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Tonight's lineups

The Mets placed catcher Henry Blanco on the

The Mets placed catcher Henry Blanco on the bereavement list after he returned to Venezuela to be with his ailing mother. (May 8, 2010) Credit: AP

For the Mets, Henry Blanco (pictured) gives Rod Barajas the night off. Other than that, it's business as usual for the Mets' lineup against Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.92) of the Phillies.


Reyes SS
Castillo 2B
Bay LF
Davis 1B
Wright 3B
Pagan CF
Francoeur RF
Blanco C
Pelfrey RHP


Victorino CF
Polanco 3B
Utley 2B
Howard 1B
Werth RF
Ibanez LF
Ruiz C
Valdez SS
Hamels LHP

Here are the Mets' numbers off Hamels, a collective .280 average. Wright is 8-for-23 with a homer and three RBIs, Francoeur is 12-for-41 (.293) with a homer and three RBIs, and Castillo is 5-for-11 (.455) off the lefty. Pagan has also homered off Hamels.

**Quick stat: The Mets are 2-1 when trying to close out three-game sweeps.

Also, the Phillies are fifth in the NL with 227 runs scored (the Mets are 10th at 210), but Philly has scored just 15 runs in its last eight games and has gone 2-6 in that stretch following a four-game winning streak.

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