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

Saturday, September 30, 2017 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Seth Lugo (7-5, 4.72) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 3.60)
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New York had its three-game winning streak snapped last night. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games. New York is 32-47 on the road this season.

The Mets have won 18 of their last 21 series vs. the Phillies. New York is 37-18 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign. New York has out-homered the Phillies, 101-43 since the start of the 2015 season.

METS LINEUP

  1. Norichika Aoki – RF
  2. Jose Reyes – 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B
  4. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  5. Kevin Plawecki – C
  6. Dominic Smith – 1B
  7. Amed Rosario – SS
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Seth Lugo – P

PHILLIES LINEUP

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. J.P. Crawford – SS
  3. Aaron Altherr – LF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. Nick Williams – RF
  6. Odubel Herrera – CF
  7. Maikel Franco – 3B
  8. Jorge Alfaro – C
  9. Henderson Alvarez – P

Seth Lugo is 7-5 over 18 starts in 97.1 innings with a 4.72 ERA, 3.92 FIP and 1.366 WHIP. In his last two starts he has allowed only one run over 11.0 innings with six hits, a walk and 10 strikeouts. His last start against the Phillies was in Philadelphia in mid-August where he allowed five runs over 5.1 innings with eight hits and four walks. The Phillies have the following numbers against Lugo:

  • Hernandez 2-for-4, 3B, 3 BB
  • Franco 1-for-5
  • Galvis 0-for-5
  • Herrera 1-for-4, 2B
  • Alfaro 1-for-3
  • Hoskins 0-for-3
  • Joseph 2-for-3, 2B
  • Altherr 0-for-1

The Mets bats will take a crack at Henderson Alvarez who is 0-1 in two starts and 10.0 innings this year with a 3.60 ERA, 6.05 FIP and 1.400 WHIP. Alvarez was with the Blue Jays and Marlins organizations over his career and made his debut with the Blue Jays in 2011. He got a full season with the Marlins 2014 (All-Star) and has had a tough road since including playing in the minors all of 2016 with Oakland. In the minors this season he was 2-0 over three starts and 19.0 innings with a 2.84 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers with him as he tries to come back:

  • d’Arnaud 4-for-15, BB
  • Lagares 2-for-9, 2 2B
  • Aoki 2-for-6
  • Cabrera 2-for-5

NOTES:

Jose Reyes has 21 career homers vs. the Phillies, his most vs. any club and his 73 career RBI vs. Philadelphia are also the most. He has 10 homers at Citizens Bank Park, his most in any visiting ballpark.

Dominic Smith has six home runs and 18 RBI this month. His six homers are tied for the eighth-most in the NL this month and his 18 RBI are tied for 14th in the NL. Among rookies he ranks fourth in the majors in homers this month and tied for third in RBI. Smith has homered in back-to-back for the second time in his career (also: Sept. 13-14). He has nine homers in 160 at-bats in the majors.

Amed Rosario is hitting .286 (16-for-56) with eight runs scored this month (16 games). Rosario is hitting .275 (28-for-102) with two doubles, two triples, home runs, five RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 28 games dating to Aug. 18.

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!