The Phillies continue their quest for the post-season when they open a three-game series with the Mets at Shea Stadium.
A couple of interesting figures are on the Phillies side tonight in Queens. The Phillies have won 10 straight games started by Randy Wolf (2-0, 5.61), and overall, the left-hander is unbeaten in his last 12 starts dating back to last season. Wolf has also been great at Shea Stadium, going 5-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts (credit AP preview for these numbers). Wolf has also been swinging a hot bat since his return.
The revenge factor will work against him, however, as the Mets will look to rebound from a poor showing in their four-game series at Citizen’s Bank Park. Their rotation may be ragged, but they’re getting it done, most recently a three-game sweep over the scuffling Cardinals. New York also enters with an 11-game home winning streak on the line.
For the Mets, rookie Brian Bannister (2-0, 2.89 ERA) will come off the 60-day disabled list and start in place of Orlando Hernandez.