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New York Mets Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (5/11-5/13)

by Daniel Marcillo
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After the New York Mets lost two out of three to the Cincinnati Reds, they fly to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. The Mets have a 7-16 record since their nine game winning streak ended and have fallen all the way down to fourth place in the NL East. The Phillies have surprised many people this season and have gotten out to a strong 22-15 start to the season. The Phillies took both games they have played against the Mets this season.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/11, 7:05 PM) Steven Matz (1-3, 4.23 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.15 ERA)

(5/12, 7:05 PM) Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA) vs. Zach Eflin (1-0, 0.71 ERA)

(5/13, 1:35 PM) Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.87 ERA) vs. Aaron Nola (5-1, 2.05 ERA)



Meet the Mutts

Plain and simple, the Mets have been awful. Their struggles on offense are concerning and it has gotten to a point where the team can not even bat in the correct order. After losing Todd Frazier to the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury, the Mets desperately need someone to pick up the slack on offense. They are second to last in hits in all of baseball. One of the more concerning parts of the Mets lineup is Michael Conforto. Manager Mickey Callaway is still playing him everyday but after 27 games, he is only hitting .191 with 31 strikeouts in 89 at-bats.

Outside of the human explosion that is Jason Vargas, the Mets rotation has not hurt them too much. Steven Matz was a tough luck loser, giving up only one run in six innings against the Colorado Rockies. Mets fans know what Syndergaard and deGrom are capable of but the offense has to give them support when they do their jobs on the mound. The Mets have not scored three or more runs in back to back games since April 26 and 27. They have not scored 4 or more runs in back to back games since April 19 and 20.

Phillies Young Talent

It seems that the Phillies and Mets have traded places since they last Met. Even the managers traded places too. Phillies manager, Gabe Kapler, was on his way to being run out of town and Callaway could do no wrong for the Mets. The game of baseball can work in mysterious ways sometimes. The young bats of Maikel Franco, Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera have led the way for the upstart Phillies. Herrera is in the top-10 for batting average leaders in baseball.

The Mets will see the two aces the Phillies feature, Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta. Nola is living up to his first round pick expectation this season. He is second in baseball with five wins and tied for seventh with his 2.05 ERA. Arrieta has been one of the better pitchers in baseball over the last few years and nothing has changed in his new home. Arrieta is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA and held the Washington Nationals to one run over six innings in his last start.

Matchups to Lookout For

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Jake Arrieta: 5-14 (.357) 2 HR, BB, 3 K

Maikel Franco vs. Noah Syndergaard: 4-15 (.267) 2B, 4 K

Jay Bruce vs. Jake Arrieta: 3-16 (.188) 2B, BB, 8 K

Odubel Herrera vs. Noah Syndergaard: 1-17 (.059) 3 K

Interesting Stats

Jacob deGrom in Day Games: 19-8, 1.97 ERA, 260 IP, 283 K

Jake Arrieta at Citizens Bank Park: 4-0, 1.09 ERA, 33 IP, 33 K

 

 

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