Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.90 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (50-76) and the New York Mets (69-56) at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won the last game 6-5, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on CSPh and SNY.
Eickhoff pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 7-1 win over the Marlins. Colon went 3.2 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out one and walking two in a 14-9 defeat to the Rockies in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.295, 78 Rs, 25 HRs, 81 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York takes on Philadelphia as a -176 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -413 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 45-68. Philadelphia has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 18-26 and 21-28 as the underdog and SU respectively. Philadelphia's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 4.3 against fellow NL East members, compared to its 5.0 season average.
Over in the other dugout, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +1,061 and an impressive record of 52-19 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 26-9 record against NL East foes, and a 31-17 record SU. Offensively, the Mets have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 7.6 during that stretch. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.35 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.17 for the season.
The Mets have controlled the season series, 10-1. The Phillies have a 38-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colon takes the mound. Eickhoff (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 53-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets hold a 32-17 record in matchups against NL East Division rivals, while the Phillies currently sit at 21-29 in these games.
Philadelphia has won 40% (25-37) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 58% (28-20) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Mets need to step it up. The Phillies have a record of 23-13 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 16-58. The Mets have a 14-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 99 this season. New York ranks 12th with 128 home runs.
Ranking 14th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.23 per game. Philadelphia ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.72.
Philadelphia and New York both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Philadelphia sits at 26th with an OPS of .692 and New York ranks 25th with an OPS of .697.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 32-40. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 23-55 record.