- Redding gave himself some breathing room with six solid innings Friday against the Nationals. He wasn’t rewarded with a decision, but the right-hander scattered four hits and two walks on 88 pitches, striking out two and allowing one run. It was reminiscent of his first Mets start in Los Angeles, and Mets manager Jerry Manuel noted that the team’s catchers rated Redding’s previous side sessions the best he had thrown all year. Manuel gave the former Nationals hurler a vote of confidence after the game, the first Redding start his club had won since the Nats’ 7-4 win at Philadelphia last Sept. 1.
- New York (31-26) is 4-2 against Philadelphia this season but trails the first-place Phillies by three games in the NL East.
- Wright went 4 for 5 on Friday night against Washington in the last game started by Tim Redding, who will take the mound in this seriesâ€™ finale. He allowed one run and six hits in six innings as New York won 3-1 in 10 innings. The veteran right-hander is 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 11 starts against the Phillies.
- It looks like Moyer is slowly turning around his season. He allowed just four hits and two runs against the Dodgers on Friday at Dodger Stadium. He has a 3.60 ERA in his last four starts after he had an 8.15 ERA after his first seven starts of the season. That included a three-start stretch in which he went 0-2 with a 13.86 ERA. Moyer didn’t get the win Friday because the Phillies blew a one-run lead in the ninth, but if he keeps pitching like he has recently, the Phillies expect to win a lot of games.
- Players have generally had a tough time hitting homers at Citi Field, New Yorkâ€™s spacious new ballpark, but Utley has three in his last two games there and 15 overall this season.
- Utley has been successful despite a lineup shuffle, being moved back to his usual No. 3 spot Wednesday after batting second the previous two games to help accommodate Rollinsâ€™ drop to sixth in the order. Rollins totaled five hits in those contests, but went 0 for 5 after being moved back to the leadoff role in the middle game of this series.
- Philadelphia may need a big effort from its lineup with Jamie Moyer facing New York. Moyer is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts versus the Mets this season but is 8-5 with a 3.64 ERA in 22 career starts against them. Moyer is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last two starts. The 46-year-old left-hander allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
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