Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets meet for game one of their series in Philadelphia. The Phillies are -230 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
While the Philadelphia Phillies have been going through the motions for a while now since they‘ve turned the N.L. East into a runaway, they will have little trouble finding motivation when it comes to playing their rivals, the New York Mets. The Phillies are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 44-20 at home this season, and lead the National League East by six and a half games. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .253 led by Shane Victorino at .314, Hunter Pence at .307, and Chase Utley at .278. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.08 with the starters at 2.95 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one against the Mets Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who has won his last four starts. For the season Lee has allowed 156 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 184 in 179 innings of work.
The New York Mets have the look of a tired team as they have fought the good fight but their best fighting days look to be behind them. The Mets have lost three in a row, are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 35-31 on the road this season, and 21.5 games back in the N.L. East standings. As a team New York is hitting .266 led by Jose Reyes at .336, Daniel Murphy at .320, and Ronny Paulino at .293. As a team the Mets pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.17 with the starters at 4.10 and the bullpen at 4.34. For game one in Philly New York starts Jon Niese who has lost his last two starts. For the season Niese has allowed 168 hits and 69 earned runs while striking out 132 in 153.1 innings of work.
Philadelphia is 44-18 in their last 52 games overall, 57-24 in their last 81 home games, and 8-2 in Lee’s last 10 home starts. New York is 3-7 in their last 10 road games against a left handed starter, 1-6 in their last seven against the N.L. East, and 5-2 in Niese’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. New York is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings of these two teams.
These are two teams headed in opposite directions and the Phillies should make easy work of the visitors. Take the Phillies minus the 230.
Philadelphia Phillies -230 New York Mets