MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM – Bruce Playing First

Thursday, April 20, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets and Phillies battle it out for the rubber game tonight! After losing the series opener, the Mets bounced back last night with a come from behind (twice!) victory. Robert Gsellman was finally dealing but the Mets were in a 2-0 hole before Bruce made it 3-2. The bullpen promptly gave a run back but Jay Bruce was able to tack on 2 more runs to it 5-3. The bullpen promptly gave back another run, but thankfully it was just one run and the Mets held on to a 5-4 lead.

Fun note, Bruce is the third Mets player in history to have 5 RBIs in a game, and have all 5 RBIs be the only runs scored by the Mets (in a game they won). The other two are Todd Zeile and Carlos Beltran.

Noah Syndergaard gets the call today. He is 1-0 over 3 starts and 19.0 innings with a 0.95 ERA, no walks and 20 K’s on the young season.

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Daniel Nava – LF
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Maikel Franco – 3B
  5. Michael Saunders – RF
  6. Tommy Joseph – 1B
  7. Freddy Galvis – SS
  8. Andrew Knapp – C
  9. Aaron Nola – RHP

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderon – RF
  2. Asdrúbal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Jay Bruce – 1B
  5. Neil Walker – 2B
  6. Michael Conforto – CF
  7. Jose Reyes – 3B
  8. Noah Syndergaard – RHP
  9. Rene Rivera – C

Syndergaard was 2-0 in as many games last year against the Phillies pitching 14.0 innings allowing 7 hits and 2 runs while walking 4 and striking out 15. The Phillies have the following numbers on Syndergaard:

  • Herrera 1-12
  • Galvis 3-11, 2B, 2 HR, 3 K
  • Franco 3-9
  • Hernandez 1-6, 3 BB
  • Rupp 1-9, 5 K
  • Altherr 0-3

The Mets bats will get Aaron Nola who is 1-0 over two starts this season allowing 4 ER over 11.0 innings of work while walking 2 and striking out 13. He is coming off a 6-9 season over 20 starts and 111.0 innings with a 4.78 ERA. Nola managed to never start against the Mets in 2016, however in 2015 he had one start where he allowed 9 hits and 6 ER over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Bruce 2-6
  • Cespedes 1-3
  • Granderson 1-3
  • Conforto 1-2, HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-2, 2B
  • R Rivera 1-2

Notes –

Lucas Duda (elbow) and Wilmer Flores (infection) are both unavailable tonight, but Travis d’Arnaud can play. Outfielder Juan Lagares is the Mets back-up infielder tonight.

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!