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Mets Strike Early, Blank Phils 5-0

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, April 14, 2012 06:49 PM | Comments: 22
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The Vanimal allowed the Mets to score early today. Photo: AP

The Metropolitans got to the Vanimal early, plating four runs in the first four innings on two home runs en route to blanking the Phils 5-0. David Wright hit a first inning bomb to straight away center on the first pitch he saw from Worley answering any questions about the health of his pinky. Lucas Duda added a two run shot in the fourth and the Mets never looked back. It’s early, but the Phillies are now 3.5 games back of the Washington Nationals and 3 games behind the Mets, with whom they wrap up a three game set with tomorrow.

Storylines:

- Good but not great: Worley surrendered 8 hits over 6 innings, which isn’t horrible, but the 4 walks added some extra pressure. Only one of the walked runners scored and one was intentional, but it was clear Worley did not have his best stuff. On the positive end, Worley struck out nearly a batter an inning (5 Ks in 6 IP).

- Power outage: The Phillies’ hardest hit ball all night was from the ageless Brian Schneider in the bottom of the second. Mets CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a great play that robbed Schneider of at least a double and prevented Freddy Galvis from scoring.

- Good starts, bad endings: Phillies hitters were able to start innings with a base runner three times. All six Phillies hits were singles. The Phillies managed to turn three of those singles into GIDPs.

- Nothing from the heart of the line-up?: Phils 1-5 hitters were 3-15 today (.200) and only put back-to-back hits together once (first inning).

- In a pinch? Juan Pierre’s 8th inning pinch hit single was the first for a Phillie all year. Phillies pinch hitters are now 1-9. Is it too late to call Ross Gload?

- Bullpen success: David Herndon and Antonio Bastardo combined for two excellent innings. Herndon lowered his ERA to 3.00 with an inning a third of scoreless ball with a strikeout and a hit given up. Bastardo K’ed both batters he faced.

- Bullpen failure: Mike Stutes, on the other hand, looked particularly shaky in his inning of work. A pinch-hit, one-out walk from Brian Baxter started a big 9th for the Mets. Baxter stole second and scored on a single from Ruben Tejada. Stutes walked two, allowed one hit, and gave up an earned run. It took Stutes 30 pitches (17 strikes) to get through the 9th. Stutes may be the odd man out should Jose Contreras be activated from the DL; no inside information but there will be a Phillies Nation post shortly detailing some reasoning.

The Phillies wrap up their three game set with the Mets tomorrow at 1:35 at the Bank before headed on a 10 game, West Coast Road Trip with sets against the Giants, Padres, and Diamondbacks.

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Ian Riccaboni has written 806 articles on Phillies Nation.

Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 lol

    Phillies blow. last place in the NL East. Maybe take some notes from the Nationals, first place in the East with a 7-2 record. enjoy your below-average season

     
  • Posts: 0 Grismundo

    This team is really disappointing, even with Utley and Howard out I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad. If the front office isn’t in panic mode yet then there’s a problem.

     
  • Posts: 0 J

    Panic after 8 games? Hilarity. You can’t be serious. Is that a Nats troll up top? Calm down there buddy. There’s still 154 to go……

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Ruin tomorrow jr did nothing in the offseason to bring a left fielder in
    Or a 3rd baseman. Polly is done. No left fielder. No power. Old boring
    And a horrible bullpen. Only good news is the division stinks. Werthleas
    Is terrible.

     
  • Posts: 0 c schreiber

    Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad…..

     
  • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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    Very bad vibe at the park today, it was just no fun. Boo s at the end were pretty loud.

    Wonder when they will admit to the first non “sell-out” game as there were a lot of empty seats and I had a pretty good choice at the box office a few days ago.

    Thought that the steal in the top of the 9th was poor form. At 4-0, did they really think they needed another insurance run?

    Best deal is the $2 kids dog at the Phanatic Phamily Phood Stand
    Sections 318 or 418. No age restriction!!

     
    • Posts: 436 Ian Riccaboni

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      Funny you mention that Buffy – felt the same way during the home opener. Lot of folks not engaged with the game even when it was still within reach and there was a lot of time.

      As for the sell-outs: A lot of these games are indeed true sell-outs, but what I think you see is a lot of secondhand ticket sales happening, a lot of folks “speculating” if you will on Phils tickets. When they don’t sell or can’t turn a profit, I think you see what you saw today. To be fair, the concourses looked PACKED on TV, even through the late innings, so I definitely give credit to the folks who were there for sticking it out.

       
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Galvis continues on his 5 game hitting streak. Mayberry Jr looks terrible at the plate.

    I’d give Polly a few more games before I’d drop him down in the line up, but only a few.

    I’d also move Chooch up in the lineup.

     
  • Posts: 0 Todd

    If Howard and Utley don’t come back in 2009 form I’m afraid we write the season off. Let Hamels go at end of year and find some young hitters. It’s clear this team has nothing outside of pitching.

     
  • Posts: 534 Bruce

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    I get the impression from some comments here that there are a few so-called “Phillies fans” who are ready to wave the white flag and call it a season.:-)

    I know that this is a tired cliché but all good clubs will go through “peaks and valleys” of a marathon season. It seems both manager and players are still trying to adapt without Howard and Utley in the lineup. Charlie Manuel is still toying with lineup changes and the team are trying to reinvent themselves as “smallball” players. Until Manuel find the right pieces to that lineup puzzle, there are going to be many more games like this afternoon.

    Obviously, one can see how much Utley and especially Howard means to this team. One can only hope that both can come back this season in time to revive the offense with their productive bats. The East Division with such parity among teams and beating up on each other, that it would be to the Phillies’ benefit that they would not need more than 92 wins to grab the title IMO.

     
  • Posts: 534 Bruce

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    I know most here won’t acknowledge that the Mets are an improved team and give credit in their wins over the Phillies. However, I will give credit. I am impressed and it’s hard not to notice their starting pitchers and bullpen being very effective. The Mets will require very little time during their transition to become a solid contender. The starting rotation with the return of a healthy Johan Santana can only get better. Yesterday it was Dickey and today Neise who were in complete command of their pitches and control the outcome of both games against the Phillies. David Wright is surrounded by a core of good looking young players in Davis , Murphy and Duda..to name a few. Duda is especially impressive with his power.

    I do hope the Phillies will not be swept in this series. It will only give the Mets more confidence as the season progress. Let’s go Phillies!

     
  • Posts: 0 Grismundo

    I’m not being negative, I just call it as I see it. The poor hitting from the NLDS has carried over to this season and without Utley and Howard it’s even worse. I see no motivation, no desire, no heart. I certainly hope that I am overreacting and I am proven wrong. I do enjoy surprises after all. Let’s hope they turn it around soon. Go Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    Time to rest Polanco.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Nothing against Stutes but he looks shaky. Even when he through that one clean inning he was throwing garbage up there and got lucky. I was wondering who would get sent down once Jose came up.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    It is very early but I think they have Rube’s attention.
    They may soon have to go get a bat, at any cost.
    Rollins and Pence need to step up but can they?

     
  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    The Mets are an improved team, eh? The Mets stink. Face it. The Phillies can’t score. They will continue to not score. Are we waiting for somebody to heat up? Like, um, Mayberry? Or Rollins. Its early. Ok, its early. Soon it will be “not early”.

    These players do not have the capacity or the potential to be even an average offensive club. The question is “what to do”? I don’t have an answer and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ruben doesn’t either. Get ready for more of the same.

    The Dipsy

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Dipsy I agree. Yes I do. This offense has been declining for the past
    Couple seasons. With utley and Howard. Now we have players
    Like Ty playing first. Mayberry jr playing alot more in left. Polly who is
    Just old. A young rookie playing second. Jimmy who has declined.
    So you say it’s early. Where do you think the offense is coming
    From?

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

    On the first day of spring training, I posted here and I wondered how this lineup would be able to score runs. Of course, a string of “you must not be a real fan” rebuttals quickly followed. Well I am a real fan, and have seen more Phillies games than the majority of folks who post on this blog. That doesn’t change the reality of the situation though. This is one of the worst offensive teams in the league.

    The scary part is that ESPN ranked the Phillies as having the easiest April schedule in the NL.

     
  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    Phillies offense = ineptitude and stink.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Im not panicking yet but I am worried. What was 2 years ago one of the better offensive and defensive infield has quickly aged and deteriorated.

     
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