Bartolo Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA) and the New York Mets (72-58) meet Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (52-79) in the first of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31 and will air on CSPh and SNY.
In his most recent outing, Colon pitched 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out two in a 3-1 loss to the Red Sox. Lucas Duda (.247, 57 Rs, 21 HRs, 56 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Phillies were unsuccessful the last time Eickhoff pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 9-4 loss to the Mets.
New York is a heavy -210 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is set at seven runs. The Mets have a winning record of 56-21 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,076. They are 7-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. New York has averaged 8.3 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.1. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of 3.1 walks per game. New York's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Mets have a team ERA of 3.36, one of the lowest in their league. The Mets lead the league in WHIP at 1.17.
Moving on to the away team, the Phillies come into this game with a weak win percentage of .395 when playing as the underdog (47-72) and an overall money line of -552. Against divisional rivals, they are 21-31 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with an 18-29 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.9 runs per game, above their 3.8 season average. Philadelphia's pitching staff tends to perform well when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 4.5 runs per game against teams from the NL East, lower than their season average of 5.1.
The Mets had the upper hand against the Phillies in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 12-1 record. This game will feature Eickhoff (RHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 56-45 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Colon will take the mound against the Phillies, who have a 40-62 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets sit at 34-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 21-31.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 9-28 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 17-61. The Mets have a 14-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 103 this season. New York ranks in the top half at 13th with 132.
Ranking 13th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.29 per game. Philadelphia ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.68.
New York and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. New York sits at 24th with an OPS of .700 and Philadelphia ranks 26th with an OPS of .692.
The Phillies are 24-58 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mets are 34-42 when they allow at least one homer.