Monday, May 07, 2012

Series Preview - Mets #2

Phillies (14-15) v. New York Metropolitans (15-13)

Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 7:00 - Roy Halladay v. Jon Niese
Tuesday, 7:05 - Joe Blanton v. Miguel Batista
Wednesday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Dillon Gee

Muts Batting:
Runs - 106 (20th)
Avg - .263 (6th)
Slug - .375 (22th)

Muts Pitching:
ERA - 4.35 (24th)
WHIP - 1.40 (24th)
BAA - .264 (22nd)

Their Freddy Galvis:
Ike Davis -Ike becomes the first person to make "TFG" twice this season. He started the season 1-20 before the first series with the Phillies. He's now raised that average to .168.

Their Danys Baez:
Manny Acosta -Manny is sporting a 9.69 ERA. He has given up 11 runs over his last 3 2/3 innings. Last year, he gave up 18 runs, the same number he's given up already in 2012. Manager Terry Collins said, "He's really trying too hard." Well, as long as he's trying, right Mets fans?

Their JD Drew:
All of them. It's the Mets.

Magic Number Watch:
The Phillies magic number is hiding in shame because the Mets have a better record than our Fightins...

Sweep. Lock it up. Doc bounces back. Joe goes nine again. And Cliff Lee makes a return from the DL with a gem.


Hamels Hits Harper
Cole Hamels admitted what we all already knew - he hit Bryce Harper on purpose.

Hamels talked about "the way baseball is"and that he was "trying to continue the old baseball." I know I'm a Phillies fans so I should back Hamels. And I'm something of a baseball traditionalist (ie the DH can go to hell) so this is something I should respect. But I don't I think this is a bunch of stupid bull dung.

Not every tradition in baseball is good. You know, "old baseball" has a long and storied tradition of racism and segregation. "Old baseball" has connections to gambling, crime, and drugs (some even performance enhancing). Want to continue those traditions? Now, before some of you blow a gasket due to me comparing plunking some punk with a fastball to these terrible things, understand that I'm merely pointing out some "traditions" do and should die a rightful death because they may be unnecessary or wrong.

You want to hit a guy because he's crowding the plate. Fine. You want to plunk a guy because he stared down a homer or committed another "grandstanding" act. Fine. Did somebody go into second spikes up or did a pitcher hit one of your young players for no reason at all? Great, bean the fool. But to hit a guy as an initiation to the "good ol' boys club." That's just silly.

And why is it silly? Because now Kyle Kendrick may have to make another start because Hamels could get a five game suspension.

And whats even sillier is admitting that he hit him on purpose! What's the point of that? Would it have been too difficult to stick to the "tradition" of saying "One just got away from me"?

So thanks Cole, your bravado and stalwart traditionalist views may expose me to another 5 innings of KK. Yeah, thanks a lot.

Broken wrist. That sucks.


GM-Carson said...

Hamels trying to show his manly.

He'll now likely be fined and suspended. Not smart.

The Met are playing tough this season so far. This series is a toss up.

Corey said...

natinals GM Rizzo has a rebuttal to hamels HERE.

here's my problem with rizzo. he says "With all the bounty (stuff) going on in professional football, the commissioner better act with a purpose on this thing. Players have a way of monitoring themselves. We’re not here to hit people and hurt people."

wow. what a douche. what fake outrage. and he's a dumb ass, too. zimmerman hit hamels later in the game!! you're not here to hit people? then what was zimmerman doing? and if the commish acts with a "purpose," he'd have to act the same way toward zimmerman. or is rizzo going to say it was an accident? i hope so, because then i can write a piece about how chicken shit he is.

Corey said...

and can we get rid of brian sanches. again.

GM-Carson said...

yep, Dirty Sanches stinks.

GM-Carson said...

Damn, Rizzo really went off on Cole. "Fake tough", "chick shit", among other things. Wow.

Ben said...

Whatever. I don't mind what Hamels did. The baseball press has more or less declared Harper the second coming of Christ, so Hamels is trying to tell the kid success won't be handed to him on a silver platter.

Aaron said...

I like that he hit him. What I don't like is that he hit him in a tie game that we really needed to win against a very good pitcher. If they had lost by a run last night I would dropping F bombs all over the place right now.

GM-Carson said...

I don't mind that Hamels hit Harper, and I don't mind that Zimmermann retaliated and hit Hamels.

What I mind is Hamels popping off at the mouth than The Gnats GM talking stupid.

GM-Carson said...

What is that Mr. Met picture from? Is that "How to Catch a Predator"?

Andrew said...

I agree Carson. I love what Hamels did. I didn't care that Zimmerman retaliated. Its all good. But that should have been the end and Hamels should not have said anything to the media.

GM-Carson said...

Halladay just doesn't have the shut down stuff when he gets into trouble. Runners on base seem to be scoring more lately.

Andrew said...

Yeah, well if the Phils could score from 3rd with no outs, then you might not notice Halladay at all

GM-Carson said...

Why didn't Manuel pinch hit for Galvis in the bottom of the 8th with runners on 2nd & 3rd with one out?

Move Wiggy to 2nd for the 9th inning. I don't give a shit. Gotta score that f'n run!