Monday, August 26, 2013

Series Preview- The New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (59-71) @ New York Mets (58-70)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday, 7:10 - Cliff Lee vs. Zack Wheeler
Tuesday, 7:10 - KK vs. Jonathan Niese
Wednesday, 7:10 - Cole Hamels vs. Dice-K
Thursday, 1:10 - Ethan Martin vs. Matt Harvey

Mutts Bats:
R - 508 (tied 21st)
AVG - .239 (29th)
OPS - .683 (28th)

With David Wright/3B on the DL, there isn't anybody noteworthy in the Mets offensive attack.  Marlon Byrd /Rfis having himself a fine season (.283/.844 with 21 HR), but that's pretty much it. Ex-Phillies prospect, Travis d'Arnaud/C, is now splitting time behind the plate with John Buck, but is only 2-18 so far in his MLB career.

Mutts Arms:
ERA - 3.76 (11th)
WHIP - 1.29 (13th)

The Mets bullpen has been weakend with closer Bobby Parnell on the DL.  LaTroy Hawkins has taken over save opportunities, but he's not sure thing.  Dice-K is a new addition to the rotation, because of an injury to Jeremy Hefner.  Matt Harvey would be the favorite for NL Cy Young if not for Clayton Kershaw.  Wheeler is a stud rookie that is cementing his spot in the rotation for years to come.  Niese is hittable, but has done well against the Phils over the course of his career.

Prediction:
They split the series.  I want to say Phils take 3 outta 4, but these teams are fairly evenly matched.

9 comments:

Richard Nebe Jr. said...

and by "these teams are fairly evenly matched." I'm assuming you mean both fighting as hard as they can to be in 4th place overall...

Morak99 said...

Asche looks like he's finding his feet in the MLB. He and Ruf sure are making this season still worth my time of late.

GM-Carson said...

Asche is very athletic. He has the ability to play multiple position, hustles his ass off, and is starting to hit. What's not to like?

Beer-a-Thon said...

Casper Wells to the DL and Pete Orr up. This is Orr's 3rd season with the Phils.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Ryne Sandberg has this team playing better. Yep.

Bob D said...

The team is playing better. With Utley, Brown, Ruf, and Asche in the middle of lineup they have a basis for next year. Hopefully Sandberg realizes that JRoll should be batting low in order.

Matt Sturge said...

What do you think will happen with Halladay in the offseason? If he keeps pitching well the rest of the season will we pick up his option or do you think he will get a bunch of money on the open market?

GM-Carson said...

The Phils will not exercise Doc's option ($20M). If he pitches well, I imagine they'll offer him something like 2 YR/$10M with plenty of incentives. Halladay wants to remains in Philly.

Bob D said...

Carson I see that with Halladay and maybe even Ruiz. Actually Ruiz has been good lately after a really slow start