Before Sunday's game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies and Mets will pay tribute to the 65th anniversary of trailblazer Jackie Robinson's Major League debut with an on-field ceremony that can be seen live at phillies.com.
The Phillies will send left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound on Sunday. Hamels will attempt to notch his first win of the season after allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 frames in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins on Monday. He struck out nine.
"I have to go out there and try to bear down and pitch deep into the game, and that obviously wasn't the case [against the Marlins]," Hamels said.
Hamels is just 3-10 in his career against the Mets, who will counter with right-hander Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey's first start included a career-high eight strikeouts, 10 hits allowed and a no-decision against the Nationals. Pelfrey is 7-7 with a 5.37 ERA in 19 starts against the Phillies.
Philadelphia, which was tied with the Yankees for the second-best home mark last season (52-29), is 2-3 this season at Citizens Bank Park.
Mets: Wright seems all right
Third baseman David Wright, who returned to the Mets' lineup on Saturday after fracturing his right pinkie on Monday, showed no signs of lingering trouble. The five-time All-Star homered on the first pitch he saw from Vance Worley in the first inning. It was Wright's second home run of the year.
"I wouldn't go out there and play if it was a coin flip how I felt," Wright said. "Obviously I feel pretty good, and I feel close enough that I can help the team more than hurt them."
After a 3-for-5 afternoon Saturday, Wright is batting .588 this season.
Though the Mets' pitchers tossed a shutout Saturday, it was the first time in six games their hurlers did not combine for least 10 strikeouts. That constituted the club's longest such streak since six straight from April 15-20, 1990.
Phillies: Off to the races
The Phillies entered Saturday tied with the Cubs and Marlins for the Major League lead in steals with eight. They also hadn't been caught. Going into Saturday's games, only two other teams, Toronto and Minnesota, had yet to be caught stealing. The Phillies did not steal a base Saturday.
Jim Thome is just four homers away from becoming just the fourth player in Major League history to hit at least 100 homers with three different teams. The Phillies would join the Indians and White Sox on that distinguished list.
The Mets, who tied for third in the NL with 43 road wins last year, are 2-0 so far this season away from Citi Field. After the finale in Philly, they head to Atlanta for a three-game set against the Braves.
The Phillies are in the middle of a stretch of 15 consecutive games without a day off. They've won two and lost two thus far.