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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Preview: Game 55 - Mets at Phillies - deGrom (0-2) vs Kendrick (1-5)

Preview: Game 55
New York Mets (25-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-28)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-2) 1.83 ERA vs Kyle Kendrick (1-5) 4.05 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 3:05 PM


Mets Rookie Jacob deGrom has been outstanding through his first three starts, but they've all ended in losses for New York (25-29) as he's gone 0-2 with a 1.83 ERA.

The New York Mets look to finally give deGrom some support Saturday when they continue a five-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The right-hander has been backed by four runs while becoming the first Mets pitcher to have an ERA under 2.00 through his first three starts without a win since Pete Harnisch and Mike Birkbeck in 1995.

Jim McAndrew is the only Mets rookie to do that through his first four starts in 1968.

The bullpen didn't do deGrom any favors Monday, wasting his 6 2-3 scoreless innings by surrendering five runs over the last two of a 5-3 defeat to Pittsburgh.

DeGrom is also doing his part at the plate, going 4 for 5 while getting at least one hit in each of his three starts. A shortstop at Stetson, he's accounted for half of New York's hits by pitchers.

The Mets may need him to go deep into this outing after fellow rookie Rafael Montero lasted 3 2-3 innings before seven relievers were used in a 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Phillies (24-28) on Friday.

New York had won the previous six meetings in Philadelphia, including a 4-1 victory in the opener of this series Thursday.

The Phillies will turn to Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), who may sympathize with deGrom's plight for a win. Kendrick is 8-8 with a 3.58 ERA vs the Mets in his career..

Kendrick scattered six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-0 victory over Colorado on Monday, his first in 17 starts since beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 on Aug. 6. Kendrick was 0-10 with a 5.11 ERA during his drought while receiving an average of 2.51 runs of support.

The right-hander gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 win at New York on May 10. He's won his last two home starts against the Mets, yielding four runs in 13 2-3 innings. David Wright sees RED when he meets Kendrick, He is batting .341 (15 for 44) with 3 big flies... Daniel Murphy is not hot vs Kendrick batting a mere .200 (6 for 30)...Lucas Duda also in the cold zone vs Kendrick (3 for 18) batting .167. Juan Lagares, who leads off is batting .600 (3 for 5) with a 2B...

Domonic Brown snapped out of his slump Friday, connecting for a three-run homer while adding another RBI. He had been 3 for 30 with one homer and two RBIs over his previous 10 games.

Mets can beat Kendrick, they just have to have the Wright kind of day...LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Bobby Abreu20000012.000.333.000.333
Andrew Brown31000000.333.333.333.667
Travis d'Arnaud40000100.
Lucas Duda183201302.167.250.444.694
Wilmer Flores50000001.
Curtis Granderson61000002.
Juan Lagares53100120.600.750.8001.550
Daniel Murphy306100234.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis31000021.333.600.333.933
Josh Satin10000001.
Ruben Tejada194000101.
David Wright4415303727.341.362.614.975
Chris Young173101124.176.263.412.675
Eric Young Jr.81000011.125.300.125.425
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