2013 Game Recaps

Phillies Crushed by Mets, 11-3

Struggle

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.

STRUGGLING PITCHING

Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.

QUIET OFFENSE

With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.

UP NEXT:

The Phillies head to Chicago tomorrow for another day game with Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija getting the call.

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Pamikedc

    August 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Poo

  2. Bart Shart

    August 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Lots of changes and a need for lots of changes. Sorta like a baby with diarrhea.

  3. Pamikedc

    August 29, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    @Bart. Exactly my thoughts. That’s why I typed what I did. I just wish that it came after yours. Ha

  4. Vanessa del Rio

    August 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    NY Jets going for the double header sweep. NY over Phila.

  5. JKD

    August 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Meh,the circus that is the Jets will have no problem sweeping themselves Vanessa. Went to the game today; great day for tennis across the tracks.

  6. DavidE

    August 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Next year’s team

    Rollins
    Howard
    Utley
    Asche
    D.Brown
    Kratz
    C.Hernandez
    Ruf
    Galvis
    Mayberry

    Lee
    Hamels
    Kendrick
    Papelbon
    Diekman
    Adams
    Rosenberg

    There are a lot of spots up for grabs. I don’t think Frandsen or McDonald will be back. Maybe Martin is more of a bu

    • DavidE

      August 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Meant to say Martin might be a good reliever. Great stuff but maybe he can’t last too long.

    • DavidE

      August 30, 2013 at 12:59 am

      DIdn’t mean to leave Revere off the list of the Phillies roster for next year. Bastardo probably is guaranteed a job based on his performance this year but who knows how much the drugs helped. An outing like this puts DeFratus closer to the bubble. Regarding Bernadina, I can’t see the Phillies keeping him. Just looked horrible at the plate and in centerfield in the Mets series. (The homerun was when it was 10-1.) If he plays like he did Sunday, he will make the team. But he really is showing why the Nationals released him.

  7. bacardipr

    August 30, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Martin walk rate is a little scary. Perhaps in a bullpen role he may bring that walk rate down. I have a inkling they will resign Ruiz. Lately he has been playing better an at same time jacking his price up. Kratz is a backup catcher i just dont see Rube going w Kratz as a starter. Especially with the lack of progress in our other catching prospects. They still need to go out and sign another or maybe two relievers in the offseason.

    • schmenkman

      August 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Agree on Martin and the bullpen. It’s a small sample, but so far he’s done much better early:

      pitch 1-25: 26 PA’s, 1 walk, 11 Ks, .352 OPS
      pitch 26-50: 31 PA, 3 walks, 5 Ks, .989 OPS
      pitch 51-75: 25 PA, 4 walks, 4 Ks, 1.027 OPS
      pitch 76-100: 21 PA, 5 walks, 3 Ks, 1.461 OPS

      1st time through the order (45 PA): 4 BB, 15 K, .620 OPS
      2nd time through the order (35 PA): 4 BB, 4 K, .888 OPS
      3rd time through the order (23 PA): 5 BB, 4 K, 1.577 OPS

      And that’s all including the 1st inning fiasco last Saturday.

    • George

      August 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Martin’s walk rate isn’t any scarier than Aumont’s. In fact, I can’t think of a recent addition to the Phils’ staff who doesn’t have a scary walk rate. I’ll never figure out the scouts’ seeming obsession with velocity. Command is also important, and many high octane hurlers just never acquire any.

  8. teejvee

    August 30, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Have either Brown or Utley hit a home run this month? Doesn’t seem it.

    • schmenkman

      August 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Brown 3, and Utley 2

    • Chuck A.

      August 30, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Plus Brown has spent considerable time being injured

  9. teejvee

    August 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

    The question on Brown. Was May an aberration or a revelation. Looks like more of an aberration.

    • schmenkman

      August 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Absolutely May was an aberration. No one this side of Bonds or McGwire can maintain that pace.

      Brown’s HRs per 700 PAs, by month (April -> August):

      22, 77, 35, 28, 28… overall: 40

      Most hitters are going to have higher and lower months. For example, Paul Goldschmidt is more consistent than most. HR per 700 by month:

      29, 46, 41, 30, 42… overall: 37

      Pedro Alvarez: 29, 55, 65, 44, 33… overall: 45

      If you’re wondering what we can expect from Brown going forward, I’d say something in the 30s.

    • G7

      August 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Is 30/100 an aberration?

  10. teejvee

    August 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Well he’s not hitting 30 this year because his season is done, but I’d say he’s a 20 -25 homer guy. Not 30.

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