New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets meet on Wednesday for game three of their series in Philly. The Phillies are -200 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.
Times are getting desperate early this season for the Philadelphia Phillies as they lost again on Tuesday keeping them buried for last place in the N.L. East. On Tuesday Hunter Pence hit a two run home run and John Mayberry Jr. and Pete Orr each had two hits as the Phillies scored four runs on 10 hits in all. On the mound Joe Blanton allowed five hits and four earned runs while striking out seven over 6.2 innings and left with the lead but Chad Qualls blew the save and took the loss without retiring a batter. For Wednesday’s game Philadelphia looks to stop the bleeding as they start Cliff Lee who returns from the 15 day DL. For the season Lee has allowed 14 hits and five earned runs while striking out 18 over 23 innings for a 1.96 ERA.
The New York Mets continued their strong early season play on Tuesday as they came from behind to defeat the Phillies. Kirk Niewenhuis, David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Andres Torres each had two hits the Mets scored seven runs on nine hits for the night. Miguel Batista allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out just one over 5.1 innings to not factor in the decision as Manny Acosta got the win and Jon Rauch earned his first save of the year. For Wednesday’s game New York starts Dillon Gee who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Gee has allowed 35 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 29 over 32 innings of work for a 4.50 ERA.
Philadelphia is 6-15 in their last 21 home games, 7-4 in their last 11 games against a right handed starter, and 0-4 in Lee’s last four starts. New York is 4-0 in their last four games against the N.L. East, 1-4 in their last four road games against a left handed starter, and 13-5 in Gee’s last 18 road starts. New York is 7-2 in the last nine meetings of these two.
The Phillies are in desperate need of a win and while they are missing some bats they should be as bad as they have been and with Lee on the mound this is a solid opportunity to get the win they need.
Philadelphia Phillies -200 New York Mets