Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 5 - Mets at Phillies


Joe Blanton during pregame warmups against the...
Wednesday, April 6th

New York Mets (3-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-1), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38) Philadelphia - Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00)

Joe Blanton gets a chance to prove he belongs in the vaunted Philadelphia rotation this evening, when the Phillies continue their three-game series with the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.


A 16-game winner in 2006 with the Oakland Athletics, Blanton is perhaps the best fifth starter in baseball. However, it's easy to see why he could be overlooked in a rotation that has Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels throwing in front of him.

Though he struggled at the onset of last season after missing the first 24 games with an oblique strain, Blanton went 6-0 with a 3.42 ERA in his final 14 appearances, all but one of those starts. The righty finished the year 9-6 with a 4.82 ERA.

Blanton has had success against the Mets, posting a 3-1 mark to go along with a 2.64 ERA in seven career starts. These Mets are hitting .260 against Blanton.


Let's take a look:
Regular season pitching statistics
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Carlos Beltran14 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .143 .200 .143 .343
Willie Harris15 5 1 0 2 2 4 1 .333 .474 .800 1.274
Scott Hairston6 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 .500 .500 1.167 1.667
Jose Reyes18 2 0 0 1 2 2 1 .111 .200 .278 .478
David Wright19 5 3 0 0 1 1 4 .263 .300 .421 .721
Angel Pagan9 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 .444 .444 .778 1.222
Daniel Murphy2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Josh Thole6 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .167 .167 .167 .333
Ike Davis8 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 .500 .556 .625 1.181
Lucas Duda3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals1002660591016.260.327.470.797
Orange=Success

The Phils will need a better effort from Blanton than the one they received from Hamels on Tuesday. 

Halladay, Lee and Oswalt surrendered five runs combined in a sweep over Houston to open the year, but Hamels gave up six in the third inning alone on Tuesday, as Philadelphia suffered its first loss of the season with a 7-1 defeat to the Mets.

Chris Young (1-0), signed in the offseason after an injury-riddled stint in San Diego, was terrific in his Mets debut, as he allowed just one run on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. The 6-foot-10 righty struck out seven and also went 3-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, including a two-hit effort during New York's six-run third inning.

David Wright went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in for the Mets, who took two of three from the Florida Marlins to start the season.

Hamels (0-1) was pulled after yielding six runs on seven hits and two walks in just 2 2/3 frames. The poor outing spoiled Philadelphia's chance at opening the season 4-0 for the first time since 1915.

"I wasn't getting ahead of guys. I wasn't getting good control of my fastball," Hamels said. "They were finding some pretty good holes. I wasn't able to minimize the damage."

Tonight the Mets will turn to right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who will be trying to bounce back from a dreadful showing on Opening Day. The team's de facto ace while Johan Santana recovers from shoulder surgery, Pelfrey couldn't get out of the fifth inning against the Marlins on Friday, as he allowed five runs and four hits with four walks in 4 1/3 frames.

Pelfrey has faced the Phillies 13 times and is 6-4 with a 4.52 ERA. This group of Phillies only .266 with Victorino, Howard and Ibanez leading the way..


Regular season pitching statistics
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Raul Ibanez25 7 0 0 1 5 1 5 .280 .308 .400 .708
Placido Polanco11 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .091 .231 .091 .322
Jimmy Rollins27 7 0 1 1 4 1 1 .259 .286 .444 .730
Brian Schneider9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .222 .364 .222 .586
Ross Gload6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333 .500
Shane Victorino37 11 2 0 1 5 2 5 .297 .333 .432 .766
Pete Orr4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Wilson Valdez7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
Ryan Howard30 11 1 0 1 3 5 2 .367 .457 .500 .957
Carlos Ruiz20 5 1 0 0 3 2 2 .250 .318 .300 .618
Ben Francisco1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals17747514211417.266.326.373.699

Lets Take Game two or Pelfrey will be little boy blue... Go Mets!
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