MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Phillies, 7:10 PM

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Ben Lively (2-5, 4.22) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (14-8, 3.43)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

After losing the first three games in September to the Astros, the Mets took a step back in the right direction yesterday afternoon against the Phillies. New York jumped out to a 10-0 lead but as the game went on the Phillies started to chip away at the deficit. Eventually, AJ Ramos shut the door and the Mets won 11-7. Highlight of the game: Lagares making a catch running through pigeons who made their home in the outfield.


  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Norichika Aoki – RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B
  4. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  5. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Dominic Smith – 1B
  8. Gavin Cecchini – 2B
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP


  1. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  2. Freddy Galvis – SS
  3. Odubel Herrera – CF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. Nick Williams – RF
  6. Hyun Soo Kim – LF
  7. J.P. Crawford – 3B
  8. Jorge Alfaro – C
  9. Ben Lively – RHP

Jacob deGrom will start tonight. He is 14-8 over 27 starts and 178 2/3 innings with a 3.43 ERA, 3.55 FIP and 1.170 WHIP. He was just average in his last start, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings against the Reds. He is 2-0 against the Phillies this year over three games holding them to three runs across 19 2/3 innings with only 13 hits and three walks (1.37 ERA). The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Galvis 6-for-22, 5 K
  • Hernandez 2-for-13, 3 BB
  • Franco 3-for-15, 2B
  • Rupp 1-for-10, HR, 2 BB
  • Williams 2-for-6
  • Blanco 1-for-5
  • Hoskins 0-for-2
  • Kelly 1-for-2

The Mets draw rookie Ben Lively who is 2-5 over 10 games and 59 2/3 innings with a 4.22 ERA, 4.89 FIP and 1.374 WHIP.  After a terrible start on Aug. 26 where he allowed six runs over five innings on five hits and two walks (and four homers), Lively bounced back in his last start allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk over six innings. He faced the Mets back on June 30 where he allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings from five hits and four walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Cabrera 1-for-3
  • d’Arnaud 1-for-3
  • Flores 0-for-3, K
  • Reyes 1-for-2, 3B, BB
  • deGrom 0-for-1, BB


Jacob deGrom has a career high-tying 14 wins. Also won 14 games in 2015. In the last 10 years (2008-2017) the only pitchers in team history to win 15 or more games are Bartolo Colón (15 in 2016, 15 in 2014), R.A. Dickey (20 in 2012), Mike Pelfrey (15 in 2010) and Johan Santana (16 in 2008). DeGrom is tied for sixth in the majors in wins. He also leads all major league pitchers with 14 hits this season.

Jose Reyes has hit in 10 straight games, going 16-36 (.444) with a .556 OBP, four doubles and three RBI dating to Aug. 13. It is the longest hitting streak for Reyes since hitting in 11 games from June 2-14, 2015. Reyes has also scored at least one run in a career high 10 straight games when he’s had at least one at-bat (15 runs total during that span).

Brandon Nimmo tied his career-high with three hits yesterday. He has 12 walks in last 13 games and has a .446 on base percentage during that span. Nimmo has reached base safely in his last nine games dating to Aug. 27 and is batting .313 (10-for-32) with six RBI during that span.

Noah Syndergaard will start Thursday for Brooklyn (A) vs. the Staten Island Yankees. Threw 1.0 inning (18 pitches) on Saturday for the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets vs. the Astros. Syndergaard has been on the DL since May 1 with a partial tear of the right lat muscle.

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!