National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, May 7th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (15-13) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-15), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jon Niese (2-1, 4.08)
Philadelphia - Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.40)
(Sports Network) - Nothing beats putting a rough start on the mound behind you
than going out the next time and dominating opposing hitters.
Roy Halladay is in that situation and gets the call tonight for the
Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series versus the National
League East-rival New York Mets from Citizens Bank Park. Halladay and the
Phils will commence an eight-game homestand this evening with visits from San
Diego and Houston as well.
Halladay was crushed in his previous start, a wild 15-13 loss in 11 innings to
the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday in which he gave up six runs in the fifth
inning alone and eight overall over 5 1/3 frames. He avoided the loss,
however, but is still winless (0-2) in his past three trips to the hill.
"You always talk about short-term memory, but you never forget those,"
Halladay said after the rough start in Atlanta. "It's happened. You don't
forget about them."
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.40 earned run average in six starts and has
been especially successful in his career against the Mets, going 9-2 in 11
starts with a 2.88 ERA.
Philadelphia's other ace, Cole Hamels, got some decent run support in Sunday's
9-3 win over the Washington Nationals to help his club avoid a three-game
sweep. Hamels struck out eight batters and yielded one run in eight innings to
improve to 4-1. Hamels got some help from Hunter Pence, who belted a pair of
homers and finished with four RBI.
Rookie Freddy Galvis knocked in a pair of runs and Placido Polanco added three
hits and an RBI, as the Phillies finished with a 3-3 mark on their road trip.
New York enters south Philly on a high note after taking the last two tests of
a three-game home series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Mets registered a 3-1 victory in Sunday's finale, as R.A. Dickey pushed
his record to 4-1 with eight innings of one-run ball, four strikeouts and four
walks. Tim Byrdak and Frank Francisco both shut the D'Backs down in the ninth
inning with the latter notching his seventh save of the season for getting the
final two outs.
Dickey talked about his performance after almost going the distance.
"I was much more angry about putting [New York manager] Terry [Collins] in a
tough spot. I felt like I was good," Dickey said. "A leadoff walk in the
ninth. That's my game. I got to land the blame there. I was a little bit upset
Daniel Murphy had two runs batted in and Josh Thole added an RBI for the Mets,
who lost four in a row, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the
Astros, before posting back-to-back wins.
Taking the mound for the Mets in Monday's series opener will be Jon Niese.
Niese lost his last outing and is winless (0-2) in the past three starts, and
is coming off Tuesday's 6-3 setback at Houston. He lasted just three innings
and was reached for five runs and six hits, falling to 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in
The young lefty won at Philadelphia on April 14 this season with 6 2/3 shutout
innings in a 5-0 triumph. Niese owns a 4-4 mark and a 3.58 ERA in nine career
starts against the Phillies. New York took that series, 2-1, from April 13-15
and was beaten by Hamels in the series finale. The Mets have prevailed in
five of the last seven matchups in this series.
05/07 11:04:15 ET
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