2013 Game Recaps

Galvis, Howard Power Hamels to First Win, Sweep of Mets

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Howard came up big in the clutch in a 5-1 Phils win to cap the sweep. Photo: Seth Wenig, AP

On a day where Cole Hamels struggled with control, issuing six free passes, Hamels kept his composure to pick up his first win of 2013 in a 5-1 Phillies win. Hamels allowed only two hits to limit the damage of his free passes on a day where the Mets struck early on a David Wright RBI single in the first.

THE BATS, THEY ARE AWAKE

A day after the Phils posted a season-high nine runs, the Phillies scored five runs on nine hits and fell victim to the strike out only three times. Freddy Galvis had his first hit as a righty this year, knotting the game at one-all with a homer to lead off the fifth. The Phils did not ground into a double play and were a respectable 2-7 with RISP, including Ryan Howard‘s huge seventh inning, pinch-hit, two-out double that netted a pair of RBI and Chase Utley‘s RBI single immediately following Howard’s opposite field triumph. This, from a fundamental point of view, was easily the Phillies best team game as hitters, doing the little things at every bend.

The Phillies outscored the Mets 18-5 in the series in what is a very positive development. While Howard did not start today, the Big Piece is heating up: in his last 10 games, including today’s pinch-hit double, Howard is hitting .363/.342 (not a typo)/.722. If Howard starts to roll with a hot Michael Young (1-3 again today) and Chase Utley being Chase Utley, this team will be dangerous. The Big Piece is now hitting .286 overall and the big Spring Training is looking more and more like what we’ll see from him this year.

CHOOCH IS BACK

Carlos Ruiz returned today and hit a sixth inning ground-rule double for his only hit in 3 ABs. He paired with Hamels on eight Ks. Chooch is a clear upgrade over Kratz offensively and defensively – what a bat to add to the line-up!

THIS IS THE BULLPEN YOU WANT TO SEE

This game was a blast to watch and one of the reasons was because the bullpen acted like they had been here before. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless seventh to lower his ERA to 0.96 while Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon followed with perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively to cap off a 5-1 win.

The Phillies travel to Cleveland tonight and have tomorrow off. The Fightins kick off a two game getaway series against the Indians on Tuesday with Roy Halladay on the hill.

 

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Bart Shart

    April 28, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Let’s hope the bats stay awake and the bullpen ready and able.

  2. teeejay

    April 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    That is some god-awful pitching the Mets have. The only decent pitcher they threw out there this weekend shut the Phillies down. Just sayin.

  3. Bob in Bucks

    April 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    TJ – We missed Harvey

    • Lefty

      April 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      I remember last year that we missed Dickey twice as well, just seems to happen against the Mets lately.

    • G7

      April 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Mets missed Lee and Halladay..This team still goes as Ryan Howard goes..could use another big stick as Ryan is very streaky..

  4. brooks

    April 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Tribe next then the Guppies – bring em on, we need to win these games. It would be nice to see Howard gain some confidence at the plate. Up to 16 rbi now in April with 2 games left. Looking better, much better.

  5. art kyriazis

    April 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    After this weekend, the Phillies should think about sending Ben Revere down to the minors when Delmon Young comes back. He needs about a month to re-learn how to hit. In the meantime, they should platoon Mayberry and Nix in CF, and they should focus, seriously and long-term, on converting Freddie Galvis to a CF. Freddie Galvis is two years younger than Revere, is a switch hitter, has a better bat with more power, and has an OPS+ of 68 in two major league seasons. More importantly, since he’s only 23, he can improve a lot in the next four years, whereas Revere probably will not because he’s two years older.

    Just to compare, Revere and Galvis have the same Defensive WAR—+.2-because Galvis is a spectacular LF. There is no reason to suppose that Galvis cannot play CF just as well as he has been playing LF. On the other hand, Revere is minus .3 WAR offensively, while Galvis is 0–meaning Revere is costing the Phillies games with his anemic bat, while Galvis is hitting league average, and winning games with his glove.

    At this juncture, Revere is the worst position player on the Phillies. And it’s not even close.

    Benching him all weekend was the best thing that has happened to the Phils all year long.

    Galvis in CF could be potentially as good or better than Shane Victorino–he has many of the same traits as Victorino, he hits for doubles and HRs, he has speed, he had defense, and beyond that, he can play all 3 OF positions plus 3B, SS and 2b. Galvis should be playing CF and Revere is the odd man out, in any reasonable view.

    Art Kyriazis, Philly
    @AJohnKyriazis, twitter
    akyriazis@msn.com

    • G7

      April 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Nix can not play CF..he has found his niche as a pinch hitter..Mayberry/Carerra could platoon in center..

  6. Bob in Bucks

    April 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Art –

    I don’t think NIx has the range nor the speed to cover CF.
    I doubt Galvis Defensive WAR is based on playing LF more likely based on IF where he truly is great. I have not been impressed with his range nor speed in LF.
    Revere is in a slump. He has hit before and he will hit again – I have seen it. He has enough MLB experience – no reason to send him down.

  7. Chuck A.

    April 28, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    After the debacle with the Pirates series I was glad to be out of town and very “busy” this weekend….because I sorely needed a break. That game on Thursday really frustrated me.

    So maybe I need to go away more often! Great series (read the recaps)!

  8. Ken Bland

    April 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    ]
    Here’s the Collins explanation on allowing the game to evolve to the Howard V Atthison matchup…

    “I knew they were going to put Howard in,” Collins said. “Scott Atchison’s breaking ball is really difficult to hit. I don’t care who it is. The issue is he fell behind and tried to sneak a fastball by him and didn’t get it in. He didn’t make the pitch he wanted.

    Sounds plausible enough, especially considering Atchison’s a decent enough control guy. Pretty sure it was a 2-0 pitch RyHo hit. Still seems like a risky move. Bring in a lefty, and you have a little more flexibility on what you can throw. Additionally, most often, at 2-0, you will see a fastball, but you still have an extra pitch to throw a breaking ball and see what develops, although you sure don’t want to run 3-0 with Chase up next, even if he opted to bring a lefty in then. Especially with a seemingly competent (maybe rusty) Chooch back.

    Anyway Terry seems a good manager, and it wouldn’t surprise me of he’s still around when he has a good pitching staff to better test that opinion. But that move looked wrong before, during and after.

    • G7

      April 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Still surprises me that Ryan sees any fastballs period..

    • George

      April 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I can agree that it seems a dumb move. But Collins’ reasons sound valid, and make me wish that fans would realize more often that there are other things to think about besides which hand the pitcher uses before they jump all over Manuel for some of his bullpen decisions.

  9. bacardipr

    April 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    That big bat G7 is Delmon Young…. “Sarcasm”….

    • G7

      April 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah..not holding my breath there..Chooch may help the offense as well..at least it gets the double play machine out of the lineup..

  10. teeejay

    April 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    When Young comes back , one of the catchers has to go, no?

  11. Manny

    April 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I’d assume Howard will DH in Cleveland, which is great news for him as he can exclusively focus on hitting just as he’s getting red hot..and also for our infield defense. Looking forward to the series and more of CHOOOOOOCH!

    • c schreiber

      April 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Why in the world would we want to DH “The Big Lummox, er Piece” against ANY leftie on any team?? Really!!!

  12. pamikedc

    April 28, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    @Manny, thanks for that! I was wondering who would DH for the Phils.
    Kevin at 1B?

    • Manny

      April 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      That’d be my guess. Unlikely but also possible: Mayberry if Revere is back in the lineup and they wanna keep Galvis in the outfield. Frandsen had a great diving catch today…

  13. Ken Bland

    April 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Young Mike breakdown YTD…

    Swing rate is below league average for the first time since ’03. He’s looked at 48 per cent of the pitches thrown to him being in the strike zone, 4 points below his career rate. It’s 8 per cent lower than his rate of a year ago when he was far less effective than during the excellent part of his career. He’s made contact with 92% of the pitches that he swings at inside the strike zone, a mark he hasn’t achieved since ’03.. So he’s seeing the ball, and being patient.

    So if he keeps the patience up,. and pitchers adjust by throwing in the zone more, there’s some real potential for a him to keep having a terrific year. That could mean continuation of a high OBP through a high BA, or better power numbers. Either’s an asset.

    It’s early, but we’re talking a new league as a 36 year old and you’d think as acclimated as one can be to the Texas heat.

    So far, so very good, and so underappreciated. And as importantly, not giving back on the defensive side anywhere close to what was feared.

  14. Bruce

    April 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Another nice win for the Phillies. I thought Hamels may have to wait NEXT month for his first win (1-3). Thankfully, the hot bat of Howard coming off the bench saved the day. Howard, riding a 10-game hitting streak, has 10 RBIs in his last five games and now has 16 before April closes.Plus his BA rose to .286. It’s amusing that the Howard haters have not been seen here lately.

    The Mets are struggling offensively right now as have the Phillies prior to this series. It appears the Achilles’ heel for the Mets is their pitiful bullpen which is now ranked next to last in ERA.

    It’s nice to see Ruiz back in the line-up. The team certainly missed him..offensively and defensively. Quintero is gone and Kratz is the back-up and a weak link.

    • Phil Ease

      April 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      The Howard haters and Charlie haters all took the weekend off.

  15. glutenous

    April 29, 2013 at 12:12 am

    At least the Phillies are beating the mets this year, but they are 7-13 against all other opponents. I hope the day off doesn’t kill the offensive momentum. Need to start getting it done against teams not named the mets!

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  17. Ken Bland

    April 29, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Here’s the deal on the DH for Tuesday night. So excited to see a game sans strategy, I cannot tell you.

    Since the goal is to seek a designated hitter, as opposed to a designated out, the top priority is to keep the everpopular Bennie Revere glued to the pine. This keeps Freddie Galvis and Kevin Frandsen alive and visible. Well, sort of.

    The 3nd of 2 Terry’s in a row must plan on not using a pitcher in Wednesday’s game. I’ve put forth the most determined detecting since Theo Kojak, and nary a source lists a Tribe Wednesday starter. Righty Zach McAllister gts the Tuesday nod.

    So whatcha gonna do against the righty pitcher?

    Could play Galvis in the OF, let Young Mike DH, a role he’s quite accustomed to, and let Fransden play the hottest corner since Tasker and Morris. Or you could play Fransden at first, and use RyHo at first. Or, if you wanna use Laynce Nix, who’s in the extended warranty part of his lifetime pass, you could plug him in.

    I have a hunch Young at DH is the best move. Experienced DH, and keep Fransden less stale in the field. But Fransden at first, and Piece DHing sure does jump at ya as the way Charlie goes, and it’s not so bad keeping the big guy off his feet.

  18. Bruce

    April 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I like the idea of having a rejuvenated Michael Young as the experienced DH for the Cleveland series. That way, it would allow Frandsen (if used) playing time at 3rd base. I want Laynce Nix, the “deluxe” pinch-hitter who leads the league in clutch pinch hits (7), coming off the bench in key game situations.

    I hope Manuel will leave the rest of the line-up alone as he knows better not to put Rollins anywhere else but at the top of the batting order. As with past years of great success, Rollins is the “sparkplug” that ignites the offense.

    What is this “love” for Galvis (currently batting .222) ? I would never give a thought of having this “good field-no hit” player in the line-up except as a late inning defensive replacement. Period.

    I’ll add here that as a baseball traditionalist, I have and always will oppose the use of DH. Of course, it take away some of the cherished baseball strategies that is so much part of the game. It also take away the fun of second guessing the manager’s strategic decisions (smile).

    • Ken Bland

      April 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I’ll pass on my own thoughts on Galvis, only speaking for myself. I think some of my positivity is based on near term (season long) relative to Revere’s capabilities. I like his fundamentals and instincts. I consider myself an extremely patient fan, but I’m heavily leaning toward Revere just not being very good. His ability to put the ball in play isn’t bad, he’ll hit a respectable average, maybe increase his walks a little, but he can’t hit with authority. I know better than to overrate his field coverage offset by an already evidenced underskilled arm. I don’t know how much potential Freddy has, but I don’t think he’ll hold you back from winning a championship with a proper supporting cast, and I mean that as a regular. Hope that’s some feedback to answer what the love affair with him is.

    • Devin

      April 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Basically the idea is that a player THAT good at defense doesn’t have to hit well to provide positive value for his team. It’s very possible for a player with Galvis’s fielding talent to prevent more runs than a better hitter would create. Baseball isn’t about scoring as many runs as possible, it is about scoring more runs than the other team.

      And there is the possibility that his bat will develop. When you have someone who is one of the 10 best people in the world at one skill you give him the chance to develop the other stuff. Eventually Galvis could become a great Major Leaguer (personally I hope he does so for another organization. I don’t like steroid guys on this team).

      • Chuck A.

        April 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

        Because no one else on this team has ever used some sort of PED…. Please. Give me a break. I guess you want Chooch off the team too because he took Adderall??? Galvis made a mistake, paid his fine. Let’s just move on.

    • DavidE

      April 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

      Frandsen is not that good a defensive 3rd baseman. I can see putting him at 1st and having Howard as the DH. Considering how good a pinch hitter Howard has been during his career and considering that he is coming back from injury, maybe the DH would be a good role for Howard in Cleveland.

      I really don’t like using Galvis in left field. He’s a tremendous defensive talent. I think he should fill in for both Rollins, Utley and Young at least once a week.

      Regarding Revere, he has to hit better than he has to stay in the lineup.

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