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Series Preview: Metropolitans at Phillies, August 28-30

Winners of four straight games the Phillies (61-67) will host the Metropolitans (59-69) for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils have been performing well lately, sweeping three games from the first place Nationals over the weekend, while the Mets have lost seven of their past 10 contests.

In the series opener, the Phillies will start righty hurler Vance Worley, who has lost both of his starts against New York this season, to the tune of a 9.00 ERA. The visitors will counter with Chris Young, who has a 1.86 ERA against the Phillies, as a member of the Mets.

The Phils have dropped eight of 12 contests against the Mets this season.

Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and loads more statistical info on this series.


Tuesday, 7:05 PM. Chris Young (3-7, 4.33 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA).
In 8 career outings against the Phillies, Young is 3-3 with a 3.42 ERA. Young has a 1-5 record with a 5.11 ERA in 8 starts since the All-Star break. Chase Utley is 5-for-16 (.313 avg) with a double and 3 HR in his career against Young. In his last 4 starts, Worley has a 0-3 record with a 6.41 ERA. Worley has a 2-5 record with a 5.00 ERA in 12 home starts this season. Daniel Murphy is 7-for-12 (.583 avg) in his career against Worley.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM. Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA).
Harvey, a 23-year-old right-hander, is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 4 road starts. Harvey was the Mets' 1st round pick (7th overall) in 2010 out of the University of North Carolina. Hamels is 5-10 with a 4.39 ERA in 20 career starts against the Mets. In 5 August starts, Hamels has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.86 ERA. Scott Hairston is 11-for-28 (.393 avg) with 4 doubles and 5 HR in his career against Hamels.

Thursday, 1:05 PM. Jonathan Niese (10-7, 3.51 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12 ERA).
In 12 road starts this season, Niese is 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA. The lefty Niese is 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 8 starts since the All-Star break. John Mayberry Jr. is 7-for-25 (.280 avg) with a double and 3 homers against Niese. In his last 3 starts, Kendrick is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA. Kendrick is 3-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 14 games (10 starts) at home this season.


In 45 career games against the Phillies, Daniel Murphy has a .324 batting average with 3 HR and 21 RBI. Murphy is batting .255 in 39 games since the All-Star break.

David Wright has posted a .341 average with 9 homers and 43 RBI in 61 road games this season. After batting .351 prior to the All-Star break, Wright has a .250 average since the midsummer classic.

In 23 August games, Ike Davis has sported a .296 average with 4 HR and 10 RBI. Davis is batting .214 with 2 HR in 11 games against the Phillies this year.

Juan Pierre is a .319 hitter with 45 stolen bases in 112 career games against the Mets. In 57 home games this year, Pierre has posted a .218 batting average, compared to a .380 average in 49 games on the road.

In 41 games since the All-Star break, Jimmy Rollins has posted a .219 average with 7 HR and 18 RBI. Rollins' 15 HR are tops on the team. The last time the Phillies didn't have a 20 HR hitter was in the strike shortened 1995 season.

Kevin Frandsen is batting .388 in 15 home games this season. Frandsen is 2-for-20 (.100 avg) in his career against the Mets.

Chase Utley is batting .312 with runners on base this year. Utley has gone 2-for-10 (.200 avg) with a HR in 3 games against the Mets this season.

Mets runs scored since the All-Star break- 140 (28th in MLB)
Phillies runs scored since the All-Star break- 162 (24th in MLB)

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