Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Phils go down in extras vs. Mets


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Is there a photo op that baseball commish Rob Manfred doesn't like to get into? Here he is with Jamie Foxx 

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And another, the commish with Phillies billionaire part-owner John Middleton

The Phillies and the Mets battled last night at CBP. This was to be expected as both teams have really started out the season very well. The Mets really were an unknown commodity entering this season and so far even the ardent Met fan would agree that this really wasn't foreseen to be happening this early in the season.

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Noah Syndergaard throws the baseball vs. the Phils last night

The Brody Van Wagenen (Mets new GM) era has begun. If you listened to the ESPN baseball feed of the game last night, you have my sympathies. That broadcast was a really whiny weak example of the way a game should be called. Ryan Howard was in the both, he really outshined the veteran broadcast team and was understated in doing so. The ESPN crew droned on about every conceivable thing unrelated to the game at times, I really had to turn the volume down on this game.

Back to the game, (as the ESPN crew couldn't do much of the time) it was a back and forth event like a heavy weight fight that went slug for slug. The Mets prevailed in less than perfect conditions, in fact it was really cold with a biting wind. It's mid-April, and we're reminded how cruel the weather can actually still be in this month around the Philadelphia area.

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Nola hasn't looked like the Aaron we know lately

Noah Syndergaard faced off against Aaron Nola, and again, the conditions were less than perfect for sure last night, so I am not so sure we can really use this to gauge the starting pitching performances. Nola hasn't been his usual self, for sure. We'll continue to keep a close watch on him especially his next start, but the Mets just out hustled the Phils last night. Oh yes, did I tell you how much I do not like every player wearing the number 42?

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B Harp could have gone a long way to be a hero last night

Bryce Harper was setup to be a hero last night, he came up in the bottom of the 8th inning with the bases loaded. The drama, the tenseness, Harper missed a big chance to deliver on that mega contract he received as he harmlessly popped up to end the inning. These are the spots where Mike Schmidt use to deliver on time after time for the Phillies, for those of us old enough to remember, that is what makes a great baseball player, one who delivers when it is counted upon to do so.

The Mets and the Phils square off again tonight in Philadelphia. It will be a tiny bit better out there weatherwise, not the biting wind that we had, but it will still get chilly. Bring a blanket, have some hot chocolate and enjoy the game! It was a tough 7-6 loss last night in extra innings.

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