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Gameday: Phillies (71-81) vs Mets (68-84)

new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_imagePhiladelphia Phillies (71-81) v New York Mets (68-84)

Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48) vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12)

Time: 7:05Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly cloudy, 70’s
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Tonight, the Phillies and Mets will begin a three game series at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels will pitch for the Fightins tonight, with Daisuke Matsuzaka getting the ball for the Mets. Hamels has been stellar this year after struggling early on. Dice-K has been a shadow of his former self this year, and is a painstakingly slow on the mound. Tonight might be a long game time-wise. As noted earlier on the site, Michael Stutes has been activated for tonight’s game. David Wright will play for the Mets for the first time since early August.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry RF, Hamels P

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Go Phillies!




  1. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Perhaps describing The Diced One as painstakingly slow will inspire some factoid geek to research whether more women attend Dice K starting assignments. I believe we’ll drop comment in mid air to protect the G Rating of this family site.

    I was checking some numbers today to check on the velocity of Dice and Tim Lincecum. I was getting worn out on the max publicity of Doc’s lead role in that drama. Sure enough, both guys , to simplify it are down from better times. It may be largely unrelated, maybe totally, but despite the look at only the 2 of them, it dure didn’t inspire amateur level confidence that Doc’s in for much resurgence, but that’s like flying into Beverly Hills and thinking the USA is gorgeous when Watts is ’round the corner. You gotta allow for differences in eachcase.

    This, as they say in certain parts of the world is a muct win.

  2. Andrew From Waldorf

    September 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Biggest series since 2007.

    3 game lead with 10 to play.

    Would take an epic collapse to blow this.

    The mets are even throwing games the last few months.

    Do this

    Go Phils!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    That is unbelievable. A guy does no rehab…well, the usual formal stuff, and faces Cole Hamels and sends one bye-bye.

    That is a hats off result.

    Good thing Dice K’s pitching. I think?

  4. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    If Wheeler gets that trivia question, all time rookie record for hits by a Met, I’m impressed.

    I guess if you remember him as being a rookie with the Mets, you have half a chance to nail it.

    I believe I would have taken Ron hunt.

  5. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Credit the Phils with some good stuff this 4th inning, but whata giveaway inning. Defense, failed executuion, and alliowing the batting order to turn.

  6. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    A game can be determined by so many small, subtle things. I suppose there isn’t a sport they run standings for that isn’t like that, but Cole rolls pretty quickly through the 5th shortening Dice Ks recoup time after a long 4th, and bringing him back out on that short rest to face 2-3-4 as his piutch count nears its max A good time to have picked up the pace a little bit. Now, the offense has to complete the 1-2 to get the tide where ya want it.

  7. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Ruf, Darin’s doubling down the line an inning ago upped his season totals to 14 shots, and 28 ribs. You look at it prior to the at bat, and it says check out his numbers with runners on to see the extent of the “problem.” Rather, it earned a look at some of the worst rib totals with a high homer count. I don’t know that it necessarily means a lot, sometimes guys have years like that, sometimes, they are the whole offense, but it perked the look. Even Mickey, Harmon and The Duke say hey, say hey, say hey, I’m talking Mickey, Killer and the Duke ran in the low 40s and just under a c note on the rib side.

    Conversely, I remember when the Card were running The Great American Slide Show, maybe shortly thereafter, Tommy Her drove in like 105 out of the 3 hole, with what could not possibly have been more homers than Duane Huiper ever dreamed about. But 14/28 sure doesn’t jump out at you, especially with a real good OBP.

    • Ken Bland

      September 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Ruf stuffRuf describes some of the production as the now 14/28 suggests.

      Otherwise, grits ain’t groceries, fried eggs ain’s poultry, and Mona Lisa, Good God was a man yall. Wish I coulda said yous there, but y’all fits better..

      Pa rexemple….

      The borderline young man has put numbers up that are above the sneeze line. The 14 dingers53 at bats is very cool, the .355 OBP makes you wanna watch him at the plate. 27 or not, you would THINK better times lie ahead with added experience, 2 years from now summation of talents should be clearer.

      But for now, it’s 14/28 because in 53 at bats, out of 224, The Mart that’s known as Minnie would destroy him in the who’s the better hitter argument. Ruf’s hitting about .143. 23 K’s, no less. 13 ribs is what he has to show for it. Out of the 28. The high walk rate is a salvation of sorts, but out of the next 53 at bats, you’d hope he gets an extra 5 rbi which brings his total to a tolerable level. A good level? Not quite. But you gotta believe that whatever league, city and position he plays next year, his season will be more stable, and he can do that, and you’d like to think more.

      At least he got 2 in with ’em loaded. It’s progress. And besides that, the count of guys hitting well with RISP isn’t necessarily high. It just glares at you when 14 homers has 28 rbi in the same hitter line.

  8. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    This is where ya divide the mentalities from get its and don’t. Asche has struck out, popped out, made an error that didn’t have to be made, as in a play he makes sans stickum in his mitt, and the hit’s terrific, but adds to the one of those nights when he gets nailed at 3rd. Those that got it keep plugging, and he still has 3 innings of defense, and another at bat to turn in some winning play(s). I mean even Bill Walton recovered when he shot 21-22 against um….Memphis State? You don’t het the ones that don’t work ruin you. Be a good night to finish as a hero.

  9. Ken Bland

    September 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Funny how matching pitching stars against each other ften wind up 5-3ish instead of 2-1. Halladay and Lincecum Game 1, 2010 comes to mind as an example.

    Now, 3 years later, Timmy and CC, neither of whom has had a year like they have in wonderful pasts, are goin’ at it up in the Bronx, and as best as a quick box check allows, both pitching pretty darned well.

  10. Ken Bland

    September 21, 2013 at 10:30 am

    In actual print editions, the Mets might be buried smack dab in the middle of the paper today. I mean you gotta go through some serious text to find the game story on the web, let alone the paper. And if the Post even covered the game, hell if I saw it.

    But I checked out the NYDN, and not really surprisingly, the Wright rip was 90% of the coverage. I mean, first AB in game comp in 6 weeks, off Hamels, a good pitcher, and good night nurse. But of course, 16 articles on Pettitt’s’s HOF shot had to take precedence in spacing.

    But I looked to see how much of a lead Dice K was. I kinda sorta thought he deserved better than a brief mention.

    I wouldn’t say he was night and day different than last time V The Phils, but I thought he continued his up chart this month as he continues to strive for an MLB contract next year in attempt to resurrect his American career.

    For what the time frame of September is worth, and it’s not much, maybe almost nothing, you look at Dice and Doc, and what they have done this month to open eyes for next year, and the tend is pretty opposite. Who has the more productive off season is really more important, but after a willingness to go to the minors this year, Matsuzaka continues worthy of some look as a 5 for next year. I don’t know that the Mets have an interest, I think they signed him as an innings eater (or at least a degree of that) with Harvey and Wheeler being cut short early, but the guy is running a good story in attempt to get back. Not that he was dominant, or wonderful, but he did a good job, and most importantly, continued in the right direction. I wonder if The Tribe could have used him in extended roster September as depth. In that Deuce Card race, there’s no such thing as a shortage of arms. But like Doc, and maybe even MORE likely to be, The Dice Man will be in a camp somewhere next year. Looks like he’s earned it. Hell, even Scott Kazmir has found a way to a few spring invites after he was inarguably, thoroughly, and unabridgably fini and kaput.

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