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

Monday, September 17, 2018 • 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park • Philadelphia, P.A.
RHP Zack Wheeler (11-7, 3.23) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (10-9, 3.66)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

The Mets dropped their last two games in Boston by slim margins. Yesterday, the Mets burned another deGrom start, at least this time deGrom wasn’t saddled with the loss. The Mets will head down I-95 past home and all the way to Philly.

Mets Lineup

  1. Amed Rosario SS
  2. Jeff McNeil 2B
  3. Michael Conforto LF
  4. Todd Frazier 3B
  5. Brandon Nimmo RF
  6. Dominic Smith 1B
  7. Austin Jackson CF
  8. Tomas Nido C
  9. Zack Wheeler RHP

Phillies Lineup

  1. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  2. Rhys Hoskins LF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera 3B
  4. Wilson Ramos C
  5. Carlos Santana 1B
  6. Nick Williams RF
  7. Odubel Herrera CF
  8. J.P. Crawford SS
  9. Jake Arrieta RHP

Wheeler is 11-7 over 28 games and 175.1 innings with a 3.23 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 1.135 WHIP and 114 ERA+. His last start was spectacular against the Marlins where he shut them out over eight innings, allowing only four hits and nothing else. In his last nine games he has pitched 61.0 innings with a 1.18 ERA. One of his last poor starts was against the Phillies where he allowed three runs from seven hits in 4.2 innings (July 14th). The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Ramos 3-for-12, 2B
  • Cabrera 1-for-10, BB
  • Hernandez 7-for-11
  • Herrera 1-for-9, HR
  • Bour 1-for-7, 2 BB
  • Fanco 1-for-7, HR, 2 BB
  • Santana 1-for-1, 4 BB

The Mets bats draw Jake Arrieta who is 10-9 over 28 games and 159.2 innings with a 3.66 ERA, 4.22 FIP, 1.240 WHIP and 115 ERA+. In his last four starts he has allowed fifteen runs off 21 hits in 21.1 innings leading to a 6.33 ERA. His last good start was against the Mets where he allowed one run over six innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Frazier 6-for-20, 2B, 2 HR, 7 K
  • Flores 4-for-19, 2B
  • Bruce 3-for-16, 2B, BB, 8 K
  • Conforto 1-for-9, 2 BB
  • Jackson 4-for-9
  • Reyes 3-for-7, 2B
  • Nimmo 1-for-5


The Mets are 10-5 this month, tied for the best winning percentage (.667) in the NL with Colorado and tied for the fourth-best in the majors.

The Mets have won 21 of their last 27 series vs. the Phillies, and are 43-20 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012.

Wheeler is 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA in ten starts since the All-Star break. No pitcher has more second-half wins than Wheeler’s eight victories and his 1.32 ERA is the second-lowest in the majors since the break.

Nimmo is fourth in the NL with a .396 OBP, ninth with a .892 OPS, tied for third with eight triples and is tied for first in the majors with 21 HBP.

Conforto has 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 45 career games vs. Philadelphia, his highest totals vs. any opponent.

Let’s Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs