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

Friday, September 29, 2017 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, PA
RHP Matt Harvey (5-6, 6.60) vs. RHP Ben Lively (3-7, 4.35)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

The Mets start their last series of 2017 in Philly tonight as they look to close out the season with a few more wins and try to at least get into the 70’s in the win column. On Wednesday the Mets had a solid night as Gsellman through a strong 6.0 innings and the Mets bats were able to string together hits to score runs including a homer by Dominic Smith.

Mets Lineup 

  1. Nori Aoki – RF
  2. Jose Reyes – 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B
  4. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  5. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  6. Amed Rosario – SS
  7. Dominic Smith – 1B
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Freddy Galvis – SS
  3. Nick Williams – RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. Aaron Altherr – LF
  6. Odubel Herrera – CF
  7. Maikel Franco – 3B
  8. Jorge Alfaro – C
  9. Ben Lively – RHP

Matt Harvey looks to close out the season on a strong note. He is 5-6 on the season over 18 starts and 17 games in 88.2 innings of work with a 6.60 ERA, 6.34 FIP and 1.658 WHIP. His last time out wasn’t technically a start as Syndergaard pitched the first inning. In that outing Harvey tossed 4.0 innings allowing 4 hits and 3 runs with 2 walks. He looked good in his first two innings but things fell apart afterward. Those 3 runs were the difference maker as they tied the game and then the Mets lost it in the 10th. I was at his only other start against Philly this year which was his second start of the season where he allowed 2 runs from 5 hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Herrera 3-15, HR
  • Galvis 3-11, BB
  • Hernandez 4-9, BB
  • Franco 2-6
  • Rupp 1-5
  • Blanco 2-3

The Mets bats will get a look at rookie Ben Lively who is 3-7 over 14 games and 82.2 innings with a 4.35 ERA, 4.81 FIP and 1.306 WHIP. He is coming off his worst start of the season against Atlanta were he allowed 6 runs from 8 hits and 2 walks in 5.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he allowed 3 runs over 13.1 innings allowing 9 hits and 7 walks while striking out 6. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Reyes 1-6, 3B, BB
  • Cabrera 2-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-6, 2B
  • Aoki 1-2, 2B
  • Cecchini 0-3
  • Lagares 1-2, 2B, BB
  • Nimmo 0-2, BB

Notes –

Matt Harvey has walked four or more batters six times this season. Entering the 2017 season, Harvey walked four or more batters in four starts in total.

The Mets have won 18 of their last 21 series vs. the Phillies. New York is 37-17 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign. New York has out-homered the Phillies, 99-40 since the start of the 2015 season.

Over his last 32 games dating to August 13, Reyes is hitting .333 (39-117) with seven doubles, one triple, fi ve home runs, 18 RBI and 27 runs scored.

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!