Phillies getting Happ back tomorrow, but lose Park for 'a while'

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J.A. Happ is now slated to rejoin the Phillies’ rotation tomorrow against the Braves after testing his oblique injury with a 20-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Happ, who came out of relative nowhere to go 8-4 with a 2.81 ERA in 19 starts as a 26-year-old rookie, has missed back-to-back turns in the rotation.
On the other hand, Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel speculated yesterday that Chan Ho Park “is probably going to be down a while” because of a hamstring injury. Park has been a key member of the bullpen since being dumped from the rotation in mid-May, logging 49 innings with a 2.57 ERA, 52/16 K/BB ratio, and .235 opponents’ batting average as a reliever. His availability for the postseason may be in doubt.
And while we’re on the subject of the Phillies’ pitching staff, consider this stat: Since joining Philadelphia’s rotation Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez have combined to go 12-2 with a 2.74 ERA and 94/15 K/BB ratio in 101.2 innings spread over in 16 starts.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.