Category: Philadelphia Phillies

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Phillies 7:05 pm et.


New York Mets (7-6):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (1-1, 2.13 ERA)

Philadelphia Phillies (6-9):

1. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
3. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
6. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
7. David Lough (L) LF
8. Jeremy Hellickson (R) P
9. Peter Bourjos (R) RF

SP: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (1-1, 4.30 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

METS-PHILLIES NOTES: The Mets are 29-11 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012…After winning the first two games of the series, the Mets will look to sweep the three-game set…New York swept a four-game series in Philadelphia, August 24-27, 2015…The Mets have now won 10 of their last 12 series vs. the Phillies.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Mets are 4-1 on their nine-game road trip which includes a stop in Atlanta after tonight…New York is 5-2 on the road this season…The Mets went 41-40 on the road in 2015.

FIRST INNING FUN: The Mets have scored in the first inning in each of their last five games (eight runs total)…New York has gone 4-1 in those games…The Mets are 7-2 when they score first this year after going 61-24 when scoring first last year.


HISTORIC HOMER SPAN: The Mets have hit 17 home runs in their last five games, the most home runs over any five-game span in franchise history…The previous mark was 16 home runs over five games from August 19-24, 2015…Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

HIGH FIVE: The Mets have hit 17 home runs, collected 14 doubles, two triples and scored 33 runs while hitting .283 (53-187) over their last five games…In the club’s first eight games, the Mets hit .194 (49-252) with 20 runs scored, eight doubles and two home runs…The Mets have 33 extra-base hits in their last five games after collecting 10 extra-base hits in their first eight games.

NEIL WALKER: Hit two home runs last night and has three home runs in his last two games and five home runs over his last five games…His last five hits have all been home runs…He has never homered in three straight games…Last night was the fourth time in Walker’s career, he’s hit two home runs in a game, last on July 1, 2015, with Pittsburgh at Detroit…Walker has three homers vs. lefthanders this season, which ties his career-high for a single season…Walker also hit three home runs off a lefty in 2010…He is batting .636 (7-11) vs. lefthanders this year.

WRIGHT STUFF: David Wright has 22 career home runs in Citizens Bank Park, the most by any visiting player in the ballpark’s history…Wright is hitting .292 (118-404) with 27 doubles and 69 RBI in 99 games at CBP…Wright’s 118 hits, 27 doubles, 22 home runs and 69 RBI are his most in any visiting ballpark…Wright is hitting .308 (12-39) in his last 10 games …Wright has reached base safely in 21 straight games dating to September 20, 2015…He has a .396 on-base percentage during that span.

YOENIS CESPEDES: Has six extra-base hits (three home runs, two doubles, one triple) and nine RBI in his last five games.. Cespedes is tied for eighth in the majors with 12 RBI… Cespedes has four home runs and 10 RBI in eight career games at Citizens Bank Park.

THE DUDE: Lucas Duda has 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 41 career games at Citizens Bank Park, both are career-highs for a visiting ballpark…Duda belted six home runs and had 12 RBI in 11 games vs. the Phillies in 2015…Duda has six RBI in his last three games…He has hit a homer in two straight games…He had a home run in three consecutive contests in 2015 (September 25-29).

BARTOLO COLON: Picked up the win in the Mets’ 6-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on April 15 at Progressive Field…Tossed 5.1 innings and allowed two runs, earned, on eight hits…Struck out five and walked one…The victory gave him win number 219 of his career, tying him with Pedro Martinez for the second-most all-time by a Dominican-born pitcher…His 219 wins are the most by any active Dominican-born pitcher in the majors…Since joining the Mets, he has made 10 starts against the Phillies and is 7-3 with a 2.86 ERA (21 earned runs/66.0 innings pitched)…Struck out 58 and walked nine…Has lost two straight starts against Philadelphia…Won seven of his first eight starts against the Phillies, including four straight from May 10-August 31, 2015.

METS VS. HELLICKSON: In 3 career starts against the Mets Jeremy Hellickson is 2-1 with a 7.04 ERA…In 15.1 innings Hellickson has allowed 12 ER with an 11/5 strikeout to walk ratio…In his last start against the Mets on April 10th Hellickson pitched 5.2 innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out five and only walking one…Notable Mets career numbers against Hellickson are provided below…

  • Yoenis Cespedes: .444 (4-9, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
  • David Wright: .600 (3-5, 2 2B, 1 BB)
  • Neil Walker: .286 (2-7, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
  • Alejandro De Aza: .250 (4-16, 3 2B, 1 RBI)
  • Lucas Duda: .167 (1-6, 1 2B, 3 RBI)
  • Curtis Granderson: .150 (3-20, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .200 (2-10, 1 BB, 2 K)

Final Recap: Mets 5 – Phillies 2


The New York Mets (6-6) were victorious tonight in their first contest at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies (6-8) by the final score of 5-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…,game_tab=box,game_state=Wrapup

Game Notes:

  • David Wright was 2-5 tonight with 2 solo HR’s.
  • Noah Syndergaard received his second win of the season pitching 7 innings while only allowing 1 run on 5 hits. Syndergaard struck out 8 and only walked 1.
  • Lucas Duda was 2-4 with a solo HR and a double. Duda had 2 RBI’s on the night.
  • Neil Walker was 1-4 with a solo HR.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-4 with a triple.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-4 with a double.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched an inning in relief and allowed 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 2.

Another solid win for the Mets tonight on this 9-game road trip. The Mets have now won 3 of 4 thus far on the trip and can go for the series win tomorrow night. The Mets seemed to be more relaxed since leaving New York and the results prove it. David Wright is a bonafide Phillies killer as tonight he just padded his great career numbers against the Phillies by registering two home runs which added to his career total at Citizens Bank Park. Wright is the all time leading visiting player in home runs at Citizens Bank Park with 22 home runs, and he will look to continue his success over the next two games. Wright even made another beautiful barehand play in the field tonight in the bottom of the fourth. What back injury right? The Mets bats are beginning to wake up as they have 24 extra-base hits in their last four games, and as the weather gets warmer I believe their offense will begin to catch up with their great pitching. 

Noah Syndergaard was once again electric tonight as he threw three pitches in the first inning that registered 101 mph on the radar gun. I’m beginning to run out of words to explain his dominance to start the season but he just continues to get better with every start, and he looks to have no issues with becoming the anchor of the Mets rotation right now. According to ESPN Stats & Information Syndergaard has put together at least eight strikeouts while allowing one run or less in each his first three games this season. The only other player to accomplish that feat over the last 100 years  to start a season is the great left-hander Randy Johnson, which is an amazing statistic. Syndergaard also became the seventh pitcher in franchise history to allow one run or fewer and toss at least six innings in each of his first three appearances in a season. He joins Matt Harvey on that list who accomplished that feat back in 2013. Keep up the great work Noah!

Jeurys Familia in my eyes looks a little overworked. I don’t think he needed to brought in tonight in a 4-run ball game as I believe he needs to get as much rest as possible with the way he is used. The Phillies hit the ball hard off of him tonight and I hope the next couple of nights the Mets have a big enough lead where they are not forced to use him. These games against the Phillies are not going to be as easy as they were a year ago as the Phillies are starting to trot out some pretty good young pitchers. Jerad Eickhoff seems to always give the Mets fits in his young career thus far, and they will face a dynamic pitcher in Vince Velasquez tomorrow night. Velasquez has thrown fifteen scoreless innings to start the season while striking out twenty five of the batters he’s faced. Sixteen of those twenty-five strikeouts came in his historic last start. Let’s hope the Mets can put a dent in that scoreless streak tomorrow night! 

  • The Mets to look to get above .500 tomorrow night against the Phillies in the second game of their three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm et and can be seen on SNY.
  • Logan Verrett (0-0, 1.69 ERA) will make his second start in place of Jacob deGrom and face Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00 ERA).




Lineups: Mets vs. Phillies 1:10 pm et

citi field


1. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
5. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
6. Carlos Ruiz (R) C
7. Cedric Hunter (L) LF
8. Peter Bourjos (R) RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson (R) P

SP: Jeremy Hellickson RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP (0-1, 4.76 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

SERIES NOTES: The Mets will play their first rubber game of the season today…New York went 7-10 in rubber games in 2015, including 3-4 at home…The Mets have won eight on their last nine series vs. the Phillies.

VS. PHILADELPHIA: The Mets are 10-2 vs. the Phillies in their last 12 games at Citi Field dating to August 31, 2014… New York went 14-5 vs. the Phillies (8-1 at home) last year… The 14 wins were the most in team history in a single-season vs. the Phillies…New York had a franchise high-tying 10-game winning streak vs. the Phillies from May 9-August 31, 2015… The Mets are 28-12 vs. Philadelphia over the last three years (including 2016).

METS PITCHING: The Mets lead the majors with a 1.29 ERA… The staff has allowed three runs, two earned, in its last 29.0 innings (0.62 ERA) dating to the eighth inning of their first game on April 3 at Kansas City.

THE BULLPEN: Has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings this season…The Mets are the only team in the majors whose bullpen has not permitted an earned run…The pen has not issued a walk and struck out 12.

HARVEY AT HOME: Since 1950, Matt Harvey has the third- best home ERA (2.05; 54 earned runs/237.0 innings) of any starter in his first three major league seasons (min. home 30 starts)…In Matt Harvey’s last 11 home regular season starts dating to June 16, 2015, he is 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA (10 earned runs/72.0 innings)…Harvey has allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his last 11 home starts…Last year he was 8-3 with a 2.23 ERA (28 earned runs/113.0 innings) at Citi Field.

1986 JERSEYS: Every Sunday home game this season, the Mets will wear replica 1986 jerseys in honor of the 30th Anniversary World Series championship team.


  • Curtis Granderson: .176 (3-17, 1 2B, 1 HR)
  • Neil Walker: .400 (2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .333 (2-6, 1 2B, 1 K)
  • Alejandro De Aza: .267 (4-15, 3 2B, 1 RBI)
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .250 (2-8, 1 BB, 1 K)
  • David Wright: 1.000 (2-2, 1 2B, 1 BB)

Final Recap: Phillies 1 – Mets 0


The Philadelphia Phillies (1-4) shutout the New York Mets (2-2) this evening by the final score of 1-0. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…,game_tab=box,game_state=Wrapup

Game Notes:

  • Bartolo Colon pitched 6 solid innings with his lone mistake coming on a Ryan Howard home run in the bottom of the 5th. He allowed 5 hits, allowed no walks, and struck out 7. Colon also made a beautiful over the shoulder catch on a Freddy Galvis bunt attempt in the top of the 6th inning.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-3 with a double.
  • Lucas Duda was 1-4 with a single.
  • Hansel Robles, Antonio Bastardo, and Jeurys Familia combined for 3 scoreless innings.
  • The Mets only had 3 hits tonight and were 0-5 with RISP.
  • Ryan Howard now has 45 career home runs against the Mets, which is the most among all active players in baseball.

It was a pretty ho-hum night at a cold and wet Citi Field. The Mets were unable to get anything going on offense, despite the pitching doing a great job of keeping them in the game. Hopefully with better weather expected tomorrow, the Mets offense will come alive and put some runs on the board. I can’t believe Mets fans already are beginning to boo Yoenis Cespedes. Yes I understand he has started the season 2-12 at the plate, but lets not start those shenanigans this early on a proven commodity in Cespedes. I also provided the beautiful Willie Mays-esque catch that Colon made below, as it is the only Mets play worth highlighting tonight. 

  • The Mets and Phillies will play the rubber game of their 3-game series tomorrow afternoon with a 1:10 pm et start time. The game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network. The Mets will also be debuting their 1986 throwback uniforms tomorrow that they will wear on all Sunday home games at Citi Field.
  • The Mets will send Matt Harvey (0-1, 4.76 ERA) to the mound to oppose Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (0-0, 0.00 ERA).


Final Recap: Mets 7 – Phillies 2


The New York Mets (2-1) defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (0-4) by the final score of 7-2 at Citi Field this afternoon. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Jacob deGrom was fantastic this afternoon picking up the win, pitching 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 5 hits. DeGrom did not allow a walk and struck out 6. He also had an RBI on a groundout with the bases loaded. DeGrom exited after only throwing 76 pitches with right lat tightness.
  • Michael Conforto was 2-3 with with a double and 3 RBI’s.
  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 1-3 with an RBI single.
  • David Wright kept his Home Opener hitting streak alive going 1-4 with a double. He now has a hit in every Home Opener since his first in 2005.
  • Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless 7th inning, striking out 2.
  • Jerry Blevins inherited two baserunners in the top of the 8th and got a double play on an infield fly rule, which also included a base running blunder by Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Batters are 0-19 against Blevins as a Met.
  • 44,099 attended today’s ball game which is the largest regular season crowd in Citi Field history.

The Mets absolutely laid it on the Phillies this afternoon, as deGrom was completely dominant, and the offense came to life late against starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, and the Phillies league leading worst bullpen in the Majors. DeGrom was making easy work of the Phillies offense for most of the afternoon despite his velocity continuing to hover between 91-93 mph. He got many swings and misses, and he already has declared he has no issue with his velocity.  DeGrom departed the game early in the 6th after only throwing 76 pitches and being in a groove, which led many to speculate that baby deGrom was on the way, but that was not the case. The Mets told the SNY booth that it was right lat tightness, as for the reason deGrom was pulled early. Hopefully it is nothing serious as Steven Matz dealt with this injury last year and ended up missing two months. David Wright continues to show that his back injury is not affecting him currently, as he made an absolute gem of a play in the field today, with a barehand throw on a bunt by Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera. Wright also notched a double, and was aggressive on the bases this afternoon on a hit and run play in the bottom of the 7th, going from first to third on a Yoenis Cespedes single. Neil Walker and Michael Conforto also continue to be the hottest bats in the Mets lineup currently, as they had a heavy hand in today’s offensive outburst against the Phillies. Look for them to keep it going into the rest of the weekend as they both seem to be seeing the ball really well right now. The Phillies clearly have the worst bullpen in baseball currently, as they have been getting absolutely torched the past four games, and that is an area of weakness the Mets should continue to look to exploit over these final two games. 

  • The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of their three game series tomorrow evening with first pitch slated for 7:10 pm et. The game can be seen on WPIX and MLB Network.
  • Bartolo Colon will make his first start of the season, after making a relief appearance on Opening Night, against Phillies highly regarded right-hander Vincent Velasquez, who was acquired in the Ken Giles blockbuster trade with the Houston Astros this past offseason.


Phillies vs. Mets Lineups 1:10 pm et.



1. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. Andres Blanco (S) 3B
6. Cedric Hunter (L) RF
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Emmanuel Burriss (S) LF
9. Jerad Eickhoff (R) P

SP: Jerad Eickhoff RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

HOME OPENERS: The Mets are 34-20 (.630) in Home Openers, including 4-3 at Citi Field.

WRIGHT IN HOME OPENERS: David Wright has at least one hit in every home opener since making his first Opening Day roster in 2005…Wright is hitting .386 (17-44) in 11 home openers.

deGROM deOPENER: For the second straight season Jacob deGrom will start the Home Opener vs. the Phillies…Last year, deGrom fired 6.1 scoreless innings and picked up the win in a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia in the Home Opener on April 13.


FIRST TIME SINCE: The Mets will play the Phillies in their Home Opener for the second straight year…The last time the club played the same team in consecutive Home Openers was also vs. Philadelphia (2007-2008).

PHILLIES-METS NOTES: The Mets have won double-digit games vs. the Phillies the last four years, going 47-28 during that span. The Mets went 14-5 vs. the Phillies (8-1 at home) last year…The 14 wins were the most in team history in a single-season vs. the Phillies…New York had a franchise high-tying 10-game winning streak vs. the Phillies from May 9-August 31, 2015.

NEIL WALKER: Hit his first home run with the Mets on Tuesday, a two-run shot…Walker has 70 home runs since 2012, the most among NL second basemen.

WRIGHT ON THE BASES: Wright swiped two bases Tuesday in Kansas City…He had two stolen bases in 38 games last year…His last game with two stolen bases was June 25, 2013 at Chicago White Sox.


HOME OPENER DETAILS: Prior to today’s game, the Mets will raise the National League Pennant banner…Former NL Champions Rusty Staub (1973), John Franco (2000) and Edgardo Alfonzo (2000) will hoist the flag.

 Notable Mets vs: Eickhoff
  • Michael Conforto: .500 (4-8, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .167 (1-6, 2 K)
  • Curtis Granderson: .200 (1-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
  • Wilmer Flores .167 (1-6, 1 K)