MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Vince Velasquez (0-2, 9.00) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (0-1, 9.28)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The New York Mets (7-7) will try to get back on track tonight when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies (5-8) at Citi Field. The Mets have now dropped their last four games after winning five straight, matching their longest losing streak of last season.

The Mets are 3-4 at home this year. They were 44-37 at Citi Field last season. New York hit 112 home runs at home a franchise-record for a single-season in 2016.

In New York’s last five games, the winning run has scored in either their last at-bat or their opponents last at-bat. The Mets are 1-4 in those games, including going 1-1 in extra-innings.

Joe D. – Why the heck is Travis d’Arnaud still batting eighth? He has a 157 OPS+ and should be batting in the middle of the order.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – 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. Robert Gsellman – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Aaron Altherr – 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 – RHP

The Mets will turn to Robert Gsellman to save them tonight who is 0-1 over three games and two starts allowing 11 ER and 13 hits over 10.2 innings. He got off to a rough start in Miami allowing a grand slam in the 1st inning before settling down, but then still found a way to allow four more Miami runs after the Mets gave him a 7-4 lead.

Last year he managed to face the Phillies in three starts, even though he was called up towards the end of the season, and he went 2-1 allowing five ER over 19.0 innings while striking out 20. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Altherr 1-7
  • Franco 2-8
  • Hernandez 2-9
  • Herrera 1-7
  • Galvis 3-8, 2B
  • Joseph 1-3
  • Rupp 2-2

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against Vince Velasquez who is 0-2 in as many starts this year allowing nine ER over 9.0 innings and 10 hits while striking out 17. His last start was against the Mets and the Amazins were able to put up five ER over 5.0 innings and draw four walks. The Mets bats have the following numbers against Vince:

  • Cabrera 4-9, 2B
  • Cespedes 2-6, 2B, HR
  • Conforto 4-7, 2 HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-7
  • Duda 1-8
  • Granderson 0-4, 2 BB
  • Walker 1-7

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!