PHI: 16-8, 1st in NL East; NYM: 11-13, 4th in NL East
When: April 29-May 1
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)
Friday: Vance Worley (0-0, -.–) vs. Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) vs. Jon Niese (1-3, 5.10)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) vs Chris Young (1-0, 2.65)
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 1:10, FOX
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM
Player to Watch – 1B Ike Davis: Davis has been one of the lone bright spots on the Mets this season. Davis is raking through the first month of the season, hitting a team-high .345 with four homers and 18 RBIs.
Davis is one of the players New York should begin their marketing around. His hard play, good fielding and bat are his key attributes as a player that’s turning him into a fan favorite for a team that brings so much misery.
Overview: The series is starting out with Vance Worley, making his first start of the season. Joe Blanton was originally slated to start but he was placed on the 15-day DL with an elbow injury.
Mets 1B, Ike Davis (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
New York is hovering around .500 through the first month of the season, thanks partly to a five-game win streak they busted out this past week.
The Mets have some pop in the line up, though no depth. Davis provides the majority of the production while veterans David Wright (.247, 5 HR, 15 RBI) and Jose Reyes (.311, 1 HR, 6 RBI) provide the experience. Young catcher Josh Thole is struggling.
For the Phils, Placido Polanco has been on some kind of tear. Hitting .389 (2nd in the ML) with 16 RBIs from the two-spot, Polanco has made himself a key part of the Phillies offense.
Shane Victorino (18), Polanco (16) and Jimmy Rollins (15) are the three top run scorers on the team, thanks to Polanco’s 16 RBIs and team leader Ryan Howard’s 21.
The Phillies offense exploded for eight runs and three homers in Wednesday’s win over the Diamondbacks. They look to keep up that offense heading back home to face New York.