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Mets Open Series With Reds

(Sports Network) - Despite 10 wins and a sub 3.00 earned run average, the Mets' Mile Pelfrey was not selected to the National League's All-Star roster.

Reds first baseman Joey Votto knows the feeling, though at least he still has a chance at making the roster.

Two of the biggest NL All-Star snubs will square off this evening when New York and Cincinnati open a three-game series at Citi Field.

The right-handed Pelfrey is 10-2 with a 2.93 ERA and ranks third in the NL in victories. He has been unbeatable at home, going 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA but as of now won't be joining teammates David Wright and Jose Reyes in Anaheim for the Mid-Summer Classic.

"The biggest thing was I would have liked to have gone and sit there and watched the Home Run Derby with my kid," Pelfrey told New York's website. "But hey, it was a tough decision. There were a lot of guys who were qualified."

Pelfrey certainly is one of them. He has won six of his last seven decisions, though he is coming off one of his worst outings of the season. The 26-year- old lasted just 4 2/3 innings versus the Marlins in Puerto Rico on Wednesday and allowed four runs on a career-high 12 hits.

In six career meetings with the Reds, five of those starts, Pelfrey is 3-1 with a 4.73 ERA. Votto is 2-for-8 with a homer and three RBI versus Pelfrey and is among the NL leaders with a .312 average, 19 homers and 57 RBI, yet he was also left off the All-Star roster.

Votto, though, is one of five finalists for the NL's Final Vote which decides who gets the final roster spot.

Votto had a major-league high run of 41 straight games of reaching base end in Sunday's 14-3 victory over the Cubs after he was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called strike. His replacement, Paul Janish, had four hits and belted one of seven Cincinnati homers on the day.

"In the middle of the year, you kind of get frustrated. I couldn't keep my temper in check," Votto told the Reds' website. "I deserved to get thrown out of that game. But on the flip side, our replacement did pretty good."

Drew Stubbs added a career-best three homers and five RBI, while Brandon Phillips, Jonny Gomes and Corky Miller also homered. Phillips, Scott Rolen and reliever Arthur Rhodes were all named to the All-Star Game on Sunday.

The Reds outscored the Cubs 30-8 in taking three of four in a series that kicked off an 11-game homestand for first-place Cincinnati, which leads St. Louis by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central standings.

Dusty Baker's club turns tonight to Aaron Harang, who is 6-7 with a 5.02 ERA this year and is coming off a no-decision versus the Phillies on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of his team's 4-3 victory.

Harang, 32, is 2-3 with a 6.11 ERA in six career starts versus the Mets and shouldn't have to face All-Star Reyes tonight. The shortstop has missed the last five games due to a sore right oblique and isn't expected back until Tuesday at the earliest.

New York didn't miss Reyes on Sunday as Jason Bay drove in four runs in a 9-5 triumph over Washington. Angel Pagan added three hits and two RBI, while Ike Davis hit a two-run homer.

The victory gave the Mets a 3-4 mark on a seven-game road trip and pulled the club within two games of the first-place Braves in the NL East.

The Reds took two of three from the Mets at home back in early May, but New York has won six of the last 10 meetings overall.