Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/15/12

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

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

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

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker