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2011 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (17-8) vs Mets (11-15)

New York Mets (11-15) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-8)

Jonathon Niese, LHP (1-3, 5.10 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay, RHP (3-1, 2.41 ERA)

Time: 1:10 p.m, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN, Fox Regional
Weather: Sunny, 69
Twitter: @philliesnation

Heading into the series with the Mets there were some question marks about game one.  With Joe Blanton the most recent Phillie to head to the DL, the team called up Vance Worley for a spot start.  It is always a mystery as to how a young minor league guy will handle the surprise call up.

As we saw last season and again last night Worley did not miss a beat.  With Roy Halladay pitching today and Cliff Lee tomorrow, Worley gave the Phillies an excellent chance of sweeping the Mets this weekend.

Halladay has not lost against the Mets in his last six starts against them.  Overall he is boasting a 7-2 record with a 3.43 ERA.  As a Phillie, though, he is undefeated at 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA against New York.  In three of those five starts the Mets failed to score a run off the 2010 Cy Young award winner.

If facing Halladay is not enough for the Mets, they will send left hander Jonathon Niese to the hill.  The Phillies as a team are 7-1 against left handed starters this season.  Niese got the call earlier this season to throw against Halladay giving up six runs in four innings.  Against Philadelphia he 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA.

The Phillies are 3-1 against the Mets this season.  In each win they have scored at least 10 runs.  The pitching staff had held the Mets scoreless in 21 straight innings until Ike Davis hit a home run off David Herndon in the ninth inning last night.  The staff have only allowed 11 runs in the four games this season.

Not saying the offensive woes are over yet but after going 14 straight games of scoring four or fewer runs, they have scored 23 in their last three.  What goes up must come down, yes, but just like this Phillies offense it won’t stay down for long.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, J Roll SS, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Mayberry LF, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C, Halladay P

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  1. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Phillies and Flyers on national TV. Nice afternoon. I guess ill mow around 7 or tomorrow.

    Please do not turn Niese into Cy Neise on national TV.

    The phils are due for a clunker bat wise or will they continue to hit? Well except for Raul.
    I am crossing my fingers that they continue to hit.

  2. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I guess Raul will have to do it off the bench today.

    The old man does want to win. When he plays players we all think should be benched he is doing it to win. He thinks its how you win.
    And to be honest so far the way he sticks by his players has worked out well for the Phillies. Although it can be frustrating to watch.

  3. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    On the downside it is Mccarver.

    But he isnt as annoying in a random reg season game as he is in the playoffs where he just grinds you down into submission. Night after night with his nonsense.

  4. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Oh the Mets have a flu big going around.

    so what was the excuse the last 3 years?
    give me a break

  5. Publius

    April 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Pre. Eminent.

  6. Tracey

    April 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm


  7. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    that was why the bunt was on with valdez

  8. Publius

    April 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Valdez….Valdez never changes. Gotta love those GIDPs.

  9. Jeff

    April 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    get rid of howie against lefties. this team cant hit lefties

  10. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    7 valdez 8 sardines 9 pitcher

    is a brutal bottom of the line up

    I had a feeling we’d see Cy Niese today

  11. Tracey

    April 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    OK, guys — Polly can’t do it all by himself!!!

  12. The Original Chuck P

    April 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Valdez seems to kill a lot of rallies…

  13. Jeff

    April 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm


  14. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    chuck I understand why you get upset at the howard bashers

    But how can you not laugh at Jeff?

    Its not looking good.
    Poor roy gets no help

  15. Andrew from waldorf

    April 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Maybe Mayberry has earned some time now?
    Im off for the day

    Go phils go flyers!

  16. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This game is flying

  17. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Poly, the hitting machine!

  18. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Vic was in there – Fox needs to replay this

  19. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Sweet Wilson!!!

  20. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Wilson goatee looks terrible!!!

  21. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    So sweet – Halladay at 90 pitches. He has to finish up – I dont think he has a complete game this year is that correct?

  22. Pat Gallen

    April 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    By the way Victorino was in there way back when. FOX is awful with replays.

    • Andrew from waldorf

      April 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Fox coverage is awful in general,

  23. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    C’mon Roy – finish this up

  24. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    First walk of the game –

  25. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Sweeeet play by Howard! Phils have most wins in April ever – finish the month at 18-8, amazing!

  26. Ken

    April 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    We are officially the Mets Daddies ! Keep it up boys ! I am worried about Florida, They seem to be lingering around. Does anyone think they are a legitimate threat ?

  27. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Fla started hot last year too Ken then, they fade…
    Not really all that concerned.

  28. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I did not see the entire game and I have a question – was Roys velocity down some today?
    Not that it matters, it just proves to me how good a pitcher he is.

  29. Ken

    April 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Brooks good point. They seem to play better in the 1st half before fading. I guess the only legit threat we have is ATL but they now have off the field issues with McDowell and Lowe. I dont want to jinx things but if you are right and the Marlins fade, this very well could be a cake walk to the playoffs this year.

  30. Ken

    April 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    18 wins most every by the franchise in April.. A real good omen considering Utley’s out. On pace for 100 guys !

  31. Brooks

    April 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    On track Ken!
    Hey, there will always be downs after the ups so just dont lose faith – but I like 100!


    April 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Too bad Doc took care of the Muts so quickly, we had to listen to the Fox broadcasters fill time.

    Doc, “You are the man”

  33. Ken

    April 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    BigDaddy, i hate FOX too, McCarver makes so many mistakes. As a nod to the Mets, Ive seen Niese a few times, looks like hes got a bright future ahead of him, Nice curve.

  34. Pat Gallen

    April 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Brooks, his velocity wasn’t down per se, he didn’t go higher than 92, but sat there most of the day. I wouldn’t worry about it. I would keep an eye on it though.

  35. Bart Shart

    April 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Placido Polanco will be the MVP this year and win the batting title. THis is the year of THE HEAD !!!! Great player.

  36. Andrew

    April 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Ken, Marlins you mean?

    • Andrew

      April 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Never mind, didn’t read the previous comments. Ignore me.

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