Gameday 53: Mets vs. Phillies – Phillies Nation

Gameday 53: Mets vs. Phillies

New York Mets (25-29) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (24-28)

Starting Pitchers:
NYM: Jacob deGrom (0-2, 1.83)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04)

Time: 3:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 73
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: Kendrick needs to go deep tonight after the bullpen was worked in last night’s extra inning victory.  The bullpen pitched a total of seven innings last night, so they could use a good outing from Kendrick.

Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Byrd RF, Ruiz C, Brown LF, Brignac 3B, Kendrick P.




  1. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Come on Kyle. Byrd saved your butt.

  2. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm


  3. Josh hower

    May 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    KK sucks. Enough said

  4. Hogey's Role

    May 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Two pitches down the middle, gotta swing the bat revere!!

    • lefty

      May 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Couldn’t get him to take a pitch last night .

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    May 31, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Not looking to good for my 50 bucks.

    Oh well that’s what you get for betting on the Phillies.

    Thank god the mets cant catch routine fly balls

    Walking the pitcher LOL

  6. Jacob Muran

    May 31, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Ruben has to make a deal to shake up this team

  7. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Yeah, cuz Ruben is sun an expert at making deals…

  8. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Whew, needed that Howard. Alright lets keep it rolling!

  9. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    1000th career RBI for Howard! Whee! and we’re back in the game!!!

  10. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Naturally, Howard gets his 1000th at the ONLY game in this 5-game set that I’m not going to. (snif!)

  11. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    That’s a typical inning in baseball.

    The type where you just never know.

    deGrom all but pitches around Utley, despite thick shadows formulating in front of him, ionly to face Howard, who, in this team’s Jekyll and Hyde performance, let alone Howard, who’s as frequent as that as he inhales and exhales goes opposite field to tighten it up.

    Sure, you give Howard the props for the shot, but Utley gets a mention for encouraging the pitch around to set it up. Honestly, up 4, I don’t know why he pitched around Chase, especially with building shadows, but it sure looked like he did.

    • c. schreiber

      May 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      He DID pitch around him to get to the “Big Piece”. Teams do all the time to Howard. Who would (if you were a MLB pitcher) rather pitch to utley or the BIg Lug? Yeah Howard makes them pay for it every once in a while but it works most times.

  12. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Ben can scoot, nice!

  13. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Don’t we have a third base coach?

  14. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Take Dom

  15. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Never mind that works!!!

  16. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Nice job Cesar, not a fan of the bunt three but great job. Could it be Brig nac two days in a row?

    • lefty

      May 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      “there” not three.

  17. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Lets go chooooooooch!

  18. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Extras again

  19. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Oh boy, Manship’s turn

  20. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Nice job Manship

  21. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    You’re a little cloudy in a lot of situations TMAC.

  22. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Great job Ben and Jimmy setting the table, lets bring them in big boys.

  23. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    See if they can convert Howard’s at bat to unsung goodness. Gets the runner to third, avoids the DP.

  24. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    They tried to walk you Marlon, oh well get ‘m next time.

  25. Phillies Fan from Germany

    May 31, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Golden opportunity missed. One of the few instances where Chase couldnt do the Job.

  26. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Clearly, IMO, our broadcast crew is weary.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Lefty, I agree. This series is excruciatingly painful. Franske and LA are the only two keeping things interesting with their banter. : ) Poor guys are running out of material.

  27. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Really nice job by Manship.

  28. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Sheesh, you’d think these players were getting paid by the hour the way these games are dragging on…

    • lefty

      May 31, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Bet you’re glad you didn’t go now. 🙂

      • Tracey

        May 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        Ah, but how do we know that Sunday and Monday won’t drag on like this too? And I have tickets to both of those!

  29. Phillies Fan from Germany

    May 31, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Cy Manship

  30. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Nice bunt, Benny. 😛

  31. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 7:51 pm


  32. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Shame they couldn’t get it done with the top of the order, because now, you have to keep going to the well with Manship. He’s pitched well, including last inning against Wright et al, but how far can you press your luck? DeFratus is very unlikely after 2 innings last night. I guess worse comes to worse, and the game goes far enough, you use Hernandez, and worry about Monday later. But it looks like Manship’s game.

    One way or another, this thing shouldn’t go more than 2 more innings. Didn’t get Carlyle to work enough last frame.

  33. Phillies Fan from Germany

    May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Crazy Game. FOUR Perfect innings for manship. I Doubt he has ever done That in his Career before.

  34. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    ruh roh… let Manship bat, and now it’s not clear if he’s going to be able to pitch…

    In other news, second day in a row that’s going to have a 14th inning stretch…

  35. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Well looks like he won’t be pitching next inning. Where’s Wilson Valdez when you need him?

  36. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Manship pitched very well for four innings, but the winning run was at 3rd. You go with somebody who can possibly get a hit.

  37. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    It doesn’t work this way, but you could use Hamels, and I assume they could get Ethan Martin up here to anchor a bullpen by committee game tomorrow.

    Marti last pitched on the 26th, going 2 innings. So he’s rested, if not stretched out.

    T Mac and company were speckalatin’ on the 15th, and whether Bastardo could go 2 innings. I wasn’t aware he could go 1.

  38. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I like that thing on TV: “Time of game today: 5:09 . . . and counting…”

  39. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Bastardo couldn’t find the strike zone with a GPS.

  40. Tracey

    May 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm


  41. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    David Wright was going to do something in this 5 game series. Hopefully that’s the extent of it.

  42. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Not an ounce of doubt in my mind the Phillies tie this and send Bastardo out to pitch the 15th.

    There is no stoppage of pain in a painful season.

    What a thrilling experience it will be to watch hi pitch back to back innings.

  43. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Gotta win this now. Nice job Reid.

  44. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm


  45. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Pull it back and punch it over Wright’s head.

  46. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Two outs in two seconds

  47. lefty

    May 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Uggghh! Gotta get em tomorrow guys.

  48. DavidE

    May 31, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Not sure what Ben Revere was doing in the 14th inning on his sacrifice bunt. He can drive fans crazy with his lack of execution sometimes.

  49. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 31, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    While I understand not wanting to go to Tony No Dad, since he had been used repeatedly, you must go for the win with a man on third, and pull a pitcher who rarely bats for someone like Mayberry who does. By not playing for the win here and trying to save Bastardo, since the ‘ship was on a roll, Sandberg shoots himself in the foot thrice:1) Manship grounds out; 2) he injures himself trying to beat out the groundout; and 3) it forces you to bring in Badtardo anyway, who, following his M.O. walks the lead batter, who eventually crosses the plate and makes every Phillies fan even more frustrated, as if that is possible.
    Not to continue to critize Sandberg, but he preached a return to fundamentals, which I am all for since they had been lacking, but I have not seen it, especially with Revere. The guy makes some of the most non-sensical plays, routes, decisions, etc., – he fundamentally lacks on so many layers.
    Ah, the team that Ruben built!

    • wbramh

      June 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Big Ed:

      1. Yes.
      2. Yes.
      3. Yes.

      And yes to the unnumbered comments.
      Except I might take some issue with your opinion of Ruben. He has the league right where he wants them…overconfident!

  50. wbramh

    June 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Random thoughts:

    Revere’s a nice kid; bright and funny, too. Now that he’s finally hit for the cycle (over his career) I’d give him a shot doing color in the TV booth – but give him an extra 15 minutes to find the route up there.

    Bastardo just needs a slightly larger plate (the umps would never notice the switch) – and he should only have to face 6’6″ batters with extremely short legs.

    Time to give Sandberg a shot at 3rd base. The move may solve two position problems.

    On a related note, why didn’t the PR folks announce that last Thursday’s game was Cesar Hernandez Bobblehead night?

    Somebody should explain to the Phillies that attempting to tire out the competition with 14-inning games has one glaring flaw.

    So far, AFW has correctly predicted the flow of this series yet he’s losing his bet with his Met’s fan friend. Time for an intervention.

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