It’s been a minute since the Phillies have played the Mets. After a slew of early season games between the two, this will be their first series since late May. That probably suited Mets announcer Keith Hernandez just fine since he doesn’t enjoy announcing games against the Phillies.
What Keith and the Mets may not realize is that there have been some changes since they last saw the Phils. Joe Girardi is no longer in charge, and the Phillies are a much more dangerous team. If they are expecting this to be an easy weekend, they are in for a rude awakening.
New York Mets
Record: 73-39 (First place in National League East, 7 games ahead)
The last time they Met
It was late May, but the Phillies were already facing a sizable deficit in the NL East standings. The Mets had gotten off to a strong start to the season, and the Phillies seemingly had to win the series to maintain any dreams of a division title. Apparently Joe Girardi didn’t share that sense of urgency.
Glad Joe Girardi decided to start Bailey Falter against the Mets and give the starters an extra rest day.— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) May 28, 2022
That’s the type of non-winning mentality throughout this organization that hasn’t changed in a decade. #Phillies
His decision to start Falter in the opener and push his regular starters back a day didn’t work out so well. The Phillies were swept in the series, and less than a week later, Girardi became the ex-manager.
The Mets didn’t think they needed to do much at the trade deadline, and one of the few moves they did make has backfired. Reliever Mychal Givens was supposed to shore up the Mets’ bullpen, but since his arrival, he’s allowed six runs in three innings.
So … what Mychal Givens did today — giving up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning — was an aberration— Danny Abriano (@DannyAbriano) August 3, 2022
But we already knew he wasn’t a shutdown reliever
Mets should’ve gotten one of those. Or gotten more than just Givens
As most people have been saying since 6:01 PM yesterday
Remember when it was the Phillies who were the NL East team that made disastrous reliever acquisitions at the trade deadline?
Keith Hernandez doesn’t like to announce Phillies games. According to him, it’s because he finds their play to be aesthetically displeasing.
Keith Hernandez just said on the Mets broadcast that he has asked SNY not to make him call games against the Phillies because he doesn't like watching them play.— Stephanie Apstein (@stephapstein) August 10, 2022
"As far as fundamentally and defensively, the Phillies have always been just not up to it."
It seems more likely that Hernandez is just a lazy bum who doesn’t like working and looked for an excuse for a few days off. Or maybe he’s scared of encountering Phillies fans who might say not-so-nice things to him. He’s apparently very scared of interacting with people.
Neuman was right to call him a “Pretty Boy.”
I’m not sure what Hernandez expected when he said something like that about the Phillies. As always “Nobody likes us, we don’t care” a complete lie, and actually Philly fans care a whole lot, and will drag you endlessly if you say anything bad about us or our teams. This even extends to the team’s announcers.
According to @JohnKruk, Keith Hernandez texted @TMacPhils about what the Phillies broadcasters have been saying about him on air. #Phillies— Matt Rappa (@mattrappasports) August 11, 2022
You’d think Keith would like the attention since this is the first time anyone has really given a crap about him since he was on Seinfeld.
As a fun exercise, I’ll compare Hernandez to other famous Keiths, and see who comes out ahead.
I’m not a big country music fan, so I can’t actually name a single one of Urban’s songs. However, I did learn that he’s married to Nicole Kidman, and that’s a major negative. Even if we overlook how much of Tom Cruise’s insanity may have rubbed off on her, I’m absolutely sick of going to see a movie at an AMC theater and sitting through Kidman’s “tribute” to the movies. After already sitting through fifteen previews and ten commercials, I don’t need to hear a five-minute speech about the wonder and majesty of going to the movies when I’m there to see Minions: The Rise of Gru. Just start the show!
Edge: Keith Hernandez
Keith Jackson (the former NFL player)
Keith Jackson was a Pro Bowler for the Eagles, which normally would give him a huge advantage here, but he has some red on his ledger. His drop cost the team in the Fog Bowl and he left the team via free agency as quickly as possible. Still, I’m not going to rate a Met over an Eagle.
Edge: Keith Jackson
Keith Jackson (the announcer)
Jackson is one of the greatest sports announcers of all-time, and “Whoa Nellie” is a truly iconic catchphrase. Does Keith Hernandez have any catch phrases of note? Even if he does, I’m confident they’re not as good as that.
Edge: Keith Jackson
Keith Van Horn
Back in the early 2000’s, the Philadelphia 76ers unsuccessfully attempted to find a viable secondary offense on option behind Allen Iverson. They tried Van Horn for one season, and it didn’t go too well. I also remember him perpetually having a stupid look on his face. Here’s a fun challenge: Find a picture of Van Horn when he doesn’t have a goofy expression.
Keith Van Horn! pic.twitter.com/T3TpiTy7NU— MASSDOG23 (@TS_massdog23) August 8, 2022
Edge: Keith Hernandez
David was a well-respected actor with memorable roles in movies such as Platoon, The Thing, and Requiem for a Dream. You can enjoy some of his best quotes here: (WARNING - Some clips may be NSFW)
Edge: Keith David
You know who wouldn’t avoid broadcasting Phillies games because of poor defense and mean fans? Keith Richards, that’s who. He’s possibly the most legendary musician of all time, and it’s an insult to him to even be compared to someone of Keith Hernandez’s caliber.
Edge: Keith Richards
Last series’ answer: Rhys Hoskins (8 in 2017), Dom Brown (5 in 2013), and Maikel Franco (5 in 2018) are the only Phillies with five+ home run seasons against the Marlins in the past decade. Nobody got all three, but MoButterMakerBlues got two of three.
This series’ question: Since Citi Field opened in 2009, three different Phillies pitchers have double digit strikeout games there. (Two of them doing it three times). Who are they?
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The Mets got a huge break in having the majority of their games against the Phillies early in the season. The pre-June Phillies possessed an inconsistent offense and a bullpen which was often mis-managed.
Let’s hope the Mets don’t realize that things have changed. They might be a little surprised when instead of dealing with Jeurys Familia and Corey Knebel in the final two innings, instead they’ll be facing Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson. And they’ll also be facing a Phillies lineup in which Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott are contributors instead of weaknesses.