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

Saturday, August 12, 2017 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
LHP Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77) vs. RHP Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets won yesterday and they look to keep it going tonight. Seth Lugo labored through 5 1/3 innings yesterday allowing five runs on eight hits and while walking four, but the Mets bats never gave up as Michael Conforto started the comeback with his 25th homer of the year. Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer later and finally Amed Rosario hit his first homer, the game winner, in the top of the ninth.

The Mets have won 16 of their last 19 series vs. the Phillies. New York is 34-15 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign. New York has out-homered the Phillies, 93-38 since the start of the 2015 season.

METS LINEUP

  1. Brandon Nimmo – RF
  2. Neil Walker – 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Michael Conforto – CF
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B
  6. Dominic Smith – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Amed Rosario – SS
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

PHILLIES LINEUP

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Freddy Galvis – SS
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – LF
  5. Tommy Joseph – 1B
  6. Nick Williams – RF
  7. Maikel Franco – 3B
  8. Cameron Rupp – C
  9. Aaron Nola – RHP

Steven Matz will look to keep it going today. He is 2-5 over 11 games and 57 2/3 innings with a 5.77 ERA, 4.96 FIP and 1.509 WHIP. He is coming off a rough start where he allowed five runs and six hits while walking two in 5 1/3 innings. Overall in August, he has allowed eight runs over 10 1/3 innings. He hasn’t faced the Phillies yet this year and shockingly, has never faced the Phillies in his career. No member of the Phillies has faced Matz as members of other teams.

The Mets bats draw Aaron Nola on Saturday, who is 8-7 over 18 starts and 112 1/3 innings with a 3.12 ERA, 3.12 FIP and 1.184 WHIP. He’s having the best year of his young career and pulled off the unusual FIP and ERA exact match. In his last nine starts, he has gone 5-2 over 61 1/3 innings with an ERA of 1.76. In April he allowed seven  hits and four walks over over five innings leading to four runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Nola:

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

NOTES:

Yoenis Céspedes hit his 150th career home run last night. Céspedes became the seventh Cuban-born player to reach the 150-homer plateau, joining Rafael Palmeiro (569), José Canseco (462), Tony Pérez (379), Tony Oliva (220), Minnie Minoso (186) and Kendrys Morales (183).

Michael Conforto hit his 25th home run last night. At age 24, he becomes the third player in team history to hit 25 or more homers in a season at age 24 or younger. David Wright did it three times (2005-2007) and Darryl Strawberry did it four times (1983-1986).

Dominic Smith made his major league debut last night and collected his first major league hit, a single in the fourth inning off Nick Pivetta. Smith ranked seventh in the PCL in batting average, first in doubles, first in hits, tied for seventh in RBI and tied for fourth in runs scored at the time he was promoted.

Amed Rosario cracked his first major league homer in the ninth inning last night snapping a 6-6 tie. At age 21, 264 days, Rosario became the youngest player in franchise history to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later since David Wright hit one at age 21 years, 243 days at Colorado on August 19, 2004. Only three other active players had their first MLB homer as a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later before their 22nd birthday: The Cubs’ Javier Baez (2014), the Reds’ Jay Bruce (2008) and the Marlins’ Miguel Cabrera (2003). Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

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!