(Record: 0-1, -1.00)

This weekend is the 4th of July weekend and the sporting world has plenty of fireworks planned for the holiday.  The game of the week is no different as it will focus on the FOX Saturday game of the week.  This Saturday the New York Mets travel to Philadelphia to battle the Phillies and it will be aired on Fox.

The Mets have been hampered by injuries all season and have lost the majority of the starting lineup at one point or another.  The amazing thing is even with all of these injuries the Mets are just two games behind the Phillies in the east.  The Phillies have had problems pitching and winning at home.  They are one of the league’s best road teams and need to put a run together if they want to defend their title in the east.

On Saturday the Mets send Fernando Nieve to the Hill to face the Phillies.  Nieve had been a nice surprise for the Mets this year up to his last start against the Brewers when he failed to make it to the fourth inning.  He allowed the more runs in that game then he allowed all year in a Mets uniform.  The only time that he has faced the Phillies has been in a relief appearances.

The Phillies counter with crafty veteran Jamie Moyer.  Moyer is 6-6 on the year and has proved that he is hittable.  He got a win in his last start against the Blue Jays but got hit hard early.  He rebounded with a few solid innings and got some help from his offense.  This year he has not done well against the Mets giving up a run per inning pitched and posting an ERA over nine.

The Mets have a chance to take the division lead if they play well enough in this series and Philly has proved that they do not play well at home.  If there is a game in the series where the Mets have the edge in pitching it’s this one.  Nieve will have plenty of stamina after only going three innings in his last game and the Mets have Moyer’s number.  The Mets will get a solid performance by Nieve and jump on Moyer early to provide some run support.  ON Saturday the Mets take down the Phillies.

Game of the Week Pick: New York Mets

Projected Final: Mets 7 Phillies 4