Phillies vs. Mets Preview

April 4th, 2011 by Mike H. | Filed under General.

After a sweep of the Astros and a day off on Monday, the Phillies will turn their attention towards the New York Mets. The Mets are coming off a series win against the Marlins in South Florida.

Tuesday calls for AM Thunderstorms that should pass well before first pitch, which sets us up for Hamels and Young. Chris Young is set to make his first start of the season after a stellar spring. Young had an ERA of 1.78 thru six starts in Grapefruit League action. Hamels started off strong this spring, but faded towards the end.

Manuel may want to start Schneider Tuesday night as Chooch is 0-for-3 in his career against Young, while Schneider is 3-for-8.  Other than Schneider, Valdez and Victorino both have had success against Young. What remains to be seen is if Young can convert his spring success to gametime success. The Mets have had decent success against Hamels to the tune of a combined .292 batting average with 9 home runs and 22 RBIs.

Wednesday’s matchup brings the season debut of Joe Blanton against Mike Pelfrey’s second start of the season. Pelfrey got Christmas Treed to the tune of 5 runs over 4.1 innings. Shane Victorino and the heart of the lineup, Rollins, Howard, and Ibanez, look to continue their success against Pelfrey as all four are batting between .259 and .367 with each having a home run to their name.

Thursday’s finale sees Roy Halladay looking to make up for a less than “Doc”-esque on Opening day up against Jon Niese. Niese had great success against the Phillies in 2010, limiting them to a .208 batting average. I guess you can say that the cliched term, “The Phillies are due” stands true for the Phils against Niese.

I would have to imagine the Phillies will be up for this series as it is their first against division opponents and they are the Phillies main rival. It also could be your classic “trap” series as the Phillies don’t want to get caught looking ahead to the Braves at the end of the week. On paper, I could definitely say the Phillies should win all three against the Mets, but as long as the Phillies win 2 out of 3, we should all be happy.

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