Bartolo Colon (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the New York Mets (2-1) go up against Vince Velasquez (1-1, 4.37 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (0-4) in the second of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 7-2, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and will air on CSPh, WPIX and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Colon pitched 1.1 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out one in a 4-3 loss to the Royals. Michael Conforto (.444 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and three RBIs. Velasquez takes the hill on the other side. He pitched 55.2 innings last season, going 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA 1.28 WHIP, and zero strikeouts. Maikel Franco (.300 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game are the Mets -175 and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7.5 Un -120. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking third in the NL with an average of 5.0 walks per game. Transitioning to the New York defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Mets, who allow an NL-low 0.0 runs per game. The Mets don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 0.885 WHIP.
The Phillies are known for their bats, hitting a league-leading zero extra base hits.
The only other game between the two teams went New York's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
Philadelphia has lost all of its games (0-2) when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won all of its games (1-0) when taking a late lead.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When outhit, both the Mets and the Phillies have records of 0-1.
Both New York and Philadelphia are tied at 24th in runs, each scoring 12 this season.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching seven this season. New York ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 15.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 1-0. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 0-3 record.