Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36 ERA) and Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (64-63) and the Philadelphia Phillies (59-68) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on CSPh and SNY.
Colon pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 9-5 win over the Giants. Yoenis Cespedes (.291, 53 Rs, 25 HRs, 64 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Morgan went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing. Ryan Howard (.199, 29 Rs, 19 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday.
New York is a -172 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Mets have an overall money line of -1,446 and a record as the favorite of 46-38. New York is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 5-5 SU record in its last ten outings. The Mets have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.8 runs per game. 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 3.9 runs per game. The Mets are the top team in the NL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Philadelphia has a 41-55 record and an overall money line of +675. They are 13-17 as the underdog against fellow NL East members, and 22-25 SU. Offensively, the Phillies have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 3.8 runs per game by averaging 3.1 in those contests. The Phillies allow 4.8 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.2 runs per game during that span.
The Mets lead the season series, 5-4. The Mets have a 16-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Morgan takes the mound. Colon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 45-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets are 23-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Phillies are 22-25 against their division.
The Mets are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Phillies have a 0-10 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-54. The Mets have an 18-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 131 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 with 165.
New York and Philadelphia both rank in the top half of the league in hits. New York sits at 14th with 8.00 hits per game and Philadelphia ranks 12th with 8.13.
New York and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. New York sits at 22nd with an OPS of .719, and Philadelphia ranks 29th with an OPS of .691.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 27-54, well-matched with the Mets who are 29-46 when allowing at least one homer.