The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will resume a four-game series Tuesday evening from Citizens Bank Park. The Mets will give the starting call to 25-year old right-hander Walker Lockett, and 33-year old right-hander Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Phillies. The season series is tied 3-3.
Lockett Roughed Up in MLB Debut
Walker Lockett will get another chance in the Mets rotation after his season debut did not go well. Lockett conceded six runs in a brief 2.1 inning performance against the Cubs in his MLB debut last week, leading to the loss. The rookie right-hander was pitching reasonably well in the Minors this season where he posted a 3.69 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 31.2 innings pitched. Lockett owns a cumulative 4.13 ERA at the Minor League level.
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Jeff McNeil is the hottest hitter in the Mets’ lineup, accumulating 11 hits along with seven RBI’s in his last five games. The 27-year old second baseman is having a stellar rookie season, registering a sizzling .342 average with five home runs and 27 RBI’s. McNeil has done big damage against the Phillies pitching, going 10 for 22 with two RBI’s. The Mets continue to play without Jed Lowrie and Brandon Nimmo.
The Mets continue to thrive at the plate, and they are averaging 4.76 runs on the season, ranking them 16th in the big leagues. The New York pitching staff holds a 4.64 team ERA, placing them 17th in the Majors. The Mets own a 17-27 road record entering Monday.