gsellman’s potential however as he has a pretty good arsenal and I’m looking forward to seeing more of him the rest of the season. 

All in all it’s a tough day to be a Mets fan, as we lost another premier player to injury, we have question marks surrounding two of our top offensive players who were sitting with flare ups of previous injuries, and the Mets failed to gain any ground as the Cardinals, Marlins, and Nationals all lost today. I’ve learned to accept the roller coaster ride this season however as it seems each day of the season has brought something entirely different to the table. Us Mets fans will continue to adapt and hope that the best case scenario begins to work in our favor from here on out. 

  • The Mets and Marlins will open a big four-game series tomorrow night at Citi Field which will certainly have postseason ramifications. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm et and you can catch tomorrow’s game on SNY.
  • Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to make his first start of 2016 for the Mets against Marlins ace and Met killer Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA).

 

 

Lineups: Phillies vs. Mets 1:10 pm et.

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Philadelphia Phillies (59-70):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
3. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
4. Tommy Joseph (R) 1B
5. Aaron Altherr (R) RF
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) LF
7. A.J. Ellis (R) C
8. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
9. Vince Velasquez (R) P

SP: Vince Velasquez RHP (8-6, 4.31 ERA)

New York Mets (66-63):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Lineups: Phillies vs. Mets 7:10 pm et

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Philadelphia Phillies (59-69):

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
2. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
3. Aaron Altherr (R) LF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Cameron Rupp (R) C
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) RF
8. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
9. Jeremy Hellickson (R) P

SP: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (10-7, 3.60 ERA)

New York Mets (65-63):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
7. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (11-7, 2.61 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Final Recap: Phillies 5 – Mets 4 (11 innings)

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The Philadelphia Phillies (7-9) avoided a sweep tonight by defeating the New York Mets (7-7) this evening by the final of 5-4 in 11 innings. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_04_20_nynmlb_phimlb_1#game=2016_04_20_nynmlb_phimlb_1,game_tab=box,game_state=Wrapup

Game Notes:

  • Lucas Duda was 3-5 tonight with with a solo HR.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-6  with a solo HR.
  • Neil Walker was 4-5 with a run scored.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-5 with an RBI double, which originally was ruled a home run in the second inning before overturned upon umpire review.
  • David Wright had a rough night at the plate going 0-6 with 4 strikeouts, snapping a streak of 21 straight games reaching base dating to Sept. 20, 2015.
  • Michael Conforto was 0-5 with 3 strikeouts.
  • Bartolo Colon got the no-decision pitching 6 innings while allowing 3 runs, on 4 hits, with only 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.
  • Hansel Robles was charged with the loss in the bottom of the 11th, allowing a game-winning base hit to Phillies outfielder Peter Bourjos.

The Mets home run party continued tonight when Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda slugged back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Mets hit back-to-back home runs every game this series with Lucas Duda being involved in all three occurrences. Duda is rapidly emerging as another Phillies killer on this Mets ball club next to David Wright. An interesting statistic I heard on tonight’s broadcast was that since Aug. 24, 2015, the Mets and Phillies have hit the same number of homers at Citizens Bank Park which is twenty-nine apiece. The Mets have only played ten games at the ballpark during that span. The Phillies have played thirty-three. Aside from the homers, the Mets however failed to capitalize on other opportunities as they were 2-14 with runners in scoring position and struck out a whopping 17 times tonight as a team. I hope this team doesn’t solely rely on the long ball and become an all or nothing team, as they have guys that are capable of hitting the ball in play and making something happen. It’s just a matter of the hitters driving those guys who are on base home without solely depending on the long ball. 

Phillies outfielder Peter Bourjos ended up being a thorn in the Mets side tonight both tying the game and winning the game on separate base hits. The game-winner he hit in the bottom of the 11th, was a ground ball hit deep enough to third base for him to beat the throw to first base. I immediately knew once the ball was hit deep enough, he had the speed to beat the throw that Wright would eventually make, and that is exactly what happened. It was a tough ending tonight but it doesn’t go without saying the Mets did have their opportunities, and simply didn’t capatalize enough. All in all they took the series from the Phillies with a historic power surge and they will look to continue that momentum going into Atlanta this weekend. They have had a great road trip thus far going 4-2 and just being a hair short of possibly being 6-0. The Mets will also be excited to welcome back one of their own in Jacob deGrom, as he makes his return to the mound Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss all is still looking up in Mets world!

  • The Mets will have the day off tomorrow but return to action on Friday night to begin a 3-game weekend set with Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 pm et and can be seen on SNY.
  • The Dark Knight Matt Harvey (0-3, 5.71 ERA) will look to right the ship as he takes the mound Friday evening for the Mets, while he opposes Braves right-hander Bud Norris (1-2, 6.23 ERA).