The Phillies look to avoid a series sweep by the Mets this afternoon on Jackie Robinson Day. Players across the major leagues all will wear No. 42 in honor of the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.
The Phillies have managed only two runs total in the first two games of the series.
Manager Charlie Manuel has come up with a unique lineup in which Ty Wigginton starts at third, Laynce Nix at first and Pete Orr at second. Placido Polanco has the day off.
Nix appeared in eight games at first base last season for the Nationals but has not played there this season. Wigginton makes his second start of the season at third for the Phillies.
Cole Hamels is on the mound for the Phillies. He took the loss in the home opener Monday against the Marlins, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey allowed 10 hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a win over Washington last Sunday. He has been working since spring training on a new delivery in which he brings his hands all the way over his head. That has adding extra velocity to his sinker, which is not hitting 95 mph.
“I was real pleased with the movement the other day,” Pelfrey toldt the New York Daily News. “Ever since I went above my head, I have been able to get on top of the ball. My arm isn’t dragging like it was before.”
Neither starter has been particularly good against this opposition. Hamels is 3-10 with a 4.66 ERA against the Mets. Pelfrey is 7-7 with a 5.37 ERA against the Phillies.