After a successful 6-4 home stand, the New York Mets (14-11) will look to build some positive momentum for their season on this road trip. The Mets are on the road for their next nine games, and that trip begins tonight as the Mets see the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time in 2014. The Mets and Phillies will open a brief two game set at Citizen's Bank Park tonight at 7:05 pm.
The Phillies (13-12) check into today's action in fourth place in the National League East, trailing the division leading Atlanta Braves by 4.5 games. The Phillies are a game behind the Mets in the standing despite a very uneven start to their year. The Phillies have had strong early performances from second baseman Chase Utley (.360, 3 Home Runs, 14 RBI's) and starting pitcher Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.29 ERA). The problem for the Phils has been their bullpen, which ranks dead last in the National League with a 5.14 ERA as a unit.
Tonight's game will be a battle of southpaws on the mound. The Mets will start Jonathon Niese (1-2, 2.45 ERA), who has been pitching extremely well but has only one win as a result of a lack of run support. The Phillies will counter with lefty Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00 ERA), who made his season debut last Wednesday in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hamels pitched well in the defeat, allowing only two runs in six innings of work.
New York Mets Lineup:
- LF Eric Young Jr
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- CF Chris Young
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 1B Josh Satin
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Jonathon Niese
- Hamels has struggled in his career against the Mets, going 7-13 with a 4.44 ERA against them lifetime.
- Niese has fared well against the Phillies, going 6-6 with a 3.18 ERA against Philadelphia.
- Weather could be a factor in this series, as a rain storm is supposed to reach Philadelphia this evening and could wipe out tomorrow's game.
- Josh Satin gets a start at first base against the left handed Hamels and will bat sixth.