The Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) and New York Mets (44-37) will continue a National League East series on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 ET
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
Philadelphia continues to see its season slipping away in dropping its sixth consecutive game, scoring just 18 runs over that span offensively. The Phillies find themselves 10 games under .500 for the first time since July 22, 2002, going 8-21 over their last 29 contests. “We haven’t been getting blown out, but we did tonight,” commented Phillies manager Charlie Manuel about the club’s 11-1 setback on Tuesday. Philadelphia is 8-19 in day games this year, with the “over” going 14-11 in that situation.
Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13 ERA) has watched the club drop his last five efforts, including a 6-2 road loss to the Miami Marlins last time out, giving up six runs and 10 hits over 4.2 frames. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in seven road outings, with opponents hitting .293 against him. In six career games versus the Mets, Lee has compiled a 2-1 record and 2.25 ERA, including an 0-1 mark and 4.26 ERA in three games this season.
New York is swinging a hot bat over its last six contests, hitting .305 with eight home runs and plating 48 runners in that span. “It just seems like with each win we gain confidence,” stated Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright. Second baseman Daniel Murphy exemplifies that statement, batting .481 with three home runs and 13 RBIs since June 26. New York si 9-4 at home when the total is 8 to 8.5, with the “over” going 7-6 in that situation.
Mets starting pitcher Chris Young (2-1, 3.30 ERA) has pitched well in his first five starts of the year, picking up a 3-2 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, giving up two runs and six hits over 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two home outings, serving up a single home run in 13 combined frames. In seven career starts versus the Phillies, Young has tallied a winning 3-2 record and 3.35 ERA, which includes a 7-1 win on April 5 of last year.
Bettors will likely back the Mets due to their 21-12 record in day games, while the Phillies are 3-9 in Lee’s last 12 outings as a favorite.