MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 1:35 PM

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The Mets and Phillies continue their four-game series in Citizens Bank Park at 1:35 pm on Sunday. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.48 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets looking to even his record, and he’ll be opposed by RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.74) for the Phillies.

Wheeler has gone seven straight starts working 6.0 or more innings and allowing two or fewer runs. The last Mets starter with a longer such single-season stretch was Masato Yoshii in 1999 (August 18-September 30) when he had eight consecutive starts of 6.0 or more innings and two or fewer runs. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in that span.

Jeurys Familia earned his second save of the season last night in a 2-1 win. He also had a save on May 28 at Pittsburgh. Familia has surrendered two earned runs in his last 26 games (25.2 innings) for
a 0.70 ERA dating to June 12, the fourth-lowest in the majors over that . He is tied for third in the majors with 56 appearances.

Last night was Lucas Duda’s ninth game-winning RBI, which is the most on the team. He has a career-best 20 home runs, tied for the fifth-most in the NL, and has six home runs since the All-Star break, tied for the third-most in the majors over that time.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Matt den Dekker – LF
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Wilmer Flores – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Wheeler is 7-8 this season with a 3.48 ERA over 23 games and 134.1 innings. In his last start, he didn’t quite have his off-speed stuff, but he worked through it and still had an excellent line of allowing one run over 6.2 innings, which is a sign of his maturation process. In his last seven games he has pitched 45.1 innings with a 1.59 ERA. In two games against the Phillies this year he has tossed 13.0 innings and allowed 3 ER with 13 strikeouts. The Phillies have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Utley 1-10
  • Rollins 3-10
  • Revere 2-7, 2B
  • Ruiz 1-7, 2B
  • Asche 3-6, 3B
  • Byrd 1-6, HR

The Mets bats will get a crack at Kyle Kendrick who is 5-11 over 23 starts and 144.1 innings this year with a 4.74 ERA. After a string of below average starts, he had a good one against Houston his last time out allowing only 1 ER over 7.0 innings of work. In three starts against the Met this year he has allowed 19 hits and 12 ER over 17.1 innings, an ERA of over 6. The Mets have the following numbers against Kyle:

  • Wright 15-50, 3 2B, 3 HR
  • Murphy 9-36, 2B, HR
  • Duda 4-23, 3 2B, HR
  • Tejada 9-24, HR
  • Granderson 1-11
  • Lagares 6-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!