Cole Hamels and the Phillies meet R.A. Dickey and the Mets in the first game of a day-night doubleheader beginning at 1:10 from Citi Field. Ryan Howard returns to the lineup for the Phils.
The Phils are looking to snap their six-game losing streak, their longest since June of 2009. Hamels is also looking to get back on track after losing each of his last two starts, allowing nine runs in 12 innings over that stretch. He still has a chance to set a career high for wins, though he'd need to notch a victory today and then again in the regular-season finale. For his career, he's 3-10 with a 4.69 ERA against the Mets. Lineups: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Mayberry RF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B. Howard (ankle) last started Sept. 17 against St. Louis. Chase Utley sits and is having a terrible month, hitting .175/.257/.286 with three extra base hits in September.