New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
After splitting their first two games of their series, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies meet for game three on Wednesday. The Phillies are -145 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The New York Mets lost game one of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies but bounced back for the win in game two on Tuesday. Scott hairston hot a two run pinch hit home run, David Wright had a hit, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a hit as the Mets scored six runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jason Hefner hit a home run and he allowed six hits and three runs while striking out four over six innings for his first win while Frank Francisco earned his 14th save of the year. For Wednesday’s game New York starts Dillon Gee who has won his last two starts. For the season Gee has allowed 62 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 52 over 56.2 innings of work for a 4.92 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies are playing better baseball than they did earlier this season but they need wins in the worst way and look to take this series. On Tuesday Brian Schneider hit a home run and Palcido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins had two hits each as the Phillies scored three runs on eight hits in all. On the mound Joe Blanton allowed nine hits and six earned runs while striking out four over five innings of work to take his fifth loss of the year. For Wednesday’s game Philadelphia starts Cliff Lee who is still looking for his first win of the season. For the year Lee has allowed 41 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 47 over 51 innings of work for a 2.82 ERA.
New York is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the N.L. east, 1-5 in their last six games against a left handed starter, and 1-4 in Gee’s last four home starts. Philadelphia is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 2-6 in their last eight games against the N.L. East, and 2-6 in Lee’s last eight starts. Philadelphia is 3-9 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set to the low side but I still have it coming in under the number and that will be my play.