With its playoff chances shrinking quickly, Philadelphia will try to to avoid getting swept by New York when the teams meet in the finale of their series at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies’ 3-2 loss to the Mets on Tuesday night dropped them 2 1/2 games behind Houston in the NL wild-card race with four games remaining.
“We’re down three games (in the loss column) with four left. That’s a hard battle,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “At the same time, we don’t quit.”
After completing this series with the Mets, the Phillies finish the regular season with three games at Washington.
Vicente Padilla has the task of getting Philadelphia back on track. He’ll try to recapture his past success against the Mets.
Prior to this season, Padilla had dominated the Mets in his career, going 9-1 with a 2.24 ERA in 18 games, including eight starts.
This year, however, it’s been a completely different story, as the right-hander has been pounded in each of his two starts against New York this season, allowing 12 runs and 16 hits over 7 1-3 innings.
Jose Reyes was 4-for-5 with three extra-base hits Tuesday, leading the Mets to their eighth win in nine games.
Though New York was eliminated from the playoffs with the Astros’ 3-1 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday, the Mets actually moved into third place in the NL East and improved their chances of finishing with a winning record for the first time since they went 82-80 in 2001.
“The satisfaction is I challenged these guys two weeks ago to keep playing hard and they have,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
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