- Hernandez lost his third successive start and the Mets lost for the fifth time in his last five starts, against the Phillies on Friday night. He surrendered 10 hits, four walks and, for the second time this season, seven runs. One of the hits was a home run by Jayson Werth, but Citizens Bank Park’s dimensions had little else to do with his performance. He faced the Dodgers in L.A. on May 20, allowed one run in seven innings and wasn’t involved in the decision in a 2-1 Mets loss. Now he has 3-2 record and 3.53 ERA in eight starts against them since the beginning of the 2006 season.
- New York has struggled offensively for much of the season, but that slump has been particularly pronounced over the past few weeks. The Mets had averaged just 2.3 runs while dropping nine of 11 heading into Wednesdayâ€™s contest against the Dodgers.
- Perhaps the biggest reason for the Metsâ€™ skid has been Wrightâ€™s struggles. New Yorkâ€™s third baseman will start his third All-Star game next week in St. Louis, but he hasnâ€™t been approaching the midsummer classic on a positive note. Prior to a 2-for-4 performance Wednesday, Wright hit .116 (5 for 43) with 14 strikeouts in his previous 11 games. Wright is a .261 (6 for 23) lifetime hitter against Randy Wolf, who will get the ball looking to keep Los Angeles from losing its fourth road series of 14 this season.
- Hernandez, whoâ€™s 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in six starts at Citi Field, didnâ€™t fare nearly as well at Philadelphia on Friday. He gave up seven runs and a season-high 10 hits while lasting only three innings in a 7-2 loss, his third straight. Manny Ramirez is 5 for 8 with a homer and five RBIs against Hernandez, while Rafael Furcal has four homers in 69 at-bats versus Hernandez – his most against any pitcher.
- All three of Wolfâ€™s wins this season have come on the road, where heâ€™s 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA. Wolf, though, hasnâ€™t picked up a victory in seven starts dating to May 28, going 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA. The left-hander gave up a run and four hits over six innings Saturday at San Diego, striking out eight, but left without a decision for the 12th time in Los Angelesâ€™ 7-4 loss.
- â€œI thought I threw the ball well,â€ Wolf told the Dodgersâ€™ official Web site. â€œI gave up a leadoff double, but limited that inning to one run. I felt really good about the way I threw today.â€ One of Wolfâ€™s starts without a decision came May 18 against the Mets. He gave up two runs and six hits over 7 2-3 innings as Los Angeles won 3-2 in 11 innings.