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Phils willing to go the extra mile so someone can celebrate something in Washington, DC

The Phils took the first game of their three-game set with the Mets, but lost the next two and will have to wait at least another day if they’re going to win the NL East. With the loss by the Padres yesterday, the Phillies are assured of at least winning the NL Wild Card.

Cole Hamels was ineffective for the first time since mid-August in yesterday’s game. He battled a tough strike zone, but the Mets were all over him as well. Hamels lasted just four innings, allowing five runs as Beltran and Wright both took him out of the yard. Utley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to get the Phils back in the game, but Madson got tagged for a pair of runs in the ninth and the Phils lost 7-3.

The Phillies are 93-63 on the year after yesterday’s loss. They are in first place in the NL East with a six game lead over the Atlanta Braves and a magic number of one. The Padres are now the Wild Card leaders, a half game ahead of Atlanta.

Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and two home runs. He struck out two. It was the first time he had allowed more than two runs in a start since August 19.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first.

David Wright led off the second for the Mets and hit a 1-1 pitch out to left. 1-0. Joaquin Arias doubled to left with two outs and the Phillies walked Henry Blanco in the eight hole intentionally. It put men on first and second for the pitcher Pat Misch. Hamels struck him out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.

Jose Reyes and Nick Evans singled back-to-back to start the third, putting men on first and second with no outs. With Carlos Beltran at the plate, Reyes was thrown out stealing third for the first out. Beltran moved Evans to second with a single, but Wright hit into a double-play to end the frame.

Hamels walked Angel Pagan to start the fourth. Ike Davis followed that with a single that moved Pagan to third. Arias was next and hit a dribbler down the third base line. Hamels got to the ball quickly and Pagan, presumably thinking he would be out at the plate, stopped between third and home. Pagan was tagged out after a rundown with Davis moving to third. With one out and men on first and third, Hamels walked Blanco and the bases were loaded. He struck out the pitcher Misch for the second out, but Reyes singled into center with everyone moving up a base and Davis scoring to extend the lead to 2-0. Evans followed that with a double into center. Arias and Blanco scored, but Victorino threw Reyes out at the plate to set New York down with a 4-0 lead.

Herndon started the fifth. Beltran led off and homered to left center. 5-0. Herndon got the next two before he walked Davis. Arias struck out to leave Davis at first.

Herndon was pitching for the second day in a row for the fourth time this season.

The lead was cut to 5-3 when Worley started the sixth. He walked pinch-hitter Chris Carter with one out, but got the next two hitters.

Worley hasn’t been charged with a run in three appearances as a reliever for the Phils this season.

Durbin pitched the seventh. Wright doubled with one out. Durbin struck Pagan out behind him for the second out and then walked the lefty Davis intentionally. Lefty Lucas Duda hit for Arias and popped to short to leave both men stranded.

Not a fan of the walk to Davis there. The Mets lose Arias, but wind up with a lefty against Durbin with two men on instead of a lefty against Durbin with one man on.

Durbin was pitching for the second straight day after allowing a run on two hits while getting two outs in Saturday’s game. He came into the game with a 7.27 ERA in September, having allowed seven runs in 8 2/3 innings.

Contreras got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth.

Contreras hasn’t been charged with a run in his last five appearances.

Madson started the ninth with the Phils down two. Evans singled and Beltran homered again. 7-3. Wright walked on five pitches and that was it for Madson. Baez took over and got a pair of strikeouts as he set down the next three hitters.

First time in 14 appearances that Madson was charged with a run.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Pat Misch went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Ibanez (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez.

Victorino was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first. He moved to second out a ground out by Polanco before Utley walked. Howard flew to left for the second out and Werth grounded to third to end the inning.

Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second.

Polanco singled to left with two outs in the third. Utley grounded to second to leave him stranded.

They were down 4-0 when they hit in the fourth. Werth and Ibanez singled back-to-back with one out. It put men on first and third for Ruiz, but Ruiz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Valdez started the fifth with a single with the Phils down 5-0. Mayberry hit for Hamels and reached on an infield single that moved Valdez to second. Victorino flew to right for the first out, with Valdez tagging and taking third. Polanco struck out for the second out, but Utley hit a 3-1 pitch just out to right for a three-run homer that got the Phils back in the game at 5-3. Howard followed that with a double, but Werth struck out swinging to leave him there.

No RBI for Polanco with one out and a man on third.

Ibanez started the bottom of the sixth with a double and moved to third when Ruiz followed and grounded out. Valdez grounded back to the pitcher for the second out. With righty Manny Acosta on the mound for New York, Gload hit for Worley and flew to center for the third out.

Again no RBI for the Phils with less than two outs and a man on third. This time Valdez grounds to the pitcher.

Polanco walked with one out in the seventh, but Utley and Howard went down behind him.

Werth started the eighth with a walk. A ground out by Ibanez moved him to second before Ruiz flew to center. With righty Elmer Dessens on the mound for New York, Rollins hit for Valdez and grounded to first.

First at-bat for Rollins since September 8. He stayed in the game to play short in the ninth.

The Phils were down 7-3 when they hit in the ninth. Victorino singled to right with one out, but Polanco and Utley both flew to center and the game was over.

Victorino was 1-for-4. 3-for-11 with a double, a home run and a walk in the series. He’s hitting 262/330/436 for the year.

Polanco 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-12 with a walk and three singles in the series. 265/321/312 in 238 plate appearances since the start of August.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk and a three-run homer. 3-for-11 with two walks and a home run in the series. He has at least one hit in eight games in a row and is at 279/391/454 for the season.

Howard 1-for-4 with a double. 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run in the series. 278/353/515 on the year.

Werth 1-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-10 with two walks in the series. 292/385/518 on the year.

Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double. 3-for-12 with a double in the series. 273/350/442 for the year. 391/440/667 over his last 75 plate appearances.

Ruiz 0-for-4 and left four men on base. 1-for-11 in the set. 293/392/434 on the year.

Valdez 1-for-3. 3-for-8 with a double and a walk in the series. 259/302/361 for the year. 339/403/429 over 63 plate appearances in his last 16 games.

Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53) faces lefty John Lannan (8-7, 4.58) tonight. Halladay has allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last six starts, pitching to a 4.32 ERA and a 1.27 ratio. After going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in the first half of the season, Lannan has gone 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA in his ten starts since the break.


So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young, or slugging .659, anymore

The Phillies outscored the Mets 892 to 804 in 2007, a difference of 88 runs. That difference disappeared completely in 2008 as both teams scored an identical 799 runs. Offense was down across the league last year, but the Mets seemed less bothered than most teams. They scored five fewer runs than they had the year before while the Phillies scored 93 fewer.

There were injuries for the Phillies, most notably to Jimmy Rollins. Let’s hope that was it. Let’s hope what was not it is that the idea that the Mets are built around a pair of young stars in Reyes and Wright while the Phillies are built around a pair of young stars in Utley and Howard just isn’t as true as we’d like it to be. All four are definitely stars, part of baseball’s elite, but some of them are younger than others. Utley is 30 already and Howard turns 30 in November. Reyes won’t be 26 till June and Wright turns 27 in December. Utley and Howard, and Rollins for that matter, who turns 31 in November, are all going to start to get worse sooner than the younger Mets stars. I’m not saying that it’s started already, I don’t think it has. But it will, and when you look at some pairings of Mets and Phillies players over the past three years there are some concerning trends that help shed some light on how the difference in runs scored closed so dramatically in ’08.

Here’s the runs created, as calculated by Baseball-Reference, for Rollins and Reyes over the past three seasons:

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Rollins was hurt for a lot of 2008, which will mess up your runs created, but even when he wasn’t Reyes outhit him. Reyes hit 297/358/475 for the year while Rollins hit 277/349/437.

Here’s Utley and Wright:

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After being outhit by Utley in 2006, Wright has been better in 2007 and 2008. It should also be noted that there were only four NL players whose runs created were better than the 130 that Utley put up in 2008 — Wright just happens to be one of them.

This one might be the most disturbing of all, comparing Howard and Delgado:

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Carlos Delgado isn’t the offensive player that Ryan Howard is, let’s not get silly here. But the similarity in the amount of offense they produced in 2008 is alarming. Even more alarming than the fact suggestion that Delgado and Howard created a similar amount of offense in 2008 is how dramatically Howard’s output has dropped since 2006 — for 169 in ’06 to 113 in ’08.

Finally, this one isn’t a natural pairing at all, but Carlos Beltran produced more offense than Burrell consistently over the past three seasons and widened the gap in 2008:

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The two were very close in 2007. Both created more runs in 2008 than they had the year before, but Beltran had greater improvement between the two seasons.


Mets can’t get Brett

Just about everyone thinks that this weekend’s series between the Phillies and the Mets is more important to the Phils than it is to the Mets. And I agree with them. But maybe not by quite as much as you might think. The Mets came into the series with a chance to bury the Phils, and if they don’t do it the ghosts of last season are going to start to stir even more than they have already.

Last night the Phils took game one behind a fantastic pitching performance from Brett Myers. Myers went eight shutout innings and struck out ten while allowing the Mets just three hits. The Phils squeaked out a run in the first and got two more on a home run from Dobbs in the seventh.

Despite the win, the story is still much the same for the Phils. They can’t score runs and anything that has to do with the bullpen is terrifying. Lidge was the only guy to make an appearance for the Phils in relief last night. He kept the Mets off the board but looked shaky, allowing two hits and needing 26 pitches to get through his inning.

The Phillies beat the New York Mets last night, winning 3-0 to improve to 77-64 on the season. The Phils trail the Mets by two games in the NL East.

Not to be forgotten is that the last couple of the series between the Phils and Mets have started well for the Phils. In each of the last three series the teams have played, the Phils won the first game of the set and the Mets have won every other game.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and two walks. All three of the hits that he allowed were doubles. He struck out ten.

He started the first up 1-0. With one out, David Murphy hit a ball into left that Burrell dove for, didn’t catch and then kicked. Murphy wound up with a double. David Wright followed with a walk, but Myers got Carlos Delgado to hit into a double-play.

Carlos Beltran started the second with a double. Myers struck Ryan Church and Luis Castillo out back-to-back. It brought the lefty Brian Schneider to the plate with a runner in scoring position and Myers walked him intentionally to face the pitch Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey struck out swinging at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

Hate walking Schneider intentionally to pitch to the pitcher. Would much rather see the Phillies get Schneider out and let Pelfrey lead off the third. Worked out great for the Phils, though.

Jose Reyes led off the third and smoked a ball that Howard jumped for and speared for the first out. Fantastic play by Howard. Would have been at least a double and maybe a triple for Reyes. Myers struck out Murphy and Wright to finish the inning.

The play that Howard made on the ball hit by Reyes was enormous. Hard to say a defensive play in the third inning where no run would have scored changed the game, but that play was critical.

Myers struck out Beltran and Church in a 1-2-3 fourth.

He got two ground balls and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Murphy hit a ball off the wall in left for another double with one out in the sixth. Rich Dubee was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes before Myers got Wright to pop to second and Delgado to fly to center.

Myers threw a 1-2-3 seventh with a 3-0 lead. He had thrown 107 pitches through seven.

In the eighth, he got Schneider on a ground ball to first, pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson on a fly ball to left. He struck Jose Reyes out to end the inning.

Lidge started the ninth with a 3-0 lead. Murphy led off with a ten-pitch at-bat that ended with a fly out to center field. He got ahead of Wright before Wright hit an 0-2 pitch over Victorino’s head. The ball bounced once and cleared the fence for a ground-rule double. Delgado lined a 3-1 pitch into center for a single, bringing Beltran to the plate as the tying run with men on first and third. Beltran got ahead 3-1 and swung at ball four, hitting a lazy fly ball into left field. Sounds pretty routine, but Bruntlett, who came in to play left in the eighth, was playing way deep and had to sprint in before making a basket catch for the second out. Church drove an 0-2 pitch to center, but Victorino tracked it down to end the game.

Nothing about Lidge’s outing that should make you feel at all comfortable. Lidge lowered his ERA since the All-Star break to 4.42. He threw 26 pitches.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Mike Pelfrey went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Werth (7) Dobbs (8) Coste. Dobbs at third against the righty with Feliz on the bench. Coste catches.

Victorino singled to right with one out in the first. He stole second and went to third when Schneider’s throw to second wasn’t handled. Utley hit a ground ball to first and Victorino scored, putting the Phils up 1-0. Howard flew to left for the third out.

Dobbs singled with two outs in the second. Coste grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.

1-2-3 in the third.

Howard walked with one out in the fourth, but Burrell popped to second and Werth grounded back to the pitcher.

1-2-3 in the fifth.

Rollins led off the sixth with a single, but Pelfrey picked him off of first. Victorino flew to center and Utley grounded to second.

Howard led off the seventh with a single. Burrell flew softly to left for the first out and Werth struck out swinging for the second. Dobbs was next and drove a 2-2 pitch just over the glove of Church in right and out for a two-run homer that put the Phils up 3-0. Church timed the ball perfectly, it may have gone off the tip of his glove. Coste flew to left for the third out.

1-2-3 in the eighth. Up 3-0, Myers hit for himself having thrown 107 pitches and grounded out. I would have hit for him, but it worked out for the Phils.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth. Church made a sliding catch in right to take a hit away from Utley for the first out.

Rollins 1-for-4.

Victorino 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Utley 0-for-4 with a big RBI groundout in the first. Church took a hit away from him in the ninth.

Howard 0-for-2 with two walks. Big defensive play to retire Reyes to start the third.

Burrell 0-for-3 with a strikeout. 21-for-his-last-117.

Werth 0-for-3 and struck out twice.

Dobbs 2-for-3 with his seventh home run and two RBI.

Coste 0-for-3.

Jamie Moyer (12-7, 3.80) faces righty Pedro Martinez (5-3, 5.07) this afternoon. Martinez faced the Phils on August 26 and was strong early, but wound up allowing five runs over five innings. Rollins and Howard both homered off of him in that game. He faced Moyer and Moyer left early, surrendering six runs in three innings. Easley and Tatis both hit home runs against Moyer in that game. Those home runs are the only ones that Moyer has allowed over in his last six starts.

Update: Today’s game has been postponed. They will play a day-night double-header on Sunday.


Eaton junk has Phils ill

After the bullpen threw 12 2/3 innings in the first three games of the series with the Mets, 2 2/3 innings out of Eaton’s start wasn’t exactly what the Phillies needed. It was what they got, though.

The Phillies found themselves down 8-0 in the third and 10-1 in the bottom of the sixth. They did put together a valiant comeback, bringing Howard, Burrell, Feliz and Werth to the plate in the bottom of the ninth as the tying run. Never did tie the game up, though.

The pen has now thrown 19 innings over the Phillies’ last four games.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, falling 10-9. They lose the series three games to one and are 48-42 on the season. They have lost three in a row and have lost seven of the last eight series they have played.

Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on ten hits. Only six of the runs were earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He walked one and struck out one.

Jose Reyes led off the first with a single and stole second. Endy Chavez bunted for a single that moved Reyes to third. David Wright was next and looped a ground ball to second. Utley tried to tag Chavez but missed and threw Wright out at first for the first out as Reyes scored to put the Mets up 1-0. Carlos Beltran grounded to first and Chavez moved to third. Damion Easley was next and he singled into right, scoring Chavez to make it 2-0. Carlos Delgado grounded to second for the third out.

Fernando Tatis singled off the glove of Dobbs to start the second. Brian Schneider followed with a ground ball to second. Utley made a nice diving play to force Tatis at second. The pitcher Pedro Martinez tried to bunt Schneider to second but struck out for the second out. Eaton walked Reyes to put men on first and second. Chavez was next and singled into right center, scoring Schneider to make it 3-0 with Reyes going to third. Wright blasted a 2-2 pitch down the left field line for a bases clearing double. 5-0. Eaton got Beltran to pop to third to end the inning.

Delgado doubled with one out in the third and moved to third when Tatis followed with a single. Schneider hit a slow ground ball to short and Rollins threw him out at first as Delgado scored to make it 6-0. Pedro hit a hard ground ball to third through Dobbs for an error. Tatis scored from second and it was 7-0. Reyes moved Pedro to second with a single. Chavez hit a 3-2 pitch back through the middle and Pedro scored. 8-0. Condrey relieved Eaton and got Wright to fly to center for the third out.

Eaton needed 68 pitches to get eight outs.

Condrey pitched the fourth, throwing for the third straight day. With one out he allowed back-to-back singles to Easley and Delgado, but got Tatis and Schneider on ground outs to end the frame.

He threw a 1-2-3 fifth to drop his ERA on the season to 3.93.

RJ Swindle made his major league debut in the sixth. Wright was the first man to face him and hit a 3-2 pitch just out down the left field line to put New York up 9-1. Beltran and Easley followed with singles that put men on first and second before Swindle struck out Delgado to get his very own ERA. He walked Tatis to load the bases before Schneider popped to short for the second out. Pedro ripped a single back through the middle. Beltran scored to make it 10-1 but Victorino threw Easley out at the plate for the third out.

Swindle came back to throw a 1-2-3 seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth.

Romero started the ninth, pitching for the third straight day, and gave up a leadoff single to Tatis. Tatis went for two and Burrell threw him out for the first out. Tatis was safe, but the ball beat him by a lot and the Phillies got the call. Romero got the next two.

The pen goes 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Condrey and Romero were both really good. Swindle was solid after a shaky start. Condrey threw 37 pitches, pitching for the third day in a row. Swindle 53 pitches, Romero nine.

Romero and Condrey should not be allowed to pitch four days in a row. I would say there’s close to zero chance Condrey pitches after throwing 37 last night, but Manuel may be tempted to use Romero. Swindle is no doubt unavailable after 53 and Romero is the only other lefty in the pen. On the plus side, Hamels is the one guy in the rotation who can give you a long outing. That issue is complicated as Hamels threw 125 pitches his last time out.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Pedro Martinez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Coste. Werth in right against the righty with Jenkins on the bench. Dobbs at third with Feliz on the bench. Coste catches.

1-2-3 in the first.

Howard started the second with a single. Burrell and Dobbs struck out behind him before Werth walked. Coste grounded to first.

1-2-3 third.

Utley led off the fourth and hit a 1-2 pitch out to right to cut the New York lead to 8-1. Howard drew a walk but Burrell and Dobbs both grounded out before Werth drew another walk. With men on first and second and two down, Coste struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

Taguchi hit for Condrey to start the fifth and struck out. Rollins singled to center before Victorino flew to center for the second out. Rollins stole second, but was left there when Utley struck out looking to end the inning.

Burrell homered with one out in the sixth. 10-2. Dobbs followed with a double, but Werth and Coste both struck out to leave Dobbs stranded.

With one out in the seventh, Rollins singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Victorino doubled to right and Rollins scored to make it 10-3. Bruntlett, who replaced Utley in the top of the inning, moved Victorino to third with a ground out. Howard was next and he hit the first pitch of his at-bat deep to right where it was touched by a fan who reached over the railing. Howard was given a home run that made it 10-5. Should have been a double. Jerry Manuel was ejected arguing. Burrell struck out for the third out.

Werth singled with one out in the eighth. Coste struck out for the second out. Jenkins hit for Swindle with the righty Aaron Heilman on the mound and hit the first pitch he saw way out for a home run that made it 10-7. First home run since June 7 for Jenkins. Rollins struck out looking to end the inning.

With the Phils still down 10-7, Victorino led off the ninth against Billy Wagner and doubled down the third base line. Bruntlett drew a walk and it brought Howard up as the tying run. Howard struck out swinging for the first out before Burrell flew to right. Feliz was next, hitting for Dobbs against the lefty, and got behind 0-2 before he singled into center. Victorino scored to make it 10-8 and Beltran’s throw went to third base and got away from Wright. Bruntlett scored to make it 10-9 and Feliz went to second. It brought up Werth with the tying run on second. He got ahead 1-0 but flew to right to end the game.

Rollins was 2-for-5 in the game. 4-for-18 with a walk and one run scored in the four-game set. 272/337/437 for the season.

Victorino 2-for-5 with two doubles. 6-for-17 in the series. 270/341/375 for the year. He had five extra-base hits in June and two last night.

Utley was 1-for-3 with his 25th home run. 3-for-16 with a walk in the series. 294/378/601. He has three walks in his last 52 at-bats.

Howard 2-for-4 with his 24th home run. 6-for-17 with two home runs in the series. 226/317/484. There are a lot of people who will tell you that Howard is having a good season, but most of them turn out to work for the Phillies. His .317 on-base percentage is 114th of the 155 NL players with 150 plate appearances this year.

Burrell was 1-for-5 with his 22nd home run. 4-for-15 in the series. 277/409/586 for the year.

Dobbs 1-for-4 with a double. 1-for-5 in the series. 322/358/443 for the year.

Werth 1-for-3 with two walks in the game. 3-for-8 with a home run and four walks in the series. 277/369/503. Jenkins was 1-for-1 with a home run in the game and 1-for-6 with three strikeouts in the series. The Phils need his bat. 237/287/384 in a miserable season so far.

Coste was 0-for-4, struck out three times and left six men on base. That’s not so much what you’re looking for in a game you lose by a run. 0-for-12 in the series. 292/349/506. Ruiz was 1-for-6 in the series and is 1-for-his-last-23 overall. 207/298/277 overall. That is really bad. Among the 155 NL players with 150 or more plate appearances, Ruiz’s .277 slugging percentage is 152nd.

Cole Hamels (9-5, 3.22) faces righty Joel Pinero (2-4, 4.52) tonight. Pinero has walked just 17 in 75 2/3 innings this season. He’s been hit hard his last two times out, allowing 11 runs on 21 hits over 12 2/3 innings. The Cards have lost six of the last seven games he has started. Hamels has gone at least seven innings in six straight starts and the Phils have won three of the last four he’s started. Hamels threw 125 pitches against the Braves in his last start, which is too many and his high for the season.

The exercise to determine whether more people live in New York or Philadelphia continues. You can still vote for Burrell until 5 PM on Thursday.


Secret to beating the Mets all but four-gotten by the Phils

Jimmy Rollins hurt his ankle in New York on April 8, returning to second base on a pickoff play where the throw never came. The Phils beat the Mets that night, their ninth in a row against their rivals from New York. Rollins has mostly been sidelined since and, after losing again last night, the Phils have suddenly dropped four straight to the Mets.

While the fans may be at least a little sympathetic about the Phillies’ struggles without Rollins, the standings most certainly won’t. After a better start this year, the Phils are in danger of ending the month with a miserable record similar to what the fans remember from the past couple of Aprils.

The Phils need Rollins back for a lot of reasons, one of which is to get the bat of struggling Eric Bruntlett out of the lineup. Bruntlett is 1-for-his-last-13 with a single and on-basing .256 for the season (update: Phils can need Rollins back all they want, but they put Rollins and Snelling on the DL today and called up Brad Harman and TJ Bohn. That there is a non-trivial problem).

The Phillies lost to the Mets on Saturday, falling 4-2 to drop to 8-10 on the season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out one and lowered his ERA to 4.79 on the year.

Jose Reyes hit Moyer’s first pitch of the game down the left field line for a double. Ryan Church was next and singled on a line drive off the glove of Taguchi in right, but Reyes held second. Reyes stole third with David Wright at the plate before Wright split the gap in right-center with a double that scored both runners and put the Mets up 2-0. Carlos Beltran popped to Utley for the first out before Carlos Delgado moved Wright to third with a ground out to first base. Angel Pagan grounded to third to end the frame.

Brian Schneider started the second with a single, but Luis Castillo followed and hit into a double-play. Pitcher Oliver Perez singled to left before Reyes flew to left for the third out.

Wright singled with one out in the third. With Beltran batting, Moyer picked Wright off and Howard threw to Bruntlett who applied the tag. Beltran grounded back to the pitcher to set the Mets down.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He walked Perez on four pitches with one out in the fifth. Reyes flew to center for the second out before Church moved Perez to second with a single. Wright looped a ball into center. Werth was playing really deep, but charged and made a diving catch to end the inning. Werth is playing really deep in center field — that’s a longer run for him than you would expect on a ball hit like that.

Moyer threw a 1-2-3 sixth.

Madson started the seventh with the Phils down 2-0. He got Brian Schneider to ground to first for the first out before Luis Castillo drew a walk. Lefty Endy Chavez hit for the pitcher and grounded to first for the second out, with Reyes moving to second. Reyes homered to right-center to put the Mets up 4-0 before Church grounded to second to end the frame.

Madson returned to throw a 1-2-3 eighth.

Durbin started the ninth with the Phils down 4-2. He walked Schneider with one out and Castillo moved him to second with a single. Lefty Marlon Anderson hit for the pitcher and hit into a double-play to set the Mets down. Durbin’s ERA dropped to 0.69 with the scoreless inning.

Madson threw 22 pitches and Durbin 17.

The Phillies lineup against lefty Oliver Perez went (1) Taguchi (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Coste catches Bruntlett. Taguchi plays right against the lefty. Werth in center. I’d rather see Werth leading off that Taguchi.

Down 2-0 in the first, the Phils went 1-2-3.

Howard and Burrell struck out to start the second before Feliz walked. Coste moved Feliz to second with a single to left, but Bruntlett popped to first for the third out.

Taguchi singled with one out in the third, but Werth followed and flew to right for the second out. Utley walked, moving Taguchi to second, but Howard struck out to end the inning.

Coste walked with two outs in the fourth. Bruntlett was next and hit a ball hard in between third and short. Wright dove to his right to spear the ball and threw to second to force Coste to end the inning.

Taguchi singled with one out in the fifth. Werth struck out before Utley singled into center, putting men on first and third for Howard with two outs. Howard flew to left.

Feliz walked with one out in the sixth. Coste hit a ground ball to short and the Mets forced Feliz at second, but did not get the double-play. Coste went to second on a wild pitch before Bruntlett walked, putting men on first and second with two down for the pitcher’s spot. Rollins hit for Moyer and grounded to first to end the inning.

Utley homered to right with two outs in the seventh, his third home run in three days. It made the score 4-1. Howard struck out for the third out.

The Phils finally got their chance in the eighth. Burrell led off with a walk and Feliz followed with a ball hit slowly to third. Wright threw to first for the first out with Burrell moving to second. With righty Joe Smith on the mound, Dobbs hit for Coste. The Mets brought in lefty Pedro Feliciano, but Dobbs stayed in the game and blooped a single into center. Burrell went to third, but when Bruntlett followed with a walk it loaded the bases with one out for the pitcher’s spot. Ruiz hit for Madson and the Mets pulled Feliciano for righty Aaron Heilman. Ruiz stayed in the game and blooped one into left. It looked like Pagan started late and the ball fell in front of him. Everyone moved up a base with Burrell scoring to make it 4-2. Jenkins hit for Taguchi against the righty Heilman and struck out swinging 3-2. Werth struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.

Jenkins strikeout hurt the most with bases loaded and one out. The Phils had a chance there and just didn’t get it done. Dobbs hitting for Coste in the inning strikes me a little odd — I’d rather have Coste against the righty with Dobbs still available than Dobbs against the lefty. Probably doesn’t matter if you can’t hit for Bruntlett because there’s nobody else to play short. If there is someone else on the team that can play short I think you have to hit for Bruntlett there. Even if you have to leave Bruntlett in the game, and I think you do, I still think you have to let Coste hit for himself. Manuel also could have hit Jenkins for Ruiz after Heilman left the game and let Taguchi hit for himself instead of having Jenkins hit for him. Manuel got guys up with a chance to put the Phils ahead and they just couldn’t do it, but partly they got the opportunity they did cause Dobbs got a hit off a lefty and Ruiz got a hit off a righty.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Taguchi was 2-for-4.

Werth was 0-for-5, struck out three times and left five men on base.

Utley was 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run.

Howard was 0-for-5 and struck out three times.

Burrell was 0-for-4 with a walk and struck out three times.

Feliz 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Coste 1-for-2 with a walk.

Bruntlett was 0-for-2 and walked twice.

Adam Eaton (0-0, 4.12) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (2-0, 1.50) tonight. Pelfrey has made two starts on the season, both of them good, and one against the Phillies. He faced the Phils on April 9 and allowed two runs over five innings.


Eaton firing on all cylinders, Phils’ hitters happy just to watch

After ten games the Phils have been through their rotation twice and Adam Eaton has just about inarguably been their second best starting pitcher behind Cole Hamels. Apparently the Phils are so surprised their hitters can’t think of much to do but stare. In Eaton’s two starts the Phillies have scored six runs.

Last night the Phils found themselves down 3-0 in the sixth, but scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie the game up and send it to extra-innings. Despite a valiant effort from the pen, the Phils’ hitters couldn’t do much more. With two outs in the twelfth, Jose Reyes ripped a double and roared around to score on a close play when Angel Pagan followed with a single up the middle. The Phils had just two hits after the eighth, an infield single and a bunt where the catcher fell down after fielding the ball.

A big part of the problem for the Phils is the top of the order. With Rollins shelved with an ankle injury, Victorino and Bruntlett have combined to go 2-for-18 with two walks in the last two games.

The Phillies lost to the New York Mets last night, falling 4-3 in twelve innings to drop to 4-6 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Just one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five.

Eaton had a pretty 1-2-3 first, getting two fly balls to left before striking out David Wright for the third out. Nine pitches.

He walked Carlos Delgado on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the second and Ryan Church followed with a single into right that moved Delgado to second. Damion Easley was next and hit a double-play ball to second that ended the inning. Nicely done by Bruntlett after a rough game the night before.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 third.

Pagan led off the fourth with a single. Eaton struck Wright out behind him, but walked Delgado to put men on first and second. Delgado grounded to second for the second out, moving the runners to second and third. Ryan Church was next and delivered a two-run single into center to put the Mets up 2-0. Damion Easley grounded to short to end the frame. Big two-out hit for Church.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Pagan started the sixth with a double and moved to third when Wright followed and grounded out to second. Beltran was next and he singled into right, putting New York up 3-0. Delgado struck out for the second out. With Church at the plate, Beltran tried to steal second — Coste threw him out with the help of a nice pick from Bruntlett.

Ryan Madson started the seventh, seeing his first action since Friday after being sidelined with a sore arm. Jayson Werth, who had pinch-hit in the seventh, entered the game to play center field. Seeing Werth in center should be very, very good news to Phillies fans. He’s not as good as Victorino defensively there, but there’s some evidence he can be solid and brings a ton more offense to the position. Madson gave up a one-out double to Easley before he got Brian Schneider to line softly to Utley. Pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson grounded to second to end the inning.

Romero started the seventh. Jose Reyes led off with an infield single and Pagan bunted him to second. Romero walked the righty Wright intentionally to put men on first and second for Beltran. Beltran swung and missed the 2-1 pitch as Reyes and Wright pulled off a double-steal, putting men on second and third with one out. The Phils brought the infield in, but only for one pitch as Romero struck Beltran out swinging for the second out. It brought up the lefty Delgado with the lefty Church behind him, and Delgado grounded to third to end the inning.

The Beltran strikeout after the double-steal was huge for Romero. Beltran could have put the Mets ahead with an out.

Lidge came in to pitch the ninth with the game tied at 3-3. He gave up a two-out walk to Schneider, but got pinch-hitter Endy Chavez to line to short for the third out.

Seanez started the tenth. He walked Wright on a close 3-2 pitch with two outs. Wright stole second on the 0-1 pitch in the dirt, but Seanez struck Beltran out swinging at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Gordon got two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eleventh.

He returned for the twelfth and got the first two before Reyes doubled. Pagan was next and singled up the middle. Werth charged and made a strong throw home. Reyes beat the ball to the plate, but Coste blocked it well. Very close play, but Reyes was called safe and the game was over. 4-3 Mets. Good play by both Werth and Coste to make it close.

Gordon was great in the eleventh, but asking him to go more than one inning might be optimistic.

Something is afoot with Werth in center. It’s not just curious that he played center, it’s also curious at the end of the game both he and Taguchi were on the field and he was in center and Taguchi was in left. If the Phils are really going to give Werth serious time in center that’s very good news.

Good day overall for the pen as they hold the Mets to a run over 5 2/3 innings. Nice to see Madson come back. Nobody threw a ton of pitches, Seanez was the high man with 22. We’ll have to see if Madson can go back-to-back days after his first action since Friday. You would think Romero and Lidge would be okay for tonight. Seanez is likely unavailable after throwing back-to-back days. Gordon only threw 19 pitches, but I would guess that after going more than an inning he probably won’t pitch tonight. Kudos to Chad Durbin for his heroic long effort in relief on Thursday — it gave the Phils a rested pen that pitched well and gave the hitters a lot of chances to win the game.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty John Maine went (1) Victorino (2) Bruntlett (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Coste. Rollins stays on the bench with his sore ankle. Victorino and Bruntlett stay at the top of the order. Still too high for Bruntlett, wish they’d just go Utley/Howard/Burrell 2-3-4. Coste gets a start behind the plate with Eaton on the mound.

Victorino led off the first with a single. He took off for second with the count 2-1 on Bruntlett and Bruntlett popped it up to first. Victorino couldn’t get back in time and was doubled-up. Utley flew to the warning track in left for the third out.

With two outs in the second, Jenkins hammered a ball of the wall in left-center for a double. Feliz flew to center to set the Phillies down.

Coste walked to start the third and Eaton bunted him to second. Victorino grounded back to the pitcher for the first out and Bruntlett flew to center.

Burrell walked with two outs in the fourth, but Jenkins grounded to first for the third out.

With the Mets up 2-0 in the fifth, the Phils went down 1-2-3.

Victorino led off the sixth with a walk. Bruntlett followed and flew out before Victorino took off for second with Utley at the plate and was thrown out. Utley singled, Howard walked and Burrell walked, loading the bases with two down. Jenkins grounded out to short to end the frame. The caught stealing by Victorino killed the Phils in the inning as the next three hitters reached based. Second time on the bases that Victorino gave away an out after getting doubled-off in the first.

Feliz started the seventh and hit one out to left for his first home run as a Phil, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-1. Coste followed with a ground-rule double to left and Dobbs hit for Eaton. Lefty Pedro Feliciano came in to pitch for Maine, and Werth hit for Dobbs and drew a walk. It put men on first and second with nobody out and Victorino tried to bunt them along, couldn’t do it and swung away with two strikes and struck out. Bruntlett struck out looking and Utley went down swinging. The Phils get nothing out of first and second with one out. I would have let Victorino hit, but he had a pretty bad at-bat for the first out.

Righty Aaron Heilman started the eighth against the lefty Howard and Howard smoked a 1-1 pitch out to center to cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Righty Aaron Heilman is not really the guy you want facing lefty Ryan Howard in a close game. Don’t understand why it wasn’t the lefty Schoeneweis, especially with another lefty Jenkins hitting after Burrell. Burrell walked and Taugchi ran for him at first. Jenkins singled into right and Taguchi went to third. Big hit for Jenkins. I wouldn’t have run for Burrell there, but he wouldn’t have gone first to third. Feliz grounded softly to third and Wright didn’t have a chance to get Taguchi, who was going on contact. Wright threw Feliz out as Taguchi scored to make it 3-3 and Jenkins went to second. Coste struck out swinging at a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Werth grounded softly to first to end the frame.

Not seeing Schoeneweis, who threw 1/3 of an inning on Tuesday, is perplexing. I know the Mets’ fans hate him but if you’re not going to use him to get out lefties it’s hard to understand why he’s on the team. The lefties Howard and Jenkins hurt Heilman in the inning, Howard with the home run and Jenkins with the single. After you get through those guys, though, there’s nobody you need a lefty for for a while. Feliz, Coste, Werth, three righties (and guys Heilman set down 1-2-3 when he finally got to them).

Rollins hit for Romero to start the ninth and struck out swinging. Bruntlett flew to right for the second out before Utley drew a walk. Howard didn’t look like he had a chance against Wagner and struck out swinging to end the frame.

Jenkins walked with one out in the tenth. Feliz was next and flew to center before Coste lined to first base for the third out.

Werth led off the eleventh with an infield single to third. Wright was guarding the line and had to make a nice diving stop near shortstop to keep it in the infield. Cole Hamels hit for Seanez to bunt and deadened the ball right in front of home plate. Schneider picked it up and slipped as he started to throw to first. Hamels was safe at first with a single and Werth went to second. Bruntlett was next and he tried to bunt. He got down 0-2 and bunted foul for the first out. Schoeneweis came in to pitch to Utley and got him to hit into a double-play to turn the Phillies away.

Jenkins reached on an error with two outs in the twelfth, but Feliz followed and grounded to third to end the frame.

Victorino was 1-for-3 with a walk and a caught stealing. Bad day on the bases and couldn’t get the bunt down in the seventh. 3-for-12 with three singles and two walks in the three-game series. 175/233/225 on the season. He needs to start hitting or he’s going to start losing more at-bats.

Bruntlett was 0-for-6 with two strikeouts and left seven men on base. 1-for-10 with a single and a walk in the series. 167/231/167 in 12 at-bats on the year. Just a miserable start all-around for Bruntlett.

Utley was 1-for-5 with a walk and left four men on base. 3-for-11 with a walk and two doubles in the set. 324/447/676 on the year.

Howard was 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk to raise his average to .189. 2-for-13 with two walks and four strikeouts in the series. 189/311/378.

Burrell was 0-for-1 with three walks in the game. I wouldn’t have run for him in the eighth, even though it helped score the run that tied the game. I might have lost, too, but at least I would have lost with my best players on the field. Burrell was 2-for-8 with four walks in the series. He’s hitting 387/513/774 on the year.

Jenkins was 2-for-5 with a walk and a double. 3-for-9 with a walk and a double in the series. 281/343/438.

Feliz was 1-for-6 with a home run and two RBI. 1-for-13 with two walks in the series. He’s hitting 194/256/306.

Coste was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. The Mets stole three bases in the game and he gunned down Beltran once. 2-for-5 with two doubles and a walk in the series. 308/400/692 in 13 at-bats on the season.

Werth was 1-for-2 with a walk. Still hope the Phillies figure out how to get him more time, and it seems like they’re trying. 3-for-6 with three walks in the series. 364/563/455 in 11 at-bats on the season. Got to get him on the field.

Speaking of got to get him on the field, Rollins was 0-for-1 with a strikeout last night. 2-for-6 in the series. 306/342/528.

Taguchi was 0-for-2. 0-for-4 in the series, 143/143/286 in seven at-bats on the year.

Dobbs was wasted for the second straight game, announced as a pinch-hitter and then pinch-hit for. 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the series. 100/100/100 on the year, really he is.

Ruiz did not play in last night’s game but was 2-for-8 with a walk in the series. 185/241/259.

Victorino, Ruiz, Feliz and Howard are all playing regularly and on-basing .311 or lower.

Burrell and Utley continue to lead the Phillies offense. Werth and Coste have been good with the bat in less playing time.

Lefty Steve Kline signed a minor league deal with the Phils.

Brett Myers (0-1, 6.30) faces righty Carlos Zambrano (1-0, 1.32) tonight. Jason Maquis was supposed to make the start but has the flu, so Zambrano was moved up a day. Zambrano has been good in both of his starts this year. He last pitched on Sunday against the Astros and shut Houston out on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. He didn’t face the Phils last season. Myers has made two starts on the season, neither of them inspired. Opponents have hit .310 against him and he’s walked five in ten innings, four of them lefties. He pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief against the Cubs last season over four games, allowing a run on three hits and two walks.

Myers says he’s closing for nine innings tonight, so look for him to blow out his arm around the fourth.

While on web sites dedicated to fantasy baseball, I also wanted to mention Fantasy Dope. Fantasy Dope is a fantastic aggregator that pulls in news about baseball and other major sports from blogs, team sites and other traditional news outlets. Lots of good baseball stuff whether you’re playing fantasy baseball or not.


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