While the Philadelphia Phillies remain all but certain to miss
the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, their recent play
has left them with a small glimmer of hope.
Philadelphia tries to win five in a row for the first time in
more than three months Tuesday night when it opens a three-game set
against the visiting New York Mets.
Despite sitting 16 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington
and a ways back in the wild-card standings, the reigning five-time
division champions don’t appear ready to give up on their season
The Phillies find themselves in the midst of one of their better
stretches of the season, winning seven of nine – including a
three-game sweep of the Nationals over the weekend.
“Crazier things have happened,” Cliff Lee said after throwing
seven strong innings during Sunday’s 4-1 victory. “All we can do is
try to win each day. For the most part, we underperformed a
majority of the first half. We’ve only recently started to play the
way we should have. It’s not a surprise to us.”
Winner of 14 of 20 at home, Philadelphia now looks for its
momentum to carry over versus New York (59-69). The Mets have taken
eight of 12 in the series this year, going 5-1 at Citizens Bank
New York is coming off back-to-back victories over major
league-worst Houston, winning 2-1 on Sunday on Ike Davis’ solo home
run in the bottom of the ninth.
Davis has picked up the pace of late, going 11 for 32 with four
homers in his last 11 games, raising his average 10 points to
“Obviously, I don’t want to be a .220 hitter,” he told the Mets’
official website. “For having such a bad start – and possibly the
worst I’ve ever been on a baseball field in my entire life – right
now, I’ve really grinded it out. … As long as I play well enough
to get a job next year and keep playing baseball, that’s what I’m
Davis is 1 for 7 versus Phillies scheduled starter Vance Worley
(6-9, 4.06 ERA), who’s gone 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA over his last four
starts. The right-hander made it through six innings for the first
time over that stretch Wednesday, yielding two runs and eight hits
in a 3-2 loss to Cincinnati.
“I did get to six today, didn’t I?” Worley told the Phillies’
official website. “That felt good. It’s just part of the game, I
guess. I kept the team in it … so I can say that I did my
Worley has compiled a 9.00 ERA and .429 opponent batting average
in losing both matchups against New York this season. He’ll face a
Mets team, though, that’s scored 15 runs in its last nine
Opposing Worley on the hill is Chris Young (3-7, 4.33), who
retired the first 15 batters he faced last Tuesday against Colorado
before coming undone during a 6-2 defeat. The right-hander gave up
four runs – two earned – and five hits over seven innings.
Since joining New York in 2011, Young has gone 1-1 with a 1.86
ERA over three starts versus Philadelphia. He’s limited Jimmy
Rollins to two hits in 16 at-bats, but the Phillies shortstop is 6
for 12 with five RBIs during the four-game win streak.