|PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )|
NY METS ( WHEELER )
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-35||-0.5||38-34||3.9||0.259||0.312||4.6||0.269||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-5||4.4||0.258||0.301||3.6||0.250||0.306|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-14||+9.1||18-13||4.3||0.242||0.314||4.5||0.246||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.3||4-3||5.3||0.246||0.323||4.7||0.265||0.327|
|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)||13-8||W||110||8 ov||O||15||6||0||12||7||3|
|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||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|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|
|7/26/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Philadelphia (48-48) at New York (41-50), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Cole Hamels has seemingly found an answer to his struggles. Now he'll try to correct his recent inconsistency against the New York Mets.
Hamels looks to win a third straight decision while the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup hopes for yet another big game at the Mets' expense Saturday at Citi Field.
Much of the season's first half saw Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) put up uncharacteristically poor results. He lost six straight starts at one point and recorded a 4.58 ERA through his first 17 outings while throwing at least seven innings only five times.
But he owns a 1.57 ERA over his last three starts, going at least seven innings in each.
The left-hander gave up two runs over eight innings Sunday and would have claimed a victory for the third straight start if not for Jonathan Papelbon's blown save in a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Hamels has also issued one walk over his last 23 innings after previously averaging 2.8 per nine.
"To put the team in situations where we win, that's ultimately the big idea," he said. "(Earlier in the season) I was a little wild and not able to pitch deep in ballgames."
Hamels saw mixed results while splitting two outings versus New York, giving up one run and six walks over six innings in a 5-1 road victory April 28 and four runs in six innings in a 4-3 home loss June 21.
He's 4-4 with a 5.26 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Mets. Hamels held them to two runs or fewer five times during that stretch but also gave up four runs or more six times.
Poor run support was also part of the reason for Hamels' 2-11 start, as he received an average of 3.1 runs in his first 17 games. However, he won't have anything to worry about if the Phillies continue to hit the Mets like they have been this year.
Friday's 13-8 win marked the fifth time Philadelphia has scored seven or more runs in the teams' 10 meetings, with the Phillies (49-48) winning seven times. The series-opening victory was their seventh straight at Citi Field and pushed them above .500 for the first time since a 31-30 mark June 6.
Philadelphia is slugging .490 with 17 homers in the season series with the Mets (41-51), including one each from Domonic Brown, Chase Utley and Michael Young on Friday.
Eleven of the Phillies' runs came in the first three innings.
"After four days off, to see the bats come alive like that, that was good to see," said Brown, whose 24th home run tied him with Pedro Alvarez for the NL's second-most.
Trying to keep Philadelphia in check will be rookie Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.54), who's won two straight starts while allowing two earned runs in 12 innings. In his last outing he knocked off San Francisco, the team that originally drafted him in 2009 before he was traded in 2011, by yielding one run and three hits over seven innings July 10.
"That's the best all-around stuff I've seen," manager Terry Collins said of Wheeler, who retired 14 of the first 16 batters he faced.
David Wright is 19 for 57 off Hamels, trailing only former teammate Jose Reyes (22) for the most hits against him. Wright was 2 for 5 on Friday with his 14th homer.
|Last Updated: 4/19/2018 8:42:49 AM EST|