PHI: 3-3, 3rd in NL East; NYM: 4-2, 2nd in NL East
When: April 13-15
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00)
Saturday: Vance Worley (1-0, 1.50) vs Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (0-1, 5.06) vs. Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 4.76)
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
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New York 3B David Wright. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Player to Watch – David Wright: Wright is tearing the cover off the ball to start the season. He’s hitting .583 (7-for-12) with a home run and four RBIs. Fortunately for the Phillies, Wright is day-to-day with a fractured right pinkie and could miss the series. If not, he is still a dangerous hitter and will be on the Phillies’ radar.
Series Overview: Six games into the season and it’s a bit of a role reversal in the standings for these two teams. Fortunately, there is 156 games left in the season to right that ship.
The Mets swept their opening season series against the Braves before dropping two the Nationals. The Phillies won the first game of the season to the Pirates before dropping their next three (two to Pittsburgh, one to Miami) and falling in a 1-3 hole. They’ve won their last two games by a combined score of 10-2.
As stated, the Mets may be without their best hitter for the series in Wright (fractured pinkie). They will rely on Daniel Murphey, Ike Davis and Josh Thole to pick up the offensive slack. Davis has to pick up his own slack, hitting a putrid 0.50 (1-for-20) to start the season.
The Phillies have scored 10 runs in the last two games combined but that doesn’t mean their offensive woes are over yet. Hunter Pence is hitting a team-high .391 (9-for-23) and is tied with Freddy Galvis with four RBIs. Carlos Ruiz is hitting .375 (6-for-16), riding off his hot spring. Shane Victorino has scored five times and is hitting .333 (7-for-21).
New York will be throwing out knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Friday then Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey on Saturday and Sunday. Philadelphia will match Dickey with Cliff Lee before sending out Vance Worley and Cole Hamels in the last two games of the series.