Phillies-Mets: What you need to know

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Phillies-Mets: What you need to know

Phillies (3-4) vs. Mets (5-2)4:05 p.m. CSN

Starting Pitchers
Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Worley pitched well in Pittsburgh in the opening series (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) and exited the game in line for a win. The Phillies bullpen blew the lead and the Pirates won on Andrew McCutchens walkoff single.

Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the Mets. New York signed the 25-year-old lefty to a five-year, 25.5 million deal last Saturday, and he responded by pitching six no-hit innings against the Braves. Shoddy Mets defense resulted in a final line for Niese that belied his overall performance.

Previous games
The Mets took Game 1 of the series Friday night, 5-2, behind seven crafty innings from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Phillies tallied 11 hits but managed just two runs, one on the first major-league home run by Freddy Galvis and another on a two-out error to score Carlos Ruiz.

The Mets got on the board early with three runs of Cliff Lee in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins was 3 for 4 for the Phils.

Head-to-head
The Phillies are 32-23 against the Mets since the start of 2009 and 18-10 at Citizens Bank Park.

Worley has more appearances (six) and starts (four) against the Mets than any other team. He is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 24 innings. Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Josh Thole are a combined 11 for 26 off Worley with three doubles and seven RBIs.

Niese is 3-4 vs. the Phillies with a 4.07 ERA in eight starts. But dont be fooled those numbers are uglied by two rough starts at Citizens Bank Park in which Niese allowed 14 runs in eight innings. In his other six starts against the Phils, Niese has a 1.77 ERA in 41 innings. Placido Polanco has hit Niese well, he is 9 for 21 (.429) with four doubles. John Mayberry has had success against the southpaw, as well, going 5 for 14 with two homers and a double.
Whos hot
Rollins is 8 for his last 17 with seven singles, but has just one steal and two runs scored.

Galvis is 5 for 10 with a home run and two doubles since starting the season 0 for 12.

Whos not
Placido Polanco is batting .192 and has gone hitless in three of his six starts.

Mets first baseman Ike Davis is 1 for 23 (.043) with nine strikeouts.

Storylines
The Phillies look to return to .500 and avoid a series loss to the Mets, who at 5-2 are off to their best start in six seasons.

The Phillies have allowed 0.7 runs per game in three wins and 4.5 runs per game in three losses.

Mets leading hitter David Wright was cleared to play by a hand specialist on Thursday, but Wright sat out because, according to the third baseman, he functionally cant grip a bat or grip a baseball.
Sound off
The Phillies didnt hit Dickey on Friday night, a pitcher who has had a handful of great starts against them and several clunkers. Will they get to Niese, a pitcher who has had similar Jekyll & Hyde experiences against them?

E-mail Corey Seidman at cseidman@comcastsportsnet.com

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Phillies promote outfielder Andrew Pullin to Triple A after strong run with Reading

Cameron Perkins' call-up to the majors opened up an outfield spot at Triple A Lehigh Valley and Andrew Pullin was the beneficiary, earning a promotion Thursday.

Pullin's success at Double A Reading has been somewhat overshadowed by Scott Kingery's eye-popping first three months but Pullin has nearly kept pace with the second baseman all season. In 67 games with Reading, the 23-year-old Pullin hit .308/.368/.556 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

The left-handed hitting Pullin has been locked in for the better part of the last two years. He hit .322 with an .885 OPS last season, splitting time between Clearwater and Reading.

Pullin is not on the 40-man roster and in December was exposed in the Rule 5 draft. For whatever reason, he went unclaimed. It's difficult to imagine that happening again this winter if he's not protected on the 40.

As for Kingery, expect his promotion to come soon. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said last week that the next challenge for Kingery is looming. Don't be surprised if that promotion from Double A to Triple A occurs Monday when the IronPigs return to Lehigh Valley. With Reading home this weekend, it would be just a short trip for Kingery.

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Today's lineup: Odubel Herrera batting 3rd as Aaron Altherr gets day off

Odubel Herrera made a costly mistake in the Phillies' 10th-inning, 7-6 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday night.

With the game tied in the bottom of ninth, Herrera ran through a stop sign from third base coach Juan Samuel and was subsequently thrown out at home by a mile, thus putting an end to the inning. When the Phils came out onto the field for the top of the 10th inning, Herrera was taken out of the game via a double-switch. 

Herrera won't have to wait long to have a chance to redeem himself as he was moved from sixth to third in the Phils' lineup Thursday, with the team looking to avoid having a series swept from them for a second consecutive time. Aaron Altherr, who had been mostly manning the No. 3 spot in the order, was given the day off. Howie Kendrick, who paces the Phillies with a .350 batting average, was also left out of the lineup in favor of Andrés Blanco.

Cameron Perkins, who made his first major league start in the leadoff spot last night, will bat first again after collecting a pair of hits.

Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the Cardinals looking to deliver the Phillies their 14th loss in the last 15 games. Martinez (6-5, 2.86 ERA) tossed a complete-game shutout against the Phils on June 10, surrendering just four hits while striking out 11 in a 7-0 St. Louis win.

Opposite Martinez will be Aaron Nola (3-5, 4.76 ERA), who tossed five innings of three-run ball in his only start against the Cardinals this season on June 10. Nola has been tagged with a loss in five of his last six outings. 

Here is today's full lineup:

1. Cameron Perkins, RF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrés Blanco, 2B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P