National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, August 11
(All times eastern)
New York Mets (56-62) at Philadelphia Phillies (53-65), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jon Niese (5-8, 3.51)
Philadelphia - David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are set to
close out their four-game series this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets will try to take three of four from the Phillies, while Philadelphia
looks to salvage a series split after rallying for a 7-6 victory on Sunday.
Ryan Howard played the role of hero for the Phillies, as he came through with
an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Asche led off the inning with a
double off Jenrry Mejia, and Marlon Byrd drove him in with a single up the
middle to tie the game.
"Good come-from-behind win," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The guys
are going to continue to fight and battle."
Zach Wheeler started for the Mets and allowed three runs in six innings, while
Kyle Kendrick yielded six runs (five earned) in five frames for the Phillies.
Reliever Ken Giles got through the ninth inning to record his first career big
Toeing the rubber for the Mets in Monday's series finale is left-hander Jon
Niese, who has lost four straight decisions since returning from the disabled
list with a left shoulder injury. Niese has a 5.76 ERA in those four starts
and says he is working through some mechanical issues.
He went six innings against the Nationals on Wednesday and yielded six earned
runs on eight hits.
"It's easy to talk about the should've-would've-could've when you're
struggling," Niese said after that outing. "I'm at the point now where my
stuff's back. My arm feels great. But I'm not very consistent hitting my
spots. I've just had a couple bad innings and that's what's cost us."
For Philadelphia, David Buchanan eyes up his third win in as many starts. The
right-hander scattered nine hits and three runs across 6 1/3 innings against
Houston his last time out. Buchanan, who has slid in for an injured Cliff Lee
in the Phillies rotation, struck out five and walked nobody.
New York has won nine of the last 12 head-to-head meetings. The Mets are
currently in fourth place in the NL East, followed by the last-place Phillies,
who are 11 games off the pace of division leader Washington. The Phillies were
coming off a three-game sweep over Houston prior to this four-game set.
08/11 10:23:53 ET