|PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )|
NY METS ( HEFNER )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+105||Ov 8,-105||+105||Ov 8,+105|
|954||NY METS||-115||Un 8,-115||-115||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-35||-1.6||37-34||3.8||0.257||0.310||4.5||0.268||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||1-6||3.0||0.246||0.292||2.7||0.233||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-36||-16.4||31-25||4.1||0.230||0.291||4.4||0.268||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.7||3-4||4.4||0.244||0.317||3.0||0.232||0.296|
|7/13/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||13||12||1|
|7/13/2013||LANNAN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-1||W||-130||8.5 un||U||5||6||3||8||12||1|
|7/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-155||8 un||U||9||10||1||10||5||0|
|7/19/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|7/5/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)||12-5||W||115||9 un||O||14||13||1||12||8||3|
|7/6/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 ov||O||10||9||2||12||9||0|
|7/7/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||2-1||W||120||9 un||U||11||9||0||3||5||2|
|7/8/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||4-3||W||-110||6.5 un||O||9||7||0||14||18||2|
|7/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-6||W||120||7.5 un||O||12||8||2||13||11||0|
|7/10/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||7-2||W||182||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||6||7||2|
|7/12/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||2-3||L||135||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||8||0|
|7/13/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-4||L||160||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||10||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||4-2||W||145||7.5 un||U||9||6||2||9||9||0|
|7/25/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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 (48-48) at New York (41-50), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have had a winning record once this year. They've had the best mark in baseball after the All-Star break over the past six.
The Phillies look to begin another strong second half when they open a pivotal nine-game road trip against the New York Mets on Friday night.
The Phillies (48-48) have won eight of 11 and are looking to move above .500 for the only time this season other than June 6, when they were 31-30.
They're 6 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, while Washington is six back.
"What's meaningful is we're not out of the race," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "No matter how good you are, you're going to lose 50 games and you're going to win 50 games. It's those 62 that really make the difference. It's going to come down to the last weekend like it has the last couple of years."
That seems very possible given Philadelphia's 314-198 record after the All-Star break since the start of 2007.
Duplicating that success on this trip could be a factor in whether the Phillies are buyers or sellers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. After facing the Mets (41-50) for three games, Philadelphia visits division leaders St. Louis and Detroit.
"They're going to make decisions based on where we are in the standings," Rollins said. "So if we come out in the second half and start out hot, then they're going to make a decision according to that."
Visiting Citi Field may be just what Philadelphia needs, as it's won six in a row there with a 1.50 ERA.
Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68 ERA) has enjoyed his own success in Flushing, going 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA in four starts. The right-hander's latest performance there may have been the best of his career, as he tossed a three-hitter in a 4-0 win April 26 to beat the Mets for a third straight start overall.
He has a 1.59 ERA during that winning streak.
Kendrick, though, has gone 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA in his last five road starts.
The Mets, who hosted Tuesday's All-Star game, concluded the first half with a 6-3 trip, but they have a losing record at the break for the first time since 2009.
"We're disappointed," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "We're not happy with where we're sitting. We got off to such a good start. We've had ups and downs."
While All-Star Matt Harvey provides hope for the future of the rotation, Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33) has been the Mets' best starter over the past four weeks.
The right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA over his last six outings, five ending in New York victories. That stretch includes a 4-3 win at Philadelphia on June 21 in which Hefner allowed three runs - two earned - with six strikeouts in six innings.
Despite that performance, he's 2-2 with an 11.02 ERA in five games - four starts - versus the Phillies.
Hefner has struggled against Domonic Brown, one of the Phillies' two All-Stars. The left fielder is 4 for 4 with a double and a home run off Hefner.
David Wright, the Mets' other All-Star, is 10 for 25 with two home runs and two doubles against Kendrick over the past four seasons.
The third baseman has batted .412 in his last 17 home games.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 1:46:15 PM EST|