Scouting the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies

Posted: April 29, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Phillies have had a nice start to the 2014 season just like the Mets

The Phillies have had a nice start to the 2014 season just like the Mets

 

The New York Mets (14-11) head down the turnpike to face their arch rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies (13-12) starting on Tuesday. Both the Mets and the Phillies have gotten off to unexpected solid starts so far through the season’s first month. Met fans know how they have gotten to this point, great pitching and a strong defense early on. So how are the Phillies getting it done?

Well for starters the team has gotten a resurgence from older players such as Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Utley is hitting a National league high .360 with three homers and has scored 14 runs. Utley finally looks healthy which can be a problem for the Mets in this short two game series. Ryan Howard is also looking much better physically on the field and has already hit 5 homers. As Met fans know the ball can fly out of Citizens Bank Park, even in April.

Former Met Marlon Byrd has kept hitting even after a career season last year. The 36-year old outfielder is hitting .278 with two dingers and 16 RBI’s.

The Philly pitching staff has also been very good despite losing Roy Halladay to retirement. Cole Hamels came off the DL last week and had a strong start against the Dodgers. He will face the Mets tonight against fellow southpaw Jon Niese. Hamels has struggled in his career against the Mets. That’s probably because the Mets two best hitters David Wright and Daniel Murphy have hit Hamels hard over the years. Wright is .370 with four homers in his last 46 at bats vs. Hamels. Murphy is hitting .353 with a homer in his last 34 career at bats vs. Hamels according to MLB.com.

Wednesday night’s matchup will be Bartolo Colon up against Kyle Kendrick. Luckily for Met fans the Amazins will miss Cliff Lee who will face the Nationals on Thursday instead.

The key to beating this Phillies team is driving up their starters pitch count. Philly relievers have the worst ERA (5.14) in the entire National league and really have no answers in their pen other than all-star closer Jonathan Papelbon. Just for comparison the Mets who also have a struggling bullpen have a 4.08 ERA out of their relievers which is 13th in the National League.

How do you see this Phillies series playing out for the Mets?

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – After last night’s win I am hoping for a two game sweep. With 15 wins in April the Mets are on target for 90 wins. Of course that means that they will have to win 15 or more games each month for the remainder of the season. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike this was a great month for the Mets, especially considering they got swept the first series of the year.

      The offense is still a problem but the defense has been great and should get better when Lagares comes back which is likely on Thursday. -Steven

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