Game-two of a three-game set between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will take place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 7:05 pm EST. This article was written before the start of game-one, scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:05 pm EST.
With the playoffs approaching, the Phillies have picked a horrible time to drop seven of their last ten games. Nonetheless, if the playoffs were to begin today, Philadelphia will be the seventh-seed in the National League and will likely match up with the second-seeded Cubs in the opening round. However, if the Phillies are to keep their playoff hopes alive, their offense must begin the string together some hits at the plate. Versus the Miami Marlins in their most recent four-game set, the Phillies posted just five runs.
Home run leader J.T. Realmuto (11 homers, 267 BA) had five hits in their series versus the Marlins on fifteen at bats with just one home run while Andrew Knapp (.333 BA) had just one hit during the four-game set. To make matters worse, Realmuto along with Rhys Hoskins (.245 BA) are each questionable for this contest with elbow along with hip flexor injuries.
The Mets are fourth-place within the NL East and are on the outside looking in as it relates to the playoffs. The team has also struggled down the stretch in dropping four of their last six games, including a three-game road interleague set versus the Toronto Blue Jays in their most recent. The offense for the Mets began the series on a high at the plate in accumulating a total of eighteen runs for an 18-1 win in the opener; However, they posted just six runs in games two and three while its pitching gave up an average of five runs to Toronto en route to the series loss.
The team continues to get big performances from .300 or better hitters like Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto as well as Brandon Nimmo (.258, 6 HR's, 12 RBI's); However, the remaining players have not been able to remain consistent at the plate, thus preventing the team from stringing together hits to get runners across the plate.
The team may indeed come out of their dismal stretch at the plate as they will face Aaron Nola of the Phillies in game-two. The Mets will bring their ace (Jacob DeGrom) to the mound for his contest as the team seeks to win their sixth game in his last eight starts.
Nola atones for awful performance versus MetsAaron Nola (5-3, 2.40 ERA) went seven innings while allowing just three hits in addition to recording ten strikeouts versus the Miami Marlins in game-two of an eight-game road set to tie the series 1-1. Important to note that the win was Nola's third win in his last four starts while the Phillies have won in five of his last seven starts, overall. However, it is equally important to point out that Nola's most recent win came immediately after he was tagged by the Mets for three earned runs on eight hits in addition to surrendering two homers in a 14-1 defeat in game-three of a road, four-game series that resulted in a tie versus the Mets in early September.
Nola has had his fair share of struggles when facing the Mets' lineup. In fact, Jeff McNeil (.286 on 21 AB, HR, 3 RBI's), Dominic Smith (250 BA on 24 AB, HR, 3 RBI's), along with Pete Alonso (.235 BA on 17 AB, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's) have really had success against the right-hander lifetime. Important to note that Smith (.306 BA) went 4-5 with 3 RBI's versus Nola earlier this month while McNeil and Alonso were a combined 4-8 with four RBI's in the contest. Furthermore, Michael Conforto has three doubles, a home run along with four RBI's versus Nola.
DeGrom seeks his second straight winDeGrom (4-1, 1.67 ERA) has been as dominant as ever in allowing just three runs in his last three starts. Furthermore, the right-hander will enter this contest with tons of confidence after going seven innings versus the Phillies in his most recent start on September 6th when he gave up just one earned run (a homer) on three hits in seven innings of work in the team's home blowout victory. Important to note that DeGrom has been an picture of endurance on the mound in going at least six innings or more in six of his last seven starts.
DeGrom, aside from allowing a .306 batting average to Bryce Harper (2 HR's, 2 RBI's) lifetime, has had success versus the lineup for the Phillies lifetime. In fact, Philadelphia is batting just .117 as a team versus the Florida native with Didi Gregorious, Scott Kingery, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Seguar, along with J.T. Realmuto all each batting less than .200 versus DeGrom.
Important to note that DeGrom has won two straight road games while surrendering just two earned runs on nine hits while pitching six innings in each contest. Also, the Mets are 6-2 in his last eight starts, including 2-0 in his last two road performances.
Stats & Trends
- Mets are 6-2 in DeGrom's last 8 starts
- Mets are 2-0 in DeGroms's last 2 road starts
- Phillies are 2-7 in last 9 games
- Phillies are 4-8 in last 12 games versus NL East
- Phillies are 0-5 in Nolas last 5 starts as an underdog.
It is a fact that the Phillies have had much success versus the Mets this season in winning six of eight, overall. However, with DeGrom in the lineup, the Philadelphia lineup has struggled in every way, as was apparent in the team's blowout loss just over a week ago. Nola did not perform well at all versus the Mets during their most recent series and was tagged by their big hitters in just over five innings of pitching. And while the veteran will be a bit more effective in this contest, the fact is that the Phillies will struggle yet again at the plate in attempting to figure out DeGrom.
Again, the Phillies are fighting for their playoff lives at this point in the year; However, the team has not show any signs of life in over ten days as they have dropped ten of fourteen, overall. In all, look for the Mets to get the win straight up in this Wednesday night contest.