When and where: April 23, 2019, Citi Field, New York, N.Y., 7:10 PM ET
The Philadelphia Phillies continue their quest to win a second series over the New York Mets this season when traveling to Citi Field on Tuesday. Not only are the Mets looking to strike even with the Phillies, but they are hoping to avoid a fourth consecutive series loss. Philadelphia, on the other hand, will try to bounce back from a 1-3 series loss to the Colorado Rockies. Righty Zach Eflin is expected to start on the mound for the Phillies opposite of New York’s Zack Wheeler.
Phillies in position to go on a run
The schedule is shaping up nicely for the Phillies, assuming they don’t fall apart during their road trip to New York. Bryce Harper, the $330 million dollar man, got himself ejected from Monday’s game against the Mets after a verbal brush-up with the home plate umpire. The umpire called a strike on an iffy pitch that resulted in Harper’s second strikeout of the game, along with his early exit.
Not that the Phillies were doing much better with him in the lineup in this particular game.
They finished the game with only three hits as a collective group and one run scored—a 401-foot homer by Rhys Hoskins in the fourth inning.
The Phillies have the fortune of facing the Mets without Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom on the mound. Syndergaard pitched on Sunday against the Cardinals, and deGrom is on the 10-day injured list. After the series with the Mets, the Phillies are off to begin their nine-game home stretch against the Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals. It’s completely conceivable the Phillies win their next four series, including their current one against the Mets.
However, they’ll have to put forth a better effort than they did in Game 1 to do so.
Mets have to overcome pitching struggles
One of the primary questions heading into the series with the Phillies was how the Mets would hold up in the pitching rotation. DeGrom received good news in his MRI coming back clean on an elbow injury. He is slated to return this weekend in time for the three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Meanwhile, Syndergaard isn’t in the lineup to pitch against the Phillies, either. His letdown performance against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday was more than enough disappointment for him to chew on for the time being. He gave up eight hits and four earned runs in five innings, putting him at a surprising 5.90 ERA on the season.
“To be quite honest, the entire beginning of the season my performances have been unacceptable,” Syndergaard said Sunday, via northjersey.com. “I have to be better, I will be better. There’s just no excuses for it.”
The Mets’ bullpen answered the call in Monday night’s game against the Phillies. Steven Matz had a big night in limiting the Phillies to only three hits and one run, while striking out six batters over a span of six innings.
Back home with a W. #MetsWin!
FINAL: #Mets 5 – Philadelphia 1
— New York Mets (@Mets) April 23, 2019
Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia came on to clean things up by shutting down the Phillies the rest of the way and closing out the game, 5-1.
- Phillies are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Phillies are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Phillies are 11-5 in their last 16 vs. National League East.
- Phillies are 8-3 in Eflin’s last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Mets are 2-5 in Wheeler’s last 7 Tuesday starts.
- Mets are 3-8 in Wheeler’s last 11 starts with 5 days of rest.