With Kyle Kendrick pitching well and Roy Halladay seemingly getting his act together, the Philadelphia Philies hope to take a turn for the better by continuing off of their recent successes against the NL East rival New York Mets.
With that having been said, the starting rotation hasn’t been the least of the Phillies’ problems.
The Phils come out on Friday trying to win their seventh out of eight against the Mets at Citi Field. On top of that, they are trying to avoid their second four-game losing streak in just two weeks.
Recently having dropped eight of their last eleven games played, the Phillies look to bounce back after losing three consecutive games against the Pirates after having won the first in the four-game series.
The Phillies, who sit at 9-14, and who sit towards the bottom of the NL East, dropped a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home for the first time since the 2003 MLB Season, when Jose Mesa and Randy Wolf were among those who pitched a game.“We’re trying, and we definitely have a lot of life, but we’re not getting it done,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel when asked to comment on his team’s recent play.
The staff has been relatively consistent, this past try at things, the starting rotation posted a solid 2.78 ERA, while letting up only six runs in the past three games.
With the starting pitchers preforming well, the Phillies offense still sees a limited amount of help from their struggling offense, producing an average of 2.7 runs overall.
Kyle Kendrick (1-1) is on the bump Friday night against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (1-3). Since the start of 2011, Kendrick is 3-1 against New York with a sub-3.00 earned run average. Along with Kendrick’s good numbers, The Phils won the final four meetings between the two teams last year, and already have taken two of three from the Mets in this year’s first series.
The rather inconsistant Mets, who are currently at 10-1, have traded wins and losses with teams amidst a nine-game home stretch, and are looking to rebound from a recent loss in which they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2.
Although the Mets do rank towards the top of the majors in pop, having knocked in 110 runs, they were not able to manage more than just two runs in three of their past four games and are hitting an unimpressive .207 as a team in their last seven.
The Mets turn to Dillon Gee on Friday, who has gone 2-2 against the Fightin’ Phils over the course of his career, sporting a 7.03 ERA in six mediocre starts. Gee allowed ten hits along with seven runs to the Phillies when Philadelphia made the trip up to Citi Field earlier in April.
Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, Jr., and Michael Young all homered off of Gee during the victory on April 9th. Howard, who has gone nine for his last twenty-three, has three hits in nine at bats off of Gee in his career — all home runs. Jimmy Rollins (7-11), and Michael Young (4-5) have also tasted success when facing Gee.
Ryan Howard, Michael Young and John Mayberry homered off Gee in that victory. Howard, 9 for 23 in his last six games, has three hits – all homers – in nine career at-bats against him. Young (4 for 5) and Jimmy Rollins (7 for 11) also have had success against Gee.
It’s usually a good one between these two division rivals. Look for another good series this weekend.