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Mets vs Phillies, April 14, 2012

The season is just starting but the Philadelphia Phillies do not like the way they have opened their season. They are just 3-4 on the season. Today the Phillies take on the New York Mets after losing to the Mets 5-2 Friday night in the opener of the three game series at home. The Mets have opened well out of the starting gate and are 5-2 on the season.

This afternoon’s contest has Jonathan Niese facing off against Vance Worley. Niese the lefthander won his debut after signing with the Mets to a five-year deal worth over $25 million. He had a no-hitter into the seventh in that game. In eight starts versus the Phillies in his career, Niese is 3-4 with an ERA of 4.07.

Worley was very consistent in his debut last week. He worked six innings and gave up just one earned run. He struck out five, but got a no decision in a game the Phillies eventually lost to Pittsburgh 5-4. At Citizens Bank Park, Worley has been exceptional. He has a career record of 7-2, an ERA of 2.33, WHIP of 1.07 and a BAA of .204. He was victorious in three of his four starts against the Mets last season. Two of those wins came at home at Citizens Bank Park.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada has been the Mets’ most surprising asset of the early season. The 22-year old has 8 hits in 19 at bats. He has scored four runs in the teams last five games. Niese however, has not fared well in Philly. He is 0-3 over his last four starts and has an ERA of 7.17.

The Phillies won 11 of the 18 games the two played last season. The total is at 7.5 and the Mets are underdogs at +135, while the Phillies are -145.

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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