Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Midday Recap 4/09: Halla-don't; Ware-ing a title.

It was a rocky start for Roy Halladay, getting smoked for 7 runs on 6 hits, as the Mets defeated the Phillies 7-2 on Monday night.  John Buck kicked off the Mets scoring with a 3-run shot in the 2nd inning.  Then David Wright and Ruben Tejada brought home runs in the 5th inning to blow things open for the Mets.

With last night's 7 earned runs, Roy Halladay's E.R.A. now sits at 14.73, six times his career low of 2.35 back in 2011.

Sparking Harvey
By comparison, Matt Harvey has looked great in his two starts, only allowing 1 earned run in 14 innings pitched, for a 0.64 E.R.A..  He struck out 9 Phillies batters, while walking 2 and giving up only 3 hits in 7 innings last night.

Buck Yeah
John Buck became the first Met to ever bat in 12 runs in the first 7 games of the season after his three run blast in the 2nd inning.  He has three home runs already in the season, whereas last year he only sent the ball deep 12 times as a Miami Marlin.

Home Run Streak
John Buck's home run continues a Met streak, hitting a home run in their first 7 games of the season.  That's one short of the franchise record of 8, which the Mets could reach tonight with a ball over the wall at Citizens Bank Park.

Tonight's Outlook
It might be hard for the Mets to continue that streak as Cliff Lee is on the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Last Thursday, Lee struck out 8 as he went 8 scoreless innings in Atlanta, allowing only 2 base runners all game.  He'll face Dillon Gee, who had a decent outing against the San Diego Padres last week, but got a losing decision as the Mets failed to muster any run support while he was on the mound.  It's lining up to be a decent pitching duel tonight.  Coverage begins at 6:25PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio

In other sports:
Ware-ing a title
Since the unfortunate injury to Kevin Ware last Sunday, the Louisville Cardinals have promised that they are going to win it for Ware.  And they did in a championship that felt as such, defeating the Michigan Wolverines 82-76.  The game was close throughout, giving no indication that either team was going to walk away champions until the very end, where Louisville got offensive rebound after offensive rebound to help pad their lead.

Outstanding Bench
Luke Hancock was not a starter for the Louisville Cardinals, but played 30 minutes, scoring 22 points on 5-5 from behind the arc as he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.  It was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that the honor was given to a non-starter.

Phil Kessel scored the game winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Rangers 4-3.  Kessel's 12th of the season (and 2nd of the game) came just 39 seconds after the Rangers tied it on Derek Stepan's 14th of the season. Rick Nash scored 2 for the Rangers in the losing effort.  The Rangers sit tied with the New York Islanders for the 7th playoff spot, and only 2 points ahead of the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets, who are both outside wanting in.

Lucky 13?
The New York Knicks will be looking for their 13th straight win tonight as they host the Washington Wizards at the Garden.  The Knicks are 2-1 against the Wizards, winning their last meeting 96-88 on March 1st.

Upcoming Live Sports on the Radio:
TONIGHT - Mets @ Phillies - 6:25PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio
Tomorrow - Mets @ Phillies - 6:25PM, 1230 FOX Sports Radio
Thursday - THE MASTERS - 2:00PM, 1410 CBS Sports Radio
The NCAA Frozen Four - 7:00PM, 1410 CBS Sports Radio (joined in progress)

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