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Series Preview: Phillies at Metropolitans, May 28-30


It's Memorial Day, so here's an abbreviated edition of the typical PhoulBallz series preview, focused on the pitching match ups for the upcoming three-game set between the Phillies and the Metropolitans.



Monday 1:10 PM.  Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17 ERA) vs. Jonathan Niese (3-2, 4.29 ERA).  In his last 8 starts, Hamels is 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA.  Hamels has a 4-10 record with a 4.33 ERA in 18 career starts against the Mets.  In 7 career starts at Citi Field, Hamels is 1-4 with a 4.43 ERA.  Niese is 1-0 with a 3.79 ERA and a .186 batting average against.  In 10 career starts against the Phillies, Niese is 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Placido Polanco is 11-for-26 (.423 avg) with 5 doubles in his career against Niese.


Tuesday, 7:10 PM.  Joe Blanton (4-4, 4.55 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17 ERA). In 10 career starts against the Mets, Blanton has a 3-1 record with a 3.71 ERA.  Blanton has allowed 13 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings (13.49 ERA) in his last two outings.  Hefner, a right-hander, will be making his second big league start.  Hefner, a 5th round draft pick in 2007 by San Diego, was picked up off waivers by New York last off-season.


Wednesday, 7:10 PM.  Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82 ERA) vs. Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92 ERA).  In 5 career starts against the Mets, Lee has a 2-1 record with a 1.85 ERA.  Lee has posted a 3.53 ERA in 4 starts since returning from the disabled list with an oblique strain.  In 5 career games against the Phillies, Gee has a 2-1 record with a 7.50 ERA.  Gee has posted a 1-3 record with a 5.93 ERA in 5 home starts this season.  Jimmy Rollins is 4-for-6 (.667 avg) against Gee in his career.


Phillies team ERA in May- 4.22 (ranked 10th in the National League)
Mets team ERA in May- 4.35 (ranked 13th in the National League)

Phillies team batting average in May- .282 (ranked 2nd in NL)
Mets team batting average in May- .242 (ranked 10th in the NL)

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