|PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )|
NY METS ( MARCUM )
|901||PHILADELPHIA||+120||Ov 7.5,-115||+130||Ov 8,+110|
|902||NY METS||-130||Un 7.5,-105||-140||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-11||-4.2||9-10||3.5||0.247||0.298||4.2||0.254||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||3-4||3.0||0.242||0.305||3.3||0.237||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-5||+1.6||9-3||5.7||0.255||0.324||4.4||0.259||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||3.7||0.188||0.273||3.6||0.201||0.281|
|4/13/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||-145||7 ov||U||5||8||1||4||6||2|
|4/14/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||2-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||12||10||0||5||5||0|
|4/15/2013||LEE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-4||L||-115||7 ov||U||5||2||1||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-1||L||145||8 un||U||2||1||1||4||7||0|
|4/17/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-11||L||125||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||15||5||0|
|4/18/2013||HAMELS(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+105||7 ev||P||13||8||0||7||5||0|
|4/19/2013||HALLADAY(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||8-2||W||+110||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||2||2||1|
|4/20/2013||LEE(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-5||L||-140||7.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||6||1|
|4/21/2013||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-3||W||-110||8 un||O||14||8||1||10||11||0|
|4/26/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||4-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||3||4||0|
|4/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||LEE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-2||W||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||GEE(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||4-8||L||140||10 un||O||8||6||0||12||8||0|
|4/16/2013||LAFFEY(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||8-9||L||125||10.5 un||O||12||10||2||13||12||3|
|4/18/2013||NIESE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||3-11||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||5||1||17||7||1|
|4/23/2013||NIESE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-7||L||+130||6.5 un||O||4||6||0||12||7||1|
|4/24/2013||HARVEY(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||7-3||W||-170||7 un||O||11||9||0||4||4||0|
|4/25/2013||HEFNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-3||L||+120||8 un||U||5||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/29/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||GEE(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Mets Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Philadelphia (9-14) at New York (10-10), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Ryan Howard may be on a tear, but Michael Young is the Philadelphia Phillies' top hitter.
Facing the New York Mets may keep them both hot.
Howard and Young look to continue pounding Mets pitching while helping the Phillies to a fifth straight win at Citi Field on Saturday.
Howard is hitting .345 over the past 15 games, increasing his season average 134 points to .282. He has two homers and six RBIs in his last three games.
Young's production has been much more consistent, leading the Phillies (10-14) with a .333 average and providing them with a strong presence at third base after starting seven players there last year.
The duo was responsible for all of the scoring in Friday's 4-0 win in the opener of this three-game set. Young went 3 for 4, hitting an RBI single in the sixth inning before Howard followed with a three-run shot.
"Power stroke's always been there. You can't control where the ball goes," said Howard, who has two of his three homers on the season against the Mets (10-11).
He's homered four times and driven in 12 runs in the past six meetings with New York. Three of his four hits over the last three games at Citi Field have been homers, and he has 10 RBIs in those contests.
That power display may continue since Howard is 4 for 8 with three homers against Shaun Marcum, New York's scheduled starter.
Young owns a .415 average with five homers and 12 RBIs in 13 career meetings with the Mets.
The Phillies have won seven of eight against New York, including four straight on the road for their longest streak since a seven-game run at Shea Stadium bridging the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Jonathan Pettibone will get a chance to keep that run going after he impressed in his major league debut Monday.
The right-hander, filling in for the injured John Lannan, allowed two runs and struck out six before leaving with one out in the sixth inning and not getting a decision in a 3-2 home win over Pittsburgh.
"My game plan was to be aggressive, go after guys," Pettibone said. "I have to pitch to my strengths. Once I got on the mound, the nerves were flying. Once I settled down, I got in a rhythm."
The Mets are looking to rebound from a season-low three hits - all singles - while being shut out for the first time Friday.
David Wright had one of those hits, but he's 3 for 16 with one RBI in four meetings with Philadelphia this season.
Marcum is scheduled for his 2013 debut after starting the season on the disabled list with a neck injury. The right-hander was signed after going 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts with Milwaukee last year, missing 10 weeks with elbow tightness.
"Obviously, it's all about the health issues. He says he's feeling great," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "We know he's going to sink it, he's going to change up, he's going to work the corners. He's one of those guys - even though we're going to watch him pretty close pitch-count wise - he's going to get us to the fifth or sixth inning easy."
Marcum is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in five starts against the Phillies. He hasn't faced them since giving up five runs, nine hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss with the Brewers on Sept. 9, 2011.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 6:29:22 AM EST|