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New York at Philadelphia

Venue: Citizens Bank Park
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While Philadelphia could get one key player back, they might be losing another to injury.

Having Cliff Lee on the mound usually provides the Phillies a good chance to win no matter who is in the lineup.

Lee tries to win five straight starts for the second time this season when the NL leading Phillies face the struggling New York Mets on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

There's a chance Philadelphia (81-44) could have third baseman Placido Polanco back in the lineup Monday after a sports hernia has kept him out since Aug. 6. Polanco has hit .333 with 13 RBIs versus New York this year, but even if he does play he likely won't have Jimmy Rollins next to him at shortstop.

The three-time All-Star is day to day after he left Sunday's 5-4, 10-inning loss at Washington with a strained right groin. Batting .320 against the Mets this season, Rollins has played in all but four games this year after he missed 74 with calf troubles in 2010.

Regardless of who is in the lineup, the Phillies appear likely to bounce back from Sunday's loss with Lee (13-7, 2.82 ERA) on the mound. The left-hander has won his last four starts, compiling a 1.71 ERA in that span.

After throwing 17 scoreless innings in his previous two outings, Lee gave up a two-run homer to rookie Paul Goldschmidt but only one other hit in seven innings of a 9-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday. He won five straight starts in June - allowing one run in the entire month - then went 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA in his next four outings before his current winning streak began July 30.

"He's one of the best in the game," Goldschmidt said of Lee, who needs one strikeout to match his career high of 185 set last season. "He can throw any pitch, any count, wherever he wants to."

Lee allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1, 14-inning loss to the Mets on May 1.

Shane Victorino had two hits Sunday for the Phillies, who dropped two of three at Washington to snap a string of eight consecutive winning road series. Philadelphia blew ninth-inning leads in both losses.

"In a 162-game schedule, you're going to give it up every now and then," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Victorino is 15 for 39 (.385) in his last nine games. He is 3 for 12 lifetime versus probable Mets starter Jonathon Niese (11-10, 4.05).

The left-hander has allowed three runs in each of his last two starts - both losses to San Diego as the Mets have totaled three runs in those contests. He gave up 10 hits in six innings of a 6-1 road defeat Tuesday.

Niese is 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA against the Phillies this season, but both defeats came in two starts at Citizens Bank Park, where he gave up eight runs in 10 1-3 innings.

The Mets are 2-4 at Philadelphia in 2011.

Niese will probably need to be better to help the Mets (60-66) overcome Lee and avoid a fourth straight loss after being swept at home by Milwaukee. New York had just six hits in Sunday's 6-2 defeat - their 15th loss in 20 games.

"It's pretty tough right now," manager Terry Collins said.

New York third baseman David Wright is 2 for 4 lifetime against Lee and 11 for 27 versus Philadelphia this year, but went 1 for 11 in the Milwaukee series.

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Probable Starters

Dillon Gee, RHP
2011 stats
124.0 Innings Pitched 179.0
11-4 Wins-Losses 13-7
3.92 Earned Run Average 2.82
51 Walks 36
82 Strikeouts 184
92 Pitches Per Start 106
Career vs. opponent
8.2 Innings Pitched 14.0
1-0 Wins-Losses 1-0
6.23 Earned Run Average 0.64

Cliff Lee, LHP
Weather
weather image  Mostly sunny. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
82°F67°F14mph/NW38%6%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Mets2nd NL East7983.488176-4 W 2
Philadelphia5th NL East7389.451233-7 L 2
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Cliff Lee
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Paulino32000.667
Wright42001.500
Bay93012.333
Pagan31000.333
Hairston91002.111
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Dillon Gee
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Valdez21010.500
Kendrick21000.500
Howard42200.500
Utley31000.333
Halladay000000
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
N.Y. Mets 200 Philadelphia -220
Injuries
NY Mets
PlayerInjury
V. BlackShoulder
D. EvelandElbow
M. HarveyElbow
J. HefnerForearm
D. HerreraLeg
J. LagaresElbow
B. ParnellElbow
J. SatinHand
D. WrightShoulder
T. d'ArnaudIllness, elbow
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
A. BurnettHernia
M. HollandsElbow
C. LeeElbow
J. RollinsHamstring
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser