Niese On The Hill As Mets Battle Phillies For NL East Independence

Starting Lineup

1. Ruben Tejada SS
2. Daniel Murphy 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Ike Davis 1B
5. Lucas Duda RF
6. Scott Hairston LF
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
8. Josh Thole C
9. Jon Niese LHP


The Mets look to get back on the winning page today as they open up a three game set against the Phillies in Citi Field. If records for July were held constant, this three game set, and the next (Cubs) will be the only 6 games the Mets will play against teams below .500. Anyway, the Phillies will send out Vance Worley today to take on Jon Niese.

Niese is 6-3 on the season with a 3.55 ERA over 15 starts and 88.2 innings. He made five starts in June, only one bad, thus he has a 3-1 record with a 1.89 ERA. He’s 1-0 over three starts against the Phillies this year totaling 16.2 innings with a 3.24 ERA. The Phillies have the following numbers against Jon:

Polanco 11-25, 5 2B
Rollins 6-25, 2B
Victorino 6-22, HR
Mayberry 7-22, 2B, 3 HR
Pence 2-18
Ruiz 5-14

Vance on the season is 4-4 with a 2.92 ERA over 12 starts and 74.0 innings of work. He made 5 starts in the month of June with a 1-2 record over 30 innings of work and a 2.70 ERA. He made one start against the Amazin’s this year where he picked up the loss in 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 4 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Vance:

Thole 3-9, 2B
Murphy 4-9
Tejada 3-11
Turner 4-10, 2 2B
Wright 3-10, HR
Duda 3-7, 2B, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!