Instant Replay: Mets 14, Phillies 4

Instant Replay: Mets 14, Phillies 4


The Phillies absorbed an ugly, one-sided pounding in losing 14-4 to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.

The Mets bruised Phillies pitching for 20 hits, 14 of which were for extra bases -- seven homers and seven doubles.

Yoenis Cespedes homered three times for the Mets, who have hit 46 homers in their last 21 games in Philadelphia. The Mets have won 28 of 40 games against the Phillies since the start of the 2015 season.

Phillies starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was tagged for six runs in his second start with the club. He exited in the third inning with a right forearm strain and will likely end up on the 10-day disabled list.

The Phillies are 3-5.

The Mets are 5-3.

Starting pitching report
Buchholz was ineffective for the second time in as many starts with his new club. He gave up eight hits and six runs before leaving with the arm injury in the third inning.

Buchholz's next turn in the rotation comes up Tuesday in New York. The Phils have several pitchers at Triple A who could fill that spot, including Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson, both of whom pitched in the majors last season. Eflin pitched five shutout innings for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. The Phils have been cautious with him because he had double knee surgery in the fall. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are also on the 40-man roster.

Hard-throwing Matt Harvey improved to 7-2 lifetime against the Phillies. He gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings, walked one and struck out six. He exited with tightness in his right hamstring.

Bullpen report
Adam Morgan was forced into early work when Buchholz left. The lefty was tagged for four homers in 3 2/3 innings. Morgan was optioned to Triple A immediately after the game.

At the plate
Maikel Franco smacked a solo homer for the Phillies.

Cespedes had a double in addition to his three homers. Lucas Duda had a pair of homers and Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep for the Mets. Duda's first homer traveled 448 feet over the batter's eye in center.

On bat flips, etc.
Manager Pete Mackanin expressed his dislike of bat flips before the game. A bat flip from last season was at the root of some tension between the Phils and Mets on Monday night. Mackanin also addressed that.

Up next
The series concludes on Wednesday night with Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00) pitching against Mets right-hander Zach Wheeler (0-1, 11.25). The Phils are off on Thursday. They open a three-game series in Washington on Friday.

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.