The Phillies look to win for the eighth straight time with Oswalt on the mound Sunday in the finale of a three-game road set against the New York Mets.
Acquired from Houston in late July, Oswalt (11-13, 3.09 ERA) lost his debut with the Phillies to Washington, but is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his seven subsequent starts. Philadelphia (82-61) has won all of those games, including a 7-4 victory over Florida on Monday. Oswalt gave up four runs over seven innings.
The right-hander owns one of the lowest run-support averages in baseball at 3.09 - mostly from his 20 starts with the Astros.
“First time I’ve won giving up four runs,” Oswalt said. “It’s nice.”
Oswalt, who has never pitched at Citi Field, is 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets.
Philadelphia had its four-game win streak snapped with a 4-3 loss Saturday, falling into a tie with Atlanta for the NL East lead. Both clubs lead San Francisco by two games for the wild card.
Niese has pitched well against Philadelphia this year, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts. However, he is 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA in his last three starts at home.
Niese gave up five runs over six innings last Sunday in an 18-5 road win over the Chicago Cubs, avoiding a personal three-game losing streak.
“Ike is constantly making adjustments as the opposition is adjusting for him,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, “which is a sign that he is a good player.”
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran(notes) sat out with tendinitis in his left knee. Beltran said the injury was a result of overcompensating during the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired right knee this past spring. He is day to day.
“I’ve been dealing with it since I had the surgery,” Beltran told the Mets’ official website. “It wasn’t as bad as it got to be (Friday), but I’m not concerned.”
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