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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Preview: Game 56 - Mets at Phillies - Niese (3-3) vs Hamels (1-3)

Preview: Game 56
New York Mets (26-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-29)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (3-3) 2.73 ERA vs Cole Hamels (1-3) 4.43 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:35 PM


On Sunday, the workload will be on starters Jonathon Niese and Cole Hamels to work deep into this fourth game of a five-game wraparound series.

The teams have split back-to-back 14-inning contests, with the Mets avenging Friday night's 6-5 defeat by outlasting the Phillies 5-4 on Saturday thanks to David Wright's two-out go-ahead single.

The marathons have lasted a combined 10 hours and 55 minutes with 934 pitches thrown, leaving both bullpens taxed to a near-breaking point. Sixteen relievers -- eight of them appearing in both games -- have combined to throw 534 pitches in 32 innings.

Saturday's loser Antonio Bastardo has allowed the lone run by Phillies relievers in 15 innings over the two contests, but the Mets (26-29) have conceded only three in 17 -- and the 285 pitches logged by their bullpen are their most in consecutive games dating to at least 1988.

Buddy Carlyle, called up from Triple-A after Friday's loss, got his first win since 2008 with three scoreless innings.

The Mets likely won't be able to call on Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jeurys Familia, and Josh Edgin and Scott Rice might be restricted to situational help. Left-hander Dana Eveland will be added to the roster before the game according to MLB.com.

For Philadelphia (24-29), Bastardo, Mike Adams, Jonathan Papelbon and Mario Hollands all have thrown at least one inning in both contests, and Jeff Manship -- who strained his right quadriceps trying to beat out a chopper in the bottom of the 13th -- is unavailable after striking out six in four hitless innings.

Bastardo has pitched four consecutive days, walking seven in three innings over that span, and likely would be only used as a last resort.

Niese (3-3, 2.74 ERA) has pitched at least six innings in seven of his 10 starts, but he has failed to do that in two of his last three.

The left-hander struggled with his command Tuesday against Pittsburgh, walking four in 5 2/3 innings before New York pulled out a 4-2 win.

Niese did beat Hamels (1-3, 4.43) in a 6-1 victory April 29, holding the Phillies to one run in seven innings while Hamels was tagged for six in 4 2-3. On May 11, Hamels fanned 10 and allowed one run in seven innings and Niese yielded three in six of New York's 5-4, 11-inning victory.

Hamels lost to Colorado on Tuesday after giving up a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning of a 6-2 defeat, and his 14 losses to the Mets are his most against any team. Wright is hitting .329 (23 for 70) with five homers and three doubles against the lefty, while David Murphy is 17 for 40 with a homer and four doubles.

This is the second straight year Philadelphia will deal with an overworked bullpen in a series -- its relievers tossed 407 pitches Aug. 24 and 25 against Arizona, with 351 of them coming in a 12-7, 18-inning defeat. The Phillies won the following game 9-5.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Cody Asche221001101.0001.0001.5002.500
Domonic Brown90000101.
Marlon Byrd116101111.545.583.9091.492
Freddy Galvis102001105.200.200.500.700
Tony Gwynn40000001.
Ryan Howard2130002110.
John Mayberry Jr.349203704.265.257.588.845
Wil Nieves32100100.667.6671.0001.667
Ben Revere30000001.
Jimmy Rollins4610300037.
Darin Ruf30000001.
Carlos Ruiz238101335.348.423.522.945
Chase Utley283000123.
Andrew Brown102100212.200.273.300.573
Eric Campbell21000010.500.667.5001.167
Travis d'Arnaud81000012.
Lucas Duda131000057.077.333.077.410
Wilmer Flores31000002.333.333.333.667
Curtis Granderson31000011.333.500.333.833
Juan Lagares166300225.375.444.5631.007
Daniel Murphy4017401617.425.439.6001.039
Kirk Nieuwenhuis81000004.
Anthony Recker80000105.
Josh Satin122000214.
Ruben Tejada289300247.321.406.429.835
David Wright702331516416.329.365.614.979
Chris Young205101317.250.318.450.768
Eric Young Jr.2810200304.357.357.429.786
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