The Philadelphia Phillies’ 13-game road trip has been a disaster to this point. But to end it with a three-game sweep would certainly take away some of the sting.
The Phillies will look to finish the trip on a positive note when they meet the New York Mets in the finale of their weekend set at Shea Stadium.
Philadelphia had lost nine of the first 10 games on its longest trip of the season before winning two straight against the Mets. Despite their recent struggles, the Phillies remain tied with the Florida Marlins atop the NL wild-card standings.
Following a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Expos on Thursday, Phillies manager Larry Bowa screamed at his team in a clubhouse tirade. The Phillies have since responded, but Bowa still seemed on edge Saturday.
“Every series is important,” he said. “We have not been playing real good. Every team goes through it, except maybe Atlanta and Seattle. We just hit this at a bad time. Hopefully, we’ll get turned around here.”
Randy Wolf pitched seven strong innings on Saturday to lead the Phillies to a 4-2 win.
The Mets had won four of five before losing the first two games in this series.
Jason Phillips hit a two-run homer off Wolf in the fourth inning Saturday, the 5,000th home run in Mets history.
STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place (tied), 14 GB, NL East. Mets - 5th place, 27 GB, NL East.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Vicente Padilla (11-9, 3.92 ERA). Padilla has just one win in his last five starts, going 1-1 with a 5.20 ERA. He gave up four runs and six hits in six innings on Tuesday, but did not get a decision in the Phillies’ 14-10 loss to Montreal. The 25-year-old right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 career games against the Mets.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Jae Weong Seo (8-8, 4.18 ERA). Seo has won three consecutive starts, allowing seven runs in a combined 16 innings. He gave up two runs and four hits over five innings in a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. In two career starts against the Phillies, Seo has no record and a 2.25 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .320 avg.; Jim Thome, 36 HRs, 100 RBIs and 86 runs; Bobby Abreu, 17 SBs. Mets - Cliff Floyd, .290 avg., 18 HRs and 68 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 64 runs; Jose Reyes, 13 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 7-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - The Phillies designated INF Tyler Houston for assignment on Saturday. They have 10 days to trade, release or send him to the minors. … RHP Mike Williams rejoined the Phillies on Saturday. He had been on the bereavement list since Wednesday while attending to a family medical emergency. … The Phillies are 30-11 when they score in the first inning. Mets - 3B Wigginton is 1-for-10 in his career against RHP Padilla. … The Mets recalled RHP Jeremy Griffiths and purchased the contract of RHP Orber Moreno from Triple-A Norfolk. Both will join the team Monday. … SS Reyes has 21 multihit games since the All-Star break, the most in the NL and second-most in the majors.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 33-37 on the road; Mets - 29-37 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP Terry Adams (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - OF Floyd (Achilles’), 15-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.