Gameday Preview: Game 31 Phillies vs Mets, Please keep me Sane

Happy Tuesday.

After last nights horrible 5-2 loss the Phillies are right back at it this evening to play game two of this three game series against the New York Mets, first pitch around 7:05 Pm EST.

Last nights game was one of those game where you finish the whole bottle of rum off, when Roy Halladay is on the mound you just don’t expect him to walk away from a game with a no decision. You also don’t expect your 50 billion dollar closer to give up a three run home run to a guy that has never hit a home run in the major leagues, let alone a hit. Anything that could go bad for the Phillies last night went bad, the good thing about this sport is that there is always a game the next day.

That guy who hit the home run last night was Jordany Valdespin, and yes he is the starting lineup tonight.

The Phillies bats were hitting the balls hard in the first couple of innings but after that the bats went into hibernation and could never push across another run.

The Phillies are going to keep all of the bars in business at this rate.

Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies tonight and in his last performance he probably pitched the best of any Phillies pitcher so far this season, the Phillies also really needed that outing from him. Last time out for Blanton he pitched a three hit shutout in Atlanta, the Phillies lost the night before in eleven innings so the Phillies really needed an outing like this because the bullpen was on their last leg. Phillies got the win that day and the bullpen was granted a much-needed rest.

Veteran righty Miguel Batista will pitch for the Mets, over his eighteen year major league career he has been on twelve different ball clubs. Career record of 101-113 and an ERA of  4.49 in his lengthy career.

A cool rainy 60 degrees around game time tonight at Citizens Bank Park, 50 percent chance of rain at game time.

This game is not on ESPN tonight so I will not get blacked out, ESPN just has horrible announces, and they like to have make out sessions with a certain player throughout the game. Especially if your name is Bryce Harper. If you had to take a shot of tequila every time ESPN mentioned Bryce Harper’s name you would probably die quickly of Alcohol poisoning.

And on that very positive note the picture down below represents my reaction tonight if the Phillies lose. I apologize to my house.

Go Phillies!

Go Flyers!

Go Sports!

Phillies lineup (14-16)

1. Rollins SS

2. Pierre LF

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Ruiz C

6. Polanco 3B

7. Mayberry 1B

8. Orr 2B

9. Blanton P

New York Mets (16-13)

1. Torres CF

2. Nieuwenhuis LF

3. Wright CF

4. Duda RF

5. Murphy 2B

6. Davis 1B

7. Valdespin

8. Nickeas C

9. Batista

Phillies please win this game so you can save the city from jumping off the bridge

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What Happened

The frustration continues, I think I’m going to check into rehab. I really don’t know how the Phillies lost 5-2 to the Mets tonight. Worst loss of the season.

So after Cole Hamels picked up a five game suspension for telling the truth after a game and Jayson Werth going on a little crying spree to the Washington Post we actually played a ole fashioned ball game tonight under the lights in Philadelphia.

The Phillies put a one in the run column two batters into the game, Jimmy Rollins had a great at bat to leadoff the game, maybe the best at bat of the year. Rollins would double to center field and make it to third after some terrible fielding by center fielder Andres Torres, John Mayberry Jr. who was in the two hole tonight batted next and he flew out to center field for a RBI sacrifice fly.  First RBI for Mayberry since April 15.

Just like that, one of the best pitcher in major league baseball over the past couple of years has an early lead to work with.

The Phillies would add another run in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI double off of the bat of Placido Polanco that scored Carlos Ruiz all the way from first base, the Choocher was chugging from first base to score on that play. Glad to see the Phillies hitting the ball well through the first few innings.

Roy Halladay was pitching splendid tonight, he was throwing the kitchen sink at hitters and really don’t know who could even hit these pitches Halladay was heaving up there on a regular basis.

A walk to Andres Torres in the top of the sixth inning sparked a two out rally for the Mets that would eventually produce two runs in the inning and even up the game at two, that ended a string of 13 batters in a row retired by  Roy Halladay.

Halladay pitched seven innings and allowed two runs off of five hits, his great outing results  in a no decision.

The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded and one out. Hunter Pence killed that rally by hitting into a questionable double play, Pence was called safe at first base but Victorino was called for interference sliding into second base so the inning was over. The play is rarely called and is not very consistent so it’s whatever.

The Phillies went to the bullpen in the top of the eighth inning and used Antonio Bastardo, he was able to get a timely 5-3 double play to get out of the inning and out of the one out jam.

The Phillies bats had another chance in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies the go ahead lead but again stranded two runners on base.

In the top of the ninth inning the Phillies used Jonathan Papelbon in a tie game, I actually forgot we even had Papelbon on are team because of the lack of use, his last outing was last Tuesday in Atlanta. Papelbon had two outs in the inning but then allowed a three run home run to Jordany Valdespin, I have never heard of him and if you did before tonight you need to get a life.

Valdespin’s 3-run shot was the first Mets home run since April 29, a span of 69 innings.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST against the New York Mets, Joe Blanton will take the hill for the Phillies.

44,365 fans at Citizens bank Park tonight,  215th consecutive regular-season sellout

Some Other Notes

About an hour and thirty minutes before tonight’s Phillies game Major League Baseball announced that they had suspended Cole Hamels five games for admitting he hit Bryce Harper with a 93 mph fastball after the game.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said this afternoon he was disappointed in the comments Cole Hamels made after the game about him hitting Bryce Harper on purpose.

Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to talk about  Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s comments. You can find Rizzo’s comments about Cole Hamels here.

Hamels Eight Innings Strong, Phillies bats show up for Once

The Phillies silenced the Natitude tonight in a 9-3 victory, Cole Hamels pitched wonderful.

The Nationals picked up an early run in the bottom of the first inning by some great base running from Bryce Harper, he was on third base and he basically stole home on an attempted pick-off play to first. Just the luck of this Phillies season.

The Phillies bats got going in the top of the fourth inning, the Phils scored three runs in the inning, two off of a Hunter Pence home run and one more off of a Placido Polanco RBI single up the middle.

Cole Hamels pitched a pretty marvelous game as usual, I always have liked watching Hamels pitch and I sure hope we can sign him long-term. Hamels pitched eight strong innings and only allowed one run off of five hits. Hamels even  got a hit in the game and drawed a walk. Maybe Hamels should bat in this lineup every night, he was more productive than some these Phillies bats I see on other nights. Don’t take that last sentence seriously guys.

The Phillies would push across six insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to basically give the Phillies the victory and silence the Natitude. Hunter Pence hit his second home run of the game in that outburst of an inning.

Brian Sanches pitched the ninth inning for the Phillies and thank goodness we had a big lead because it was a little shaky out there for the reliever. He allowed two runs but would eventually get the final out of the inning and give the Phillies their fourth victory of the year.

Former Phillie Jayson Werth left the game in the top of the sixth injury with what looks like a wrist injury. He was trying to dive for a ball and he hurt the wrist on the play. It was a really hard replay to even watch.

The ESPN network I think wants to have a make out session with Bryce Harper or have some alone time with him. The three idiots in the broadcasting booth were foaming of the mouth about him all game long. I was about to throw up or I was going to throw my tv in the pool.

The Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the New York Mets, this will begin a six game home stand for the Phillies. This home stand the Phillies will play the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Houston Astros. Perfect teams for this offense to maybe get the bat on the ball and chalk up some runs.

Some Other Notes

Ryan Howard is progressing well in Florida. Is expected to intensify workouts this week, Which means hitting, running and weight-bearing exercises.

Kyle Kendrick will once again return to the bullpen because Cliff Lee is back in the starting rotation and will start Wednesday against the New York Mets.