2018 Gameday

Mets look to play the spoiler this weekend against the Phils

Citi Field during 2009 Phillies Nation road trip

Citi Field during 2009 Phillies Nation road trip / Brian Michael

Following an underwhelming series against the last place Marlins, the Phillies head north to Flushing Meadows to face off against the New York Mets (and maybe catch the tail end of the U.S. Open).

After dropping two of three games against the Fish, this becomes a must-win series if the Phils want to build any momentum heading into the stretch run. The club missed a golden opportunity to tighten the division race with Atlanta dropping three of four games this week. Heading into this weekend series the Phillies sit 3.5 games out of first place in the National League East.

Ace Aaron Nola looks to start the series tonight with an important win before the rest of the team has to face the Mets’ dynamic duo.  Noah Syndergaard will take the hill in game two and Cy Young front-runner Jacob deGrom pitches on Sunday.  They will oppose Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez respectively.


Game 1 – Friday at 7:10 pm 
Aaron Nola (15-4, 2.23 ERA, 2.76 FIP) vs. Steven Matz (5-11, 4.20 ERA, 4.60 FIP)
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 2 – Saturday at 7:10 pm
Zach Eflin (9-6, 4.05 ERA, 3.74 FIP) vs. Noah Syndergaard (10-3, 3.33 ERA, 2.50 FIP)
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 3 – Sunday at 1:10 pm
Vince Velasquez (9-10, 4.10 ERA, 3.62 FIP) vs. Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA, 2.08 FIP)
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


  • Phillies’ reliever Hector Neris was named one of the MLB relievers of the month. He had a 0.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts.
  • Vince Velasquez road ERA (3.19) is lower then his home ERA (5.02.)
  • Jacob deGrom is 3-5 with a 1.59 ERA in 14 starts at home this season.




  1. Ken Bland

    September 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Long ago, and far away, pre-dating the NCAA, I lived a true purpose of a college education. I learned that second chances don’t always occur. So far removed timewise from that experience, I, for whatever reason needed a chance to pull a grade up, and the instructor denied me that chance. No memorable words are recalled, just a pretty vivid recollection that I should have done whatever I needed to do the first time.

    Ain’t a living soul amongst us that hasn’t wished for do overs and 2nd ops in their lives, or in team efforts, collectively so.

    We’re not watching the ’27 Yanks, or 2011 Phils this summer, but rather a team that at least on occasion offers delusions of grandeur that brings out hopes for more. I’d cringe if I knew the real number that would haves, should haves, and could haves would result in the Phils seeming likely for post season play. In my imaginative, emotion driven moments, it feels like 300 blown opportunities dating back to a STILL aggravating Opening Night. Yes, that is the nature of sports, but how painfully frustrating can a season get?

    All those opportunities wasted, here we are, a tad past early September, and HARK, there’s STILL a pennant race, fulfilling the prophecy of meaningful baseball this September dating back to ironically, the signing of Carlos Santana that has been reduced to debatable results.

    It feels like an eternity ago, but it’s only 3 long, gut wrenching weeks ago at most that the Phils opened a 3 game set with Washington at which time 1 emotion driven fan claimed the Phils needed 2 of 3, or the season was over. Do you even remember that series? Washington won 2 of 3.

    But eventually, come hell or high water, time evaporates. Mathmatically, you might be able to consider the Phils alive for a while yet with so many left against the Braves. Critical losses compounding in series losses since early August, the Phils are STILL alive, which is the same as how a pessimist might evaluate by saying the Braves suck, too.

    Through it all, inquiring minds want to know exactly when IS Kapler’s Waterloo? Will this team mature collectively to win a “must” game, AND have the Braves continue THEIR drudgery at the same time?

    The answer might be finally smacking us right in the face. After beating the mediocore Mets Friday, and the Braves losing, the Phils trail by 2.5 with 7 left V Atlanta. They face Thor and deGrom next. Pitching matchups as they are, lots of ifs as always present themselves, but in overall shakeout form, the Phils are more likely to drop 2 in their 301st shot at taking the bull by the horns. Somehow, someway, they “need” to be a game or a game and a half behind the Braves when the 7 game “series” starts to take this down to the end. Somehow gaining another game on the Braves this weekend would give them a good shot at it. The 2 games left definitely have Waterloo potential. The ’77 or ’78 Phils watched a 15 game East lead shrink to 3 from August to September before righting the ship by hooking up with momentum and winning the East. There’s still no need to panic, but these 2 games MAY finally be the ones where the need to win at least 1 of the 2 intersects reality AND are met with success. There’s STILL lots of baseball left, but 2 games that the club’s less likely to win at least presents a potential turning point image.

  2. denzen

    September 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Roman Quinn hurt again; who would have seen that coming.! Jeez…………

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