Final Score: Phillies 1, Mets 0
Big Sexy was so goddamn sexy tonight. He was bringing the deGrom level heat with a 92 MPH fastball. His only screw up was a 5th inning Ryan Howard solo dinger. But unfortunately, he was outsexed by Vincent Velasquez who looked utterly dominant through 6 innings. He put up 9 strikeouts and got better as the game went along. Everyone was complaining last night about the Dodgers taking out Ross Stripling with 100 pitches while he was throwing a no hitter. But if this was 1985, Velasquez never would have come out of this game until he got the complete game shutout. So we should at least be grateful that we got a chance to face the Phillies bullpen. But it didn’t matter because the pen shut us down too.
Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud have been absent at the dish so far this season. They are all batting around .100. Cespedes heard his first smattering of boos when he struck out for the 3rd time in the 8th inning. That’s to be expected. He’s the number one scapegoat. With the big money comes the big expectations. He’ll come around though. Unlike Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera is off to a great start. He had 2 hits tonight and made some nice plays in the field.
Hansel Robles aka Bartolo Colon Jr. pitched a nice 7th inning. He didn’t whip out the quick pitch once against the crybaby Phillies. And clearly the smokeless tobacco ban was in full effect tonight at Citi Field.
Tomorrow: Hopefully Matt Harvey can improve upon his decent Opening Day appearance and shut down the Phillies tomorrow. I like our chances against back end starter Jeremy Hellickson. I also can’t wait to see the wad of Nicorette in Harvey’s mouth at 1:10. Shake it off and let’s get the series on Sunday.