Mets Game 56: Win Over Phillies

Mets 4 Phillies 3

Mets make quick work of the Phillies, beating them in only 11 innings.

Mets Game Notes

Sorry, friend, I completely missed this game – Italians have invaded the area and I’m busy handling them until Tuesday. So, I’m likely to miss game #57 as well.

In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves. Thank you for picking up the slack.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Phillies play game four of this basement battle on Monday at 7:05 PM. Bartolo Colon takes the hill against Roberto Hernandez.

Didn’t Colon already pitch in this series? Hmm … it feels like he did.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. meticated June 2, 2014 at 6:37 am
    lambrusco. ..chianti…Asti spumante….women with mustaches…mothers who do their adult sons laundry…bullets with garlic rubbed on…massive statues of naked men doing bizarre things to each other…mama mia!
  2. DaveSchneck June 2, 2014 at 8:22 am
    Nothing like fine wine combined with a win over the Phillies. Things could be much worse than than.
  3. friend June 2, 2014 at 9:32 am
    “Mets and Phillies play game four of this basement battle on Monday”

    Actually game five, although it feels like they’ve already played six.

    • crozier June 2, 2014 at 9:54 am
      They’ve played five, actually – 48 innings in four games.

      I’m going to tonight’s game, and win or lose, I hope it’s in regulation time. Colon works fast, so let’s hope he lasts.

  4. DanB June 2, 2014 at 10:24 am
    I forsee us discussing wines in this blog come mid August. How much can we debate playing time for Eric Campbell and why all of Collin’s favorite relievers are on the DL? I can forsee Izzy going nuts debating Rosso vs. Brunello.
  5. NormE June 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    Watching the Mets and the Phillies for five games would drive any baseball fan to drink. Since I don’t follow the Adulterated League (a tip to Joe Janish) I can’t swear that this is the worst display of Major League ball in existence, but it must be close.
    I hope that fans don’t get carried away by the Mets winning this series. This team has a long way to go before it can be taken seriously.
    Come on Terry, give Murph and DW a game off!
  6. Walnutz15 June 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm
    Special thanks to Domonic Brown for “Murph-ing” his teammates yesterday, affording the Mets the opportunity to take this one in extras.
  7. argonbunnies June 3, 2014 at 1:13 am
    It’s interesting — some national pundits absolutely hate the Phillies. The same guys on ESPN who will mix in some positives with their gentle mockery of the Mets will refer to the Phillies as “just a terrible team”. I’m not really seeing it. The Mets’ minor leagues may be in better shape than the Phils’, but the MLB teams seem quite similar to me.

    Lineup anchor if he stays healthy? Wright and Utley, check.

    Past his prime slugger? Howard and Granderson, check.

    Streaky middle infielder with some major pros and cons at the plate? Murphy and Rollins, check.

    Lumbering slugger who destroyed minor league pitchers but hasn’t yet wowed anyone in the bigs? Duda and Ruf, check.

    Speedy defensive CF who may or may not be able to hit leadoff? Lagares and Revere, check.

    Hyped youngster with tools but a career of setbacks and MLB failures? Brown and d’Arnaud, check.

    Bullpen full of young hard-throwers with control problems? Familia, Black & Mejia, meet Hollands, Diekman and Bastardo. We’ll also see your Mike Adams with a Carlos Torres.

    Talent in the rotation? Well, I’d take any Met over Carmona/Hernandez, but I’d take Hamels and Lee over any Met. Kendrick and an injured Burnett are okay, not great. Hard to compare this, honestly.

    It’s not hard to give a slight edge to the Phils at every one of these, thanks to Utley’s position, Howard’s bat, Rollins’ glove, Revere’s steals (well, okay, that’s a stretch), the young guns’ left-handedness, etc. Even if you give the edge to the Mets, the Phils still have Ruiz, Papelbon and Byrd. Despite the Mets’ brighter future prospects, it looks to me like the Phillies have the stronger 2014 roster.

    But most everyone says they’re awful. Am I missing something? Or is the “awful” thing the fact that the Phillies are fielding a Mets-like team at twice the price?

  8. DanB June 3, 2014 at 8:48 am
    AB, I agree that the Phillies are not an awful team however they are not good enough to win anything this year and they are not in the position to win anything next year. They seem to be aimless — adding final pieces players such as Byrd when they are not a final piece away. Why not start rebuilding? They seem afraid to break up a squad that gave them many great years but are collectively past their prime. I admire their loyalty to both their core players and their fans but waiting another year to trade away players will result in much less in return. (as if they could trade Howard’s contract!) As for their payroll, sometimes you have to reward players for what they did rather then what they will do.
  9. DaveSchneck June 3, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Good analysis as there are many similarities, but I think the Mets are better than the Phillies ue to the pitching. Sure, Hamels and Lee are frontliners, but perhaps it is more accurate to say “were” from liners. The payroll is definitely a factor, and Amaro and the Phillies are not likely to rebuild or admit a rebuild due to the new huge TV contract that they signed. That contract may even contain verbage requiring spending on the big league product. Howard’s contract is a huge problem, as he is one-dimentional, past prime, and noticably limps while running and walking. Howard has done some big damage in his career, and seems like a good guy, but as a Met fan I am quite happy that Philly is saddled with that obligation.
  10. Walnutz15 June 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    Good to see Larry Bowa doin’ what Larry Bowa does. Love this guy:

    Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly today and he ripped the Phillies a new one.

    Bowa said he’s angry and that the clubhouse is angry. He said that the young players aren’t stepping up and may not have the best baseball instincts. He called out his pitchers — Roberto Hernandez specifically — for not going deep enough into games and said “if you’ve got a big league uniform on, you gotta go more than five innings.”

    He called out Dom Brown for his attitude somewhat subtly, saying Brown comes to the ballpark happy every day and Bowa’s not sure how he can given his poor performance. He also said that if you take away Brown’s good “five or six weeks” last year he hasn’t done much and made it sound like, if he were in charge, Brown wouldn’t be playing. Though Bowa admitted that there aren’t many alternatives.

    He called this past homestand the worst he’s ever seen and summed it up by saying that the Phillies just aren’t playing big league baseball right now.

    Go here to listen to the entire interview.

    It’s not often that you hear someone call out a team from the inside like this. It happens, but it’s rare. It’s even more rare when it’s a coach as opposed to the manager. Larry Bowa has a track record, of course, but he’s not in charge. And you have to wonder how happy Ryne Sandberg and the Phillies’ brass is that he ripped the club in public like this.