2011 Game Recaps

Gameday: Phillies (16-8) vs Mets (11-14)

New York Mets (11-14) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-8)

Mike Pelfrey, RHP (1-2, 7.23 ERA) vs. Vance Worley, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Cloudy, 67
Twitter: @philliesnation


The Mets are back in town for a three game series against a Phillies team who just keep adding names to the disabled list.  Latest resident is Joe Blanton.  He joins Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero on the growing list of ailing Phils.  Carlos Ruiz is there too with some lower back pain.

The Phillies called up Vance Worley from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill in.  Last season he was 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts for the Phillies.  This season for the Iron Pigs he is 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in four starts.

Worley is one of those kids from the ‘straight brim crew.’  Guys like Drew Storen of the Nationals and Joba Chamberlain of the Yankees that are young and hungry.  The 24 year-old right handed pitcher is striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings.

The last time the Mets were in town, the Phillies took two out of three from New York.  Tonight they will be facing off against right hander Mike Pelfrey.  Pelfrey is 6-4 with an ERA over five against Philadelphia.  Ryan Howard has had the most success against Pelfrey hitting .406 with two home runs.

After winning the series finale in Arizona the Phillies offense will look to continue to heat up.  Placido Polanco has 10 hits in his last 20 at bats and Ben Francisco has six RBIs in his last seven games.

Brian Schneider will get the start again filling in for Ruiz, who is suffering from back pain.  Dane Sardinha was recalled earlier today to be the third catcher in case something happens to Schneider.  Instead of sending Ruiz to the DL, they decided to send Mike Zagurski back down to the minors.

The Nation’s Pat Gallen is down at CBP and here are some things he is hearing:

On Blanton – Felt a burn when he tossed changeups; that’s what took him out of the last game.  After that it didn’t really get any better.  Amaro and Manuel say they hope to have him back sooner than later.  More or less, he just needs rest.

On Worley – Charlie says if he can get 5-7 innings from the youngster, it will be perfect.

On Ruiz – No DL yet, going to give him 2-3 days rest and see where he is then.  Sardinha was called up in case the DL is needed.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, J Roll SS, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Worley P

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  1. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    The Mets have won 7 of 8. And Pelfrey was thier opening day starter.
    Still this rivalry is about as dead as Edison vs Tesla.

  2. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Don’t sleep on them Andy. This isn’t going to be an easy series.

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Oh no. I was just saying there is no hype anymore.
    I could see them winning the series.
    I certainly as a betting man would bet on the Mets in tonights game in particular.
    But I do not bet on baseball

  4. Brian Michael

    April 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I think we might see some ugly baseball this weekend.

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Good news.
    I have access to the Phillies feed tonight.
    Keith Hernandez is like fingernails on a chalk board for me.
    And I dont have to get through 3 hours of the Mets broadcasters talking about what a bandbox the Phillies park is.

  6. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Welcome back, Worley! Strikes out Reyes for his first batter!

  7. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    OK, seriously guys, let’s back up the newbie. Two errors???

  8. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    two errors

    here we go

  9. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    THAT’S more like it! Nice, clean DP

    • Frank Riccard

      April 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      You’re definitely not kidding about Joba Chamberlain being hungry. I don’t think that guy has ever met a buffet he couldn’t empty.

  10. ChuckS

    April 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    At least Worley seems poised out there

  11. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Those errors were fairly ridiculous. As were the 4 at bats, each ending on the second pitch.

  12. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    That’s the first base runner that Worley was responsible for. The other two got on base from errors.

  13. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Why do the bad or missed calls always seem to go agains tthe Phils?
    Umps gonna squeez Vance now I guess

    I wonder if the Phils will turn Pelfrey into Cy Pelfrey tonight.
    Chances are good

  14. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    KK

  15. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    The radio guys are flipping out over this ump’s strike zone.

  16. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I guess the umpire’s union doesn’t provide for vision benefits.

  17. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    The one really obviously one was jsut a missed call
    Between the strike zone and the errors
    Worley isnt going past the 5th or 6th
    Get ready Herndon. I guess Zagurski is gone

  18. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Oh well, there goes the no-hitter…

  19. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    @Andrew: yes, they sent Zagurski down so they could bring up Sardhina to back up Schneider.

  20. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    OK, if the newbie pitcher can get a hit with 1 out, the least we can do is bring him home!

  21. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    (SIGH!)

  22. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    K K K K
    And by the way: all of them were looking. Ya think that’s because the ump doesn’t know where the strike zone is?

  23. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    WHEW!!!

  24. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    WOO HOO!!! GO BIG BROWN!!!

  25. ChuckS

    April 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    boom

  26. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Awww….

  27. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Worley with a nice at-bat though. Certainly made Pelfrey work.

  28. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Worlometer: K K K K K
    … and ALL of them Ks looking.

  29. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Pelfrey really sums up the Mess of the last 4 years. Or was it Oli Perez?
    Or Reyes? who is finaly playing decent because hes in a contract year

    That was a bomb by howard.

    I feel bad for Raul and would love to see him get hot.

  30. Frank Riccard

    April 29, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Benny Fresh!!!

  31. Frank Riccard

    April 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Worley is doing really well and all, but Mike Pelfrey, you know you’re having a rough night when a kid who comes up from AAA as a last minute replacement for your opponent’s 5th starter outlasts you.

  32. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Its painful with Ibanez. the old man should show some mercy.

    Even when the rest of the team hits he isnt.
    He is such a good guy this is just painful to watch.

    I want to be positive. I think sit him for a week and come back and see what happens.

  33. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Just got here, I see that Worley has 99 pitches and Dubees coming out, how has Worley looked overall?

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      Great a couple of key DPs including one in an inning the phils had 2 errors.
      But it is still the Mets

    • Frank Riccard

      April 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      I thought he was mostly solid. Had some control issues here and there, so he walked a few, and he let more fly balls go then I’m sure Dubee would have preferred, but at the end of the day he tossed 6 shutout innings, so who can complain?

      • Lefty

        April 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm

        Thanks guys,yeah just looking through the box now. I hope he can help us this year.

  34. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Just when I am about to post take him out the kid gets a DP

    He has earned another start IMO

  35. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Wow 6 scoreless, that’s impressive.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      And the umpire wasnt kind to him either.
      Did it on his own

  36. Mostone

    April 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Nice job for Worley. He deserves a “W”.

  37. Frank Riccard

    April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    BIg Brown w/ the Big Salami!

  38. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Man can we play the mets 140 times? please

    Howard can crush them. If he gets hot people will forget about everyone elses struggles.

  39. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Nice to see the guys hitting again the last three games.

    Grand Salami !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. The Original Chuck P

    April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    BIG PIECE!!!

  41. Mostone

    April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA! Good night for Howard!

  42. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    WOW!!!! Howard’s second HR of the game, and it’s a GRAND SLAM!!!

  43. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I didnt think that one had enough…

  44. Jay aka Phillyboy

    April 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    WHERE IS THE LOVE??????HELLLL YEAHHHHHHHHHH

    • Lefty

      April 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      JPB is in the hisouse!

  45. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    And I picked Worley up in my 12 team fantasy league. Wining.

  46. The Original Chuck P

    April 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    I didnt think so either, Pat… Sounded nice but a lot of his contact swings sound nice. Our you g arms looking good tonight.

  47. Pat Gallen

    April 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Winning*

    • Lefty

      April 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Lol- That was Sheen like Pat

  48. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    if Stutes can command that 96mph FB, he could be something special too.

  49. ChuckS

    April 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I am still not comfortable bringing in Baez, even with at least an 8 run lead

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      12?

      • ChuckS

        April 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

        10 might work

  50. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Just finished reading the thread from earlier today. Andrew was right folks, Werth’s status as a former playoff tested winner as a Phillie had a lot to do with the Nationals giving him a large payday.

    Their plan was to give him that contract, hoping to then lure someone like Greinke or Lee. They thought that they had to show that they were both willing to spend the money and serious about becoming a winner. It didn’t work- yet, but it probably will and there are more good FA pitchers coming up next year.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      I think ithe Werth deal will do long term damage to the Nats.
      Also unless he changes his delivery Strassburg is destined to be Mark Prior.
      Only with less big league success.

      As for me being right even a blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn. 🙂

  51. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Igarashi has nasty stuff if he ever learns to control it.

  52. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Ok its 10-0
    bases loaded and Howard coming up again

    Can I start in on the Wheeler hair jokes now?

    • Lefty

      April 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Who was slower the Turtle or Wheelers’ Hare?

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Toupee, or not toupee:

      that is the question?

  53. The Original Chuck P

    April 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    27 RBI in the month of April; a new Phillies record YET there are still a handful of BOOBS who discount what he means to this team

  54. Ken

    April 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Geez the Mets are an awful team. Its amazing how far we are above them now. Rivalry was fun while it lasted but now its just utter dominance !

  55. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Why did it take Wheels so long to guess Schmidt? It was so obvious. He was here when he had the 4 HR game.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      He forgot to walk his hair before the game?

  56. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Howard is just a very frustrating player to follow on a daily basis.
    Mainly because of pitch selection and what he swings at.
    He can certainly maul a bad team like the mets with the best of them.

    Poor Raul. the phils could score 30 runs and hed be 0-for

  57. Ken

    April 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Am I the only one who is rooting for Werth ? He played good for us and I wish him well in DC.. I think the Nats grossly overpaid for him and it was a questionable signing but you cant hold the Nats stupidity against Werth.. He was out to get the most money. Cant blame the guy.

    • Tracey

      April 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      I’m not particularly rooting for him, but I wouldn’t boo him either. He did good things for this town, and he didn’t leave on bad terms. Unlike some others, he didn’t bad-mouth the team or the fans on his way out or since; he just followed the money, and it’s hard to blame him for that.

    • Lefty

      April 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      I have absolutely no hard feelings toward Werth. But rooting for him– not so much.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I dont blame Werth at all. He had no choice. If someone wants to pay me 137 million to post on philliesnation I have to take it.
      He had to take the money. It really isnt his fault or the Phillies.
      I guess I am rooting for him though because he is on my fantasy team. 🙂

  58. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Oops… there goes the shut-out.

  59. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    And Schneider now at .077, not too good.

  60. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    WTF???

  61. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Herndon
    The master

    had a 2 hitter going even

  62. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    OK: I don’t want this guy to get a hit, because I don’t want to hear “Hu’s on first.”

  63. Andrew from waldorf

    April 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    what happened to Blanton?
    Over extended himself at the hotel buffet?

    • Tracey

      April 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      Ow… harsh…

      • Andrew from waldorf

        April 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        j o k e

        actually as far as me personaly liking phillies Joe is one of my favorites

  64. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    WooooooooooHooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. Tracey

    April 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    WHEE!!! PHILS WIN!!

  66. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Ten Grand Slams? Manny and ARod have 21 each. Have to wonder how many Howard could have if he was juicing’

    Lou Gehrig had a legit (and astounding) 23

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Gehrig hit before Babe Ruth. So you could walk Ruth with 2 men on.
      But yes its legit. Gehrig was the best first basemen ever.

      Manny and A Roids total I didnt know of

      So probably A Roid will take Gehrigs record down the line.

      • Lefty

        April 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

        That’s a good bet. Of course Manny not doing it is a mortal lock.

  67. Lefty

    April 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Got braves/cards on – 3-3 top of the tenth

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      Watching too.
      I thought the Uggla deal would improve the Marlins and hurt the Braves from the beginning.

      • Lefty

        April 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        Yup, it seems Marlins are legit- Uh Oh,Just lost my feed on the game. be right back.

  68. The Original Chuck P

    April 29, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Andrew… Howard mauls everyone. He has more RBI than anyone since he has come up and that is his job- drive in runs. Mike Miss just acknowledged my point- Howard is the most important hitter on this team. He’s the main reason we are talking about the greatest era in franchise history.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Of course he is. He is the highest paid player and plays first base for the Phillies.
      Your first baseman should ALWAYS be your most important hitter on your team.
      All I am saying is that someone like Pujos or another handful of first baseman could do the same.
      Pujos Gonzalez Texiera Cabrera Fielder Morneau Votto. Off the top of my head.

      He is a big part of the reason this is the best era in team history.
      The main reason? no just one of many.

      The phillies had Jim Thome and his monster stats before Howard. Whoever the firstbaseman is in 2020. He should be the most important hitter on the team and hit 40 homers and drive in 120.

      Don’t get me wrong I am not sitting here saying he sucks like some. Or running him out of town. I am appreciative. Hes a really nice fit here. Looking at the Phillies payroll in 2011 he is paid just about right too. I could maybe argue he is a tad over paid. But I wont do that. He is a great player who could go to the hall of fame. Enjoy him.

      • Andrew from waldorf

        April 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

        And Chuck my original post about him being frustrating to watch was not meant tobe negative at all.
        I was more trying to explain to you why people get frustrated with him and you hear some of the negative comments.

  69. The Original Chuck P

    April 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Gotcha… There are three first basemen out there that might have better tools but Howard is our guy and he’s having a hall of fame career right before our eyes. we don’t always give him the credit he deserves and we don’t always rally behind him when he’s struggling. A lot of people will jump on the anti-Ryan bandwagon the first moment he slumps. Everyone slumps… The great ones battle and work and he does that. It is a lot easier to battle when the fans are pushing you and not bashing you.

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