Phillies-Mets: What you need to know


Phillies-Mets: What you need to know

Phillies (3-4) vs. Mets (5-2)4:05 p.m. CSN

Starting Pitchers
Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Worley pitched well in Pittsburgh in the opening series (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and exited the game in line for a win. The Phillies bullpen blew the lead and the Pirates won on Andrew McCutchens walkoff single.

Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Mets. New York signed the 25-year-old lefty to a five-year, 25.5 million deal last Saturday, and he responded by pitching six no-hit innings against the Braves. Shoddy Mets defense resulted in a final line for Niese that belied his overall performance.

Previous games
The Mets took Game 1 of the series Friday night, 5-2, behind seven crafty innings from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Phillies tallied 11 hits but managed just two runs, one on the first major-league home run by Freddy Galvis and another on a two-out error to score Carlos Ruiz.

The Mets got on the board early with three runs of Cliff Lee in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins was 3 for 4 for the Phils.

The Phillies are 32-23 against the Mets since the start of 2009 and 18-10 at Citizens Bank Park.

Worley has more appearances (six) and starts (four) against the Mets than any other team. He is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 24 innings. Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Josh Thole are a combined 11 for 26 off Worley with three doubles and seven RBIs.

Niese is 3-4 vs. the Phillies with a 4.07 ERA in eight starts. But dont be fooled those numbers are uglied by two rough starts at Citizens Bank Park in which Niese allowed 14 runs in eight innings. In his other six starts against the Phils, Niese has a 1.77 ERA in 41 innings. Placido Polanco has hit Niese well, he is 9 for 21 (.429) with four doubles. John Mayberry has had success against the southpaw, as well, going 5 for 14 with two homers and a double.
Whos hot
Rollins is 8 for his last 17 with seven singles, but has just one steal and two runs scored.

Galvis is 5 for 10 with a home run and two doubles since starting the season 0 for 12.

Whos not
Placido Polanco is batting .192 and has gone hitless in three of his six starts.

Mets first baseman Ike Davis is 1 for 23 (.043) with nine strikeouts.

The Phillies look to return to .500 and avoid a series loss to the Mets, who at 5-2 are off to their best start in six seasons.

The Phillies have allowed 0.7 runs per game in three wins and 4.5 runs per game in three losses.

Mets leading hitter David Wright was cleared to play by a hand specialist on Thursday, but Wright sat out because, according to the third baseman, he functionally cant grip a bat or grip a baseball.
Sound off
The Phillies didnt hit Dickey on Friday night, a pitcher who has had a handful of great starts against them and several clunkers. Will they get to Niese, a pitcher who has had similar Jekyll & Hyde experiences against them?

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Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Two Phillies are in the running for a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and centerfielder Odubel Herrera were named National League finalists at their position on Thursday. Winners will be announced on Nov. 9. Galvis and Herrera are both finalists for the first time.

Galvis joins San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, a Gold Glove winner in 2015, and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell as finalists at shortstop.

Herrera is a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who turns 27 in November, committed himself to improving his defense after making 17 errors in 2015 and he did that with a career season in the field in 2016. He led all NL shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage and made just eight errors in 625 total chances while earning praise from Phillies’ infield guru Larry Bowa.

Galvis led the NL with 153 starts at shortstop and had errorless streaks of 51 and 44 games. At the plate, he reached career highs in doubles (26), homers (20), extra-base hits (49) and RBIs (67). On the down side, Galvis hit just .241 and his .274 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors.

Herrera, who turns 25 in December, began his career as an infielder in the Texas system and completed just his second season in the outfield in 2016. His credentials for a Gold Glove are not nearly as good as Galvis’. Herrera’s nine errors were the second-most among major-league outfielders, but he had 11 assists, fourth-most among NL outfielders.

The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in 2014. They selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft in 2012 and he opened the 2013 season on the Phils’ roster, but was shipped back to his original club, Arizona, during the first week of that season.

World Series: Arrieta, Schwarber lead Cubs past Indians to even series 1-1

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World Series: Arrieta, Schwarber lead Cubs past Indians to even series 1-1


CLEVELAND -- Jake Arrieta made a teasing try at history, Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs brushed off a shutout to even the World Series with their first Fall Classic win in 71 years, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Arrieta carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, briefly invoking Don Larsen's name, before the Indians touched him for two hits and a run. However, the right-hander helped give Chicago just what it needed -- a split at Progressive Field -- before the Cubbies return to their Wrigley Field den for the next three games starting Friday night.

The Cubs hadn't won in the Series since beating Detroit 8-7 in 1945 to force Game 7.

The free-swinging Schwarber, who made it back for Chicago's long-awaited Series return after missing most of the season with an injured left knee, hit an RBI single in the third off Cleveland's Trevor Bauer and had another in the Cubs' three-run fifth -- highlighted by Ben Zobrist's run-scoring triple.

Even the presence of star LeBron James and the NBA champion Cavaliers, sporting their new rings, couldn't stop the Indians from losing for the first time in six home games this postseason.

And Cleveland manager Terry Francona's magical touch in October finally fizzled as he dropped to 9-1 in Series games.

With rain in the forecast, Major League Baseball moved the first pitch up an hour in hopes of avoiding delays or a postponement.

It turned out to be a good call as the game went on without a hitch and ended after more than four hours as light rain was beginning to fall.

Arrieta and the Cubs provided the only storm.

The bearded 30-year-old coasted through five innings without allowing a hit, the first pitcher to get that deep in a Series game with a no-hitter since David Cone of the New York Yankees in 1998.

For a brief period, Arrieta looked as if he might challenge Larsen's gem -- a perfect game -- in 1956 before Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a die-hard Cubs fan as a kid, doubled with one out in the sixth .

Before that, Cleveland hitters had a couple good swings, and drew three walks, but couldn't mount a real threat. Arrieta has two career no-hitters, in fact, including the only one in the majors this year.

Cubs lefty Mike Montgomery replaced Arrieta and worked two scoreless innings before Aroldis Chapman came in and unleashed his 103 mph heat while getting the last four outs.

The teams will have an off day before the series resumes with Game 3 at Wrigley, which will host its first Series game since Oct. 6, 1945, when tavern owner Billy Sianis was asked to leave with his pet goat, Murphy, and a curse was born.

Josh Tomlin will start for the Indians, who will lose the designated hitter in the NL ballpark, against Kyle Hendricks.

Schwarber might also wind up on the bench after two days as the DH.

With a gametime temperature of 43, the weather was more fitting for the Browns and Bears to bang heads than the boys of summer.

The Cubs were the ones who came up thumping after being blanked 6-0 in Game 1 by Corey Kluber and Cleveland's shut-down bullpen.

Zobrist's one-out triple triggered the fifth as the Cubs opened a 5-0 lead, not that Arrieta needed it.

After Anthony Rizzo walked following a 10-pitch at-bat, Zobrist laced a ball off Zach McAllister that was going to be a double until right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall slipped and fell. Rizzo was waved around and Zobrist hustled into third.

Schwarber followed with his second RBI and reliever Bryan Shawn later walked No. 9 hitter Addison Russell with the bases loaded.

Unlike his start in Toronto on Oct. 17, when his stitched cut opened up and Bauer was forced to make a bloody departure in the first inning, his finger held up fine.

The Cubs, though, put a few nicks in him in 3 2/3 innings.

The drone accident has brought attention to the quirky Bauer, and one Chicago fan tried to rattle the right-hander by sending a smaller version of the remote-controlled, flying object that cut him.

Bauer posted a photo of it on Twitter, saying "I see the (at)Cubs fans love me! How nice of them to send me a gift!"

The Cubs, who were off balance from the start against Kluber, scored their first run in a Series game since `45 in the first on Rizzo's RBI double .

Bauer needed 51 pitches to get through two innings, and he was one strike from getting out of the third unscathed when Chicago turned a walk and to singles into a 2-0 lead.

Up next
Cubs: Hendricks is coming off his brilliant performance in Game 5 of the NLCS when he pitched two-hit ball for seven innings as the Cubs clinched their first pennant in 71 years. The right-hander went 16-8 during the regular season with a league-leading 2.13 ERA.

Indians: It will be an emotional night for Tomlin, who will pitch on 12 day's rest with his ailing father, Jerry, in attendance. The elder Tomlin became stricken with a spinal condition in August, when Tomlin was struggling on the mound. The right-hander more than recovered and rescued Cleveland's rotation in the postseason, winning both starts.