New York Mets - PlayerWatch
INF Wilmer Flores started at shortstop for the third time in the Mets' last six games on Tuesday, when he went 1-for-3 in the Mets' 6-0 loss to the Phillies. Flores' recent activity is noteworthy given the struggles of starting SS Ruben Tejada, who is just 4-for-38 over his last 14 games. However, manager Terry Collins was adamant Tuesday afternoon that Tejada is still the starter. Collins said Flores was recalled last Thursday only to give the Mets a legitimate backup shortstop after Tejada was beaned in the helmet at Seattle last Wednesday. Flores is 2-for-10 since his promotion and is hitting .222 overall with one homer and seven RBIs in 90 at-bats.
RHP Zack Wheeler will look to continue the best stretch of his major league career when he takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Wheeler has allowed one earned run in each of his last five starts, a stretch in which he has gone 2-0 with a 1.41 ERA over 32 innings as he's lowered his overall ERA from 4.45 to a season-low 3.64. He didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Friday, when he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. In three career starts against the Phillies, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA. He earned the win the last time he opposed the Phillies on May 29, when he allowed one run on four hits as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-1.
LHP Dana Eveland (left elbow) underwent X-rays Monday night after he was hit by a line drive in the ninth inning of the Mets' 7-1 win over the Phillies. The X-rays were negative and manager Terry Collins said Tuesday afternoon that Eveland felt "a lot better than he thought" he would a day after the injury scare. Eveland is 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA and one save in 17 relief appearances this season.
RHP Dillon Gee lost his third straight start Tuesday, when he gave up five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Phillies 6-0. Gee was one strike away from escaping the seventh inning down 2-0 before the Phillies loaded the bases against him. LHP Josh Edgin then served up a grand slam to 2B Chase Utley. Gee (4-4) has allowed 15 runs over his last 16 2/3 innings, a stretch in which his ERA has risen from 2.56 to 3.77.
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