2018 Gameday

Phillies look to build momentum against the Mets



new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image-300x300.jpgFollowing a split against the top team in baseball, the Phillies continue their homestand with a five-game series against the Mets. The Phils sit two games behind the Braves in the NL East, so an extended series against a struggling team could pay big dividends. Nonetheless, Kap’s team will have its hands full as they will face the Mets’ two aces back-to-back.

In Thursday’s doubleheader we will see Ranger Suarez in Game 1 and Zach Eflin in Game 2. This will be Suarez’s first appearance since his debut against the Reds on July 26. Friday and Saturday should provide some entertaining baseball with two solid pitching duels:  Aaron Nola vs. Noah Syndergaard then Jake Arrieta vs. Jacob deGrom. On Sunday, the Phillies and Mets will travel to Williamsport, PA for the Little League Classic with Nick Pivetta facing off against Jason Vargas.

This series has the potential to make or break the Phillies season. They are coming off arguably their biggest win of the season and seek to build on that momentum heading into the stretch run. With the team now looking up at the Braves, the underdog story needs an important chapter here.  Stealing a win against deGrom will be tough but the other four games are all certainly winnable.

Winnable, but not easy.  The Mets have won 19 of the last 25 series against the Phillies.  They are also 43-22 versus the Fightins since the start of the 2015 (5-3 this year) and have dominated at Citizens Bank Park – 41-18 since 2012.  Still, the Phillies have the third best record at home in the majors this season and that advantage could prove useful this week.

Be sure to check the schedule below, games are being played at unusual times and only one is on NBC Sports Philadelphia!

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1: Ranger Suarez (1-0, 7.20 ERA, 7.76 FIP) vs. Corey Oswalt (1-2, 5.03 ERA, 5.06 FIP)
Game 2: Zach Eflin (8-4, 3.57 ERA, 3.82 FIP) vs. Steven Matz (5-9, 4.35 ERA, 4.74 FIP)
Game 3: Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28 ERA, 2.81 FIP) vs. Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 3.22 ERA, 2.66 FIP)
Game 4: Jake Arrieta (9-7, 3.33 ERA, 3.94 FIP) vs. Jacob deGrom (7-7, 1.81 ERA, 2.13 FIP)
Game 5: Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.37 ERA, 3.49 FIP) vs. Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.10 ERA, 6.14 FIP)

Where to Watch/Listen:

Game 1 – Thursday, 4:05
TV: Facebook Live
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 2 – Thursday, 7:35
TV: MLB Network
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 3 – Friday, 6:05
TV: MLB Network
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 4 – Saturday, 4:05
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 5 – Little League Classic – Sunday, 8:08
TV: ESPN
Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Series Notes:

  • Maikel Franco is batting .316 over his last 16 games.
  • Rhys Hoskins is batting .267 against the Mets this season.
  • Aaron Nola is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts against the Mets this year.
  • Noah Syndergaard is 5-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last seven starts.
  • The Mets rank last in the MLB in team batting average at .232.
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  1. Ken Bland

    August 19, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Shame the Phils couldn’t find a way to beat Jacob deGrom yesterday. At the start of the homestand, even though they win there so much more, the competition led to an estimate of playing a game over .500 would be decent. They have a shot at that tonight in Williamsport, and that would involve a net gain in the standings. That gain, achieved at home, or not fits in with one thing for sure. The Phils need to at least tread water in the standings because this club doesn’t have the likelihood of a long win streak in it. What’s long? 7, 8ish?

    But back to deGrom, here’s some trivia about this year he’s having.

    Point one…I get that wins by a pitcher are so far down the conscious these days, but at 8 wins, the next SEVENTEEN lowest ERAs all have more wins than Jacob. That extends through 3.33. Shows how ridiculous the Mets offense has been when he pitches. In 2010, when Felix Hernandez won the CY with a 13-12 record, 17 pitchers won more games than Felix. But the ERA dominance over the league leaders is more in deGrom’s favor than it was Felix.

    Point two…how easy is it to be sympathetic to deGrom for his exceptional peripherals and only 8 wins? Would you believe barely? Why? Simply because deGrom has gained a world of attention because of the extent of that plight, and could well reap the financial benefits when his time comes. Back in the day, tremendous peripherals in place, do you think Jacob would be quite as highly thought of with 8 wins? Possibly, but doubtful. I don’t know whether the time frame for that is 30, 60, or 90 years ago, but he’s getting MOUNDS of deserved attention.

    It’s really a tribute to Aaron Nola’s year that he’s in the company of deGrom and Scherzer for the award. Mid year guesses over at SI included one scribe guessing the most likely pitcher to decrease in performance the rest of the way was Aaron Nola who paraphrasingly was assessed as a good pitcher, but not the 2.00 ERA he was carrying at the time. Kinda like saying Wilt’s 78 point game sucked compared to his 100 effort.

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