30 games. 30! That seems like such a small amount in the grand scheme of 162 games. But when you've lived each one of those games, they somehow feel like 60 or 80 or a million. The Phillies are 10-19. They've lost nearly 2/3 of their games! That is a lot of losses to have watched! At this point, only the Brewers have a worse record than the Phillies.
The Mets' record is nearly the reverse. They're 18-10. And tonight they're sending Matt Harvey to the mound. Thankfully, the Phillies are countering with their greatest/only weapon: Cole Hamels.
|NEW YORK METS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Curtis Granderson - RF||Ben Revere - RF|
|Juan Lagares - CF||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|John Mayberry - LF||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Michael Cuddyer - 1B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Daniel Murphy - 3B||Darin Ruf - LF|
|Wilmer Flores - SS||Odubel Herrera - CF|
|Kevin Plawecki - C||Cody Asche - 3B|
|Dilson Herrera - 2B||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Matt Harvey - RHP||Cole Hamels - LHP|
Utley's back in the lineup and hitting third, Howard's hitting fourth, same as it ever was. Revere's in right field again, and Ruf is in left. Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore have either pissed Ryne Sandberg off, or Sandberg has somehow realized through the process of rational thought that neither of them are very good. I'm pretty sure it's the former and not the latter, because I don't believe we have any modern examples of Ryne Sandberg using the process of rational thought and applying it to baseball.
Hamels needs a good start, but he also needs the offense to back him up. With Matt Harvey on the mound, that's a tall order for the feeble Phillies. Good luck, boys.
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