Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) went seven innings allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six Marlins in last Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Miami. Since the All Star Break, Lee is 4-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 12 starts and has only walked three batters in his last 62.2 innings dating back to July 31st. Tonight is Lee’s eighth career start against the Mets; he has held the Mets to two earned runs or fewer in five of his seven career starts. In three career starts at Citi Field, he is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA allowing just five runs in 21 innings. Lee is approaching a milestone needing just three strikeouts to reach 1,500 in his career.
R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.68 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) got hit around decently in his last start as he allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings earning the loss to the Nationals last Tuesday. Over eight starts in his career against the Phillies, Dickey is 3-3 with a 2.94 ERA allowing 17 earned runs in 52.0 innings. Dickey has been strong this year; he has pitched at least 7 innings allowing one run or less 15 times and has registered 23 quality starts. Dickey’s five complete games trail only Justin Verlander’s six for most in the Majors.
The Phillies enter the series trying to spark itself once again for the homestretch as it looks to reach the postseason for a sixth straight season. If they finish above .500, it will be the tenth consecutive season the Phillies have registered a winning record which would set the franchise record. The current record stands at nine seasons which was set from 1975-1983. In order to make a run, the Phillies are going to need to ride the hot hand of Jimmy Rollins. Rollins is going to lead the Phillies in homeruns (but it is mostly due to the simple fact that they traded away 2/3 of their starting outfield and missed Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for nearly half of the season). Rollins has reached base safely in 20 of the 21 games in September and has hit safely in 19 of those games. He is sporting a .333 batting average this month.
The Mets are sputtering of late having lost eight of their last nine games and are a dreary 20-40 since the All Star Break. Facing Cliff Lee can not be an uplifting thought for the Mets as they have scored three runs or less in a franchise record 13 consecutive home games. They are looking for Daniel Murphy to step up for them because he is hitting .391 in September with two home runs, four doubles, and six RBI. He ranks seventh in the National League with a .328 batting average at home so, if the Mets hope to score more than three runs tonight off of Lee, Murphy must be a part of the plan. Getting a win from the Mets is going to take the full nine innings from the Phillies pitcher(s). The Mets have 10 pinch hit homeruns and 40 pinch hit RBI, both of which are tied for the Major League lead. In addition to the pinch hit success, the Mets rank ninth in the Majors with 260 two out runs but just 73 since the All Star Break.
- Rollins SS
- Mayberry CF
- Utley 2B
- Howard 1B
- Ruiz C
- Schierholtz RF
- Brown LF
- Frandsen 3B
- Lee P
First pitch is slated for 7:10 pm at Citi Field. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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