2013 Gameday

Gameday: Phillies (61-72) at Mets (59-72)

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (61-72) vs New York Mets (59-72)

Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33) vs. Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96)

TIME: 1:10, Citi Field
Weather: 73, overcast
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Game notes:

Here’s how the Mets week has been going. Their star young pitcher Matt Harvey went down with a pretty serious injury. That put in motion some trade talks and they traded Marlon Byrd–on Marlon Byrd t-shirt night. They’ve lost six of their last seven. In short, even when the Phillies stink, the Mets are there to make us feel better.

Today will feature a matchup of two relatively inexperienced pitchers in Ethan Martin and Carlos Torres. Between them, they have just fourteen starts. Torres has mostly been a relief pitcher for the Mets this year, but is making a spot start today for the injured Harvey. In his last start, he gave up eight runs in three innings against the Nationals.

Ethan Martin will be on the mound for the Phillies, and the young righty has struggled thus far. He’s given up 15 runs in 21.1 innings this year, with a WHIP at 1.78. He did not make it out of the first inning in his last start against the Diamondbacks.

Darin Ruf is someone to keep an eye on today, he’s been hot lately–hitting .310 in his last 16 games.

Lineup: Young 3B, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruiz C, Ruf RF, Mayberry CF, McDonald SS, Martin P

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Go Phillies!



  1. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    And only 92 on the heater in addition to all strikes on the first 6 pitches.

    Extremely encouraging early. Instead of just throwing as hard as he can.

  2. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Little less command as the inning went on, about even on the balls and strikes over the last 16 pitches.

    But it’s a helluva bettertrip to the dugout than last Saturday.

    Funny thing about his last start was it was a game that won’t be forgot, but halfway through, it was easy to forget Ethan started.

  3. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Looks like Ethan is really diversifying his pitches today. These might not be the ’67 Cardinals, but if we could take these 2 innings, bottle ’em, duplicate ’em, clone ’em, the young man would have the capability of being a rotation contributor for a while.

    Real impressive so far as he at least around here looks like he’s taking something off his fastball. HOPEFULLY, that enables him to get stronger as we get to and through the middle innings. Night and day on the command side.

  4. Midwestphillyphan

    August 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Glad to see bernardino isn’t in center today. Why don’t the phillies just give Cesar Hernandez the rest of the season in cf to see what he’s got? We already know what mayberrys got and it’s not enough for everyday roster spot

    • Hogey's Role

      August 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Agree I’ve been pleading that for a while now

      • Vinnie

        August 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

        RAJ said yesterday that he had a rist injury that was preventing him from swinging a bat. My guess is that he will be up in September.

  5. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Somewhere between the time the Mets scored and ball 1 to Duda, I wish Chooch would have gone to the mound just to break things up. It worked out okay, but I couldn’t help but feel like Martin was maybe rushing a little.

    I’m sure Chooch would find it entertaining that I’m telling him what to do, but it’s for sure I find it entertaining even though it really did seem like a good idea.

    I guess if I had dinner in Chicago waiting, I’d wanna get the hell out of the ballpark.

  6. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Ralph, in story telling mode is still The Man. But I guess he won’t get as far as Jesse Gonder or Chris Canuizarroo. It’s easy to get stuck on Clarence Coleman.

  7. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Masahiro Tanaka

    18-0 1.15 ERA 6 CG K rate’s not so good, BB are fine.

    24, Yu had real low ERA’s over there, too.

    And he’s probably like half the prospect Abrieu is. Wonder what Ruben’s doing about all that.

    • c. schreiber

      August 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Nothing..He’s trying to figure out how many millions he’s going to give Doc for the next 5 years…And what has happened with the Gonzalez cat??

  8. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Let’s just say it’s gonna be real interesting to see what Ryno does when Martin’s turn to bat (maybe this inning) comes up. Men on, for sure, he’s gone. Man on, 50/50.

  9. Chuck A.

    August 29, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It seems like the Gameday threads should be re-named “The Ken Bland Show”.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      August 29, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      I m here sometimes Chuck. Miss the verbal sparring with you in particular.

      Truth is I have a new computer even and this site still takes longer to load than any other.
      I like to do things on line while I watch the games and coming here slows it down.

      The functioning of the site has been bad for a long time.

      That doesn’t help have people come to the site.

    • Carlos Danger

      August 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Maybe the “Bland Blog”?

  10. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Funny how last night, after playing a lot in the last 10 days, Ryno got Ruf in as soon as he could, but today, in what’s been a rare chance to score, he left McDonald in to finish off still another failed Phillie RISP opportunity. Bad inning.

  11. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Let’s see if Bob Lemon and Frank Robinson registers on the Mets trivia ?, first 2 skippers hired already in the Hall.

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    The Mets roster is possibly worse than the Astros.

    Minus Harvey Byrd and Buck.

    I have to think I will win my bet.

    Whats with all the atlantic city crap today?

    they paid to sponsor this game?

    2-2 split I guess on the road is OK

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Ken is that Curt Flood?

    1 hit since the second inning.


  14. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    That would be The Chief Rocker, Frankie Crocker, The Apple’s dominant combo program director/on air guy who hired Rickie Ricardo, not the Espanol voice of the Phils, or co-voice.

    Not only 1 hit, but some pretty anemic at bats.

    Next inning’s about their last shot.

  15. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    The Mets pen is suspect.

    If could get Cy Torres out could maybe do some damage.

    • Ken Bland

      August 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      That I agree with, I just don’t know that even going to the bench today can pull this lineup out of it. It’s not impossible, but something in the 7th’d sure help.

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    theres a balk for a run!

  17. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm


    Lawn needs mowed

    Its calling to me

    or a nap might be more in line

  18. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Usually when its 6-0 and they have 2 hits in the 7th inning this year they just quit.

    Lets see if they fight a little here the last 3 innings.

    • Ken Bland

      August 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      The q word gets an amazing quantity of play around here.

  19. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Lemme ask you a question, Andrew.

    Scale of 1-10, 10 being positive, how confident are you that there’s a clash, lack of communication, something not positive between Jimmy and Ryno?

    Or you can go down to 0 if you think it’s nonsense.

  20. Ken Bland

    August 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    As a point of reference, letting Orr hit against the lefty, out of 30 MLB managers, I wonder how many would have left Pete in to bat instead of using Kratz or Rollins.

    Just a thought. Maybe a substantial number would have done it the way Ryno did.

    • c. schreiber

      August 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Maybe, just maybe Sandberg does have “some” balls and this is his response to that pathetic game Popup had last night.

  21. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm


    Also Jimmy isn’t a very good player offensively.
    Certainly not the type Ryno wants.

    Ryno isn’t beholden to 2007 and 2008 like Charlie was.

    At this point the team may be better with him in there.
    But I do feel if he could be dealt that would be in everyones interest.

    Like I was saying before Dummy re signed him.

    Watch the moron GM choose Jimmy over the manager.
    That’s how he rolls.

    Let me ask you Ken

    1-10 1 meaning hes here 10 being hes gone.

    Chances Ruben isn’t the GM come opening day of 2014?

    I am really praying he is gone once the season ends.

    You don’t fire GMs mid season.

    • Ken Bland

      August 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      1 is gone, 10 is here, so I’d say 8 meaning it’s strong that he’s here. I know what you mean about the mid season thing, but I actually think there’s a better chnce he’s dismissed middle of next year than this winter.

      I’m answering strictly on one thing. My guess of what David Montgomery is thinking. And my guess is he gives Rueben more time. I’m sort of up in the air about it myself, probably leaning to the let’s move on side, but the fact of the matter is that for the moves he’s made that haven’t worked out, he’s also avoided a fair amount of personnel that at least for this year wouldn’t have worked out so great. Just off the top of my head, guys like Kubel, Ross, Hamilton haven’t had great years (far from it). Angel Pagan, who I saw practiucally no chance of coming wouldn’t have been an answer.

      Pence and Vic have had very positive years, especially Vic, but I don’t know that you can jump off a bridge because of it. Those were multiple year decisions. That doesn’t mean they won’t amplify the poorness of the moves, but caution should be applied.

      I just don’t see Montgomery making a move this winter. But he’s not blind to the need to get some fresh air going, and the chance certainly exsists.

      In the case of Jimmy, I don’t want to overreact, but I have trust in my senses, too. Three days off in 11 days is interesting, and when he was asked at the press conference about leadership on the club, I was a little leery of it when he included Jimmy becaue he thought it’d be easier to say him. Not that Ryno’s not straight forward, and I may be WAY off on that.

      But I’ll aslo say this. Old school that he is, sharp shooter that he is, any things going on between Ryno and Jimmy, Ryno will handle behind closed doors. Which is the way it should be.

  22. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    10-1 Mets

    Mowing lawn.

    3 day games vs the Cubs coming.

    Halladay may get rocked tomorrow.

    Although Ill cross fingers he will not be.

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