Series Preview: Mets

PHI: 81-60, 1st in NL East
NYM: 69-71. 4th in NL East
Where: Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.36) vs. Jenrry Mejia (0-3, 3.86)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.89) vs. Mike Pelfrey (13-9, 3.96)
Sunday: Roy Oswalt (11-13, 3.09) vs. Jon Niese (9-7, 3.85)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:10, MyPHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 7) – Ryan Howard: .346 (9-for-26), 6 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBIs.
Not (last 4) – Kyle Kendrick: 0-3, 7.84 ERA, 20.2 IP. 20 H, 6 BB, 3 K.

Player to Watch – Ike Davis: The Mets would be nothing with out Davis and knowing he is going to be one of the keys to their future. The left-handed hitting rookie first baseman is hitting .256 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs, all very good numbers for a guy in his first year in the majors. He’s also a very good fielder, making numerous highlight reel catches this season. Davis has been red-hot in the last 10 games, hitting .324 with three homers and seven RBIs. One of his problems though is strike outs. He needs to cut back on his number of K’s if he wants to be the foundation for the Mets future.

Series Overview: The season series is tied at six games apiece. The Phillies have won four of the last six meetings.

The Phillies are on a roll, winning eight of their last 10 and are on a three-game winning streak. The Mets have won two straight but are struggling in September as they usually do.

This is a huge series for the Phillies because they are playing a weak New York team while the Braves are hosting a very good Cardinals team. The Phillies hold a one-game lead over Atlanta heading into the start of the series thanks to an 11-4 drubbing from the Cards delivered to the Braves.

The Phillies have found their stroke on the road getting their record above .500 with a 34-32 record. The Mets only have success in their own park with a 39-25 record in Citi Field. The Phillies have struggled in this park all season, being shut out four times and only winning twice in six games.

Pitching once again favors the Phillies as they have Doc Halladay going in the first game against Jenrry Mejia (who?). Halladay has hit a bit of a snag in his last three starts, allowing 1o earned runs and a Jamie Moyer-like 10 homers, giving him a 4.29 ERA in that span.

Saturday’s match up isn’t written in stone yet. Kyle Kendrick may lose his starting spot to Vance Worley, who was very solid in his debut. Mike Pelfrey is the ace of the Mets staff now with Johan Santana on the shelf. Pelfrey is a good pitcher but has probably hit his peak.

Roy Oswalt will face young pitcher Jon Niese in the third match-up. Niese is another one of the Mets young and up-and-coming players. Oswalt has been spectacular as of late for the Phils, allowing a total of 10 earned runs in his last six starts.

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