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

Sunday, August 13, 2017 • 1:35 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Chris Flexen (1-1, 8.49) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (1-3, 5.67)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets wrap up their four game set against the Phillies today as they look for the series victory. Working against the Mets: it’s a Sunday. The Mets have been terrible on Sundays this year. This should be a statistical blip, a correlation without causation, but for some reason the Mets just can’t get it done on Sundays.

The Mets have won 16 of their last 19 series vs. the Phillies. New York is 34-16 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign. New York has out-homered the Phillies, 94-38 since the start of the 2015 season.

METS LINEUP

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
  3. Michael Conforto – CF
  4. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  5. Dominic Smith – 1B
  6. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  7. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  8. Jose Reyes – SS
  9. Chris Flexen – RHP

PHILLIES LINEUP

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Freddy Galvis – SS
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – LF
  5. Nick Williams – RF
  6. Maikel Franco – 3B
  7. Hyun Soo Kim – LF
  8. Jorge Alfaro – C
  9. Zach Eflin – RHP

Chris Flexen looks to buck the Sunday trend. In his first three starts to his major league career, he has allowed 17 hits and eight walks in 11 2/3 innings leading to 12 runs. His last start was his best start so far, as he allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings, the first time he recorded more than nine outs. This will also be the first time Flexen pitches against an opponent that is not from a western division (previous starts against the Padres, Rockies and Rangers).

The Mets bats will get a look at Zach Eflin who is 1-3 over nine games and 54.0 innings with a 5.67 ERA, 5.82 FIP and 1.389 WHIP. His last start was his first start since the end of May and he came back strong allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while pitching seven innings, his second best start of the year. His first start this season was against the Mets where he allowed only two runs, one earned, over five innings allowing three hits and three walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Cabrera 0-for-6
  • Cespedes 1-for-4, 2 BB
  • Reyes 2-for-5, 2 2B
  • Conforto 0-for-2, BB
  • Granderson 1-for-2, HR, BB
  • Lagares 1-for-3, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 0-for-2
  • R Rivera 0-for-2

NOTES:

Yoenis Céspedes has homered in consecutive games for the first time this year. He has hit a homer in three straight games three times in his career, last, September 1-4, 2015. Céspedes has 14 homers, 34 RBI and has scored 32 runs in 36 games vs. Philadelphia. He has 10 home runs, 24 RBI and a .753 slugging percentage in 18 career games at Citizens Bank Park. The 10 home runs are his most in any visiting ballpark.

Michael Conforto has a career-high 25 homers. He is tied  for second in the majors with 11 second-half homers. Conforto has four homers and six RBI in his last seven games. Conforto is hitting .291 (32-for-110) with 11 home runs, 21 RBI and 21 runs since the break. He is tied for eighth in the NL in RBI since the All-Star break and tied for sixth in runs scored. Overall, he is 10th in the NL with a .394 on-base percentage, ninth with a .573 slugging percentage and eighth in the NL with a .968 OPS.

Amed Rosario is 4-for-his-last-7 (.571) with a double, home run, three runs scored and one RBI. Four of his nine major league hits have been extra-base hits (two triples, one double and one homer).

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!