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Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Series Preview: at New York Mets

PHI: 31-19, 1st in NL East; NYM: 23-26, 4th in NL East

When: May 27-29
Where: Citi Field (Queens, NY)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) vs Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36)
Sasturday: Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) vs Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37)
Sunday: Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14) vs Jon Niese (3-5, 4.33)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 1:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AMPlayer to Watch – Carlos Beltran: Beltran may be years removed from one of the most dangerous hitters in all of baseball but he is having himself a much better season than he has enjoyed recently.

Beltran is leading New York in homers (8) and RBIs (27) while batting a respectable .278 and .903 OPS.

The past two seasons have been hell for Beltran, who played in 145 games combined in 2009 and 2010. This season he has remained healthy, proving the type of player he can be when fully healthy.

His glove is above average – far removed from the Gold Glove defense he played in Houston and the early part of his career in New York. But Beltran can still handle himself in right field for the Mets.

Overview: It’s been a typically rough year for the Mets to start. The pitching has been bad and the offense has been inconsistent through the first quarter of the season.

Jose Reyes and Ike Davis have been great for New York. Reyes is hitting .319 with a homer and 16 RBIs from the lead off spot. Davis, one of the bright young stars for the Mets, is hitting .302 with seven homers and 25 RBIs.

Young catcher Josh Thole and veteran 3B David Wright have been greatly struggling.

The Phillies are coming off a very promising series. They scored in the double digits twice during their 3-1 series win over the Reds. In those four games, they scored 28 runs while allowing 17.

Raul Ibanez has been on some kind of monstrous tear where he’s hitting around .36o in his last 70+ ABs. Ryan Howard is leading the team with 11 homers (3rd in NL) and 38 RBIs (2nd in NL). Placido Polanco is batting .323 with three homers and 27 RBIs from the top of the line up.

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