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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 51 - Phillies at Mets

Philadelphia Phillies (32-19) at New York Mets (23-27), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) New York - Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37)

With two straight victories and a 3-0 mark with a 2.25 ERA on the road, Cole Hamels has provided the Phillies solid pitching this season. Now he'll try to snap a personal five-game skid against the Mets as the teams continue their weekend series tonight at Citi Field.

His last victory against the Mets came September 11, 2009, but since then Hamels has received little run support when facing the NL East foe. In 2010, he lost all four of his starts against the Mets, but had a 3.20 ERA. The big problem was the Phillies were shut out in three of those games last season.

Hamels' first start of 2011 came against the Mets and he was drilled for seven hits and six runs over 2 2/3 innings of a 7-1 defeat on April 5. That dropped his career mark to 2-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 career games against them.

Mike Pelfrey will try to continue his home success tonight when he pitches for the Mets. He's 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts this season at Citi Field and he's 18-8 all-time in the ballpark. The righty, who is coming off a loss against the Yankees on Sunday, has had trouble with the home run ball, giving up seven over his last five appearances.

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley have both performed well against Pelfrey with career averages of .412 and .300 respectively. The two have combined for seven homers and 14 RBI against Pelfrey.

The Phillies opened this division grudge match with a 6-4 win last night. Domonic Brown's single under the glove of first baseman Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning plated the go-ahead run and started the decisive rally. The three-spot in the inning helped Philadelphia withstand a New York rally in the bottom half and hold on for a third consecutive win.

The Phillies scored all the runs against Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, who carried a 19 2/3-inning scoreless streak into Friday's game. It was the longest active streak in the majors.

Justin Turner finished with a career-high four hits and drove in one for New York, which lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Phillies have won five of seven meetings with the Mets this season.

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