2012 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (74-74) at Mets (66-81)

Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81)

Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) vs. Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)

Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies are 4 games out of the Wild Card with 14 to play. The Phillies can only control their own destiny, as they’re back at the .500 mark.

Cole Hamels is 4-0 in his last seven starts, and has not been tacked with a loss since August 2.  Hamels has struggled against the Mets throughout his career, going 5-10 with a 4.39 ERA.

Hamels will be opposed by rookie Matt Harvey, who is making his last start of the season as he reaches closer to his innings limit. Harvey has pitched well this season, including a start against the Phillies. In that outing on August 29, Harvey tossed 6.1 innings, allowing just 2 earned runs.

All eyes are on Jimmy Rollins.  The shortstop is batting .333 with 5 home runs and 7 stolen bases in September.  Rollins loves the attention in New York, and is a career .282 hitter against the Mets.

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  1. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Pretty nice 5 minute interval there.Nats finish off the Dodgers in Game 1, and Jimmy…well, what the heck can you say about him at this point. If you told me he could finish the year with 25 dingers, almost to any point, including recently, I’d have laughed. Hell, maybe he’s the cleanup answer.

    • Lefty

      September 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      With Howard and Utley out in April and May, Jimmy did bat third quite often. It’s remarkable that he has this many HR’s yet didn’t hit his first homer until May 13th. It’s also notable that all his home runs have been hit in the lead off spot. Strange but true.

      O/T I didn’t understand your reference to me earlier???

      • Ken Bland

        September 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

        Oh, I was kidding about watching baseball for 125 years, implying you are older than you are. meant to include myself in that, which I think I did so it sounded less painful.

      • Lefty

        September 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        But I am 125 – I feel like it a lot lately anyway.

  2. What Wheels ?

    September 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    ” Even if he could have gotten there in time, he couldn’t have caught it, because he didn’t get there in time”

    • Lefty

      September 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Classic.

  3. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    If Jimmy beat Howard with his bat would it rub off?

  4. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Unnamed relievers for 400….

    “I think we have some real good pieces there,” Charlie Manuel said before Wednesday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. “But I think we need at least one good piece. And when I talk about pieces, I mean someone that’s very, very good. First-class good. That’s what it takes to be a first-class team.”

    Question: Who is Ryan Madson. Guess who had a first class team when Madson pitched here? Might be living in the past, but that’s my boy.

    • Lefty

      September 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Agree completely but can they patch things up with him and Boras? I don’t think they were very happy when Pap was suddenly signed.

      • Ken Bland

        September 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        That part of the problem is rectified in 20 seconds. Questions above all is does Ryan insist on trying to close, and off TJ, will he get an offer for next year allowing for it. I just don’t make the alleged sloppiness of the departure that big a deal.

        Yeah, Jimmy “hit” 3rd. But man, what a job. 2o homers and 20 SB since 6/1, in rarified air as only Trout’s done that.

  5. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The Phillies pitcher appears to be on his game tonight.

    I mean really on his game.

    Against a team that he struggles against.

    Terrific start for Cole.

  6. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Pitcher or not, that is A Game action. On the road to 200 K’s for the year. Can’t downplay that, it’s a terrific job.

  7. teejvee

    September 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Howard’s such a joke. Why no Ruf?

  8. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Trivia question of the night.

    Are you sicker of the Howard discussion, or by his performance.

    Answer: Tie goes to the first baseman

  9. schmenkman

    September 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Ike Davis (.537 OPS vs LHP) batting 5th. At least he’s not hitting cleanup!

    Just pulling your leg Andrew.

  10. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    September 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    My hat is also off to Rollins. I am amazed by the plethora of homers lately. Keep’em coming.

  11. Brooks

    September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Starting for the NY Muts tonight, Matt “CY” Harvey…

  12. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    That’snreal. I was hoping they’d get to Howard with men on to see if he could pick on a mistake, and get some confidence going. Tough break ror JP, not a bad guy to have up in that situation. Good thing Jimmy hit that homer.

  13. Brooks

    September 19, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is just a snoozer. Season is on the line and the Phils have 1 hit.

  14. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Well, bullpen game starts now, with a not real cooperative outtatown scorboard lurking in the background..

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    The whole Howard thing wouldnt bother me so much but the announcers and team and this site seem so invested in pretending hes a star or elite player.

    e

  16. Manny

    September 19, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    EVERYBODY SHUT UP. We need to win tonight.

  17. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    September 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I’m praying the bats come alive. Summoning the power of positivity.

  18. Glutenous

    September 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    The curse of the knuckleballer strikes again. Lose this one and I think that’s finally the fork. Done.

  19. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Ruben Amaro is dealing in the off season?

    Hasnt he done enough damage already?

  20. Manny

    September 19, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    big DP. one more inning..our season is hanging by a thread now…

    top of the lineup. lets go phils!!

  21. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    September 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Damn you to hell, Houston Astros!

  22. Brooks

    September 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    that was a terrific move, substituting Wiggy for Juan Pierre –

  23. Joey Spagna

    September 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    bbq-ing
    I hope you like your Fillies WELL DONE. hahahaha

  24. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Fitting

  25. Joey Spagna

    September 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hey Stan Laurel, that was ball four. Stop scratching yourself and get yer butt on first base

  26. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    You are welcomed

    off a lefty no less!!!!!!!!!!

  27. The Original Chuck P

    September 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    And that’s why you stick with Howard… He does that.

  28. Glutenous

    September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    YES!!! Need to close this one out!

  29. Ken Bland

    September 19, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    🙂

  30. The Original Chuck P

    September 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Can we PLEASE give the man his due? You take the strikeouts, you take the ugly at bats against lefties because he is the only guy on this team that can strike fear in the opponent. He can change the game with one swing and he DRIVES IN RUNS.

  31. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    September 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    AWESOME! Let’s close this out!!!

  32. Betasigmadeltashag

    September 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    AFW. Good thing Ryan is not a star and can not hit in the 7 8 or9th inning against a lefty. Yea yea it is a 1 in 100 chance he does that but that is a pretty big spot to do it you can go back in your hole now

  33. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Due

    But lets control ourselves a little.
    There would be someone else in that situation. Who could well fo the same.

    but

    enjoy

    If they make the playoffs it will be fun
    this year is already better than 2011 regardless for me

  34. The Original Chuck P

    September 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Pfew…

  35. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Exactly Beta

    And he was swinging away 3-0 to lead off the 8th inning of a ultimate game 5 last year.

    You over rate him hes not a star.

    But glad he got that hit and hope he gets more.

    I just watch the games enough to know Colorado playoff game 2009 and now this. So ill pencil in another big hit in 2015.

    Its overly simplistic for guys like you.
    There are still 50 other guys who would be better and more productive

  36. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    winner winner chicken dinner

  37. Glutenous

    September 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    YESS! THANK YOU DOM BROWN!

  38. Glutenous

    September 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Excellent win.

  39. Betasigmadeltashag

    September 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Good 9th pap and yes can we put to end that Howard can not be clutch. 216 go ahead RBI since 2008 is that pretty good right. AFW it’s time for you tell how called that shot in June and how much you think Howard is a stud oh that’s right you are a closet Mets fan

  40. Betasigmadeltashag

    September 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Oh wait I know it was the pitchers fault for throwing that pitch Ryan had nothing to do with it

  41. The Original Chuck P

    September 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    AFW… He is our star. He’s a huge reason why those banners are hanging out in Ashburn Alley. His absence this year is why we are struggling… He is the big piece. You focus on his flaws but fail to recognize his strengths- he drives in runs. That’s his job. That’s what we missed earlier this year. You suggested a platoon of Mayberry/Wigginton- well, Wigg struck out in his at bat and Mayberry did a whole lot of nothing tonight. In fact, he GIDP’d again. You can have your Wigg-JMJ-Nix platoon. I’ll take Howard… For better and for worse. He drives me nuts with bad at bats but he crushes mistakes and drives in runs and that’s more than any slop platoon you’re throwing out there.

  42. JohnMatrix

    September 19, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I dont think ricky bo likes blacks

  43. The Original Chuck P

    September 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Haha… Ricky Bo plays to the fans. He says what the fans want to hear. I’m not a huge fan because he doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

  44. Betasigmadeltashag

    September 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Still can’t give him credit you are a joke 226 go ahead RBIs in late innings in 34 years not many do that and how about game 1 last year he. Won that game too and I remember a double on a windy day in 10 in the playoffs that was a go ahead RBI so take your sellfctive memory and cheer for your mets

    • schmenkman

      September 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Also gave them a 2-0 lead in game 2 last year.

      Beta, where do you find the go ahead RBI stats?

  45. Andrew from Waldorf

    September 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I even liked the photo on facebook.

    You guys have fun. Illl be back tomorrow.

    My opinion of him is still the same.

    Although I will put this on the positive side of the analysis

    and remember boys

    I am as thrilled as you are that he hit that homer.

    I hope he hits one every time he bats forever.

    ENJOY!

  46. Lefty

    September 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Wow wow wow!

  47. Ryne Duren

    September 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    howard hit a lefty! howard hit a lefty! na na na na na na! good win fellas we’re still alive!

    • frank

      September 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      No the phillies are not alive.

    • frank

      September 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      The phillies are finishing the easiest end of their schedule. They will not even finish 500.remember the meg’s are one of the worst teams in baseball and they won the season series and they just lost 3 of 4 to the astros so the phillies are indeed done.

      • sevenseas

        September 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

        Phils are alive in my book until they are mathematically eliminated. GO PHILS!

  48. frank

    September 19, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble. Most teams are mathematically alive. Reality is the Phil’s are an old team with aging pitchers and many bad contracts. Phil’s won one title during their window but should have won 2 or 3. Now nationals and braves will be domanant and in a couple of years the mets. Phil’s need to rebuild.

    • schmenkman

      September 19, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      1) you forgot to add “and have been 38-24 in the 2nd half now that they’re back at close to full strength”

      2) Where does this idea that they should have won 2 or 3 titles come from? The Phillies have gotten more from their playoff appearances than most teams.

      These are the past 5 playoff appearances for teams that have been successful in recent years:

      Cardinals (last 8 years): 3 WS appearances, 2 WS wins
      Red Sox (last 8 years): 2 WS appearances, 2 WS wins
      PHILLIES (last 5 years): 2 WS appearances, 1 WS win
      Giants (last 15 years): 2 WS appearances, 1 WS win
      Yankees (last 6 years): 1 WS appearance, 1 WS win
      Rangers (last 16 years): 2 WS appearances, 0 WS wins
      Angels (last 8 years): 0 WS appearances, 0 WS wins
      Dodgers (last 16 years): 0 WS appearances, 0 WS wins
      Braves (last 10 years): 0 WS appearances, 0 WS wins

      • frank

        September 20, 2012 at 12:08 am

        Look I am not use to responding to posts. It just seems like the phillies fans are really dreaming. Look forget about those stats. The phillies had one of the most incredible teams for a couple of years. They should have won the last two world series. Something went wrong. Maybe it was the way they were managed or maybe the passion was not there. When the Yankees had those great teams they won. So forget about stats. They should have won and now it is just false hope. They are no longer dominant.

      • schmenkman

        September 20, 2012 at 12:21 am

        I don’t think there is any justification for saying they “should have won”.

        If someone believes they should have won in 2010 and 2011 because they were the best team, then they must also believe they should NOT have won in 2008. Obviously the best team doesn’t always win it all, and in fact usually doesn’t win it all.

  49. frank

    September 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I hear what you are and agree to most of it. But they literally had an allstar pitching staff. It is really hard to believe that doc and cliff probably will not win it all here. One more thing. Everyone praises Jimmy rollings because he obviously now has passion. Where was it in the first half. That alone could have made a Hugh difference.

    • schmenkman

      September 20, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Not to be argumentative, but how is whether someone has “passion” obvious? I think he’s straky and he’s hot right now.

      • frank

        September 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

        When you play with passion youlove what you are doing and it shows. Have you ever seen how Bryce Harper plays. He plays hard and runs hard on every play. You can tell he has so much passion. Everyone is different but you can also tell when someone is going thru the motions. This team had a lot of injuries this year and I think if a leader lead with passion it could have made the difference in many games.

      • schmenkman

        September 20, 2012 at 5:02 am

        No offense, but I think that’s a bunch of cr@p. I don’t see any difference in his demeanor. I think the passion was always there, but when you’re not hitting well, if you’re not the type who slams a helmet, it looks like you’re not trying and don’t care.

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