Phillies (46-60) at Mets (51-55)
7:10 p.m. on CSN
The Phillies outhit the Mets on Monday, 13-9, but still lost a lopsided 7-1 game at Citi Field in the opener of a three-game set.
Tuesday, the two teams are back at it with Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) squaring off against Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49).
Here are five things you need to know:
1. Cole on display
According to recent reports, Cole Hamels is available at the trade deadline for the right asking price, and the Dodgers — shocker! — are interested. Tuesday will be Hamels' final start before the deadline.
The Dodgers are probably the only team that could afford to both cough up its top three prospects and take on Hamels' monster contract — he's owed $90 million after this season through 2018, plus the Phillies' trademark vesting option of $24 million in 2019. Corey Seidman took a great in-depth look here at which prospects L.A. would have to give up to land the lefty ace. (Hint: all of them.)
The Dodgers are no strangers to pulling off blockbuster deals. In August 2012, they acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto from the Red Sox for James Loney and four prospects. Two of those guys (Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster) have reached the majors this season and seem to be in Boston's future plans.
That trade was more a salary dump on Boston's part than anything else. The Phillies would be willing to eat some of the salary in exchange for better prospects, which L.A. has to consider given how tight the current playoff picture is.
2. Hot hand
Not that Hamels needs to make an audition tonight — his long body of work should greatly outweigh one clunker — but the left-hander doesn't just have a great resume. He's one of the hottest pitchers in the game right now.
In his last 11 starts, Hamels owns a 1.74 ERA and has struck out 81, walked 24 and allowed only 59 hits in 77 2/3 innings. His record over that span is just 4-2, but the Phillies should have won more of those games -- Hamels didn't give up more than three runs in any of them.
The 30-year-old's career-long struggles against the Mets are well-documented, but Hamels has been better against them this year. In three starts, he's 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Six of his eight earned runs allowed came in his second game back from the DL on April 29.
In 29 lifetime starts vs. New York, Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.38 ERA. At Citi Field, he's 4-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 games.
3. Remember me?
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is finally starting to find a groove at the plate and is hitting .280/.325/.507 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 19 games in July. D'Arnaud hit just .205 with nine extra-base hits through his first 45 games.
The former Phillies farmhand, the 37th overall pick in 2007, was shipped to the Blue Jays back in December 2009 in the Roy Halladay deal. He ended up with the Mets — something that could haunt the Phillies and their fans for years to come — when New York traded R.A. Dickey to Toronto after the 2012 season.
D'Arnaud struggled offensively during his first taste of the big leagues last year and most of this year but is in the midst of the best month of his young career. He had three hits — a homer and two doubles — in Monday's game.
4. Scouting Gee
If there's ever a night the Phillies could give Hamels plenty of run support, it's Tuesday against Dillon Gee. The Mets' righty is currently in a funk and has historically been hit hard by the Phillies.
Since returning from a two-month DL stint with a strained right lat, Gee is 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three games. He allowed a season-high six runs in five innings last Thursday in a loss to the Brewers.
Against the Phils, he's 3-3 with a 6.71 ERA lifetime in 10 starts. He was in line to beat the Phillies on May 10 after giving up three runs in six innings before the Mets' bullpen blew the game.
Expect Ryan Howard to be in the lineup tonight. All time against Gee, he's 9 for 18 with six homers — twice as many as any other player has against Gee.
5. This and that
• The Mets have won eight of nine and four in a row at home. They haven't had a winning streak of five straight at Citi Field since May 22-June 8, 2010.
• New York is currently 7½ games behind first-place Washington and six out of the second wild-card spot. The Phillies are 12½ back in the basement.
• Mets vs. Hamels: David Wright (24 for 73, 5 HR, 16 RBI), Daniel Murphy (17 for 44, 4 2B, HR), Lucas Duda (1 for 13, 7 K)
• Phillies vs. Gee: Ryan Howard (9 for 18, 6 HR, 14 RBI), Jimmy Rollins (11 for 22, HR), Carlos Ruiz (1 for 13)
• Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz both had four hits in Monday's loss. Per Elias, they were the first pair of teammates to have at least four hits apiece in a game in which their team failed to score more than one run since 1984 (Rod Carew & Fred Lynn for the Angels).
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.