Found April 13, 2012 on
When one of your ace pitchers gives up 3 runs in the first inning, you know it is going to be a bad day. Add to that having the Mets in town, the 3rd anniversary of Harry Kalas’ death and the fact that it is Friday the 13th and things look pretty grimm. Not that Cliff Lee pitched too badly. He made a few mistakes and the Mets lowered the ax. Making matters worse, the Phillies knuckleballing nemesis R.A. Dickey was pitching for the Mets. Although, the Phillies did collect 11 hits; they just failed to score. The one happy moment in the game came when rookie Freddy Galvis smashed his first major league home run. Grinning in the dugout afterwards as the team gave him the silent treatment, Freddy did not have to wait too long for some congratulations. Jim Thome strained to keep a straight face and was eventually the first to give Galvis a bear hug. But after that, the nightmare continued for the Phillies. On his 29th birthday, Hunter Pence received the gift of going 0-for-4. And althoug...

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 7

Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is the best 2 in the NL East.  Our immediate rivals have what strength level behind their 1-slot hurler?  The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage. TAL'S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...

Great trade swindle: 10-year anniversary

The 10-year anniversary of one of baseball's all-time swindles is June 27. And if you want to know just how much of a haul the Cleveland Indians received from the Montreal Expos for right-hander Bartolo Colon, follow the money. Three of the four players that the Indians acquired -- left-hander Cliff Lee, second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder Grady Sizemore -- will...

A bad first inning does in Cliff Lee as the Phils lose to the Mets, 5-2.

Cliff Lee gives up three runs in the first inning, including a two-run home run, to the Mets, which would lead to the Phils losing to the Mets, 5-2. The Mets took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had started the game off with a double, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. Three batters...

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets start their first road series of the season tonight as they go down to Philly. After starting off the season 4-0, the Mets dropped two games in a row to Washington. Tonight’s game features the second start of the season for R.A. Dickey as he takes on Cliff Lee. In Dickey’s first game of the season, he pitched 6 innings allowing 2 ER over 5 hits, 4 BB and 3 K. Last season...

Philadelphia Phillies Daily Recap 4-13-12

  Philadelphia Phillies pound out 11 hits and lose?  Yes that’s exactly what happened Friday night as the Phillies(3-4) dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Mets (5-2). Coming into Friday night’s game Cliff Lee (o-1) had not given up more than two runs over in a game over his last 11 starts going back to last season.    [...]

The Phils will conclude their six-game home stand with the first of three games against the Mets.

The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter...

David Wright and Friday the 13th.

As the Mets roll into Philly for a 3 game set that starts with Cliff Lee and R A Dickey the only drama that follows them is if there 3rd baseman Mr Wright will be playing Friday night. The Mets lineup has blown up without Wright in the lineup .   Wednesday day game it seemed the Mets struck out at every at bat.  Duda, Bay and Davis have done nothing with Wright out.   Duda has done nothing

Pre-Game: Game 8 - Mets @ Phillies

After an opportunistic offensive effort last night that saw the Mets earn a win versus Cliff Lee, they will try to secure a series victory this afternoon when Jon Niese (1-0,4.50 ERA) takes the mound against Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA) at 4:05 pm in Philly.The twenty-five year old Niese is coming off of a brilliant outing on Easter Sunday that saw him take a no-hit bid into the...

Dickey Leads the Charge as Bats Come Alive, Mets 5, Phillies 2

After dropping two in a row to the Washington Nationals, tonight was the night for the Mets to ensure their surprising 4-0 start did not go to waste. Odds against them, the Mets sought out to do so against the Philadelphia Phillies, arguably a potential leader in the NL East, with Cliff Lee on the mound no less. R.A. Dickey took the mound for the Mets and collected yet another quality...

Series Preview - Mets

Phillies (3-3) v. New York Metropolitans (4-2) Pitching Matchups:Friday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. RA DickeySaturday, 4:05 - Vance Worley v. Jon NieseSunday, 1:35 - Cole Hamels v. Mike PelfreyMuts Batting:Runs - 28 (18th)Avg - .251 (10th)Slug - .382 (16th)Muts Pitching:ERA - 3.00 (11th)WHIP - 1.39 (25th)BAA - .231 (13th)Their Freddy Galvis:Ike Davis - The former first round pick and 2012...

Mets-Phillies Preview

The New York Mets won their first four games with David Wright healthy, but the offense clearly suffered in back-to-back losses without him. Even with his return, facing Cliff Lee won't be an easy task. Wright should be in the lineup Friday night against the host Philadelphia Phillies as Lee seeks to remain unbeaten against the NL East rival Mets. New York swept its season...

Pre-Game: New York Mets (4-2) @ Philadelphia Phillies (3-3)

The Mets will take on their 3rd NL East rival of the season tonight as they open up a 3-game weekend series against the 5 time defending NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies.  Tonights game will be at 7:10 pm and can be seen on SNY. R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will take the hill tonight as he faces Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50 ERA) for his 2nd start of the season.  After starting the...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: mind games

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is more than just the best right arm in baseball.  In 2010, Doc had 5 poor offerings and Cole had 5 after April 30, which is a total of 10 for 11 months.  Last year, they also had 10:  Cole Hamels (4), Cliff Lee (4) and the Doctor (2) for 18 months.  Do Halladay, Lee and Hamels influence more than each other? TAL'S HANDY CAPS ...
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