Jacob deGrom (17-9, 2.58 ERA) and the New York Mets (1-1) go up against Jerad Eickhoff (3-3, 2.65 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (0-3) in the first of a three-game division series at Citi Field. Action gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and can be seen on CSPh, SNY and MLBN.
deGrom will take the hill after pitching 216.0 innings last year, wrapping up the season with a 17-9 record, 2.58 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 234 strikeouts. Neil Walker (.250 ) had a good game Tuesday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Eickhoff takes the hill on the other side. He pitched 51.0 innings last season, going 3-3 with a 2.65 ERA 1.04 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Ryan Howard (.333 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Mets -230 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking third in all of baseball with two steals. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play New York. The Mets are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 0.0 runs per game. The Mets are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.882 so far this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
New York earned its first shutout of the season in its last game. Philadelphia has not been shut out this season.
The Phillies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are heading in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
New York ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting one this season. Philadelphia ranks in the top 10 at seventh with five.
New York and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. New York sits at 23rd with 6.50 hits per game and Philadelphia ranks 22nd with 6.67.
Both New York and Philadelphia are tied at first for their on-base plus slugging percentage of .000.