Gameday: Mets (13-9) at Phillies (12-9)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, April 30, 2010 03:41 PM | Comments: 128
2010 Gameday, Posts

New York Mets (13-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (12-9)

Jonathon Niese (0-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 7.71 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m at Citizens Bank Park
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Weather: Sunny, 71
Twitter: @philliesnation

Meet the Mets! Meet the Mets! Step right up and greet the Mets! Bring your kiddies, bring your wife! Guaranteed to have the time of your life. Because the Mets are really sockin’ the ball, knockin’ those home runs over the wall. East side, West side, everybody’s coming down to meet the M-E-T-S Mets, of New York town!

If you’re either too young to remember the 1990s or are a newcomer to the Philly baseball scene, you’d be inclined to believe that our northern neighbors represent the absolute nadir of baseball culture, with their creepy mascot and affinity for hard drugs.

This weekend marks the Metropolitans’ first visit to Philadelphia in 2010, and the first opportunity for Phils fans to boo the bejeezus out of one of the most dysfunctional teams in baseball.

The Phillies, who came out of the gate like a rocket, are on a bit of a slide right now, avoiding the sweep in San Francisco only by pulling out a narrow victory in the 11th inning of a truly bizarre game Thursday afternoon.

While the Phillies have been lollygagging the ball around the infield, the Mets have opened up a can on the Cubs, Dodgers, and Braves, winning seven in a row to crawl back from their 2-9 start to first place in the division. In short, it’s time for the Phillies to get their collective act together.

Jonathon Niese takes the ball for New York tonight against Kyle Kendrick, of whom I spoke ill the last time I wrote one of these. That was two starts ago, against the Braves, and he responded by tossing eight shutout innings. Since then he’s come back down to earth some, but it’s not like he’s squaring off against Johan Santana or Mike Pelfrey.

One underrated stat coming into this game is Niese’s absurd 4.09 BB/9 ratio, which is a good omen for a Phillies lineup stacked with players who will only swing if the KGB threatens to send their families to Siberia if they don’t. In short, expect a lot of walks.

Some good news–as the bodies (Rollins, Blanton, Happ, Romero, and now Madson) seem to pile up, someone’s finally coming back from injury. The Phillies have activated everyone’s favorite slider-slinging son of Sacramento, Brad Lidge, which may or may not mean that Madson will keep getting the chance to lose games in the 9th inning. Now that Lidge is (reportedly) healthy, Uncle Cholly might let him blow a few saves going forward.

Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Ruiz (C), Kendrick (P)

donnybrook stoutYour Gameday Beer: Victory Donnybrook Stout

This evening’s beer is a pleasant offering from a local brewery. The makers of the face-inverting Hopdevil and other potent potables have turned down the volume some and produced a rather pleasant Irish stout. As a connoisseur of such beers, I have to say that this is the best stout that you have a chance of finding on tap around here, apart from Guinness. Its creamy smoothness and rich taste make it a truly enjoyable beer, and excellent with bar food. -By Michael

Go Phillies!

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Michael Baumann has written 229 articles on Phillies Nation.

Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    The Nationals clobbered Ricky Nolasco, knocked him in out less than five innings. Get ready: The two NL East teams everyone assumed would be jockeying for last place are going to be in first and second place.

  • Posts: 0 tim

    keep asking for kendrick to get taken out….welll i hope your happy

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  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    What tim said above…

  • Posts: 0 craig from ny

    who is your daddy. oh babbbby…phillies are not a very good team. polanco is about 35. raul is 40. moyer is 50. victorino is overrated. love it baby.

  • Posts: 0 Second Place

    Wow… finally a hit that wasn’t for extra bases…

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    The Mets fans should enjoy it while they can. They are loyal to a sinking ship. We are the NL Champs, after all. April is finished after tonight. Phils love to break hearts in New York. We really do. And we do indeed.

  • Posts: 0 joe

    hey craig…. i got a question for you my man..

    2007…who won the nL east???

    2008.. who won the NL east? the NL…and the world series?

    2009…who won the NL east and the NL??

    i cant seem to remember what happened?

    oh and could you also tell me the date?? i believe its april…but i could be wrong?

    i also believe there are about 130 games left…but that also could be wrong?

    could you help me out?

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Let’s all just enjoy these games in peace – Mets and Phils fans alike. No rubbing it in each other’s faces – that isn’t what baseball’s about. It isn’t mature. We Phils fans don’t like the lifeless offense, the inconsistent pitching; but tomorrow’s another day.

  • Posts: 0 joe

    craig you are right man..
    the season is over..the mets own the phillies… they beat them in game 1 of 18…
    so it’s totally over man..
    congrats on your nl east crown and your world series

    get a life and sop posting in philly blogs you worthless piece of trash

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    It amazes me that two years removed from the worst collapse in baseball history, and a year after a 4th place and 23 game back finish the trolls have the balls to go on anyones website and gloat just because their team is off to a good start.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Okay, we all know the pitching staff has got major problems right now. But … the bats? What gives? The difference, earlier this month, was that we’d give up runs but win in a slugfest. Now it’s just the wrong end of total domination.

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  • Posts: 0 joe

    here is my last post of the night..

    Joe Blanton..on DL…coming back this week (#3 starter)
    JA Haap..on DL..had an ERA of 0.00 in two starts..coming back in a week or two (#4 starter)
    Brad Lidge…just got back
    Jimmy Rollins..on DL..best SS in the league…lead off hitter..be back in a week or so


    they’ll be 1.5 back after tonight…
    with half their rotation hurt.

    when the rotation is Doc, Hamels, Blanton, Haap, Moyer….
    and when Madson is in the 8th, Lidge the 9th…
    and when Jimmy is back in the lead off spot

    talk to me then Mets fans.

  • Posts: 0 craig from ny

    i tried to be nice but you guys still bash me. hey remember lee last season. 4 great starts then got his butt kicked four straight. doc is next. oh babbbby. your offense is a joke. i love it. when is the last stanley cup or superbowl you won. lol. the g men.

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Speaking of Lidge, tonight would be probably be a good time to give him a no-pressure inning!

  • Posts: 0 joe

    yeah bring up other sports because you know the mets suck

    youre a worthless piece of F’N trash you loser…you go to other teams blogs and write stuff after one game??

    how much of a joke are you..

    if you KNEW ANYTHING…youd know the phillies NEVER HAVE A GOOD APRIL….

    you are complete piec of trash dude…complete piece of trash

    ohh babbby…your a f’n loser dude…complete and utter piece of trash

  • Posts: 0 mg52

    Craig, I know many Mets fans who like having calm, reasonable discussion about this rivalry. Please don’t say this stuff about the Phils. I say good stuff about the Mets – while I don’t like them, I admit that they’ve got some fantastic players who are always a handful for the Phils. I’d be willing to talk baseball with you anytime as long as it’s respectful.

  • Posts: 0 David, the Mets fan from Queens

    Mr. Baumann,

    I guess it’s safe to say that “dysfunctional” teams can score eight runs on any given night, right?

  • Posts: 0 miked63


  • Posts: 0 Bruce

    Jonathon Niese, the rookie lefthander, certainly making a name for himself. He is making it look easy pitching against the Phillies. As a matter of fact it is turning into a laughter for the mets tonight as they outplayed the slumping Phils in every facet of the game..fielding, hitting and pitching. And tomorrow the Phillies must face the hottest pitcher in the league in Mike Pelfrey. Oh brother!! Please hurry back Joe Blanton and ship Kendrick back to the minors.

  • Posts: 0 joe

    Doc pitches tomorrow.

    Phils own Pelfrey

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Finally a hit from the top of the order!

  • Posts: 0 TheRobSpecial

    The Phillies are just an overall bad team right now. Their pitching is atrocious overall, and their offense has been asleep for a long, long time. This isn’t to say that they won’t turn it around, but right now they’re nothing resembling a good team. Hopefully by the time Jimmy comes back to the lineup, Blanton & Happ come back and the Phils resign Pedro (NEEDS to happen) they will not be too far back.

  • Posts: 0 David

    MG52, I agree that Craig needs to calm it down and quit being ridiculous. I think the same could also be said about Joe. No need to be so insulting man. Don’t take the trash talk so personally. I dont know why anyone is taking craig seriously. He’s clearly trying to get a rise out of everyone by posting the most ridiculous things possible.

    @Ed, I dont think that mets fans are the only ones to gloat after a bad season. Last season is last season. Its over. I guarantee if the Yanks are getting beat by the O’s, Sox and Rays fans are giving them crap about it even though they won last year. Im sure plenty of Phils fans talked crap long long before 2 years ago, which was the first time they had won ANYTHING in about 50 years.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Is the performance by Kendrick tonight and most of the previous games he has pitched so far this season really a surprise? Just does not have the “stuff” to win at the Major League level. What the Braves found so fascinating about the only one good game he has pitched, is hard to figure out. Like many have posted in the past, Victorino is not a leadoff hitter. Not a place for someone who hacks at most of the pitches.

  • Posts: 0 craig from ny

    you guys are funny. first off if you read my first post it was not nasty. just giving my opinion. read it above. then everyone started getting nasty. i dont live in my moms basement. i work as a resident at a hospital in robert wood n.brunswick. not married but getting there. sorry

  • Posts: 0 Smith

    What’s amazing is not so much that the Mets people on here are embarrassing themselves, but the fact that you phillies fans actually seem to be genuinely bothered by it, and that you actually engage them. That actually makes you look a lot worse.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Good to see Lidge in form. lol

  • Posts: 0 Second Place

    Welcome back, Lidge… :(

  • Posts: 0 David

    And here come the pretzels…

  • Posts: 0 Scott in D.C.

    Lidge: That is just poetic.

  • Posts: 0 drtyjerz

    the only reason this pecker eating toolbag muts fan can come on this site & talk smack is because amaro has completely ignored pitching, saddled the team with bums like amaro, overpaid for .220 hitting victorino, and once again, ignored pitching. cant wait till howard is hitting .230 w/ 20 HR’s and making $25 million.

    how many more 8-1 losses to the muts before ruben is fired???

  • Posts: 0 drtyjerz

    shoulda said ignored pitching DEPTH

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    David I don’t disagree that people probably do talk smack just because they like to talk but the people on this site don’t do that. I have no issue if a Met’s fan, or any fan wants to come here and talk baseball, but that’s not what these jokers are doing. They come here spouting off for no other reason than to be ridiculous and none of the people here feel like seeing it.

    Pretty sure if Phillies fans went onto a Met’s blog and did the same thing then their fans would react the same way the fans are here. When you attack fans and a team then obviously people are going to get pissed and defend themselves and their teams. That’s just the way it goes, so to act like Phillies fans are worse because they get annoyed at people trolling is totally ridiculous.

  • Posts: 0 BurrGundy

    The Phils bats are impotent. They should rub them in viagra. maybe that would help

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Remember Cliff Lee?

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    well said robspecial / everyone calm down , you guy’s know how many games are left. mets will come back to earth,theyre a 500 team at best come sept 30th you’ll see. i don’t feel any different now than a month ago, phils will win 95 games this year give or take a game or two.lets get everyone back , you guys know the bats will come back.this lineup will do the same thing this summer it did the last three years . lead the NL in runs scored. like robspecial said , get haap & blanton back , lidge just needs to be somewhere between 08 & 09 , get jimmy back, dont worry guys im telling you thats a 95 win team , mets have no shot at even 90 wins in my opinion.they haven’t proven anything tonite

  • Posts: 0 Terri

    I know it is only April, but this team looks like it is in the midst of a collapse. No pitching, not hitting. Everyone looks tired and it is only April. When should we start to panic about this team? Ruben better fix this before it is too late.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    The ERA’s of everyone who pitched for the Phillies tonight…

    Add that to a lead off hitter batting .226 and a guy in the 6 hole batting .209…

    …aren’t going to win many games with that.

    I have always felt that Ruben was completely over rated and spent money unwisely and this team right now is just further proof of that. We all knew going into this season that the bullpen and pitching depth was an issue and what was done to address it?

    Hendron, Baez, Contreras and Figeruoa…really? Granted two of them have been good and two, absolutely awful.

    You can say, well Blanton and Happ have both been hurt, very true but you know at some point your pitchers are going to get hurt, it happens, to everyone, but this team needs to have better options than Kyle Kendrick. Ruben totally failed at addressing some of the Phillies biggest needs. He was handed a champion with one of the best farm systems in baseball and now what do we have? A baron at best farm system, a farm system that won’t net us anyone in a trade which means we have to give up current value on the roster to get anyone back. This team, when it is healthy better perform cause we have no way or really fixing any holes as they appear.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Mike B…

    Lee has not thrown a pitch all season…so yeah I remember him, and he hasn’t done anything this year, so what is your point?

  • Posts: 0 Second Place

    I wouldn’t mind if the Mets fell half a game back on the last day of the season… again. Injuries got in the way of the doing it last year but they’re ripe to do it again this year.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    miked63; I pretty much agree with you. When all the players are back and healthy, the Phils are just too good not to win. Mostly everyone in the East Division has had a “hot” streak so far this year. First it was the Phils, then it was the Marlins and Atlanta and now it is the Mets and the Nationals somewhat. It is a long season with teams going to go thru hot streaks and no doubt, the NL East lead will change many times before the creme of the crop, the Phils, come charging thru to win it.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Ed R.; yeh, I know what is going on with Lee. Just threw his name out there tonight just to see if anyone would say anything at this point about Amaro not keeping/signing him and in view of tonight’s game and Kendrick’s performance. I know about Lee’s injury(s) but say he would have gotten to stay with Philly and did not wind up with injury problems while in spring training with the Phils…

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Believe me MikeB. I am a big pitching guy, I would have rather they kept Lee and used the money they just gave Howard to resign Lee, but sadly that was never an option. This team was never going to keep Lee and Halladay and that was evidence by Ruben trading away Lee at the same time he traded Halladay. Ruben knew that if fans had a few days or weeks or months to consider a rotation with those two, and then traded Lee, he would be run out of town. He did what he did because he felt he had too. I disagree but it is what it is. Hopefully it does not come back to haunt this team.

    I have not given up yet, it is still early but I am deeply concerned with this team and Ruben’s abilities as a GM.

  • Posts: 0 miked63

    mike b — regarding cliff lee , i know that drums been beat to death but sometimes i think i’m not over it either. ED-R i know he’s been hurt , but he’s back now. they could have kept him , are u confident enough to face that GIANT pitching staff in a 5 game series? the offense carried us quite a bit in the playoffs the last few years. if we do get to the NLCS or world series we’ll need halladay to pitch games 1 , 4 , and 7 . they say he can do it . however we have to get past a 5 game series 1st. i know its may 1st and i’m ahead of myself with playoff’s . i’m just not backing off my earlier statement of 95 wins. i’ll be here all season to talk PHILS hope i get to know some of you guy’s for great phils conversation.

  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    Ed R., I am glad you said it because I would be banned from the site if I said that. Recently talking to Phils fans at games I noticed that everyone seemed to think getting Halladay was directly linked to Lee in the same deal. I tried to continue to back him due to *a few* (unconvincing to me) arguments on this site but I still think what we got in return was not nearly what he was worth to us this year and as a franchise in general. The recent Howard signing considering the terms is a little concerning, too, and if RAJ fails to lock up Werth I completely give up. Big mistakes concerning the offense/OF defense as well as failing to address gaping holes in the pitching is truly inexcusable.
    But I thought we weren’t allowed to utter the name Cliff Lee until at least after his 2010 debut tonight…
    All the same, I don’t think the Mets will make the playoffs, but our bats have to get hot at some point, no matter who we’re playing.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Ed R.; I toally agree with your posts. The Phils should have kept Lee. Regardless of all the reasons Amaro threw out there, the Phils could have found a way to keep Lee and especially in view of all the money they gave to Howard, not to debate whether or not Howard was deserving of that big contract but if they had all that money to throw at Howard, then they could have figured out a way to keep Lee. If they do not win this year, the Lee travesty will loom big.

  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    Oh, him in sentence 3 = Ruben. Gotta proofread.

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