Phillies shows strengths and weaknesses in win against Mets

Losing to the Mets is no fun.  Luckily for the Phillies, the past few years have been

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relatively easy as far as beating the Mets has been concerned, however, with an injured lineup and some timely Mets hitting, this year’s task was not as easy and the Phillies dropped their first two games of the season against the Mets.   Of course, not all of the pain was inflicted by the Mets in the Phillies first two games,  going 0-8 with runners in scoring position in game one and managing only six total hits in the second.  Both efforts were further diminished by an atypical five runs allowed by the Phillies on both nights.

The Phillies took the field on Jackie Robinson day looking to erase their Mets-related troubles with a start from Cole Hamels, against Mike Pelfrey, someone who, historically, has had all sorts of trouble against the Phillies. Continue reading

Season Preview: First Base

The image is unforgettable.  It’s one that has been painfully ingrained into the brains of every Phillies fan.  It of course, is the image of Ryan Howard painfully crumbling to the ground after losing the 2011 NLDS, in what seemed to be a microcosm of the Phillies’ season.  But now, as the 2012 season quickly approaches, the Phillies and all of their fans are forced to deal with the repercussions of the play– not only going all winter without a parade down Broad Street–but also losing Ryan Howard to a torn Achilles heel, sidelining him until at least May, and leaving a very big gap at first base. Continue reading