National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 30th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (26-25) at New York Mets (28-22), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82)
New York - Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92)
(Sports Network) - The last time Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee was on the
mound he got into a verbal spat with center fielder Shane Victorino.
Lee will try to get through his eighth start of the season without any
conflict when Philadelphia closes out a three-game series with the New York
Mets tonight at Citi Field. In Friday's 5-3 win at St. Louis, a pair of fly
balls landed in play in what could have been a distraction by the lights at
As Victorino was preparing to bat in the top of the fifth inning, he was seen
exchanging words with Lee in the dugout before manager Charlie Manuel
intervened. No physicality ensued and the two seem to have buried the hatchet.
"They had some heated words. Baseball's baseball," Manuel said. "That's good
sometimes. There's nothing wrong with that. They didn't see eye to eye on
something and that stays in here."
Lee tossed seven innings against the Cardinals, allowing three runs and eight
hits with seven strikeouts and a season-high three walks for the no-decision.
Lee came into the contest having allowed just five walks total through his
first six starts. He is still winless on the season as evidenced by his 0-2
mark in seven starts and has pitched to a respectable 2.82 ERA over 51
innings. This is the longest winless drought to start a season for Lee.
"It's just one of those things," Lee said of his winless record. "My job is to
get deep into the game, give my team a chance to win and put up as many zeroes
as I can. That's what I'm going to try and do every time. If I get a win ...
great. If the team gets a win ... even better."
The Phillies did not grab a series victory after dropping a 6-3 decision last
night, as Joe Blanton put forth a third straight poor performance and allowed
six runs on nine hits over five innings. Catcher Brian Schneider homered and
started again in place of Carlos Ruiz, who is nursing a sore right hamstring.
Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins had two hits apiece in the loss. The
Phillies left five men on base, going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring
"The only way we're going to fix it is by starting to knock men in," said
Manuel. "That's the only way I know. ... You gotta execute in the game. We've
been leaving guys out there and we've been leaving them out there since Day
The Phillies learned some bad news Tuesday with starting pitcher Roy Halladay.
The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1/2 strain of
his right latissimus dorsi and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of
action. He is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts this season.
"We hate to have him down," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock
said, "but it's nothing that requires anything other than rest."
Philadelphia, which is last in the NL East at four games off the pace, will
return home after tonight's game for a seven-game residency versus Miami and
The Mets improved to 4-2 on a season-long 11-game homestand with Tuesday's
victory, as young starter Jeremy Hefner earned the first win of his career by
holding the Phillies to three runs and six hits in six innings. He also
homered at the plate to help his own cause.
"I almost missed first base watching the ball," said Hefner. "I was just
trying to get a hit and I happened to get lucky and caught it good."
After Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless inning of relief, closer
Frank Francisco posted his 14th save in the ninth. Omar Quintanilla, who was
called up earlier in the day, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs
scored for the Mets, who have won seven of 10 games and are tied with Miami
at 1 1/2 games off the NL East lead.
New York will close out the homestand with a four-game series against St.
Mets starter Dillon Gee will try to win three straight trips to the hill for
the first time since a five-game run from last May 19-June 10 when he toes the
rubber this evening.
Gee posted his second straight victory in Friday's 6-1 pounding of San Diego
by tossing seven innings of one-run ball with a career-high nine strikeouts
and three walks. The 106-pitch effort lifted his 2012 record to 4-3 in nine
starts to go along with a 4.92 earned run average.
The young right-hander hasn't fared so well at home this season, going 1-3 in
five starts, and is 8-8 in 23 career games (21 starts) at Citi Field. Gee did
not post a decision in a 10-6 win at Philadelphia on May 9, as he gave up four
runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. In five career meetings (4 starts) with the
Phillies, Gee is 2-1 with a less-than-stellar 7.50 ERA.
New York has won six of eight meetings with Philadelphia this season and
swept a three-game series in south Philly from May 7-9. The Mets are 9-3 in
the past 12 contests against their division rivals.
05/30 10:37:55 ET