MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM (Welcome Home!)

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The Mets are back in Flushing and open a three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at 7:10 PM. Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03) will oppose A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86) in a battle of righthanders who could be pitching for new teams by Thursday night.

Colon had a perfect game for the first 6.2 innings and earned the victory in the Mets’ 3-2 win at Seattle in his last start on July 23. Matt Harvey was the last Mets pitcher to take a perfect game 6.2 innings when he did so against the White Sox at Citi Field on May 7, 2013.

Jacob deGrom became the first rookie in team history to win four consecutive games in one season while pitching more than six innings and allowing no more than one run in each game. Since 1982, the only other pitchers with four-game streaks of that kind for any major league team in their rookie season are Roy Oswalt (2001 Astros), Jered Weaver (2006 Angels) and Matt Cain (2006 Giants).

Daniel Murphy registered his third straight multi-hit game on Sunday and is second in the NL with 125 hits, one behind the Giants’ Hunter Pence. He is also tied for fifth in the NL with 28 doubles and is tied for sixth with 34 multi-hit games.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, rf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Lucas Duda, 1b
  5. Chris Young, lf
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, c
  7. Juan Lagares, cf
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Bartolo Colon, rhp

The Mets are coming home to and they are bring Philly with them. Fresh off a 10 game road trip that saw the Mets go 5-5, including 4-3 against playoff contenders, the Mets look to keep roll going in Queens. Tonight should also be a heavily scouted game as AJ Burnett and Bartolo Colon, both starters, have been in trade rumors for the last week or so.

Bartolo Colon is 9-8 on the season over 1340 innings with a 4.03 ERA over 20 games. His last start was way better than the stat line of 7.1 innings of 2 ER suggests. He retired 20 batters straight to start the game and it was the bullpen that allowed the runners to score. He has made one start against the Phillies this year where he allowed 2 ER on 6 hits over 7.0 innings while striking out 5. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Rollins 5-15, 2B, HR
  • Brignac 5-12
  • Sizemore 1-8
  • Byrd 0-4
  • Howard 2-4, 2 HR
  • Ruiz 0-5

A.J. Burnett is on the bump for the Phils. On the season he is 6-9 over 144.2 innings and 22 starts with a 3.86 ERA. He is coming off one of his strongest starts of the season where he shut the Giants out for 8 innings while allowing 4 hits, 4 walks and striking out 6. He made one start against the Mets this year where he allowed 5 ER and 11 K’s over 7 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Burnett:

  • Abreu 25-78, 10 2B, 2 HR
  • Wright 3-24, 3B
  • Granderson 3-16, 2 2B, HR
  • Murphy 2-12
  • Tejada 1-6
  • Lagares 1-4
  • E Young 2-3
  • Duda 1-2, 2B

Lets 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!