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With Jon Niese on the bump the New York Mets will look to make it 11 in a row against the Philadelphia Phillies on Citi Field.

  • New York Mets (73-58) vs Philadelphia Phillies (52-80)
  • Jon Niese (8-9, 3.95 ERA) – Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA)
  • National League
  • Today, 7:10 PM on CSPh, SNY
  • Citi Field, Flushing, New York

By Robby Sabo

1authorrob3 - New York Mets Go For 11th Straight Win Against Phillies; Matz Is BackThe New York Mets own personal whipping boys are back in town, and they couldn’t be happier.

Monday night continued the Mets dominance over the Philadelphia Phillies. Their 3-1 victory stretched a franchise record to 10 straight wins over their NL East rivals.

On Tuesday night they’ll go for No. 11 as they’ll look to extend a 6.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East.

Jon Niese (8-9, 3.95 ERA) will get the ball from manager Terry Collins and face a team he hasn’t been beaten by since April 28, 2013. Opposing him will be veteran Aaron Harang (5-14, 4.79 ERA).

Niese’s numbers against Philly haven’t been too shabby – 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA while each of his last eight starts against the Phillies have ended in Mets wins. He’s also riding a hot-hand into the matchup with a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA in his past five home matchups.

One guy receiving a bump in the lineup is rookie Michael Conforto. The youngster will take his .458 batting average during his last nine games and use it from the No. 5 slot in the lineup.

Via MLB.com:

“I feel a little bit more comfortable,” Conforto told MLB’s official website. “I just had to go back to working hard, getting into the cage and working on some things, take a step back and … go back to the drawing board and figure it out. But I do feel comfortable.”

First pitch from Flushing is slated for 7:10 PM ET.

Other news and notes surrounding the club deal mostly with Steven Matz. The rookie lefty who sparkled in his only two MLB starts is now officially back on the big league roster. He dominated during his last rehab start for Double-A Binghamton.

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