New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Saturday at Citi Field for game two of their series. The Phillies are -117 favorites over the Mets with an over/under run total set at 7.
The New York Mets have played some decent baseball in spots this season but there was no evidence of that on Friday as they were bombed by the Phillies. David Wright had two hits including a home run, Marlon Byrd homered, and Ike Davis and John Buck each had two hits as the Mets scored eight runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner had nothing as he allowed 10 hits and eight runs, all earned, while striking out three and lasting just two innings to take the loss and fall to 4-7 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Mets start Zack Wheeler who has won his last two starts. For the season Wheeler has allowed 24 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 21 over 28 innings for a 3-1 record and a 3.54 ERA.
The Philadelphia Phillies came out of the break swinging as they buried the Mets early and never looked back. Michael Young, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown all had home runs as the Phillies scored 13 runs on 15 hits. Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was in cruise control as he allowed nine hits and six runs while striking out seven over 5.2 innings to get the win and go to 9-6 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Phillies start Cole Hamels who has won his last two decisions. For the season Hamels has allowed 124 hits and 58 runs while striking out 118 over 129 innings for a 4-11 record and a 4.05 ERA.
New York is 10-24 in their last 34 home games, 15-36 in their last 51 games as a home underdog, and 7-21 in their last 28 home games against a team with a losing road record. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine games overall, 4-0 in their last four games against a right-handed starter, and 2-5 in Hamels last seven road starts. Philadelphia has won seven in a row at Citi Field.
The Mets were crushed on Friday but look for them to bounce back here as they seem to get to Hamels often.
New York Mets +107 Philadelphia Phillies