Though his win streak came to an end his last time out, Dillon Gee has settled into a rhythm after an inconsistent first two months of the season.
Now he returns to Citizens Bank Park, the site of one of his worst career starts from earlier this season.
After going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA over his first 10 starts, Gee (5-7, 4.56 ERA) has since gone 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA in four outings. The right-hander was two outs shy of recording his first career shutout Monday in Atlanta before serving up a game-ending two-run homer to Freddie Freeman. He allowed four hits and walked one batter prior to the home run.
"It's tough after something like this to be pleased," he told the team's official website. "To go out there and have an opportunity to throw a complete game and get a win for the team, it's tough to be pleased if we lose. And we lost. That's the bottom line."
Included in Gee's rocky start to the year was an atrocious outing at Philadelphia on April 9. He served up solo homers to Ryan Howard, Michael Young and John Mayberry in the third - the final inning in the shortest start of his career - and was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in an 8-3 loss.
Gee had given up as many home runs combined over his first five career starts against the Phillies (35-39).
"He'd miss his target by two feet," manager Terry Collins said. "It was just one of those nights for him."
Gee was marginally better in a 4-0 home loss to Philadelphia on April 26, yielding four runs and seven hits over six innings. In eight games - seven starts - versus Philadelphia, Gee is 2-3 with a 7.49 ERA - his worst ERA against any team's he's faced more than once.
Jimmy Rollins, who owns an 12-game hitting streak versus the Mets (29-41) after going 2 for 5 in Friday's 4-3 loss, is 8 for 13 versus Gee. Young is 6 for 8 with two homers against him and all four of Howard's hits off Gee in 12 at-bats are home runs.
Howard doubled twice Friday while Young went 0 for 5.
Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.40) comes off his worst start of the season as he was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in three innings in a 10-5 loss at Colorado last Saturday. All three of the right-hander's losses have come in his last four starts, over which he's posted a 6.98 ERA.
Pettibone earned his first win at New York on April 27, when he gave up three runs over five innings in a 9-4 final.
Chase Utley wasn't much help in Friday's defeat, going hitless in five at-bats while playing for the first time since May 20 after missing 28 games with a strained oblique. Utley, who stranded five men on base, is 3 for 13 off Gee.
The Mets had dropped five straight and nine of 10 to the Phillies prior to Friday's victory.