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Probable Pitchers

San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
James Shields, RHP
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Shields needed a season-high 121 pitches to get 17 outs the last time out against the Nationals, a loss where he walked four and lost an early 2-0 lead. The two strikeouts were the fewest of the season for him. He has a 4.97 ERA on the road.

Alec Asher, RHP
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Asher is the second player acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade to make his big league debut. Jerad Eickhoff is the other. Asher went 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Jerad Eickhoff, RHP
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Eickhoff had a rough first inning Wednesday against the Mets, allowing three runs. But he retired 16 consecutive batters at one point, which the Phillies hope is a sign of things to come in the final few weeks of the season.

Bartolo Colon, RHP
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Colon threw more changeups in his last start than in any outing since PITCHf/x started keeping track nine years ago. He may need to mix things up yet again on Monday, facing the Phillies for the fourth time this season. He’s 3-0 against them.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Aaron Harang, RHP
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Harang’s struggles continued Thursday against the Mets, when he allowed five runs in six innings. Harang has posted a 7.71 ERA in 12 starts since the end of May, allowing 58 earned runs in just 67 2/3 innings.

Jon Niese, LHP
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Niese struggled in his last three starts of August, posting a 7.79 ERA with nearly as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (13). As the Mets spend the next five weeks mapping out their playoff rotation, it would behoove Niese to improve in September.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Aaron Nola, RHP
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Nola has lived up to the hype, particularly in his last two starts. He has allowed a combined one run in 15 innings against the Marlins and Padres. He faces a much tougher test against the Mets.

Matt Harvey, RHP
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A week on the shelf didn’t hurt Harvey in the least. He fired six shutout innings his last time out on 11 days' rest. The temptation to limit Harvey’s innings remains alive for the Mets, who have eyes on October.

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