Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) went six innings along just one run on five hits and a walk while striking out on Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Phillies would go on to lose the game 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth despite Worley leaving the game with the lead.
Niese (1-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) went six innings allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits while walking four and striking out seven in Sunday’s 7-5 win over the Braves. If you did not notice, that has to be one of the strangest stat lines for a winning pitcher so far this year.
The Phillies will look to take advantage of the left handed throwing Niese as they feature only one left handed batter in today’s starting lineup. A bright note for the Phillies of late has been the play of rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis. There have been some growing errors but, overall, Galvis has played well defensively and is beginning to find his stride at the plate. After starting the season 0-for-12, Galvis has rebounded nicely by going 5-for-10 with a homerun, two doubles and five RBI.
The Mets get a big boost to their lineup as slugging third baseman David Wright returns after missing the last three games with a finger injury. The Phillies will look to cool off red hot shortstop Ruben Tejada. Tejada is 8-for-19 in his last five games with four runs scored and five doubles.
2. Placido Polanco, 3B.
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS.
4. Hunter Pence, RF.
5. John Mayberry, Jr., LF.
6. Ty Wigginton, 1B.
7. Freddy Galvis, 2B.
8. Brian Schneider, C.
9. Vance Worley, P.
First pitch is slated for 4:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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