Friday, July 19, 2013

Game #92: Phillies 13, Mets 8

This year, all of baseball got a four-day All-Star Break. Betcha Jeremy Hefner would've liked a fifth.

Hefner barely lasted two innings and the Mets bullpen didn't fare much better against the visiting Phillies, who outslugged the home team in the second-half opener 13-8.

The Bad Stuff:
  • Philadelphia remains a personal Kryptonite for Jeremy Hefner, whose 11.02 career ERA against the Phils skyrocketed after allowing eight runs in two-plus innings of work, including a home run to Domonic Brown. Hefner, who had been so consistent since his start in the Subway Sweep, saw his season ERA balloon to 3.93.
  • Greg Burke was just as awful in his 2.2 innings, allowing four more Philly runs on two hits and three walks. Josh Edgin also ushered in another run for the Phightin's.
  • As many runs as New York did score, they only hit 2-13 with RISP and stranded seven men on base.
  • The usually sure-gloved Omar Quintanilla was plagued by post-Break rust, committing two errors. Marlon Byrd was also charged with his third error of the year.
The Good Stuff:
  • While he wasn't great in the field, Byrd was still the Word at the plate, as his three-run homer off Kyle Kendrick in the 4th put the Mets on the board.
  • David Wright saved some of his Home Run Derby magic for the 9th inning with a two-run homer that provided the final margin. Just like on Monday night, Wright's power was a moot point.
  • Ike Davis had two hits and scored a run.
  • Juan Lagares had a single, a double, and an RBI after entering the game in the 5th.
Final Analysis:
At this point for Jeremy Hefner it has to be half the Phillies know him and half he gets psyched out by them. At least he got through the 1st inning this time.

Not the start the Mets wanted out of the All-Star gate, but tomorrow is another day. Wheeler Day, to be exact.


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