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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Preview: Game 107 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Gee

Preview: Game 107
Philadelphia Phillies (46-60) at New York Mets (51-55)

Probable Pitchers:
Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) vs Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 WOR AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM

The New York Mets have been swinging hot bats during a positive stretch at Citi Field, though they might have a difficult time continuing that trend against one of the NL's top pitchers.

As the Mets go for their longest home winning streak in four years Tuesday night, Philadelphia's Cole Hamels hopes to keep showing the Phillies why they might be better off holding on to him through the trade deadline.

New York (51-55) has averaged 5.9 runs while winning eight of nine at home, scoring four in the first inning and three in the fifth off A.J. Burnett in Monday's 7-1 win to open this three-game set.

Travis d'Arnaud had a three-run homer and two doubles to lead the onslaught. Lucas Duda added an RBI single and is hitting .354 with 13 RBIs in his last 15 home games.

New York, however, could have a tougher time with Hamels as it looks to win five straight home games for the first time since a nine-game run from May 22-June 8, 2010.

Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) ranks ninth in the NL in ERA, including a 1.74 mark over his last 11 starts as he's limited opponents to three runs or less in each. He won a second straight outing for the first time this season Thursday, allowing one run and striking out 10 over eight innings in a 2-1 victory over San Francisco.

Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.38 ERA in 29 career starts against the Mets as he meets them for the fourth time in 2014. He allowed a season high six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss April 29, then did not factor in the decision in May and June starts when he gave up one earned run over seven innings in each with a combined 18 strikeouts as Philadelphia lost both.

Daniel Murphy is hitting .386 lifetime off Hamels, going 5 for 10 with two doubles this season.

New York's Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) hopes to regroup after giving up a season-high six runs over five innings in Thursday's 9-1 loss at Milwaukee. He's 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts after missing two months with a strained right lat.

The right-hander is 3-3 with a 6.71 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies. In his only meeting this season, he surrendered three runs over six innings before the bullpen blew a one-run lead in a 5-4 home loss May 10.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a home run off Gee in that contest and is 11 for 22 lifetime in the matchup.

Ryan Howard is 9 for 18 off Gee with six home runs -- twice as many as any other player against him -- but went 0 for 5 with an error Monday. He was 7 for 19 with a home run in his previous four games.

Former Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd is batting .362 in his last 10 games after Monday's four-hit effort. Carlos Ruiz also had four hits, leaving him 8 for 16 since missing nearly a month with a concussion.

Batter vs Pitcher:

Andrew Brown102100212.200.273.300.573
Eric Campbell63100012.500.571.6671.238
Travis d'Arnaud91000032.111.333.111.444
Lucas Duda131000057.077.333.077.410
Wilmer Flores31000002.333.333.333.667
Curtis Granderson42000121.500.571.5001.071
Juan Lagares208300225.400.455.5501.005
Daniel Murphy4417401619.386.400.545.945
Kirk Nieuwenhuis81000004.
Anthony Recker80000105.
Josh Satin122000214.
Ruben Tejada319300247.290.371.387.759
David Wright732441516517.329.372.616.988
Chris Young236101418.261.308.435.742
Eric Young Jr.2810200304.357.357.429.786
Cody Asche30000110.
Andres Blanco31000001.333.333.333.667
Reid Brignac30000003.
Domonic Brown154100103.267.267.333.600
Marlon Byrd20000000.000.333.000.333
Ronny Cedeno82000100.
Freddy Galvis32100200.667.6671.0001.667
Cesar Hernandez31100001.333.333.6671.000
Ryan Howard1891061404.500.5001.5562.056
John Mayberry Jr.184102613.222.263.611.874
Wil Nieves32100201.667.6671.0001.667
Ben Revere83000101.375.375.375.750
Jimmy Rollins2211201422.500.542.7271.269
Darin Ruf32000000.667.667.6671.333
Carlos Ruiz131100101.
Chase Utley205200112.250.304.350.654
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