Hoping to avoid a third-consecutive shutout, Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92) and the scuffling Phillies try to stop the bleeding tonight against Mike Pelfrey (6-1, 2.86) and the Mets. First pitch is 7:10.
Best of the press notes: Here's the damage, compiled by the Phillies' press office: Since starting the month 12-3 (.800), the Phillies have dropped six of their last eight. Over that span, the Phillies have been outscored 37-15 and have been held to one run or fewer five times, including three shutouts. In that eight-game span, the Phils are hitting .203 (52-256) with a .182 average (10-55) with runners in scoring position. By comparison, over their first 15 games of May, the Phils outscored their opponents 97-45 and hit .308 (162-526) and .295 (41-139) with runners in scoring position.
Notes: Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez will bat 7-8. Hamels will look to build on a solid string of starts. He's 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in May. The Phillies are 7-2 when he starts.