Mets Game Preview (4/12/21): 7:10 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6-3)

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies hope to play the first game of a four-game series at Citi Field if the weather holds up. Each team comes off of Sunday’s games riddled with controversy. The Mets wasted Marcus Stroman‘s start by forcing a game in the rain and the Phillies stole a win off a controversial call in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets split their two games against the Miami Marlins but should have taken both easily. Their offense has started slow out of the gates and they were lucky to even take the first game of the series. Jeff McNeil’s game-tying home run tied it in the ninth inning and Michael Conforto‘s elbow won it with an awkward hit by pitch. In game 2, the Mets were shutout and wasted Jacob deGrom’s 14-strikeout effort.

The Phillies are rolling on all cylinders to start their season. Their 6-3 record puts them in first place in the NL East but they lost two of three games to the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins are the team’s leading hitters with .333 and .306 batting averages. Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris, and Connor Brogdon are the three anchors leading their bullpen. They have allowed just one run in 14.1 combined innings pitched.

Pitching Matchups

David Peterson looks to rebound from his first outing against the Phillies where he allowed six runs in four innings. It started ugly for Peterson as Alec Bohm (solo) and Rhys Hoskins (three-run) tagged him for home runs in the first inning. There is no doubt there will be an emphasis on keeping Hoskins in check this time out.

Chase Anderson makes his second start again the Mets and did a terrific job of battling the first time. He only pitched five innings and struck out three but held the offense just to one run. Anderson is notorious for allowing home runs but only allowed one to Dominic Smith on a ball that was at his shoulders.

Matchups To Lookout For

Chase Anderson vs. Michael Conforto: 3-for-15 (.200), 3 Home Runs, 2 Walks, 4 Strikeouts

David Peterson vs. Rhys Hoskins: 4-for-5 (.800), 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs, Strikeout