Happy Friday, fam!
It’s the last day, and the last links post, of the week, so let’s get right to it.
THE PHILLIES WON A SERIES AGAINST THE METS, GUYS. Please, please read Justin Klugh’s fantastic recap on last night’s win. But I also wanted to add a little more context to our first collective non-disappointing event against the Mets this season.
The Phillies have won a series against the Mets for the third time in their last 18 tries— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) April 21, 2017
Hector Neris saves it. Phillies win their first series against the Mets since April 8-10, 2016.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) April 21, 2017
The Phillies won. They improved to 6-9, with less than two hours remaining on 4/20.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 21, 2017
Okay, that last one is just funny.
Franco comes alive
Maikel Franco had himself a night against the Mets. He went 2-for-4 with a walk and a home run, and he badly needed it. He’d been mired in a 0-for-twentysomething slump before that, and it was getting depressing. Here he is talking to Gregg Murphy after the game.
I just love him. And a reminder: it’s still early in the season!
Your reminder it is still early in the year.— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) April 21, 2017
Franco before today: .143/.217/.278
After today: .178/.246/.362
And a little more context.
6 BB in 65 April PA for Franco, who had 6 BB in 97 April PA in 2016— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) April 21, 2017
Hector Neris closed out the game last night, which is really how it should have always been. Despite Neris’ success and his almost overwhelming awesomeness (and his smooth arms, have you seen those? They’re very smooth!), it looks like Pete Mackanin is going with a closer-by-committee. He’s either really going to do this, since both Neris and Joaquin Benoit can close, or he’s just using it for cover while he puts Neris in the closer’s position, which again he should have done to begin with.
Mackanin on if he's now using closer by committee: "I don't want to name it anything ... I have 2 guys [Neris/Benoit] I'm comfortable with."— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 21, 2017
No matter what, he should get more used to closing. He and Knapp clearly need to come up with a signature high-five move.
Not sure if showed it on TV but funny moment after final out as Neris didn't seem sure how to celebrate save. Left Knapp hanging momentarily— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 21, 2017
Around the Phight
- I mentioned to some of the TGP dudes that I’m going to see JP Crawford and the IronPigs next week when they come to Columbus to play the Clippers, and Justin Klugh was nice enough to come up with some sign suggestions for me! He’s the best.
- Felske Files 108 is up, and guys, it’s a barnburner!
- LTG8 looked at Cesar Hernandez’s last calendar year, and it’s awesome.
Tweet of the day
The Phillies Twitter account is killing it, kids.
Thursday*— Phillies (@Phillies) April 21, 2017
Sorry, finger slipped on the keyboard.