After dropping a brutal game yesterday, the New York Mets (56-62) saw their modest two game winning streak snapped. The Philadelphia Phillies (53-65) won 7-6 yesterday afternoon to snap a five game home losing streak against the Mets. The Mets have won two of the first three in the series though, and will look to win the four game set in the matinee affair today. First pitch for this afternoon's contest at Citizen's Bank Park is scheduled for 1:05 pm.
The Mets will send lefty Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.51 ERA) to the mound. Niese is still looking for his first win since returning from the disabled list. Niese got shelled in his last outing, allowing six runs in six innings to fall to the Washington Nationals last Wednesday. The Phillies will counter with righty David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39 ERA). Buchanan picked up a win in his last start, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings to beat the Houston Astros.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- CF Juan Lagares
- LF Matt den Dekker
- SS Wilmer Flores
- C Anthony Recker
- SP Jonathon Niese
- The Mets have only seen Buchanan once. Buchanan allowed three runs over 6.1 innings as the Mets won 4-1 back on May 29th.
- Travis d'Arnaud gets a day off after catching the day game after a night game yesterday. Anthony Recker will catch and hit eighth, bumping the rest of the regulars up a notch in the lineup.
- The Mets still haven't settled on a replacement for Jacob deGrom tomorrow yet. Reports surfaced this morning that Rafael Montero would be recalled from Las Vegas to make the start, but Terry Collins told reporters prior to the game that Montero won't be used if deGrom only needs to miss one start.
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