Phillies Preview – April 7th 2011
April 7, 2011
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April 7th 2011 – 3:05 pm
New York Mets (3-2) Jonathon Niese (0-0, 2.57 ERA) @ Philadelphia Phillies (4-1) Roy Halladay (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Two of my three keys to the game were spot on yesterday, the third…not so much. Fat Joe was ripped in the fifth inning for 5 runs to complete the Mets come back after spotting the Phils a 7-0 lead. Blanton was doing OK going into the fifth inning but then he allowed 7 straight guys to reach base in a matter of about 5 minutes. Every pitch he threw was belt high and before you knew it the game was tied and Tony the bastard was trotting in from the bullpen. In typical fashion the Phillies fans
booed cheered him as Blanton waddled his way towards the dugout. So we boo World Series MVP Cole Hamels after a shitty start, but cheer Blanton after he gives up 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings? Go figure. The All stars of the night were the Phils bullpen. Tony, Crotch Grabber, Mad Dog, and the Big Truck (Boom solid nicknames for everyone) combined for 4.2 shutout innings allowing only 3 base runners, and striking out 4. Much better than the 4.1 innings fatty gave the Phils.
Enough bashing the fat guy. Quickly I’ll bash Mike Pelfrey who made possibly the most non-athletic looking play I’ve ever seen. I laughed for at least five minutes after seeing that tremendous throw to first. Anyway The Phillies offense was back in gear against Pelfrey after making Chris Young look like Cy Young the night before. Ryno went 4-4, juiced a homer to center field and was on base five times. Shane-o got my angry message and hit a lead off triple. And my boy BenFran hit another homer. Every one reached based including the great Pete Orr who went 2-3. All in all a good outing for the Phillies offense after a miserable one the night before. Today will be difficult as Niese has a 2.14 ERA in 3 career starts against the Philadelphia Phillies. Expect Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez to struggle facing a lefty that has given them trouble in limited at bats.
Key To The Game
– Only one key today. Score more than one run for the defending NL Cy Young Winner Roy Halladay. Doc is going to be straight dealing today and is obviously angry he didn’t get a win on Opening Day. Let’s get him at least 2 runs of support today, that may be enough for him against the spring training split squad-ish lineup the Mutts are throwing out there. Roy was great on opening day, has tremendous numbers against the Mets and I don’t think he wants to go two starts without a win. Watch out Mets.