Monday, April 30, 2012

Rally Phils win for split with Cubs

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Ironworkers Adam Cro...
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Ironworkers Adam Cross (L) and Steven Cross connect a steel beam at the top of One World Trade Center to make it New York City's tallest building on April 30, 2012 in New York City. The cousins are from the Kahnawae native american reservation in Quebec, Canada. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That's just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Comparison of skyscrapers in New York
Comparison of skyscrapers in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was a historic day today in New York City, with the topping off of One World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in New York and the reclaiming the glory that was before that fateful day now over 10 years ago.

It was a good night for the Phillies as well, when they rallied back to beat the Cubs and split the series with them as they head to Atlanta for a 3 game series.

Placido Polanco came through tonight, and he was really overdue to have something good happen for him and the Phillies. Polanco was 2-8 going into tonight's game in the series with the Cubs and now he only needs 16 hits to make 2,000 in his career. He got the game winning hit tonight to make the hometown fans happy after this game.

Jimmy Rollins brought in a .182 BA (in series with the Cubs) in this brief home stand, and he picked up 2 hits in the game along with 1 BB and 2 runs scored.

Hunter Pence brought with him a .167 BA (in series with the Cubs) into tonight's game  with the Cubs, he had 1 H and 1 RBI in the game.

Carlos Ruiz drove home 2 RBI in this team effort victory.

Laynce Nix flashed some glove in the outfield, and made a great catch on the night.

Together, all of these players clicked and produced a win for the Phillies on the night, a much needed win by a score of 6-4. Hard to believe we're celebrating a split with the Cubs though.

On to Atlanta, it's the Hotlanta Braves for 3 games with Cole Hamels on the mound on Tuesday night at 7:10 PM.


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Phillies Talk Podcast: April Swoon


It's another edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, this week on the show we talk about the tough April that the Phillies had, there's one more chance for victory tonight for the month.

The Phillies play the Cubs one more time in April, then they have a quick two-game series with them in May, and the season series is down with the Cubs, what's up with that? We talk about the strange schedule this year that the Phillies have with some teams this year.

Rich talks about the weekly Power Ranking for the National League on Fox Sports, where are the Phillies ranked? Listen to the show for all of this and more.

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Vance Worley, pitching for the Philadelphia Ph...
Vance Worley, pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies on April 29, 2011, looks to home plate after throwing a pitch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Phils play the Cubs in the series finale tonight, it's Vance Worley vs Chris Volstad. Volstad is 0-3 on the season, and has been giving up a lot of runs in each of his starts. Volstad's ERA is 6.14, and his most recent loss came against the Cardinals.

The Phils then hit the road for Tuesday, going to Atlanta. Cole Hamels gets the start down in Atlanta for the first game of the series. The Braves are in a tie for first place as of yesterday, they are tied with the Washington Nationals.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Live Game Chat: Phillies vs Cubs 4/29/12

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Phinally, some offense

Jimmy Rollins on WhoSay
Jimmy Rollins and B Dawk get some picture time last night at the game

The Phillies offense has been pretty dormant throughout the month of April, last night was a different story. The offense was charged up and producing. The Phils handled the Cubs 5-2 last night in the second game of the 4 game series, with another game this afternoon and on Monday night.

Field view from the 300 level 03:28, 11 March ...
Field view from the 300 level 03:28, 11 March 2007 . . Phillyfan0419 . . 2592×1456 (1,596,180 bytes) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another sellout crowd last night brought the total of sellouts in a row to 212 last night at Citizens Bank Park, proving that success for a baseball team is very good for attendance. The San Francisco Giants have a streak of their own started, it is now up to 92 consecutive sellouts at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The offensive numbers have been slim in April, for example, Jimmy Rollins had 2 RBI's last night in the game against the Cubs, for the whole month of April before this game he had 3 RBI for the month. So Rollins is sitting with 5 RBI and the team leader for the Phillies at the moment is Hunter Pence with 11 RBI on the season. To demonstrate these numbers against the players that are in the lead of that catagory: NL leaders in RBI, Andre Either and Matt Kemp in the lead with 24 RBI each, followed by David Freeze of the St. Louis Cardinals at 20 RBI.

Kyle Kendrick gets the ball for the Phillies today, a 1:35 PM start at Citizens Bank Park, it's his second start of the season. He should do much better than he did in Arizona, he had little time to prepare to become a starter with the injury to Cliff Lee.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cubs and Phillies have similar offenses

Chicago Cubs Cap Insignia
Chicago Cubs Cap Insignia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A preview of tonight's match up with the Phils and the Cubs is a bit eye opening. When comparing both offenses, we find that both clubs are almost in a statistical dead-heat. The Phillies have the advantage with two more wins than the Cubs and two less losses, but otherwise the stats are almost equal. The Cubs are hovering near the bottom of the MLB in offense at 24th in overall runs scored and 23rd in team batting average. The Phillies are 27th overall in runs scored but have improved their team batting average to 14th at .253

It's Joe Blanton (1-3  4.39 ERA) for the Phillies tonight, it's going to be a chilly Philly tonight at the ballpark, along with an 80 percent chance of rain.
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Halladay loses second in a row

Roy Halladay
Roy Halladay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After bursting into 2012 with 3 wins in a row, Roy Halladay has settled back with two losses in a row against teams that the Phillies should have had no trouble beating. Maybe that statement needs to be revised to, teams last year the Phillies should have no trouble beating. This is still a brand new season with only a couple more days left in April, but the signs aren't very good.

The Phillies are the second highest paid team in baseball, with that there should be expectations that they will do better. Certainly the expectations haven't been met, even with injuries that the Phillies have suffered, they still should be playing better than this.

Hunter Pence
Hunter Pence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Players that usually don't take much of the limelight on a team are the backup players, this year those players would be Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton and they have tried to fulfill their roles within this ballclub this year. No one expected these players to suddenly become all-stars so we have to look elsewhere to see where the problems are with this team and what to do about it.

The core of players that should be doing better collectively then should be Rollins, Polanco, Victorino, and Pence. There has been much talk about having Hunter Pence carry the load for the offense on this team, but he isn't able to do that. Yes, he has his moments, but he isn't capable of carrying a team on his back. This group needs to get clicking together offensively, or this year's Phillies team is going to fizzle early and bad.

Pence has to learn that making a diving catch or letting it roll to the fence has some serious consequences, he's tried to dive for two balls that he would have never been able to get to in a week now, and this just doesn't look good when the runner is ending up on third base and runs score because of it.

It's game two of the series with the Cubs tonight, the boo birds in the stands aren't that vocal yet with the Phils, but with much more play like we've seen from the Phils in the last week, we'll be hearing a lot of fans vocalizing their displeasure with this team real soon.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Steve Carlton's anniversary of 27 win season

Steve Carlton. © Rubenstein, photographer Mart...
Steve Carlton. © Rubenstein, photographer Martyna Borkowski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Steve Carlton, one of the best Phillies pitchers ever, accomplished a great feat 40 years ago by winning 27 games in a season but he also accomplished something else that happened on April 25th 1972.

Chris Jaffe of picks up the story from here in his blog:

40th anniversary: Steve Carlton’s greatest performance

Phillies numbers after 19 games:
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Phils bring bats snap 3 game losing streak

Hunter Pence - Philadelphia - 2011 Alternate
Hunter Pence - Philadelphia - 2011 Alternate (Photo credit: BaseballBacks)

The Phillies brought some bats to the park last night as Hunter Pence returned to the lineup, Layne Nix launched a season best 3-3 with 2 RBI, Shane Victorino added a homerun to gain an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Finally some good news to report about the offense with the Phillies, who have hovered near the bottom of the MLB in rankings of offense in all categories.

Hunter Pence was rumored to be injured, but the injury didn't prevent him from playing last night, and he started up the Phillies offense with a tremendous home run to right field that sailed 371 feet. Not to be outdone, Laynce Nix launched a 401 foot home run in the same inning to pace the Phillies to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Arizona wasn't in the mood to just lay down and lose in this game, the Diamondbacks stormed back and added 5 runs in the game, but it wasn't enough to catch the Phillies on this night.

Just yesterday, SI announced that Hunter Pence was out with an arm injury, you can link to that story in the bottom of this post, with a new feature that we have here on the blog. That info proved to be partially right, Pence had a minor injury that caused him to miss 1 game.

It's Cole Hamels today for the Phillies at 3:40 PM local time, with the getaway afternoon game that brings the Phillies home for a long weekend 4-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kendrick gets roughed up Phils lose 9-5

With very little preparation as a starter, Kyle Kendrick took the mound as a Phillies starter last night in Arizona.   Kendrick's last official start was on 9/20/11 vs. the Washington Nationals. After last night, I think it's safe to say that Kyle Kendrick doesn't like to pitch in Arizona, he brought a career record in Phoenix of 0-0 with a 8.55 ERA and 8 ER over two starts with 11 innings pitched into last night's ballgame.

The Phillies almost rallied again for Kendrick as they roared back to score 5 in the 9th inning, but the damage had been done and the rally ended there. Kyle gave up 8 runs in 4 innings as the Phillies went scoreless until the 9th inning rally.

Last year, Kendrick went from the bullpen into the starters role when needed and back to the bullpen, he finished his year at 8-6 with a 3.22 ERA, he had 15 starts last year as a Phillies starter.

Kyle's career numbers tell a different story than we saw from him last night:

 Kendrick’s team rankings since 2007: 3rd in starts (98) and innings
(603.0), T-3rd in wins (43), 7th in appearances (131), 8th in strikeouts

 Starter: 38-27, 4.50 ERA (274 ER, 547.2 IP) in 98 starts ... Phils are
56-42 (.571) in his starts

 As a starter, is 31-7, 2.72 ERA (108 ER, 357.2 IP) when pitching
6.0-or-more innings (54 GS) … 7-20, 7.86 ERA (166 ER, 190.0) when
pitching less than 6.0 innings (44 GS)

 Reliever: 5-3, 3.25 ERA (20 ER, 55.1 IP) in 33 career appearances; has
pitched more than 1.0 inning in 17 of those 33 games (52%)

One interesting fact you can see from these stats, is that if Kyle is doing poorly, he's only going to implode early, maybe Charlie Manuel can see this stat and take him out earlier if he starts going south early. I don't think that this start in Arizona is what we'll see more of from Kyle, hopefully he will get back to some winning form when the Phillies return home over the weekend.

It's Vance Worley tonight for the Phillies, he's coming off a nice win in his last start vs. the Padres on 4/19. He'll be facing the Diamondbacks Josh Collmenter, who has a 10.22 ERA in April, maybe the Phillies can hit him?

News and notes:

Chase Utley joined the team to take BP, and field some grounders

Hunter Pence was out of the lineup, day to day

Monday, April 23, 2012

Arizona tonight with flexible Kendrick on the mound for Phillies

Kyle Kendrick has been an important piece of the Phillies puzzle over the last few years. On a moment's notice, he is in the starting rotation of the Philadelphia Phillies. The injury to Cliff Lee may bring Kendrick 3 or four starts, as he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight in Phoenix.

The Dbacks are coming off a slump of their own, a slump that saw the team lose 5 games in a row, until they beat the Braves yesterday to snap that streak.

For the Phillies, it doesn't much matter if they are facing a team in a slump, because it seems that they too are in one of their own. A team like the Padres should have been swept, especially with how they started off this season, but it just didn't matter as the Phillies split the 4 game series with them.

The team just looked listless yesterday, like they weren't having fun at all, and not relaxed at all.

Jimmy Rollins brought a 1-22 road trip along with him for yesterday's game, John Mayberry Jr. has been on the shelf, Placido Polanco hasn't produced on this road trip either, he has a season average of .192 trailing along with him. The Phillies can get on base, but then no one can move the runner with performances like we see above.

Kendrick's press notes:

 Has allowed just 4 hits in 18 at-bats (.222 AVG) this season ... 0-for-3 with RISP

 Spring 2012: 0-0, 1.54 ERA (2 ER, 11.2 IP), 2 BB, 11 SO in 6 games (1 start)

 Posted a career-low 3.22 ERA last season (41 ER, 114.2 IP)

 2011 splits: Went 5-4, 3.14 ERA (29 ER, 83.0 IP) in 15 starts (7-8 team record) ... Was 3-2, 3.41 ERA (12 ER, 31.2 IP) in 19 relief appearances

 Was 4-2, 2.82 ERA (17 ER, 54.1 IP) in 12 games (8 starts) after the 2011 All-Star break ... Was 4-4, 3.58 ERA (24 ER, 60.1 IP) in 22 games (7 starts) prior

 Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 9 of his 19 relief appearances last season and went 0-1, 2.82 ERA (7 ER, 22.1 IP) when doing so

 Is 5-3, 3.25 ERA (20 ER, 55.1 IP) in 33 career major league relief appearances; has pitched 2.0 or more innings in 14 of those 33 games (42.4%)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Phillies Talk - All-Star Ballot hopefuls for Phils announced

Amidst injury and losses and the Phillies being in last place, we still find reasons to be happy! The Phillies on the All-Star ballots are out, we'll talk about the players on the team that may be heading to the All-Star game.

 Oh yes, we'll be talking about the loses and the best forgotten trip out West for the Phils. Jim is starting to scramble and wants to trade half the team away, but Rich is there to settle him down and remind him that it's a long season, just hang in there!

It's Phillies Talk Podcast, the independent internet talk fest that features news and opinions on the Phillies, with longtime internet broadcasters, Rich Baxter and Jim Mulry.

Phillies battle for .500 in NL East

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To say the season has gone well so far for the Phillies would be a lie. What began as concern in the preseason with the injuries to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard has now turned to real concern as it has been learned that Cliff Lee is probably going on a stint on the DL for a strained oblique muscle.

The Phillies looked to extend their record unbeaten streak in an opponents ballpark in San Diego on Saturday night, the record stood at 13 games straight. Roy Halladay taking in the mound for the Phillies has been as good for them as money in the bank, but yesterday evening in San Diego, the bank was suddenly closed and the Phillies ended up losers of yet another baseball game this year by a score of 5-1.

If the Phillies end the month of April at .500 though, we have to step back and see how bad that really would be? Of course every fan of the team would love to see them win all of the time, but that just doesn't happen when you've got some of your best player's injured. Will the current team be successful? That remains to be seen as sometimes it looks as if the offense has found a groove, and then the next game that groove is gone.

The Phils wrap up in San Diego this afternoon, the weather has got to be better there than it is in the Philadelphia region, as a cool, rainy, Nor'easter has been working its way into the area from early this morning. It's Joe Blanton looking to even up his 1-2 record at 4:05 PM local time.

Some Phillies numbers as of 4/22/2012:

And the San Diego Padres so far:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Worley K's 11 in San Diego for first win

Vance Worley had it going on last night in San Diego, he mowed down 11 Padres via strikeout (a new personal record) and the Phillies took a 2-0 win for their 6th win of the season over San Diego. Worley picks up his first win on the 2012 season after going 11-3 last year, his ERA is at 2.37 so far.

It was the 12th straight victory for the Phillies in San Diego, it extends the record now as the Phillies have the record in victories that are consecutive against a team in their home ballpark. The Padres are 3-11 on the season, so the Phillies should have a better chance for victory there, but that isn't always true.

The Phillies record last year vs. the Padres was 7-1 on the season. The Phillies also set a record for themselves last year for road wins as a team, they were 50-31 (.617) on the season, it was also a record that was best in the MLB last year for road wins.

Another late game out in San Diego tonight, it's Cole Hamels, who was born in San Diego, pitching for the Phillies. Hamels is at 1-1 on the season with a 3.65 ERA and he will face Cory Luebke (1-1 3.71 ERA) Edinson Volquez of the Padres.

Here is some stats for the 2012 season matching up the Phillies with San Diego:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Phillies lose 1-0 to Giants in Cliffhanger

Cliff Lee pitches a gem in SF, but Phillies can't get going on offense

'It was a classic pitcher's duel', was the words that Cliff Lee described last night's game in San Francisco as. And indeed it was, but the Phillies ended up losing the game 1-0 and left San Francisco with a 1-2 road trip under their belts.

I hope we don't hear a lot of games that are described like this, that the Phillies happen to lose. Cliff Lee and Matt Cain didn't figure into the win/loss column for this game though, for the Phillies, it was Antonio Bastardo to get the loss and it was Clay Hensley who picked up the win for the Giants in the bottom of the 11th inning.

It's on to San Diego now, as the Phillies settle in for 4 games vs. the Padres. The Phillies may catch a break in San Diego as the Pods are 3-10 on the season so far, the Phillies bring their 5-7 record into town to see what they can do about improving it.

Two more late starts at 10:05 pm local Philly time for tonight and Friday night, and for the weekend, it's 8:35 PM on Saturday night and 4:05 PM on Sunday for the Phillies game times.

Vance Worley (0-1  3.75 ERA) pitches for the Phillies tonight, vs. Joe Wieland (0-1  10.80 ERA) going for the Padres.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Phils to draft at 40th pick in MLB Draft 2012

The Phillies will be making the 40th pick in this year's 2012 MLB Draft, for first-year players this year. The pick comes as compensation for Ryan Madson's signing with the Cincinnati Reds. The Phils pick again at #54 again as compensation for Raul Ibanez signing with the Yankees.

Also the Phils get to pick at #77 in the second round for further compensation for Ryan Madson signing with the Reds. So the Phillies will be selecting a few players in close proximity of one another.

How important is it to draft high? Well in 2009 First-Year Player Draft , the Washington Nationals had the first pick in the draft that year, and they selected Stephen Strasburg. In 2010, the Nationals had the top pick again and selected Bryce Harper.

Of course in order for your team to get the top draft picks, you generally have had to have a horrible season the year before, so the Phillies won't be gettting any top 10 picks anytime soon.

MLB Draft 2012 June 4-6, top rounds are on national tv, here is the order:

DRAFT ORDER (1st Round): HOU * MIN * SEA * BAL * KC * CHI * SD * PIT * MIA * COL * OAK * NYM * CWS * CIN * CLE * WAS * TOR * LAD * STL * SF * ATL * TOR * STL * BOS * TB * ARI * DET * MIL * TEX * NYY * BOS

The Phils lost in San Francisco last night by a score of  4-2, it takes their season record now to 5-6 on the season. It's Cliff Lee vs Matt Cain tonight at 10:05 PM in San Francisco. Both the Phillies and the Giants own 5-6 records as we see both play the 12 game of the season tonight. 


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Phils pound Lincecum and Giants 5-2

Blanton tonight for the Phillies

The Phillies are showing us that the Sunday win is no fluke, they continued their winning ways out west last night in San Francisco. The Fightin's threw up 4 on the board in the first inning and never looked back as Doc Halladay mowed down the Giants and only allowed 7 hits and 2 runs over 8.0 innings of work.

The mystery of why Tim Lincecum has 'lost his stuff' so early in the season continues. He looked and was very tenative with his pitches and the Phillies took advantage of this. Lincecum surrendered 8 hits and 5 runs as he collected his 2nd loss of the season and now is 0-2.

Roy Halladay improved to 3-0 and at this pace, he may have 20 wins in by July if everything keeps happening the way it has been for Doc so far this season.

Laynce Nix, my pick for 'Player of the Week' on the Phillies Talk podcast a couple nights ago, came through again for the Phillies with a big 2 run double to right last night. No doubt that he may have found his groove with the Phillies and he is settling in for a good season.

Tonight at 10:15pm Philly time, it's Joe Blanton (1-1  2.35 ERA) for the Phillies vs Madison Bumgarner (1-1  3.97 ERA) for the Giants.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Phillies play The Freak tonight at San Francisco

Commercial from the 2011 season, with Lincecum, Burrell, and more

He's known as 'The Freak' no, not the song from years ago, he's a freak of nature in the way he throws a baseball to the mound.

His name of course is Tim Lincecum. He's done just about everything a pitcher could hope to do in a baseball career and he is still under 30 years old. At 27 years old, (he turns 28 on June 15th), Lincecum has already 2 Cy Young awards (2008 and '09), and this is only his 6th season as a pitcher. If he continues to gather honors like this, he may go down as one of the greatest pitcher's who ever played the game. At only his sixth season into the game, he is arguably about half way to the Hall of Fame.

Fame can take it's toll on you as a star pitcher. So far this year, in the first two weeks of the season, Tim is at 0-1 with a 12.91 ERA, that is very much unlike the stuff we'd expect from Lincecum. It's anyone's guess at exactly what is wrong with him. He's still in his 20's yet he's accomplished so much. Did he lose his stuff, is he injured? That is foremost on the minds of Giants fans as they try to come up with the answer.

Lincecum is signed through the 2013 season with the Giants. His pay for this year and next is a combined $40.5M, his next contract may be the richest ever in baseball, but we'll have to see what happens during the year this year and of course next season.

He'll face the Phillies tonight in San Franciso's AT&T Park, a nice ballpark that is right down the street from the famed Piers and Fisherman's Wharf area. It's a chance for the Phillies to continue that offense that they found on Sunday afternoon in Philly, and extend the winning streak, it also maybe the night that 'The Freak' finds himself back to top form, if that happens, it will be a long night for Phillies batters.

Tim Lincecum from 2008, his first Cy Young year until now:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Phillies Talk Podcast: Nine Games into April

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Mayberry or Pierre: Who will be the Phillies steady starting left fielder

Jobs aren't all that easy to find in the real world recently, the same is true on a major league team like the Phillies. There are a lot of people clamoring to get a starters position, especially in left field. We've seen this young season have an audition between John Mayberry, Jr. and Juan Pierre and the winner of this 'tryout' is going to be getting a steady job.

I don't think the Phillies are going to keep alternating these two players the whole season. If Mayberry is going to play everyday in the MLB, he's got to step up his game. Relax at the plate and just have a nice easy swing, sometimes he looks too tentative and particular up there when he is batting.

Pierre on the other hand is the seasoned vet, he's been there before and he knows how to make things happen. So why has Charlie Manuel and the Phillies chose to keep alternating these two players?

It may be to give Mayberry Jr. his chance to play everyday or will he just eventually fade into the minor leagues again. When this audition is over, Mayberry's chance to become a starter for the Phillies may also be gone, if he can't win it. This is why he needs to take advantage of every start he gets out in left field and almost play the game like it may be his last.

Mayberry's numbers so far:

Juan Pierre's numbers so far:

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Phillies starting to phizzle, Mets on Wright track

Even with a sore pinkie finger, you could tell in the pre-game batting practice that David Wright was itching to get back on the baseball diamond. He just danced around the batting cage as he took turns with other Mets batters for his spot in the cage. The return of David Wright was not what the Phillies wanted to see on Saturday afternoon.

Vance Worley seemed to be trying too hard on the mound, he wanted to take the ball straight down across the plate and try to overpower New York batters during the game, but that didn't plan out too well. Two home runs that the Mets hit on the day just happened to come with two outs. One home run (solo) by David Wright and a two run home run by Lucas Duda.

You have to wonder if that old Phillies/Mets rivalry is back after being dormant with the Mets lackluster ways of the past few years.

Here's the Phillies that have the most hits on the season so far:

The Phillies have been scattering hits, but they can't seem to get a rally going lately. Perhaps it will change with Sunday's game with Cole Hamels (0-1 5.06 ERA) on the mound for the Phillies with the 1:35 PM matchup for the final game of the three game series with the Mets. The Phils will face Mike Pelfrey (0-0 4.76 ERA) of the Mets.

Phils Quick Stats: 

  • The New York Mets are now 36-49 all-time at Citizens Bank Park vs. the Phillies with the win on Saturday.
  • The last time the Mets won a series in Philadelphia was September 24-26, 2010.
  • The Mets all-time record against the Mets is now 399-458.
  • On Thome's first hit as a Phillies player on Friday: ELIAS SAYS: Last night (Friday), Jim Thome singled for his first hit as a Phillie since June 26, 2005, a span of 6 years, 292 days … It was the longest time in between hits for a Phillie since Nelson Figueroa went 8years, 241 days (8/16/01 to 4/14/10) … It’s been almost 10 years since a non-pitcher went that long in between hits as a Phillie: Dave Hollins went 7 years, 46 days (7/17/95-9/1/02) and Todd Pratt went 6 years, 351 days (8/11/94-7/28/01). Source: Elias Sports Bureau
  • More Thome notes from the Phillies press notes: Jim Thome currently has 96 home runs as a Phillie … If he reaches 100 HR, he would become the 4th player in MLB history to have 100 HR with 3 different teams (334 HR for CLE & 134 HR for CWS) … Alex Rodriguez (SEA, TEX, NYY), Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson (CAL, NYY, OAK) & Darrell Evans (ATL, SF, DET) are the only other players to have accomplished the feat … Thome currently ranks 24th on the Phillies’ all-time HR list, needing 4 more to tie Juan Samuel for 23rd place (100).

Phils can't solve Dickey again, it is Worley today vs Niese

Last night's game looked like it may be a 2 hour special as the Phillies and the Mets faced off in the first game of the weekend series. Cliff Lee gave up a first inning home run to Jason Bay, but not much more, and the Phillies offense sputtered again against the pitching of RA Dickey.

It's not the first time that the Phillies couldn't do much against the knuckleballer, RA Dickey, who seems to have found his groove early as he is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA on the season.

Last season, Dickey battled the Phillies for a no decision in the last start in which he faced the Phillies, September 24, 2011, Dickey and the Mets beat the Phillies 2-1 in which R.A. only gave up 3 hits and 1 run, the Phillies beat up on Dickey and the Mets on 7/15/2011 by a 7-2 score.

It's Vance Worley in the late afternoon for the Phillies in a 4:05 PM start. It will be Jon Niese for the Mets:

Vance's numbers with one start on the season already for 2012:

Here is Vance's 2011 starts with his career game start number being first and how he exited the games:

Gcar Date Tm Opp Rslt Exited
6 Apr 29 PHI NYM W,10-3 6t 3 out a4
May Tm Opp Rslt Exited
7 May 4 PHI WSN W,7-4 6t 3 out a2
8 May 9 PHI @ FLA W,6-4 8b 3 out a2
9 May 13 PHI @ ATL W,5-4 8b 3 out a1
10 May 24 PHI CIN L,3-6 5t 3 out tie
11 May 29 PHI @ NYM L,5-9 3b 3 out d7
June Tm Opp Rslt Exited
12 Jun 18 PHI @ SEA W,5-1 5b 3 out tie
13 Jun 24 PHI OAK W,1-0 6t 3 out tie
14 Jun 29 PHI BOS W,2-1 7t 3 out tie
July Tm Opp Rslt Exited
15 Jul 4 PHI @ FLA W,1-0 7b 3 out a1
16 Jul 15 PHI @ NYM W,7-2 6b 123 1 out a4
17 Jul 20 PHI @ CHC W,9-1 8b 3 out a8
18 Jul 26 PHI SFG W,7-2 9t 3 out a5
19 Jul 31 PHI PIT W,6-5 6t 3 out d1
August Tm Opp Rslt Exited
20 Aug 5 PHI @ SFG W,9-2 7b 3 out a7
21 Aug 10 PHI @ LAD W,9-8 4b 3 out d3
22 Aug 18 PHI ARI W,4-1 3t 3 out a1
23 Aug 23 PHI NYM W,9-4 7t 3 out a8
September Tm Opp Rslt Exited
24 Sep 1 PHI @ CIN W,6-4 7b --- 0 out a2
25 Sep 6 PHI ATL W,6-3 6t 3 out tie
26 Sep 11 PHI @ MIL L,2-3 7b 1-- 2 out d1
27 Sep 16 PHI STL L,2-4 6t 3 out tie
28 Sep 21 PHI WSN L,5-7 6t 3 out d1
29 Sep 25 PHI @ NYM W,9-4 8b 3 out a5
30 Sep 28 PHI @ ATL W,4-3 6b 3 out d2
Generated 4/14/2012.

Sometimes even though a pitcher pitches well, he doesn't get the decision for a win, here's Worley's starts from last year with the decision and expanded stats as he ended the 2011 season at 11-3:

Gcar Gtm Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
6 25 PHI NYM W,10-3 GS-6 W(1-0) 99 6.0 2 0 0 4 0 0 0.00
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
7 29 PHI WSN W,7-4 GS-6 W(2-0) 4 6.0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0.75
8 34 PHI @ FLA W,6-4 6-8 H(1) 4 3.0 2 1 1 2 1 0 1.20
9 37 PHI @ ATL W,5-4 8-8 H(2) 3 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.12
10 48 PHI CIN L,3-6 GS-5 10 5.0 6 3 3 4 0 0 2.14
11 53 PHI @ NYM L,5-9 GS-3 L(2-1) 4 3.0 12 8 5 0 0 0 3.75
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
12 72 PHI @ SEA W,5-1 GS-5 19 5.0 5 1 1 2 1 0 3.41
13 77 PHI OAK W,1-0 GS-6 5 6.0 1 0 0 4 0 0 2.83
14 81 PHI BOS W,2-1 GS-7 W(3-1) 4 7.0 5 1 1 2 0 0 2.57
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
15 86 PHI @ FLA W,1-0 GS-7 W(4-1) 4 7.0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2.20
16 92 PHI @ NYM W,7-2 GS-6 W(5-1) 10 5.1 4 1 1 4 0 0 2.15
17 97 PHI @ CHC W,9-1 GS-8 W(6-1) 4 8.0 4 1 1 2 0 1 2.02
18 102 PHI SFG W,7-2 CG W(7-1) 5 9.0 3 2 2 1 1 0 2.02
19 107 PHI PIT W,6-5 GS-6 4 6.0 7 4 4 0 1 0 2.33
August Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
20 112 PHI @ SFG W,9-2 GS-7 W(8-1) 4 7.0 7 2 2 1 1 0 2.35
21 117 PHI @ LAD W,9-8 GS-4 4 4.0 7 6 6 3 1 0 2.85
22 122 PHI ARI W,4-1 GS-3 7 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.76
23 127 PHI NYM W,9-4 GS-7 W(9-1) 4 7.0 5 1 1 1 0 0 2.65
September Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB HR HBP ERA
24 133 PHI @ CIN W,6-4 GS-7 W(10-1) 8 6.0 8 4 4 1 1 0 2.85
25 138 PHI ATL W,6-3 GS-6 W(11-1) 4 6.0 7 2 2 3 1 0 2.85
26 143 PHI @ MIL L,2-3 GS-7 L(11-2) 4 6.2 8 3 3 1 0 1 2.92
27 149 PHI STL L,2-4 GS-6 4 6.0 6 1 1 3 0 0 2.85
28 155 PHI WSN L,5-7 GS-6 L(11-3) 4 6.0 6 4 4 3 2 0 3.00
29 159 PHI @ NYM W,9-4 7-8 3 1.2 2 1 1 1 0 0 3.03
30 162 PHI @ ATL W,4-3 6-6 2 1.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3.01
PHI 131.2 116 47 44 46 10 3 3.01
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Generated 4/14/2012.