Preview: Game 35
Pitching Probables - Kyle Kendrick (0-3) 3.58 ERA vs Dillon Gee (3-1) 2.51 ERA
Philadelphia Phillies (16-18) at New York Mets (16-18)
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM
The Mets (16-18) will be looking to even up the series against Kyle Kendrick, who is 8-8 with a 3.58 ERA vs the Mets in his career.
Kendrick (0-3, 3.58 ERA) takes the mound Saturday, which usually means the Phillies' offense will go quiet.
In his previous 13 starts dating back to last season, Philadelphia has backed Kendrick with 20 runs.
Kendrick hasn't earned a victory since beating the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 6.
Along with the lack of run support, the veteran right-hander has been plagued this season by allowing a lot of base runners. His WHIP of 1.41 is among the highest in the NL.
Against Toronto on Monday, Kendrick gave up seven hits, walked three and hit a batter in seven innings of a 3-0 loss. He was charged with all three runs -- his fourth straight start yielding three or less.
Kendrick has thrown the ball well versus the Mets since the start of the 2012 season, going 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts. David Wright, has seen the ball well from Kendrick. In 41 career AB's , he has 13 hits, two of them HR's.
Gee (3-1, 2.51) has been outstanding lately, tossing 16 consecutive scoreless innings and going 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA in his last four starts. He hasn't allowed a run since the fourth inning of a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on April 22.
In his last start, Gee permitted six hits in six shutout innings of a 5-1 win at Colorado on Sunday -- New York's last victory.
The Mets have since totaled five runs while batting .182 in losing four straight. They had their chances to get runners across the plate Friday, but they stranded 15 men on base and were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Curtis Granderson left six runners on base, and is batting .087 with 15 strikeouts in his last 12 games at Citi Field.
Gee didn't have much luck against the Phillies last season, going 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts. Ryan Howard owns Mr.Gee hitting .467 (7 for15) with 6 HR's and 14 RBI's... Jimmy Rollins also has a blast when he see's Gee, he is batting .474 (9 for 19)...
If Gee continues to throw up ooo's and the Mets offense can click, the Mets will have a successful night. Easier said then done, LGM!
Batter Pitcher Splits:
|NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. KYLE KENDRICK (8-8) 3.43 ERA|
|Eric Young Jr.||8||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125||.300||.125||.425|
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES CAREER STATISTICS VS. DILLON GEE (3-3) 7.46 ERA|
|John Mayberry Jr.||18||4||1||0||2||6||1||3||.222||.263||.611||.874|