Game Thread: Mets (57-65) vs Phillies (69-50)
Redding returns to the rotation to fill the void left by the released Livan Hernandez. Redding is 1-3 in nine starts this season with a 6.99 ERA, but he did pitch well in his one start versus the Phillies. In that June 11 start, Redding allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings in a game the Mets lost 6-3 in extra innings. Redding is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 12 career starts against the Phillies. Philadelphia’s roster has a career .223 average in 188 at-bats against Redding, led by Chase Utley’s 9-for-21 with two home runs. Ryan Howard is just 3-for-24 while Raul Ibanez has one hit in nine at-bats off Redding.
Against the Braves on Sunday — after a rain delay of almost two hours — Happ put forward another brilliant start in what is becoming a truly impressive rookie campaign. The Braves managed just three hits off Happ in 7 2/3 innings. Happ did walk six batters and surrender a solo home run, but he battled through a couple of jams and stranded six baserunners. Happ will next try to fare better against the Mets than he did his last time facing them, when he lasted just 5 1/3 innings and surrendered four earned runs on six hits.