New York Mets (13-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (12-9) 7:05 pm
Jon Niese (0-1 3.68) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-0 7.71)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets are hot! They’ve won seven in a row. The Phillies have lost four of their last six games. Niese has only allowed 1 ER over his last 11 IP over two starts. Kendrick has been rocked in three of his four starts this season giving up 16 ER in 18.2 IP. This is the most anticipated series against the Phillies that we’ve had in several years. The first place Mets are in Philly through Sunday.
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The rainout in Atlanta last night caused the Mets to revise their starting pitching order. The new order is:
- Sat. 4/5- John Maine vs. Tim Hudson
- Sun. 4/6- Johan Santana vs. Tom Glavine
- Tues. 4/8- Jamie Moyer vs. Oliver Perez
- Wed. 4/9- Kyle Kendrick vs. Mike Pelfrey
- Thur. 4/10- Adam Eaton vs. John Maine
After the Phillies series, the Brewers come to town next Friday. Everyone with tickets for opening day at Shea can breathe a sigh of relief that Oliver Perez is pitching instead of Mike Pelfrey. I agree with the decision to skip Pelfrey’s spot and keep Santana on his regular day tomorrow, and Perez for the home opener. It would’ve been too much pressure for Pelfrey to pitch the home opener. He needs to put in the least pressurized situations so he has the best chance of pitching successfully.
The rainout game yesterday will be played on May 20th as part of a double header. I’m sure it will be a dual entry double header, as most teams do now. The good old days of buying one ticket for a double header are gone.
Picture: Turner Field
photo credit: nate steiner