PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 07: Starter Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on September 7, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will tangle on Monday with Cliff Lee and R.A. Dickey on the mound.
Charlie Manuel's team needs to string together a bevy of wins after perhaps the most disappointing series in his tenure. The Phillies dropped three-of-four to the Houston Astros over the weekend, putting them four games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.
Cliff Lee will get the call to stop the bleeding against a team he's already seen four times this year, with a 1-1 record in those games. The southpaw has been red-hot lately, only allowing three runs over 27.1 innings in his last four starts to compile a 3-0 mark.
Lee will be opposed by Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. The knuckleball hurler has been sublime this season with an ERA of 2.68 to accompany his 18 victories.
Dickey is one of the few bright spots for the Mets at this point as he seeks to become the franchise's first 20-game winner since 1990. However he suffered a loss in his last start, giving up three runs in seven innings to the Washington Nationals.
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