SERIES PREVIEW: PHILLIES AT METS

GAME 1

TUESDAY 7:10 PM

PHILLIES: Happ is coming off the longest stint of his brief career. He went seven shutout innings against the Padres, allowing just four hits. He struck out four and walked two in the Phillies’ 5-1 victory over the Padres. He threw 112 pitches, 71 for strikes. He began the season in the bullpen before being moved into the rotation on May 19. He pitched six strong innings against the Yankees in New York, allowing two runs on four hits. The Phillies are 6-2 in his eight career starts. He has made 15 appearances, three of them as a starter, this season.

METS: Santana uncharacteristically surrendered run-scoring extra-base hits to left-handed hitters in his most recent start, Tuesday night against the Pirates. The successive doubles in the sixth were his undoing. He lost for the second time in nine starts. Now, because of the rainout in Pittsburgh Thursday, Santana faces the Phillies at home, where he seldom loses, rather than the Nationals on the road. He threw seven scoreless, two-hit innings against the Phillies at Citi Field in a game the Mets won, 1-0, May 6. The Mets have won Santana’s last three starts against the Phillies.

GAME 2

WEDNESDAY 7:10 PM

PHILLIES: Hamels looked like the pitcher who earned World Series MVP honors on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. He threw his first shutout of the season and third of his career in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. Hamels allowed just five hits. He struck out five. And perhaps just as impressive as his line, he threw just 97 pitches. The key? Hamels kept the ball down in the strike zone, which meant any time a Dodgers player made contact he seemed to be grounding out or popping up — instead of fouling back a pitch and keeping the at-bat going.

METS: Pelfrey allowed eight earned runs — a career high — and nine hits in 3 2/3 inning to the Pirates on Thursday, and the Mets lost for the second time in his eight most recent starts. His pitches were up throughout that appearance. Now he faces Pennlsyvania’s other team. Pelfrey has beaten the Phillies twice thdis season — May 1 and May 7, allowing six runs and 15 hits in 12 1/3 inning. He had no strikeouts in either start. Ryan Howard, Jason Werth, Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz have 17 hits in 42 career at-bats against Pelfrey. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins have six huts in 27 career at-bats.

GAME 3

THURSDAY 7:10 PM

PHILLIES: It looks like Moyer is slowly turning around his season. He allowed just four hits and two runs against the Dodgers on Friday at Dodger Stadium. He has a 3.60 ERA in his last four starts after he had an 8.15 ERA after his first seven starts of the season. That included a three-start stretch in which he went 0-2 with a 13.86 ERA. Moyer didn’t get the win Friday because the Phillies blew a one-run lead in the ninth, but if he keeps pitching like he has recently, the Phillies expect to win a lot of games.

METS: Redding gave himself some breathing room with six solid innings Friday against the Nationals. He wasn’t rewarded with a decision, but the right-hander scattered four hits and two walks on 88 pitches, striking out two and allowing one run. It was reminiscent of his first Mets start in Los Angeles, and Mets manager Jerry Manuel noted that the team’s catchers rated Redding’s previous side sessions the best he had thrown all year. Manuel gave the former Nationals hurler a vote of confidence after the game, the first Redding start his club had won since the Nats’ 7-4 win at Philadelphia last Sept. 1.

Prediction: Neither team sweeps but the Phils take 2 of 3. Losing the game Moyer starts. Your prediction? Let us know in the comments.

-Chris (@LONG_DRIVE)

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7 responses to “SERIES PREVIEW: PHILLIES AT METS

  1. Gonzo

    I predict we win 2 and the other game gets rained out. Book it.

  2. Kinda wish Cole and Santana would be head to head.. Should be a good series.

    Phillies need to take advantage of the Mets injuries.

  3. 5 games up, going into the rest of IL play would be a nice cushion. I said it before, if they finish 2009 Interleague Play over .500, the NL East is theirs.

  4. yosoysean

    Prediction? Pain!

  5. ray

    no fucking way we beat santana

  6. Pete

    lol @ tim redding

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