MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Phillies, 7:05 PM

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 • 7:05 p.m.

Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA

RHP Zack Wheeler (0-1, 11.25) vs. RHP Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00)

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The Mets will close out their series with the Phillies tonight before hopping on a plane and going down the coast to start another weekend with Marlins. Tonight, the Mets are hoping that the Zack Wheeler got the yips out in his last start as he goes against Vince Velasquez.

As a positive, it was great to see Wheeler on the mound again last week. He’s been away for two years with numerous health setbacks. He struggled, but that’s not unexpected at this point. The Mets, and the rest of us, hope that he continues to take strides forward in the right direction tonight.

Mets Lineup

  1. Michael Conforto – CF
  2. Asdrúbal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Céspedes – LF
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Neil Walker – 2B
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. José Reyes – 3B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Howie Kendrick – LF
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Michael Saunders – RF
  6. Tommy Joseph – 1B
  7. Cameron Rupp – C
  8. Freddy Galvis – SS
  9. Vince Velasquez – P

Wheeler picked up the loss in his first start as he allowed five earned runs over 4.0 innings while waking one and striking out four. In 2014 he was 2-0 in 3 starts against the Phillies allowing six earned runs and 14 hits over 19.0 innings (2.84 ERA) while walking walking and striking out 18. The Phillies have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Blanco 1-2, BB
  • Hernandez 1-2

The Mets bats draw Vince Velasquez who picked up a loss in his first start in 2017 allowing four earned runs over 4.0 innings and five hits with three walks with an astounding 10 strikeouts. Last year he was 8-6 over 24 starts and 131.0 innings with 45 walks and 152 strikeouts. He was 1-1 in three starts against the Mets last year where he held the Amazin’s to six runs, only three earned over 15.1 innings (1.76 ERA) while walking four and striking out 20. The Mets have the following numbers against Vince:

  • Granderson 0-4, 2 BB
  • Cabrera 3-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-6
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Conforto 2-5, HR
  • Duda 1-5
  • Walker 0-5
  • Flores 0-2, 2 BB

Notes –

The Mets have hit 46 home runs in their last 21 games in Philly. New York has out-homered Philadelphia, 44-15 over the last six series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Mets have now won 15 of their last 17 series vs. the Phillies. New York is 28-12 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign.

Curtis Granderson was in the original lineup, but was scratched with Conforto as his replacement.

Let’s 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!