Mets @ Phillies Game 3: Lineup, Notes, Preview

Today’s Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Willie Harris – LF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Angel Pagan – CF
  6. Lucas Duda – RF
  7. Brad Emaus – 2B
  8. Josh Thole – C
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

Mets Notes

Daniel Murphy was part of an odd occurrence Wednesday. Murphy entered the game as a pinch hitter leading off the fifth inning for the Mets. He struck out, but then the Mets rallied, batting around, and Murphy’s spot in the order came up again. While he never went in the field, he got another chance and this time delivered an RBI single to tie the game.

RHP Francisco Rodriguez got to finish the game Wednesday, pitching the eighth inning with a three-run deficit. It still counted toward the 55 games finished that he needs to secure a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012.

1B Ike Davis had an RBI in each of the Mets’ first five games this season. That has given him the second-longest streak to start a season in team history, trailing only the six-game streak David Wright had in 2006.

Mets Quote

“I just hate that the clubhouse is quiet because I blew it.” — RHP Blaine Boyer, after giving up three runs in two innings of relief Wednesday.

Game Preview

For the second time this season the Mets face a rubber game, this time against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. In last night’s game the Mets made a pretty massive comeback, but then couldn’t complete the job. Hopefully the Mets can get at Roy behind Jon Niese. Niese was nice in his first game of the season as he pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 3 batters. Going a little deeper than that box line, he struggled in the first inning (where he allowed the two runs) and then was solid from the second inning on. Last year he was fantastic against the Phillies as he was 1-1 in three games over 21.0 innings pitched with a sparkling 2.14 innings pitched. The Phillies have the following numbers on him:

Polanco 2-10, 2 2B
Ibanez 2-9
Valdez 1-7, 2B
Howard 1-6
Rollins 0-3

The Mets draw the ace of the Phillies rotation in the rubber match. In his first start of the season, Halladay allowed 1 earned run over 5 hits and 6 innings while striking out 6 batters. Last season he was 4-0 against the Mets in as many starts over 31.2 innings while posting an ERA of 2.56. (In other words, he was very Roy Hallladayish). The Mets have these numbers on Roy:

Beltran 12-38, 2B, 2 HR
Reyes 8-19, 3 2B, 2 3B
Wright 2-15, 2B, 3B
Davis 3-12, 2B
Thole 6-9, 2B

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs