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2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (60-71) vs Mets (58-71)

Philadelphia Phillies (49-48) vs New York Mets (41-51) new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03 ERA)

TIME: 7:10, Citi Field

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 95, cloudy with chance of storms

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will look to continue their recent success and take an early series win on Tuesday when they take on the Mets in the second game of their three game series. The Phillies are now 7-3 in their last ten and are one game ahead of the Mets in the standings.

Kyle Kendrick will get the start, coming off an outing against the Rockies in which he allowed four runs in five innings, receiving a no decision. Kendrick has struggled mightily since his torrid start, posting a 2-4 record and 7.46 ERA since the All-Star Break. He has faced the Mets three times this year, but just once since April. In that start on July 19, he allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

He will opposed by Mets lefty Jon Niese, who has pitched very well since  his return from a partially torn rotator cuff. In 19 innings since his return, he has racked up 23 strikeouts and posted a 2.84 ERA. Niese had one start against the Phillies this year, and was the tough luck loser after allowing just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work. In his career he is 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA against Philadelphia.

John Mayberry Jr. has by the far the most success against Niese, with a .290 average, three homers and seven RBI in 31 at bats. Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young have also homered off the lefty in their careers.

Lineup: Bernadina CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Kratz C, Young 3B, Ruf LF, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry RF, Kendrick P

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  1. Baba Booey

    August 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    A couple of comments. First of all this series against the Mets is a 4 game set, not 3. So at best, they’re going for the series split tonight. Secondly, you may want to check your grammar. It appears you left a word or two out your third paragraph.

    • Ken Bland

      August 27, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Good gawd, whata message. First of all, it was obviously a rush write job, have you ever stopped to think these gameday write-ups aren’t a priority on this volunteer job?

      Second of all, what’s the big deral about it being a 4 game series. Everybody knows it’s a 4 game set, it’s a simple mistake.

      Last, that’s this gentleman’s first post since was announced. That’s a nice welcome back.

      No, mistakes aren’t okay. They happen. Big bleeping deal. Congrats on looking small.

      • Baba Booey

        August 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

        Hey, that’s fine if you don’t take pride in your work.

  2. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    If KK does move on, his first game at the Bank, he’d pitch like that inning.

    That’s just the way it works.

    Like had they traded Chooch, and he was smackin’ like he is the last couple weeks, it would have made perfect sense.

    Must be something in the Magna Carta that mandates life to work that way.

    Excellent start for KK,

  3. Mike

    August 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    So Asche is getting hot so we keep him out of the line up? I don’t get it.

    • Ken Bland

      August 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Not surprising, maybe a tad disappointing. Ryno continues easing him in against lefties.

      • hk

        August 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

        I think it’s more than a tad disappointing. What better time is there to give him experience facing LHP’s than in meaningless games? If he’s going to show that he can’t hit LHP’s and needs to be platooned, isn’t it better to learn this in August and September 2013 than in April and May 2014? This makes no sense unless they are already convinced that he’ll never hit LHP’s and they always plan to have a RH-hitting 3B on the roster to platoon with him.

      • Ken Bland

        August 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        no, actually, it’s exactly a tad disappointing because he has found a groove the last couple weeks and it might have been a good time to start him against another lefty.

        Some fansm of course, march tio theuir own meter of patience. Like when Charlie didn’t use Papelbon in Game 2 in 2011 for a 2 inning save, and we heard about it for months.

        I can’t speak for Ryno, but I’m pretty sure Ryno will spot start him against lefties. Before it’s over, the guy will have plenty of chance to show he can, and will hit lefties.

  4. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I wouldn’t discredit Darlings call that Kratz could have blocked the plate, but that throw sure looked too far up the line to do that. Not one of the better defensive innings of the year, or actually, it is, which has been a problem. But it’s only one. A lot for the Mets.

  5. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Marlon Byrd not in the Pirates starting lineup, so they are forced to use Andrew McCutcheon there for still another game.

    # Life’stough or better still


  6. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t get the feeling the Phils are out of this (brilliant statement at 1-0) but I am chaleneged to envision where the 2 or more runs it’s gonna take to lead/win are gonna come from. Niese versus tonight’s lineup isn’t working…is it the Mets pen, the good bench depth, or a combination of those 2 that do it? Nor does it feel like the Mets are waiting for the lights to go out in New York City.

    But trend to date is clear. a game within the game in all probability.

  7. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    One of the more likeable and entertaining Mets of the post 1900 baseball era would be Benny Agbayani. Davey got away with murder playing that physique in the outfield. Sometimes you’d watch Benny chasing a fly ball, and think it was Chin Ho following a McGarrett order and chasing a criminal.

    Benny was cool.

  8. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    It’s just a weird lineup tonight. There’s no parts of it you can look at and project they could string something together here.

    Might need a long ball off a tiring Niese if he gets that far.

  9. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Well, d’anard has power, but I’m glad not to see them face Lagaris. So we’ll see what KK can do here. But it’s finger crossing time.

  10. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    KK implosion!

  11. Ken Bland

    August 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Tough night. Probably should be giving Niewsw moe credit than inclined to, masterful resuts,

    Gelb was blown away by 2 INT walks scoring, Might be the theme of his article tomorrow, further results pending, but I don’t so much find flaws with the walks as I do the inability to follow through with effective outs. Rather face D’Aunard than Lagaris, but you gotta groundball Travis. Niese up the alley, no point even expounding on that.

  12. DavidE

    August 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Bernadina was really impressive on Sunday. He hasn’t been impressive the last few days. He made a very bad throw as did Mayberry. Sunday, two great plays. In New York, two lousy plays.

  13. Nina hartley

    August 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Too bad.

  14. teejvee

    August 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Even without the automatic oh for 3 from Howard, Niese owns Phillies.

  15. Ken Bland

    August 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Alas, here goes any chance I had of being heaven bound when the oxygen paths dry up, but at least upon entering Hell, I will know I spoke truisms when I saw fit.

    Warning to the gatekeepers of hell, please know this is about Chase Utley, near and dear to the hearts of anyone in their right mind, but there’s something happening here, and what it is ain’t exactly clear.

    Let’s offer a brief comment about last night’s starting lineup for the Phils. I’m not telling no walking Hall of Famer how to do his business, but it didn’t stand out as sensible that lefty Roger Bernadine LED off against a lefty. Saying RB can hit under ANY circumstance falls victim to the overstatement side of things, but Ryno has his reasons. Kratz, 4th, no less, well… doesn’t fire you up. Mi8ke Young, 2 hits that he did admittedly have over Ruf in 5 over 6, some degree of ahem is applicable. Fransden batting 7…he IS in a slump, but he is righty against a lefty. Ssche might have could have played. I won’t go as far as should have. All in all? Guys gotta hit, no matter their place in the order, and they didn’t. But a sensible order at least seems to make sense. But this ain’t no NL Central race, so we live with it and move on.

    For a guy that threatened to scribe about Utley, he sure had no part of that last graph.

    Chase, somewhere between good and very good player that he usually still is, and excellent and most heady at times baated third. Third, sources from Traditional Lane, tell me is for your best hitter.

    Unfirtunately, based on last night’s personnel might have been the red and white’s best hitter. But do you realize he is batting .205 now against lefties? Do you realize he hit .215 against those who throw from the Kershaw side last year? Take me back in time, .187 in 2011. Now the OBP is still pretty good, in and around 100 points higher, which should be part of the equation. REesearch would no doubt tell us that there are effective at bats in those anemic totals. The OPS averages aren’t terrible either.

    But here’s the deal. His power counterpart gets spared no mercy about the hold he’s had on the 4 spot. And the 1-2 slider swung on and missed routine doesn’t make it right that he keeps batting 4.

    But the 3 guy gets no criticism, draws no wrath, and his performance against lefties isn’t exactly a source for fireupedness. Style, class, hard worker and all that negates criticism of him an exact opposite of Jimmy or RyHo isn’t exactly something that’s right. We’ve heard and read calls for Chase to bat in as significant a position as possible. But a not too good record against portsiders for 3 years now tells me that putting him in a less responsible position against lefties, or at least thinking about it against some of the stronger ones is hardly a poor idea.

    But god damn, do I love that guy.

    P.S. Chase ran Hall of Fame numbers against lefties in 2010. This don’t be 2010.

    • schmenkman

      August 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Ken, good points, I’ll just add to your P.S., that in his career through 2010, Utley actually hit at least as well, or if anything a little better, vs. lefties than he did vs. righties:

      vs. RHP: .298/.375/.519 (.894 OPS, .382 wOBA) 130 wRC+
      vs. LHP: .283/.392/.502 (.894 OPS, 390 wOBA) 135 wRC+

      Since 2011, as you note, a different story:

      vs. RHP: .288/.369/.484 (.852 OPS, .365 wOBA) 131 wRC+
      vs. LHP: .203/.307/.359 (.666 OPS, .300 wOBA) 86 wRC+

      In fact, if look at wRC+, which adjusts for the park and the level of hitting in the league, Utley’s hitting vs. RHPs is was as good as ever over the last three years, while hitting vs. LHPs has plunged:

      through 2010:
      vs. RHP: 130 wRC+
      vs. LHP: 135 wRC+

      vs. RHP: 131 wRC+
      vs. LHP: 86 wRC+

      So, overall still one of the best second basemen in the game, but the main reason he’s no longer one of the 2-3 best players in the game, period (aside from missing too much time), is that his hitting vs. lefties has fallen off.

      • schmenkman

        August 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        (meant to remove the wRC+’s from the first portion … oh well)

      • Ken Bland

        August 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        If nothing else, his sliip against lefties, which again, is accented by his BA, it really stresses the increasing challenge of Utley and Howard hitting 3/4. But that 3 years in a row, injury driven or not is really saying something.

  16. Ken Bland

    August 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    In the discussion yesterday about the Phils top prospects, which sidewinded it’s way to a bunch of names from the Chinese white pages that were 9/13 callup prospects here’s a name to keep an eye on as the Phils seem to try to essentially rebuild the pen from within as we narrow down to the reality of there won’t be many new guys here..

    Just activated,and on the 40 man roster is Joe Savery. Joe’s detour to pen guy has already been a nice story, and his excellent start as a Pig in early ’13 at least gives us a standard he can live up to.

    Being as he could EASILY be given playing time in September, look for him to be recalled, and add another name to the overly previewed ’14 pen.

    He may very possibly have reached a point of passing a Jeremy Horst as a pitcher, despite Horst’s good 2012, when he was healthy.

    But he’s almost certainly worth a September shot, and playing time. No, 3 lefties is NOT too many (Jake and Antonio).

    • Hogey's Role

      August 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      I agree three lefties aren’t too many… but what about Jimenez or Robles

      • Ken Bland

        August 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        I haven’t paid much attention to Jimenez, and haven’t paid attention to Robles at all, so I can’t comment. Obviously, Jake’s a mortal lock to make the club off his recent work, and I gave Bastardo the benefit of assuming he’ll be back after any stupidity he may have demonstrated. Consider it a quick blurb centered around speaking favorably of Savery.

  17. Ken Bland

    August 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Here’ a thought for imaginative minds.

    There’s no denying whatsoever that September has offered up many a pennant chasing miracle over the years.

    If the Nats win tonight, they would trail the Reds and Pirates by 6 games. They need to pass both to get in. But on Aug 10, they were 8.5 back, and needed to pass 3 teams.

    So that’s not overwhelmingly impressive, but if you look at their schedule the rest of the way, they have a bunch of games against teams they can beat. I mean you can beat ANYONE, but they have a lot of games against the Phils, Mets, and Marlins. So they certainly would go into those games as 50-50 at worse.

    So the question isn’t whether Rizzo will lessen his demands for Dan Haren, it’s why didn’t he block Marlon Byrd in waivers. Not that Byrd’s a Hall level playter, but 20/20’s pretty good.

    Davey pulls that off, it’s quite the swan song.

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