Phillies vs Mets: Onward and Upward For The Amazins


Phillies (48-48) vs. Mets (41-50)

RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68) vs RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33) 

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Jeremy Hefner, rhp

Infielder Justin Turner (intercostal strain) will not be activated for Friday’s game and will instead continue his rehab with Class A Brooklyn, the Mets announced on Twitter.

Game Preview

The Mets return from being the center of the baseball universe today and welcome the Phillies to town as they kick off the second half. Before the half, the Mets were doing pretty good. Since the Eric Young Jr. acquisition the team has been playing with a different level of energy. This has translated into wins on the road, so here’s hoping the Mets can start turning that into wins at home as well. Jeremy Hefner gets the nod for the start tonight as he takes on Kyle Kendrick.

Hefner is 4-6 with a 3.33 ERA over 19 games and 108.0 innings of work this year. Since June 4th he has made 8 starts pitching 51.0 innings and an amazing 1.76 ERA. In my mind he has gone from a pitcher that I would turn off sometimes on TV into one that I’m happy to see come around the rotation. The last time he faced the Phillies, he was not the same Hefner, and it showed as this year he has pitched 9.0 innings against them allowing 8 runs, 7 earned. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

Rollins 5-11, 2 2B
Utley 2-8, HR
Brown 4-4, 2B, HR
Young 1-5, 2B
Mayberry 1-4

The Mets get another crack at Kyle Kendrick who is 8-6 with a 3.68 ERA over 19 starts and 124.2 innings this year. In his last 7 starts he has pitched 44.0 innings with a 4.70 ERA. He did well against the Mets the first time he played us this year allowing 2 ER over 6 IP and 8 hits but in his second starts he rolled through the Mets pitching a 3 hit complete game shut out walking only one batter. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Wright 12-38, 2 2B, 2 HR
Davis 4-21, 2 2B
Murphy 3-21, 2B
Buck 1-13, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!