Despite playing with a broken pinkie finger, David Wright returned to action yesterday and crushed the first pitch he saw to deep center for a home run. The bomb off Vince Worley can be seen in the video below. Wright ended up going 3 for 5 with 2 runs in the game.
As I wrote earlier this week, he broke the finger diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt. And there was serious consideration about putting him on the disabled list. As a matter of fact, Josh Satin was flown in from Buffalo and was in Philly warming up before the game yesterday.
The Mets took both games of the series so far and go for the sweep this afternoon against Cole Hamels. Mike Pelfrey is on the mound for the Mets and I’m sure he’s glad to have Wright in the field behind him after that performance yesterday.
Philadelphia Phillies (58-34) at New York Mets (46-46) 4:10pm
Cole Hamels (11-4 2.32) vs. Jon Niese (8-7 3.88)
TV: FOX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Phillies will try to put another beat down on the Mets today on national TV, while the Mets struggle daily to stay relevant. Hamels is having the best season of his solid six year career. He has the lowest ERA, WHIP, and BAA of his career which adds up to a lot of wins. He’s got 11 wins already and only had 12 all of last season. And he does it in a hitter’s park, so the Mets will have their work cut out for them today at Citi Field.
Niese got hit for 2 runs in .1 innings in his first relief appearance in San Francisco before the break. But his pas three starts have been pretty good. He’s been solid and never really lets the Mets get completely out of the game. He’s been tough on lefties this year (.239 BAA) so that should help against the Phillies lineup. And his ERA at home (3.40) is almost a run less than it is on the road (4.37).
I’ll be hosting a pre-game show tonight before the Mets-Pirates game with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. Be a part of the show using the live chat to make your opinions known. We’ll be recapping the Phillies series over the weekend and talking about the upcoming Pirates series starting tonight.
In this week’s episode of the Mets Weekly Report, Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I discuss this week in Mets baseball. Specifically, we get into the Phillies series and the bullpen blowing leads in the first two games. The bullpen has been great all year, overachieving actually, until this week.
Kerel also brings up the Jason Bay situation and how he’s been an automatic out for more than a season now. I’m not sure what to do with the guy other than to wait it out. He’s completely untradeable (if that’s a word) and there’s nothing the Mets can do other than try to get him hitting again.
We also talk about the only consistent offense this season is coming from Jose Reyes and, more recently, Justin Turner.
The Phillies took the series with the win tonight and sent the Mets to their third straight loss and sixth in seven games. The only saving grace is that Mike Pelfrey escaped taking the loss because he had a huge game going 7.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He lowered his season ERA to 5.00. It looked like he was in trouble in the fourth inning but he got out of the inning only allowing 1 run. Typically, Pelfrey falls apart at any sign of trouble but he worked out of it and kept it together until the eighth inning.
The bullpen has been a strength of the Mets all season couldn’t get one out in the eighth inning to bail out Pelfrey. Mike O’Connor, Jason Isringhausen, and Tim Byrdak struggled to get one out and gave up the lead and more to the Phillies, who are clearly in another class than the Mets in terms of performance.
The Mets didn’t do much on offense only getting 7 hits and no walks as a team. Of course, Justin Turner got things started again with an RBI single in the first inning after Jose Reyes doubled and stole third. They did have 5 steals in the game but it wasn’t enough to get a win against Cole Hamels and the Phillies.
Philadelphia Phillies (32-19) at New York Mets (23-27) 7:10pm
Cole Hamels (6-2 3.06) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-4 5.37)
TV: FOX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Phillies can win the series with a victory today over the Mets at Citi Field. They have a good chance to do it behind Hamels because they’re 8-2 in his starts this season. He’s won two straight decisions and the Phillies have won three straight games that he started.
On the other hand, the Mets are 3-7 when Pelfrey starts this season and they’ve lost two straight that he started. He got hit hard by the Yankees in his last start giving up 5 runs in 6 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks.
The Mets were playing from behind for most of the game but they managed to get the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, only to give it back in the top of the eighth. This game was characterized by a nice start by Chris Capuano and some sloppy play in the field. Capuano went 6 innings and only allowed 1 earned run on 78 pitches. He was efficient and had 8 strikeouts and only 1 walk.
The Mets offense had 14 hits and 2 walks but they left 10 runners on base. Once again, Justin Turner was on fire going 4 for 5 with an RBI and he’s just hitting shots from line to line.
The sloppy play in the field was capped by Daniel Murphy allowing a ground ball to get past him in the ninth inning. It would have been the second out and prevented the lead run from scoring. It wasn’t scored an error but Murphy should have made the play. It seemed to open the flood gates for the rest of the inning.
Philadelphia Phillies (31-19) at New York Mets (23-26) 7:10pm
Roy Oswalt (3-2 2.77) vs. Chris Capuano (3-5 5.36)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The first place Phillies arrive in town for the first time this season with a 1 game lead in the division over the Marlins. The just took three of four games from the Reds in Philly and are probably thinking they can take this series in New York.
Oswalt has made 7 starts this season and the Phils are 3-4 in those starts although he’s pitched well and should have 6 wins by now. He’s allowed 2 runs or less in 6 of 7 starts so it won’t be easy tonight.
Capuano, on the other hand, got hit by the Yankees in his last start for 6 runs in 5.1 innings. He’s had some good starts but mostly against second division teams. He’s the kind of starter that gets eaten alive by teams with a good offense.