Game 3 Preview: Phillies at Mets, 1:10 PM

Having lost two games in which the bullpen blew an eighth inning lead, the Mets will look to salvage the final game of the series at home against the Phillies.  The Amazins have been starved for offense recently, averaging under three runs per game in their last eleven contests.  The team will also try to avoid its second sweep of the season.

STARTING PITCHERS:

Jon Niese (3-5, 4.33 ERA, 1.425 WHIP, 2.10 K/BB): Niese surrendered six runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings during his last outing on a cold night in Chicago, but only two of those runs were earned.  The southpaw has managed to keep his walks in check, averaging about a BB/9 of 3.1, but is allowing 9.7 hits per nine innings so far while only posting a K/9  of 6.6, down from last year’s 7.7 ratio.  Niese has faced the Phillies twice this season, both on the road.  He was hit hard in his first outing, allowing six runs on eight hits in four innings (although he did strike out seven), but rebounded the next time, yielding just two runs on six hits and three walks in six and two-thirds in a pitching duel with Roy Halladay.

Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB): Filling in for the injured Joe Blanton, Worley has pitched both as a starter and a reliever this season.  In his three starts, he’s allowed only four runs on twelve hits in seventeen innings, holding opponents to a .194/.296/.274 line.  Worley made his first start of the season against the Mets at Citizens Bank back on April 29, where he shut the Mets out for six innings, surrendering two hits and four walks while fanning five.  In his last outing against the Reds, the twenty-three year old pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks, taking a no decision.

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