PHI: 3-0; NYM: 2-1
When: April 5-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00) vs. Chris Young (0-0, 0.00)
Wednesday: Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00) vs. Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (0-0, 1.50) vs. Jon Niese (0-0, 2.57)
Tuesday, 7:05, MyPHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, TCN
Thursday, 3:05, CSN
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The Mets may have a special player in catcher Josh Thole. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Player to Watch – C Josh Thole: There is something about Thole that I really like with New York. He’s only 24 and is filled with an incredible amount of potential – maybe not a Joe Mauer or Buster Posey-like potential but more on the line of Baltimore’s Matt Weiters.
Thole had a nice start to the season, batting .444 (4-for-9) with a double and RBI. Batting in the eight-hole for New York, the Mets are hoping for a Chooch-like spark out of the left-hander who hit .277 last season in 73 games.
Overview: The most heated rivalry in the division is still alive despite the Mets being such a terrible baseball team.
But the Mets are 2-1, the closest to above .500 they will probably see all season. They are also throwing two of their best pitchers out at the Phillies.
Jon Niese has the ability to keep New York in the game against Roy Halladay on Thursday. He’s the best pitcher the Mets have this season and has been strong against the Phillies so far in his career. In three starts, he’s 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA whiles striking out 20 in 21 innings. His WHIP is a very nice 1.14, but he averages 2.5 walks per nine innings, meaning he can have control problems if the Phils are patient.
The Phillies are very fortunate to not be seeing knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey this series. He’s one of the young, promising pitchers in the bigs who won’t be a staff ace but will be a very reliable #2/3 to keep opponents off-balanced during a series.
On the offensive side of the ball, New York has some young weapons such as catcher Thole and first baseman Ike Davis along with veteran short stop Jose Reyes and third baseman David Wright. Reyes, like the Phils Jimmy Rollins, is incredibly dangerous – as a fielder, hitter and base runner - when healthy and in a zone. Left fielder Jason Bay still hasn’t lived up to his contract.
The Mets are not looking at a promising season as their bull pen is terrible, the offense is filled with holes with the exception of three, maybe four hitters and their starting pitching is really lacking without Johan Santana.