After failing to beat the Philadelphia Phillies last night after a dramatic comeback to tie the game, the Met will try to win their first series of the young season.
They will face Phillies ace and last year’s Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay.
Halladay dominated the Mets last season going 4-0 against the Mets, posting a 2.56 ERA. Halladay went six innings, allowing one run on Opening Day against the Houston Astros.
Jon Niese will take the mound for his second start of the season after allowing two runs in seven innings in his first start. Philadelphia’s batting average against Niese in his three starts last year was .208.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said of Roy Halladay: “No-hitter in the playoffs last year — that’s the first thing that comes to my mind,” he told MLB.com. “I didn’t see him when I was in the American League. He wasn’t there, but his numbers and what he does speaks for itself.”
Carlos Beltran will be given the day off. Lucas Duda gets the start in right field, Willie Harris starts in left. Duda has one hit in nine at bats in four games.
Ike Davis has produced an RBI in every game of the young 2011 season. He looks to continue his streak today. He has 3 hits in 12 at bats against Halladay.
The Mets home opener is set for tomorrow at 4:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. R.A. Dickey gets the nod for the Mets.