Friday, April 13, 2012
W2W4: Mets at Phillies (April 13)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Cliff Lee Matchups to Watch
Lee has made three starts against the Mets and allowed just one run in 21 innings. The primary reason for his success is that in those three games, the Mets are 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position against him.
The Mets haven’t hit with runners in scoring position all season. They are 9-for-54 with 19 strikeouts in those situations.
It would make sense to play Scott Hairston today, since Hairston is a right-handed hitter, but he’s just 1-for-11 in his career against Lee.
R.A. Dickey Matchups To Watch
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-his-last 12 against Dickey and 1-for-14 against him overall.
The switch-hitting Rollins has even tried batting right-handed against Dickey, but that hasn’t helped. He’s 0-for-4 when he does.
Dickey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last start against the Phillies on September 24. He also pitched a one-hitter against them in 2010.
Beware Hunter Pence
Phillies rightfielder Hunter Pence turns 29 today and will look to continue a developing trend this season of players performing well on their birthdays.
Over the last three days, four major leaguers—Andre Ethier (Dodgers), Mark Teixeira (Yankees), Alejandro De Aza (White Sox) and Brennan Boesch (Tigers) have increased their age by one year.
The four are a combined 8-for-18 with two home runs and seven RBI.
Pence has played twice on his birthday and is a combined 0-for-7 in those games. He’s a career .242 hitter against the Mets, but was 8-for-22 with two home runs against them, after being traded mid-year from the Astros to the Phillies.
Citizens Bank Park Issues
The Mets are 9-18 over the last three seasons at Citizens Bank Park and have been outscored, 143-101.
The Mets have allowed only two steals in four attempts to opponents this season, but they’ll be tested by the Phillies who are a perfect 8-for-8 on steal attempts. Their 83 percent success rate on steal attempts since 2010 is by far the best in the majors.
Duda in a Funk
Lucas Duda was 0-for-11 in the series against the Nationals and is 1-for-9 this season against left-handed pitching. He’s still looking for his first career home run against a lefty, having gone 90 at-bats without one.