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Sunday, July 17, 2011
W2W4: Phillies at Mets (Sunday)

By Mark Simon

Kyle Kendrick stat to watch
The current group of Mets batsmen has hit Kendrick in limited samplings. Josh Thole, Ronny Paulino, Carlos Beltran and Willie Harris, all have batting averages of .300 or better against Kendrick, with between 13 and 19 plate against him.

Kendrick has been very hittable in the first inning this season-- eight runs allowed in his seven starts, but is someone who settles down afterwards. He’s yielded no second-inning runs in his seven starts this season.

Mike Pelfrey stat to watch
All that needs to be said about Pelfrey can be shown in his home-road splits:

Pelfrey at home vs the Phillies: 5-2, 2.70 ERA-- 60 IP, 3 HR
Pelfrey on road vs the Phillies: 1-3, 9.38 ERA-- 31 2/3 IP, 9 HR

Chase Utley enters with four career home runs against Pelfrey, matching his most against any pitcher (he has four against Johan Santana). That’s also the most Pelfrey has allowed to any hitter. He’s yielded three to both Ryan Howard and Chipper Jones.

How Mike Pelfrey can help himself
Pelfrey is 1-for-30 at the plate this season and his career batting average now stands at .086. Mets pitchers are now 13-for-160 this season (the Phillies, by comparison, have 27 hits from their pitchers), 6-for-87 at Citi Field.

Daniel Murphy Watch
Murphy continues to sizzle, his batting average now up to .312. Murphy had his ninth game this season with at least three hits on Saturday, second-most on the team this season. Five of those have come in his last 19 games. He had only four in the first 70 games of the season. With a hit on Saturday, he’s also raised his batting average with runners in scoring position this season to .349.

Leftover from Saturday
Cole Hamels fell to 3-10 career against the Mets. Via the Elias Sports Bureau: Only one pitcher had fewer wins at the time of his 10th loss to the Mets-- former Brave Rick Mahler, whose 10th loss dropped him to 2-10 for his career against them.