The New York Mets’ three-game win streak may be in jeopardy with David Wright out.
Jonathon Niese taking the mound and extending his success against the Philadelphia Phillies, however, could soften the blow a bit.
With Wright now on the disabled list, Niese looks to help the Mets complete a sweep of this three-game set against the Phillies at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
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New York (5-3) opened its 10-game homestand with a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Monday and followed with a 6-5 victory the next day. The Mets, though, were dealt a blow when Wright and Michael Cuddyer exited with injuries Tuesday.
Cuddyer will play Wednesday despite suffering a bruise on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from David Buchanan in the second inning. The left fielder is hitting .432 during a 12-game hitting streak against the Phillies after connecting for an RBI single Tuesday.
Wright’s situation is much more serious after he pulled his right hamstring trying to steal second in the eighth. The All-Star third baseman landed on the DL Wednesday
"Real frustrating," he said after exiting Tuesday. "Hopefully for me the worst-case scenario is two weeks."
The Mets now turn to Niese, who is 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last five starts against the Phillies (3-5). The left-hander has a 1.52 ERA while going 2-1 in his last four at home, reaching the seventh in three of them and going the distance once.
Niese has dominated Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, holding them to a combined .130 average with 15 strikeouts. However, he’s allowed Carlos Ruiz to go 10 for 29 (.345), including 3 for 8 with a double last year.
Niese is looking for some help from his teammates after Wilmer Flores’ two errors proved costly in his season debut Friday. The shortstop’s miscues led to a pair of unearned runs, and Niese yielded another before leaving with the score tied after five innings of a 5-3 loss at Atlanta.
The Phillies have lost three in a row while batting .223 but showed some signs of life Tuesday with two homers from Utley and one apiece from Jeff Francoeur and Cody Asche.
Utley has hit .362 with 10 RBIs in his last 12 games at Citi Field after getting three hits and driving in three runs Tuesday. He came in 2 for 22 with three RBIs.
Asche is 9 for 21 (.429) on the season and has batted .364 (8 for 22) over his last six games in Queens.
Jerome Williams (0-0, 1.50) gets the ball looking to build on a strong season debut. The journeyman right-hander served up a leadoff homer, but then yielded four hits with six strikeouts before leaving after the sixth and not factoring in the decision of a 4-1 win over Washington on Friday. The performance was unexpected after he compiled a 7.40 ERA in six games during spring training.
"It was just throwing the ball down," Williams told MLB’s official website Friday. "I can’t really pinpoint what it was (in spring training). I know it wasn’t feeling right. I knew how to fix it and I wasn’t really fixing it at all."
Williams gave up two runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-2 win at New York on Aug. 30, his first meeting with the Mets in nearly seven years.