Series Preview: Mets at Phillies


Coming off a dismal 3-7 road-trip, the Phillies (10-19) begin a 10-game home stand with a weekend series against the New York Mets (18-10) at Citizens Bank Park.

Having gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, the Mets weren’t playing much better than the Phils. However, the New Yorkers still sit 4 games up in the NL East race over the Atlanta Braves, and are coming off a 2-game series sweep of the Orioles. The Mets are hopeful that they are getting their mojo back just in time to face this struggling Phillies squad.

Leading the New York offense are defensive wiz center fielder Juan Lagares (.300/.322/.345, 11 RBI), slugging 1st baseman Lucas Duda (.290/.379/.440, 2 HR, 12 RBI), and outfielder Curtis Granderson (.239/.360/.360, 2 HR, 8 RBI).

The Phillies counter with shortstop Freddy Galvis (.330/.370/.394, 1 HR, 8 RBI), rookie Rule 5 phenom Odubel Herrera (.286/.318/.381, 9 RBI, 5 SB), and the suddenly surging Ben Revere (.264/.304/.368, 8 RBI, 5 SB).

The series opens with a true battle of aces: Harvey of the Mets, and Hamels of the Phils, as trade rumors continue to swirl around the latter. (Photo from


Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.14 ERA) v. Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.41 ERA) – Hamels was far from sharp last Saturday in  Miami (6 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 6 S0, and 3 BB). The Phillies ace lefty looks to get back on track and dial it up a notch against a red-hot Matt Harvey. This amounts to a showcase game for Hamels, who remains actively in play on the trade market. Harvey attained his fifth win of the season last week after besting Nats ace Max Scherzer with a very solid outing (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 S, 1 BB).  Mets skipper Terry Collins was pleased, stating: “When you’ve got a No. 1 guy, it’s great to have… You can depend on him”. Harvey intends to continue his domination of the league when he toes the rubber tonight.

More from That Balls Outta Here

Aaron Harang (3-2, 2.35 ERA) v. Jon Niese (2-2, 2.40 ERA) – After his first poor start of the season, Harang quickly rebounded and put together another nice performance in Atlanta (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 SO, 1BB).  He’s hoping for a repeat performance against a respectable opponent in Niese. The Mets lefty has put up nice numbers this season, but took a tough loss in his last start (7 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 5 SO, 1 BB). He, like Harang, will hope to repeat his last start and potentially set up a nice duel between the two.

Chad Billingsley (0-1, 9.00 ERA) v. Dillon Gee (0-2, 3.86 ERA) – It having been his first game back in the majors after two years battling injuries and recovering from surgery, Billingsley was alright his last start (5 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 SO, 1 BB). Most important was that Billingsley was healthy. He is looking now to try to improve even just slightly in this game, as he is still getting back into the flow of things. Gee, a victim of poor run support in his last start, was decent against the Nationals (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 5 SO, 5BB. He is hopeful he’ll be able to go deeper in this coming start. NOTE: late rumors have the Mets switching to Bartolo Colon here.


Cut Down on Walks – The Phillies pitching staff has allowed the most walks in the league (116), which often leads to big innings for their opponents. As Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki notes, this issue is especially prevalent with the bullpen having given up 56 walks themselves. The Phils’ pen has allowed a walked batter to score in each of the last 9 games. A major league pen cannot continue to keep up this mark and expect to be successful. This weekend is as good a time as any to begin to crack down on free passes.

Home Field Advantage – Even with declining fan attendance, the Phillies home record (6-6) is much better than on the road (4-13). Though early, the difference is fairly significant. Employing several younger players this year, maybe the team feels just a little looser in their home ballpark. Whether there is any truth to this phenomenon, a team that is coming off a very bad road trip (3-7) could certainly use whatever advantage Citizens Bank Park may provide against the division-leading Mets.


Game 1- Friday, 7:05 PM, TV: CSN, Radio: 1210FM, 94AM, 1480AM (Spanish Language)

Game 2- Saturday, 7:05 PM, TV: CSN, Radio: 1210FM, 94AM, 1480AM (Spanish Language)

Game 3- Sunday, 1:35 PM, TV: CSN, Radio: 1210FM, 94AM, 1480AM (Spanish Language)

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE for Citizens Bank Park this weekend

This Afternoon

Sunny, with a high near 84. South wind around 8 mph.


Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southeast after midnight.


A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night

Areas of drizzle. Areas of fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 5 to 7 mph.


A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night

Areas of drizzle. Areas of fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

METSDateStatusDue BackInjuryNotes
Black, Vic (P)05/0515-day DLTBDHerniated disk in neckYet to throw as of May 5 update.
Blevins, Jerry (P)04/2115-day DLTBDLeft forearm fracturePlaced on 15-day DL on April 21 retroactive to April 20.
Edgin, Josh (P)04/22Out for Season2016Recovering from March 2015 Tommy John surgeryUnderwent Tommy John surgery March 17; transferred to 60-day DL on April 6.
Mejia, Jenrry (P)04/0915-day DLTBDRight elbow stiffnessMRI showed no structural damage; placed on 15-day DL on April 7 retroactive to April 5.
Montero, Rafael (P)05/0115-day DLTBDRight rotator cuff inflammationPlaced on 15-day DL on April 30 retroactive to April 29.
Parnell, Bobby (P)05/0515-day DLPossibly MayRecovering from April 2014 Tommy John surgeryScheduled to throw off mound week of May 4.
Puello, Cesar (RF)05/0560-day DLTBDStress fracture in backTransferred to 60-day DL on May 5.
Wheeler, Zack (P)03/25Out for Season2016Recovering from March 2015 Tommy John surgeryUnderwent Tommy John surgery March 25.
Wright, David (3B)05/0515-day DLPossibly early MayMild right hamstring strainCould begin rehab assignment week of May 4.
d’Arnaud, Travis (C)04/2115-day DLTBDRight little finger fracturePlaced on 15-day DL on April 21 retroactive to April 20.

PhilliesDateStatusDue BackInjuryNotes
Hollands, Mario (P)04/20Out for Season2016Recovering from April 2015 Tommy John surgeryUnderwent Tommy John surgery April 8.
Lee, Cliff (P)04/0560-day DLPossibly 2015Left common flexor tendon tearShut down from throwing, placed on 60-day DL on March 16.
O’Sullivan, Sean (P)05/0715-day DLPossibly MayLeft knee tendinitisSent on Class A rehab assignment May 7.
Pettibone, Jonathan (P)04/2860-day DLTBDRecovering from June 2014 right elbow surgeryTransferred to 60-day DL on April 28.