Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Mets stomp error-prone Phillies

So much for the Phillies owning the Mets. The Mets took advantage of 4 errors and a poor start by Kyle Kendrick to win 8-2 and snap the Phillies' nine game winning streak over New York. The Phils played without Jimmy Rollins, who sat out with a minor ankle injury, and his replacement Eric Bruntlett made two costly errors in the 3rd inning that led to a 6-run outburst by the Mets. Kendrick finished the game with only one earned run, but looked shaky and lasted only 2 1/3 innings.

Offensively, the Phillies out-hit the Mets 8-5, but they stranded 9 runners throughout the game. They had bases loaded situations in the 2nd and 8th innings and they failed to capitalize both times. Pedro Feliz popped out with the bases loaded in the 8th inning, and he continues to look mediocre. Besides his great glove-work, which we haven't really seen yet, how is this guy an upgrade over Wes Helms?

On the positive side for the Phillies, they got great work from Chad Durbin, who continues to impress regardless of the situation he is put in. Durbin had one bad outing last week, but he has been solid all season as a 7th inning set-up guy and as a long-relief pitcher. He pitched 3 2/3 innings tonight and gave no hits and struck out 4, lowering his ERA to 1.13 on the season. Perhaps he should get a look for a spot in the starting rotation?

The rubber match against the Mets comes tomorrow, with unlikely Mets killer Adam Eaton taking the mound against John Maine. Eaton had a solid outing in his first start of the season, and the Phillies will look to him again to help earn a series victory over the Mets.

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