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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Preview: Game 154 - Mets at Phillies - Gee vs Cloyd

New York Mets (69-84) at Philadelphia Phillies (71-82) 7:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 30 11-10 3.476.07-54.329/15MIAND7.1601-120.22.18
T. Cloyd (R) 9 2-5 5.065.10-35.739/15@WSHL4.01050-213.08.31


Winners of four of six, the Mets (69-84) are trying to overtake the Phillies (71-82) and finish above fourth in the NL East for the first time since 2008.

Gee (11-10, 3.47 ERA) opened his season in brutal fashion April 9, when he gave up a season-worst seven runs over three innings in Philadelphia. He then was reached for six runs - five earned - in five innings there June 22 but did not get a decision in New York's 8-7 loss.

In each game, the Phillies hit three homers off Gee.

Gee, 0-2 with a 13.26 ERA in his last five appearances at Citizens Bank Park, may fare better with first baseman Ryan Howard sidelined with an inflamed left knee. Howard had three of those home runs and six in 15 lifetime at-bats versus the right-hander.

Since his last outing at Philadelphia, Gee is 6-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 15 starts and pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Miami on Sunday. He's limited opponents to a .155 average (11 for 71) with runners in scoring position in that span.

Phillies counterpart Tyler Cloyd (2-5, 5.06), vying for a spot in next year's rotation, has shown little of what made him a potential start since being recalled. Cloyd was sent down to the minor leagues on June 12 with a 2-2 record and 3.41 ERA in six starts but has gone 0-3 with a 10.93 ERA in three after returning.

In his last two outings, Cloyd has pitched well early - allowing one run in three innings both times - before struggling. Opponents are hitting .261 their first at-bat against Cloyd, but .321 and .327 in their second and third appearances.

Cloyd split two starts versus the Mets last year, losing his major league debut but winning the most recent outing on Sept. 20, 2012.

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