2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (3-5) vs. Mets (6-2)

Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) vs. New York Mets (6-2)

Cole Hamels (0-1, 5.06) vs. Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 4.76)

Time: 1:35 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 70’s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will look to avoid getting swept by their rivals the Mets this afternoon, as they take the field at 1:35 on a sunny day in Philadelphia. Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phils, and he’s coming off a performance that we at Phillies Nation witnessed first hand on April 9 that wasn’t exactly Hamels-esque. He gave up four runs–three of them earned–before getting the hook in the sixth.

He’ll look to bounce back today, but if his career stats against the today’s Mets lineup are any indication, he might have some trouble. His biggest nemesis seems to be Scott Hairston, who is 8-20 with three home runs against Hamels in his career. Jason Bay is 4-10 against Hamels, but with four strikeouts. David Wright has faced Hamels the most out of any Met, and he has a .931 OPS when facing him. Those three guys will be tough outs for Hamels today.

Opposing him will be righty Mike Pelfrey, and while no Phillies hitter has had extreme success against him like Hairston has had with Hamels, most of the Phillies lineup has favorable stats vs Pelfrey. Combine that with Pelfrey’s struggles–8.60 ERA in eight starts–at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies just might be able to get the offense going to avoid the sweep and get back into the win column.

Lineup: Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Hamels P

Your Gameday Beer – Schneider Weisse
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  1. Jeff

    April 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    This lineup with Orr, etc..Like a AAA lineup. We lose this game 5-2


  2. brooks

    April 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Both the first and second inning should have resulted in more runs for the Phils. The Phils easily should be up 5-2 at this point.

  3. brooks

    April 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Coles velocity certainly looks OK – looks mid season form.
    His pitch count so far is looking good too.

  4. BDF

    April 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Too bad Pierre’s got three hits, that guarantees him two more months of starts from Charlie, if not two years.

    • Jeff Dowder

      April 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      It’s not like there’s anyone better to throw out there. There’s nothing in the minors, and RAJ has only provided borderline major league players to fill out the 25 man roster.

      • BDF

        April 15, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        I live in Chicago and watched a lot of White Sox games last year. I can’t believe there aren’t a half-dozen minor leaguers in every team’s system better than Pierre. No love for RAJ for sure, but you don’t have to play him just because he’s on the roster. Throw Mayberry out there, I know he’s struggling but at his worst he’s light-years beyond Pierre.

      • Jeff Dowder

        April 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Try naming the half dozen minor league players in the Phillies system that are better than Pierre. I’ll save you the effort – there aren’t any. There definitely aren’t any “prospects” that are ready to play (unless you want Brown out there). As far as veterans, some people may prefer Podsednik, but in reality they’re all interchangable parts. They’re all borderline major league players at the end of their careers.

      • BDF

        April 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

        Pierre was -0.4 WAR last year with 711 PAs. Do you see how shallow he’s being played? It’s going to be extremely difficult to get base hits with his diminished skill set and the way he’ll be defensed. He’s even a liability on the basepaths at this point; he was 27/44 last year. He’s not the definition of replacement; he’s the definition of below replacement and only has a job because he’s a veteran, and Charlie loves to overplay that type of player. Pierre has an excellent chance to make a 200/275/300 slash line this year; Derrick Mitchell and Leandro Castro are reasonable bets to top that, and there plenty of others available. That’s the definition of replacement. “Half dozen” was hyperbole which I intended to be obvious. Maybe Dom Brown really is too horrendous defensively to be playable, but there are other options.

        Mainly, though, I was expressing a frustration with the Phils in what I imagined would be a sympathetic venue.

      • Jeff Dowder

        April 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        I’m not trying to tell you Pierre is a good player. I’m trying to tell you that there is nobody better in the organization right now.

      • George

        April 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Pierre was not signed to be an everyday player. Mayberry has played left in quite a few games, and will likely play more later in the season, but for now the Phils need a player out there when Mayberry is manning first.

        The main reason Brown is not being used isn’t his defense, but that he can play every day in AAA. Hehis progress would be hurt in a platoon situation.

        For what Pierre is being paid, I don’t think he’s a big problem. He never has been paid for his power, and his other numbers are still decent.

  5. Mazinman

    April 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    We are actually winning in this series! Woo!

  6. Glutenous

    April 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Welcome to the party, Laynce Nix

  7. Brooks

    April 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Amazing what a couple of key hits and some lumber will do for a winning team spirit.
    Go Phils!

  8. psujoe

    April 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Pierre is actually doing pretty good at the plate. I’ll take a .350 leadoff hitter any day.

    • brooks

      April 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

      I agree with you psujoe – what we see at the plate is him moving runners, getting on base. I say give him more playing time but lets put Mayberry on the spotlight. So far Junior has done nothing to remind us of last years outburst and nothing to help us forget our losses. If it requires keeping Jr. in the lineup more regularly so he can work through this, just plant him at first base. He is athletic enough to get the job done.

      Put less pressure on Poly, in other words let Wiggy split time at third.

      I like Pierre leading off or hitting second. Jimmy is starting to grow on me hitting third and sooner or later Pence will calm down at the plate.

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