New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia • 7:05 PM
RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96) vs LHP Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40)
- Eric Young, Jr – LF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- David Wright – 3B
- Marlon Byrd – RF
- Lucas Duda – 1B
- Anthony Recker – C
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Omar Quintanilla – SS
- Jeremy Hefner – RHP
New York took three of five from the Braves in Atlanta to become the first road team to win a series at Turner Field this year. The Mets continue their 11-game, four-city road trip with three games in Philadelphia, before a two-game series vs. the White Sox and a make-up game at Colorado to conclude the road trip on June 27.
Jeremy Hefner gets the ball for the Mets, and he, too, has had a tough time notching victories, with just one win in 13 starts despite a 3.96 ERA. He has allowed just one earned run in each of his past three outings for a 1.50 ERA in 18.0 innings pitched.
Right-handed reliever Scott Atchison was placed on the disabled list with a strained right groin on Wednesday, and the Mets recalled outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot. Brown homered in his lone at-bat since being recalled, a fifth-inning shot off Atlanta’s Mike Minor on Thursday.
Over the last 15 games, Mets starters have posted a 2.90 ERA (30 earned runs/93.0 innings), the eighth-best ERA in the majors over that span. They have allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of those 15 starts.
David Wright hit his 10th and 11th home runs of the season last night against the Braves. He is batting .304 with a .390 on-base and 38 RBI this season. Wright leads all NL third basemen in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, stolen bases, walks, hits and runs.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who last appeared in a major league game May 20, has been activated from the DL for the series opener against the Mets.
After meeting with his former college coach, who is now managing Triple-A Tucson, Ike Davis homered twice, doubled and drove in three runs Thursday for Las Vegas. Terry Collins said Davis is making an effort to reduce the hitch in his swing while working with hitting coach George Greer as well as Wally Backman.
The Mets are moving up 95 to Philly this weekend for a series with the Phillies after taking 3 of 5 from the Braves this week. Yesterday the Mets held it together with solo shots with Wright (2 of them) and Brown followed by an RBI double by Satin later. Tonight Jeremy Hefner will be facing Cole Hamels.
Hefner is 1-6 this season over 75.0 innings with a 3.96 ERA. Hefner has pitched 18.0 innings in the month of June with a nice 1.50 ERA as he continues to prove why he should be in the rotation when Wheeler is fully added. His second start of the year was against the Phillies where he allowed 5 ER over 3.0 innings, so doing well tonight will be a nice statistical point to plot growth. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:
Rollins 3-7, 2 2B
Brown 2-2, HR
Howard 3-3, HR
The Mets draw a common foe in Cole Hamels tonight. Hamels is 2-10 (league leading in losses) on the season pitching 15 games, 94.0 innings with a 4.40 ERA. Hamels has been turning it around in June making three starts pitching 20.0 innings posting a 2.70 ERA and he did a good job against the Mets earlier this season allowing one earned run over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Cole:
Wright 18-54, 3 2B, 3B, 4 HR
Buck 2-25, 2 HR
Murphy 6-23, 2B, HR
Lets Go Mets!