Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/16/14

Led by two outstanding pitching performances by R.A. Dickey and Jonathon Niese to kick off their series against the Phillies, the New York Mets are in position to do something they have not done in nearly six years; sweep the Phils in Philly.


But as I said, a win today would give the Mets their first sweep in Philadelphia since June 15, 2006. Don’t worry, I doublechecked. 49 minutes ago via Twitter for AndroidReplyRetweetFavorite @richmacleod Rich MacLeod

Mike Pelfrey will go head to head with Cole Hamels at 1:35 p.m. in Citizens Bank Park.  Though both pitchers managed to rack up the K’s in their first outings of 2012, both will be hoping better results follow today.

What may not bode well for New York is Mike Pelfrey’s history of poor outings in Philly.

Photo by Michael G. Baron

The 28-year-old righty has an earned run average approaching 10 (9.76) in his last 6 starts at Citizens Bank Park, where his division rivals have hit nearly .400 (.391) against him.  Ouch.  On the bright side, in his last outing in Philadelphia Big Pelf pulled out a win, going 6 innings and giving up just 3 earned runs while striking out two late last August.  It’s also safe to say Pelfrey won’t miss facing Ryan Howard or Chase Utley, as the two lefties have torched him throughout their careers, combining for 7 homers and 17 RBI in just 82 at-bats.  Their absence is sure to make Big Pelf smile, let’s just hope the results do the same for Mets fans.

Lucas Duda, who homered yesterday off Vance Worley, will get the day off against the left-handed Hamels as Terry Collins works to get Scott Hairston‘s bat in the line-up.


Mets Sunday lineup at Philly: Tejada-SS, Murphy-2B, Wright-3B, Davis-1B, Bay-LF, Hairston-RF, Nieuwenhuis-CF, Nickeas-C, Pelfrey-RHP about 1 hour ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets

Hairston has owned Hamels throughout his career, belting three homers in only 20 at-bats while sporting a .400 average.  Today may also be the day Ike Davis breaks out of his early season slump as the Mets first basemen has three hits in just seven plate appearances against Hamels.

Notes-


Game Day stat: David Wright has hit 16 home runs at Citizens Bank Park, the most by any visiting player since the park opened in 2004. 28 minutes ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets


The Mets and all of MLB today will remember the legacy of Jackie Robinson by wearing Jackie’s #42 about 1 hour ago via Social Marketing HubReplyRetweetFavorite @Mets New York Mets

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cam Newton not a person of interest in night club shooting

Should Texans consider moving on from Arian Foster?

Dice-K begins comeback bid, makes first start in Japan

Report: Teams think Suh to Dolphins is ‘done' deal

Adrian Peterson still has ‘concerns’ about Vikings

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU S blasts Tigers fans for leaving game early

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

UMass to retire jersey in honor of John Calipari

Houston Texans are moving on from Andre Johnson

Top landing spots for Darrelle Revis

Mets: Murphy will no longer discuss his religious beliefs

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts after DeAndre Jordan doesn't shoot

WATCH: Ridiculous foul called on Penn State

WATCH: Westbrook throws down huge dunk in return

Cowboys hang out at Duke game, pose with funny poster

Report: Peyton Manning's contract incentives tied to Super Bowl

Bean responds to Murphy's homosexuality comments

Haynesworth to Suh: Skins ‘took my love away from the game’

Five teams that should consider signing JaVale McGee

MLB local streaming is unlikely for Opening Day

Ronaldo sends his hair stylist to check on his wax figure monthly

Arizona Diamondbacks unveil 'The Churro Dog'

Ray Allen announces he will not play this season

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Every starting QB ranked by mobility

WATCH: CP3 goes nuts

UFC must make Rousey vs. Cyborg happen

Suh to Dolphins a 'done' deal?

Why haven't brands shown love to James Harden?

Nobody’s safe in the NFL and nothing is sacred

Tim Lincecum’s last best chance

Ten most underrated players in the NBA

Stevens: LeBron looks like the MVP

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.