Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
The Philadelphia Phillies go for the road sweep on Sunday of their rivals, the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York. The Phillies are -140 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total of 7.5.
For the second night in a row the New York Mets were very much in position to win and beat the Phillies but for the second night in a row they were unable to close the deal and instead took the loss. Jose Reyes had two hits and scored twice and Justin Turner and Jason Bay each drove in runs as the Mets managed seven hits and two runs on the night. Mike Pelfrey continued his string comeback season as he allowed four hits and two earned runs while striking out six over 7.2 innings as he didn’t figure in the decision as it was Mike O’Connor who was charged with the game deciding run without retiring a batter to take the blown save and the loss while Jason Isringhausen, Tim Byrdak, and Dale Thayer all saw action but none of them did anything to help the Mets stay within striking distance. For Sunday’s game New York starts Jon Niese who lost last time out after winning two in a row. For the season Niese has allowed 65 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 44 over 60.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies came from behind on Saturday as they kept it close and then took advantage of their opportunities. Chase Utley and Dominic Brown had two hits each, Ryan Howard drove in two runs, and Jimmy Rollins had a hit and scored in the Phillies eight hit five run offensive effort. Cole Hamels continued to look sharp this season as he allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 over seven innings to get his seventh win of the season while Ryan Madson pitched the ninth inning to capture his 11th save of the year. For Sunday’s series finale Philadelphia start Vance Worley who hasn’t lost a start his year. For the season Worley has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs while striking out 18 in 21 innings of work.
New York is 7-16 in their last 23 home games against a right handed starter, 1-6 in their last seven games overall, and 0-5 in Niese’s last five home starts against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 7-1 in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 37-16 in their last 53 road games, and 39-19 in their last 58 game three of a series. Philadelphia is 6-1 in the last seven meetings of these two.
I’m not looking for much scoring here in what should be a fast moving game. Take the under 7.5 runs here.