Instant Replay: Mets 6, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Mets 6, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

The New York Mets took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild Cole Hamels and laid a 6-1 beating on the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The start of the game was delayed one hour, 28 minutes and most of it was played in the rain, which may have contributed to Hamels’ control issues.

Mets lefty Jonathon Niese, meanwhile, had no problems with the miserable weather conditions. He did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth inning.

The Mets have won seven of their last nine games. They are 15-11.

The Phillies are 13-13.

Starting pitching report
Hamels lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and six runs. He walked five and hit a batter. Two of the walks and the hit batsman eventually became runs. One of Hamels’ walks was to the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded.

Most of Hamels’ control problems came in the fourth and fifth innings when he threw 68 of his 106 pitches.

Hamels is 0-2 in two starts. He has 99 wins for his career. The lefty is 7-14 with a 4.65 ERA in 27 career starts against the Mets.

Niese went seven innings and allowed just four hits and a run. He walked one and struck out five.

Bullpen report
Roberto Hernandez was called upon to get the final out in the top of the fifth inning when Hamels couldn’t. Hernandez will work out of the bullpen for the next few days as the Phillies don’t need a fifth starter for a week.

Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings for the Phillies. Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp both pitched a scoreless inning.

Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jose Valverde closed it out for the Mets.

At the plate
Marlon Byrd homered with two outs in the fourth for the Phillies’ first hit and only run.

Ryan Howard singled and doubled for two of the Phillies’ five hits.

Ruben Tejada doubled and scored a run in the third inning and he singled home two runs in the fifth. Daniel Murphy was 3 for 3 against Hamels.

Up next
The teams close out the quick two-game series on Wednesday night. Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.52) and Bartolo Colon (2-3, 4.50) are the pitchers.

Matt Klentak agrees with Mackanin, says Phillies need to add offense

Matt Klentak agrees with Mackanin, says Phillies need to add offense

ATLANTA – The day after Phillies manager Pete Mackanin talked about the need to add a hitter to his lineup this offseason, general manager Matt Klentak agreed with his skipper.

“I think Pete is right,” Klentak said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Mackanin mentioned the impact that Yoenis Cespedes had on the New York Mets after he joined that eventual World Series participant last season. Mackanin said he planned to offer Cespedes as an example of what one difference-making hitter can do for a lineup when he and the coaching staff meet with the front office Friday. 

Cespedes can opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent. But a big-ticket free agent like that does not appear to be in this team’s plans. Not this winter, at least.

“We need to work at improving our offense however we can,” Klentak said. “Whether that comes in the form of a free agent or in a trade or promotions of younger players or the continued development of the players that are here -- all of those are ways for us to improve our offensive production. Those are all things we're going to focus on.”

The Phillies remain committed to rebuilding through their farm system and with young players. That creates a balancing act for the front office as it looks to add talent.

“Every decision that we make will be measured against the short-term implications and the long-term implications,” Klentak said. “We want to do everything we can to field the most competitive team on the field that we possibly can. We also want to make sure we continue to provide opportunities to our young players to develop. That's the fine line that we'll have to tiptoe all offseason.

“The goal remains to continue to provide meaningful opportunities to our young players, but also to supplement that group with players from the outside that give us the best chance to win.”

Though the Phillies rank last in the majors in runs, Klentak said it remains committed to building with starting pitching. Adding a veteran stabilizer to the starting rotation seems to be as big a priority for Klentak as adding a bat.

“I don't think we will ever have the luxury of ignoring starting pitching,” Klentak said. “Starting pitching is the name of the game. We saw it for the first month or two of the year. Every night we were pitching. Our starters were performing. The back of our bullpen was performing. We were competitive almost every night. At times, throughout the rest of the season, we've sputtered along. We've had our good stretches and we've had some not-so-good stretches. But if you can dictate the pace of the game on the mound, you always have a chance to win. We're never going to ignore that.”

Jeremy Hellickson was a solid veteran stabilizer this season, but he will become a free agent and is likely to sign elsewhere. The Phillies would like to capitalize on Hellickson’s signing elsewhere and get a compensatory pick between the first and second round of next year’s draft. They must make Hellickson a one-year offer of about $17 million for 2017 and the pitcher must reject it for that to happen.

The Phils will also look to add bullpen help this winter.

But don’t look for a free-agent spending spree until the club has built more of a core.

“Free agency is an important market for us and every team to improve,” Klentak said. “Just how strongly we invest in it is going to depend, No. 1, on the types of players that are available and, No. 2., on where the organization is at that moment.”

The organization is still in a rebuild.

Draw your own conclusion.

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P