Thursday, May 29, 2014

Preview: Game 53 - Mets at Phillies - Wheeler (1-5) vs Buchanan (1-0)

Preview: Game 53
New York Mets (24-28) at Philadelphia  Phillies (23-27)

Pitching Probables:
Zack Wheeler (1-5) 4.63 ERA vs David Buchanan (1-0) 3.60 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM


After finishing a losing homestand on a positive note, the New York Mets shift their attention to continuing their road success against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets can match a season high with a third straight victory Thursday night and sixth consecutive win in Philadelphia.

New York (24-28) dropped nine of 12 before winning two straight over Pittsburgh to conclude a 4-5 home stretch. Bartolo Colon struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 5-0 victory, while David Wright and Lucas Duda each homered and had two RBIs.

With an 11-11 road record, New York embarks on an 11-game trek and will play 25 of its next 33 away from Citi Field.

The Mets have outscored the Phillies 29-12 during their five-game winning streak at Philadelphia. New York won 6-1 there April 29, but the following day's meeting was postponed by rain and will be played Monday to conclude this five-game set.

Wright is batting .383 with five doubles and five RBIs during an 11-game road hitting streak. He went 0 for 5 at Philadelphia (23-27) last month after going 8 for 13 with three homers and five RBIs in his previous three at Citizens Bank Park.

New York's Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) had a 3.18 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season -- both at home -- but went 0-1.

Hoping to avoid losing his third straight start, the right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in each of his last two road starts during which he went 0-1 and lasted 10 1/3 innings. He was better at home Saturday, giving up two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 defeat to Arizona.

Wheeler has never faced Ryan Howard, whose three-run game-winning homer highlighted the four-run ninth that sent Philadelphia to a 6-3 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

He went 5 for 9 with two home runs and nine RBIs while the Phillies took of three from the Rockies. Howard was 2 for 30 with 13 strikeouts in nine games prior to that series.

Howard is batting .417 (20 for 48) with four homers, five doubles and 13 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak against the Mets.

With Cliff Lee on the disabled list, right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60) gets the chance to follow up his solid major league debut from Saturday when he allowed two runs and did not walk a batter in five innings of a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins, who snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a single Wednesday, is 2 for 6 with a home run versus Wheeler.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Cody Asche32010200.667.6671.3332.000
Domonic Brown30000000.
John Mayberry Jr.52100003.400.400.6001.000
Wil Nieves31000001.333.333.333.667
Jimmy Rollins62001102.333.333.8331.167
Darin Ruf40000024.000.333.000.333
Carlos Ruiz50000000.
Chase Utley51000100.

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