New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies meet for game two of their series at Citi Field. The Phillies are -150 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.
The New York Mets will try to convince the public and their fans that they haven’t packed it in yet but this is a team in big trouble financially and cutting payroll, talent, and the players who are going to put them in the best position to compete is inevitable. On Friday Carlos Beltran increased his trade value by hitting a home run and scoring twice, David Murphy had two hits, and Lucas Duda had a hit as part of the five hits and two runs the Mets’ bats put together for the night. On the mound R.A. Dickey allowed six hits and four runs while striking out five over seven innings to take his eighth loss of the year. On Saturday New York starts Jon Niese who has won two of his last three starts and beat the Phillies earlier this season. For the year Niese has allowed 116 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 92 in 111.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue on with the best record in baseball and on Friday they got ahead of the Mets early and never let them back in. Raul Ibanez had two hits including a home run, John Mayberry Jr. had two hits and five RBI’s, Carlos Ruiz had two hits and scored twice and Dominic Brown scored twice as part of seven hits and seven runs for the Phillies offense. Starter Vance Worley allowed three hits and a run while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work and four Phillies pitchers took over from there with only Michael Stutes allowing two hits and a run. For Saturday’s game Philadelphia starts Cole Hamels who has been as good as anyone on the mound this season. For the year Hamels has allowed 99 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 121 in 132 innings fo work in what is his best season as a pro.
New York is 4-2 in their last six games against the NL East, 20-9 in their last 29 home games against a left handed starter. And 1-7 in Niese’s last eight home starts against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine game two of a series, 1-4 in their last five road games against a left handed starter, and 13-5 in Hamels’ last 18 starts. Philadelphia is 7-2 in the last nine meetings of these two.
While the Mets bats did nothing Friday and they face Hamels here, the Phillioes bats have had their share of issues as well and facing Niese won’t be easy. I just don’t see a lot of scoring here. I’m taking the under 7.