Preview: Game 36
Philadelphia Phillies (17-18) at New York Mets (16-19)
Pitching Probables - Cole Hamels (0-2) 7.02 ERA vs Jon Niese (2-2) 1.82 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM
Preview:The New York Mets look to avoid another sweep, this one in the hands of the Phillies who have bailed themselves out of last place (17-18) and have left the Mets (16-19) there sitting at the bottom.
The Mets would love another dominant outing from Niese as they try to snap a season-high five-game slide against Hamels and the Phillies in Sunday's finale of this three-game set at Citi Field.
Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) has been troubled by injuries throughout his career, and started this season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. The left-hander has returned to compile the Mets' lowest ERA and WHIP (1.01) through his first six starts.
He's been even better over his last four outings, putting together a 1.01 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while holding opponents to a .194 average.
The bullpen let Niese down Monday, when he tossed seven scoreless innings before Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up three in the eighth of a 4-3 defeat at Miami.
Niese's recent dominance includes a 6-1 win at Philadelphia on April 29, when the only run he allowed in seven innings came on a solo homer by former Met Marlon Byrd.
He was even better against the Phillies at home Aug. 27, tossing a three-hitter in a 5-0 victory to improve to 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA in six meetings there.
Continuing that success may be vital with the Mets on the verge of six straight defeats for the first time since May 10-15, 2013. They got closer to that mark by falling 5-4 to Philadelphia on Saturday as Ryan Howard delivered the decisive blow with a tiebreaking single in the ninth.
Howard doubled on one of his season high-tying four hits Saturday, and he's batting .432 with five doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs over his last 11 meetings with New York.
Howard, though, is 2 for 18 with nine strikeouts against Niese.
While Niese is emerging as the Mets' top arm, Hamels (0-2, 7.02) is having a tough time finding his first win of the season and the 100th of his career.
One of those attempts came opposite Niese last month, when he surrendered six runs while walking five batters and hitting another in 4 2/3 innings, giving him back-to-back losses and a 9.26 ERA versus New York.
Hamels didn't show much improvement Tuesday, getting hammered for five runs and 10 hits -- two homers -- in six innings of a 6-5 loss in 10 to Toronto.
David Wright is hitting .429 with six doubles and six RBIs in his last eight games. He had a double and a homer among his three hits while adding three RBIs Saturday.
The All-Star third baseman went 0 for 3 versus Hamels on April 29 after going 10 for 24 with three homers over the past two seasons.
David Wright in his career is batting .333 (22 for 66) vs Hamels with 5 Bombs. The Mets players combined are hitting .300 (74 for 243) vs Hamels. Juan Lagares (5 for 13) is hitting .385 vs Hamels. Daniel Murphy is batting .405 (15 for 37) vs the lefty... Ruben Tejada is batting .308 vs Hamels. Chris Young is batting .313 (5 for 16) and Eric Young is batting .375 (9 for 24) vs Hamels.
The Mets have a good chance to squander the last of three in NYC... Happy Mothers Day Everyone!
Lets Go Mets!
|NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. COLE HAMELS (7-14) 4.65 ERA|
|Eric Young Jr.||24||9||2||0||0||3||0||4||.375||.375||.458||.833|
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES CAREER STATISTICS VS. JONATHON NIESE (7-6) 3.00 ERA|
|John Mayberry Jr.||34||9||2||0||3||7||0||4||.265||.257||.588||.845|