Just in time for Chris Wheeler’s birthday, the Phillies lineup said eff the pitching staff, it’s time to take things into our own hands. And not they they necessarily needed to tonight, but Michael Young and John Mayberry help lead an offensive charge that gave the Phillies a comfortable 8-3 victory over the Mets.
Mayberry and Howard both hit their first homerun’s of the 2013 campaign, as did Michael Young who finished just a double away from the cycle. The Phillies are a team that benefits from the weather being warm like this because the ball flys better. On a cold night, it is very possible that the Phillies don’t hit any of these homeruns, because the ball would die on the warning track. Instead three Phils have their first homeruns of the 2013 season, and the offense as a whole is beginning to look somewhat impressive.
Michael Young, who got a mixed reaction when the Phillies acquired him, so far has been impressive. Young is batting .345 through eight games, and has been a tremendous addition to the Phillies lineup because he is one of the few hitters on the team, who can have sustained success without having to hit the longball. Of course as we saw tonight, Young will provide the occasional bomb as well.
Cliff Lee, who went 8 2/3 innings before handing the ball to Mike Adams, has been extremely impressive thus far. While Doc and Cole Hamels have struggled mightily through their first two starts, Lee is off to a tremendous start with a record of 2-0 and an ERA sitting just above 1.00. At least one of the three 20 million dollar pitchers is pitching up to their contracts so far.
The Phillies hand Kyle Kendrick the ball tomorrow at 7:05 looking for the series win. The Mets will counter with Jeremy Heffner. If Kendrick is able to go six solid innings, and the Phillies bats stay hot, the Phils could be looking at their first series win of the season tomorrow night.