Jerome Williams (4-9, 6.10 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (50-75) go up against Noah Syndergaard (7-6, 3.17 ERA) and the New York Mets (68-56) in the second of a four-game division series at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won the last game 16-7 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and will air on CSPh and SNY.
In his last start, Williams pitched 1.2 innings, allowing eight runs, striking out one and walking four in a 9-7 loss to the Marlins. The Mets were unsuccessful the last time Syndergaard pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles. Yoenis Cespedes (.296, 77 Rs, 24 HRs, 79 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Mets, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The Over/Under (O/U) for this game is eight runs and Philadelphia is a considerable +185 underdog. The Phillies are 45-67 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -313. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 21-27 and an 18-25 record when they were the underdog. Whenever an NL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Phillies pitch better. They allow an average of 4.9 runs per game, but allow just 4.0 against teams from their own division.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Mets come into this game with a solid win percentage of .729 when playing as the favorite (51-19) and an overall money line of +961. Against teams in their division, they are 30-17 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 25-9 record. New York has been playing better lately, averaging 6.3 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.9. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the third-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.33. They have a WHIP of 1.17, best in the MLB.
The Mets had the upper hand against the Phillies in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 9-1 record. This game will feature Syndergaard (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have a 38-58 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Williams will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 53-44 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets sit at 31-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 21-28.
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 28-20, while Philadelphia is 25-37.
The Mets are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 16 runs. The Phillies have a 0-2 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 30-12. The Mets have a 49-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 472 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 496.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 286 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 345.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 32-34. When the Mets hit at least one homer, they have a 44-23 record.