After being embarrassed by the Blue Jays in a four-game series sweep, the Phillies head to Citi Field to take on the floundering Mets, who were just swept by the Marlins.
The Phillies' rotation seemed to line up perfectly for winning a home-and-home series with Toronto. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and a red-hot A.J. Burnett pitching three of the four games? That sounded like a winning combo.
But those pitchers gave up 18 runs in 18.1 innings — Kyle Kendrick actually tossed a quality start in the series' second game — and the Phillies were outscored 31-11 and shut out twice by the Blue Jays.
Good riddance, Canada.
Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) taking the mound following his best start of the season in a pitcher's paradise sounds welcoming. And it'll come against an ice-cold Mets offense, which has been shutout in two straight games.
New York has lost six of seven overall after a road trip in Colorado and Miami. Three of its last four defeats came in its opponents' final at-bat.
Young righty Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23) gets the ball for the Mets.
• The Mets' 23-inning scoreless streak is the franchise's longest since a 24-inning drought in July 2010.
• David Wright is hitting .373 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last dozen games against the Phillies, of which the Mets have won five straight.
• The only Mets who've faced Hernandez more than three times are Curtis Granderson (17 for 41, nine XBH) and Bobby Abreu (5 for 23, 6 BB, 0 K).
• Phillies vs. Mejia: Combined 7 for 14 as a team, including a homer from Ryan Howard.
• Fireballer Ken Giles was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday after striking out 29 in 15 innings with Reading.