Lineup: Galvis SS/Hernandez 2B/Herrera CF/Howard 1B/Blanco 3B/Hunter RF/Rupp C/Burriss LF/Eickhoff P
Notes for today:
In eight big league starts last season, the 25-year-old Eickhoff posted a 3-3 record with a 2.65 ERA. In three starts against the Mets, Eickhoff had a 1-2 record along with a 2.70 ERA. He was part of the return last summer from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels.
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco will miss a start after being hit in the elbow by a pitch on Thursday. Franco is 3-for-10 (.300 avg) on the young season.
Catcher Cameron Rupp is 4-for-14 (.286 avg) with no extra-base hits in five career games at Citi Field. The 27-year-old is 1-for-1 with a homer against deGrom.
Switch-hitting shortstop Freddy Galvis is 5-for-8 (.625 avg) when facing deGrom. Galvis is a .222 hitter in 14 games at Citi Field.
The 27-year-old deGrom has a 1.99 ERA in 15 career starts at Citi Field. In three career outings against the Phils, deGrom sports a 4.41 ERA.
Mets cleanup hitter Lucas Duda batted .326 with six home runs and 12 RBI in 11 games against the Phillies last season.
New York center fielder Yoenis Cespedes has a .282 batting average with five homers and 10 RBI in nine career games against the Phillies.
Your Gameday Beer: A little late, but that’s okay – catch up on this cold New York afternoon with Sixpoint Resin, one of my absolute favorite beers. At 9.1% ABV it hits hard, but boy is it worth it – bitter hops and a citrus bite; immensely refreshing and cool. It’s perfect for April – or really any time. Sixpoint is in Brooklyn; check it out some time. And go Phils – beat these Mets!