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Preview: Mets at Phillies

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Cole Hamels is in danger of matching a career high for losses on Friday when he takes the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series versus the visiting New York Mets. A lack of run support has played a significant role in the former World Series MVP's troubles - and he sits one setback removed from tying his season totals in both 2009 and 2010. Philadelphia saw its six-game home winning streak come to an end on Wednesday with a 6-2 loss in 11 innings to division-rival Washington.

The Phillies have dominated the Mets of late, winning five in a row and nine of 10 from their National League East rivals. New York got the better of another division rival recently, taking three of five from NL East-leading Atlanta. David Wright paved the way with a pair of homers in a 4-3 victory on Thursday.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), WB17 (Philadelphia)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA) vs. Phillies LH Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40)

Hefner will vie for his first victory since May 29 when he takes the mound on Friday. The 27-year-old allowed three runs in five innings against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, but was left with a no-decision after Kirk Nieuwenhuis' walk-off homer in the ninth. Hefner suffered the loss against Philadelphia after yielding a season-high five runs and six hits in three innings on April 10.

After a nightmarish start to the season, Hamels has pieced strong performances in his last three trips to the mound. The three-time All-Star suffered the loss on Sunday after permitting three runs on six hits in seven innings against Colorado. Hamels is rebounding against the Mets with a series of impressive outings versus the division rival - including a one-run, two-hit performance on April 28.

WALK-OFFS

1. Hamels owns a 6-10 lifetime mark with a 4.20 ERA versus the Mets.

2. Wright has torched Hamels in his career, going 18-for-54 (.333).

3. The Phillies have yielded just two more runs than the Mets - despite playing four additional games.

PREDICTION: Phillies 4, Mets 2

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