Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Game Preview: Bring Your Brooms To Philly!

The New York Mets (17-13) will look to sweep the Phialdelphia Phillies (14-17) at Citizens Bank Park tonight for the first time since 2006 in a game that could set a new high-water mark for the club.

Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will take the mound in a park that he has faired terribly in thus far in his career, posting a 10.22 ERA in 12 1/3 innings through two starts and relief appearance. While the numbers are slightly skewed from a grand slam that he allowed to Ryan Howard in a terrible relief outing, Gee must post a quality start tonight if the Mets are to have a chance against the returning Roy Halladay. The good news for Gee is that he'll be facing a lineup that doesn't include Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, but the Phillies offense can still be scrappy.

Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.96 ERA) is still unquestionably one of the greatest pitchers of the generation, especially when opposing the New York Mets. Lee has shut down the Mets in all four of his career starts, posting a 1.64 ERA and a 0.964 WHIP in 28 innings. Lee will be returning from a trip to the disabled list and will be on a limited pitch count, but his return comes on the heels of a masterful performance in which he pitched 10 shutout innings against San Francisco and still suffered a no-decision.

The Mets will be resting several of their key players tonight, including Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who played a huge role in last night's comeback victory. Scott Hairston will get the start in right field while Vinny Rottino will make his first start of the season in left. In addition, Jordany Valdespin will also sit as Justin Turner makes his second start in three days in replacing Ruben Tejada at short.

New York Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Andres Torres CF
2. Daniel Murphy 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Scott Hairston RF
5. Vinny Rottino LF
6. Justin Turner SS
7. Ike Davis 1B
8. Rob Johnson C
9. Dillon Gee P

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