The Philadelphia Phillies can’t wait to return home.
After dropping two straight series on the road, the Phillies look to re-establish their stellar play at Citizens Bank Park against the struggling New York Mets.
The Phillies won four straight series and 12 of 13 games at home, before dropping two series on the road against Seattle and Oakland. Pitcher Jon Lieber had six strikeouts, but was pounded for eight hits and five runs in 5 1-3 innings of work in Philadelphia’s 5-2 loss to Oakland on Sunday. It was the second straight loss in which Philadelphia’s offense was lackluster.
“It’s been bad the last couple of days,” outfielder Pat Burrell said. “It’s too bad because we’ve had some good pitching. We just didn’t get any breaks.”
The Mets have been awful on the road as well, dropping three straight and six of their last seven. Tom Glavine lasted just 2 1-3 innings and gave up eight hits and six runs in the 11-5 rout loss to Seattle on Sunday.
“It’s certainly not the kind of game I wanted to have,” Glavine said. “It wasn’t a good series for us.”
The Mets hope a return to the East Coast and a start from Kris Benson gives them better chances. In his last three starts, Benson allowed six runs, posted a 2.70 ERA and was backed by 26 runs, leading to three Mets’ wins. On May 5, the last time the Phillies played the Mets, Benson pitched 4 2-3 innings, gave up five hits, two runs and struck out six en route to a New York win.
The last place Mets will settle for any kind of spark against the Phillies this time around, as they’re getting desperate.
“I’m just looking forward to getting a win,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said.