Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) and the New York Mets (65-63) meet Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (59-69) in the second of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 9-4, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and will air on CSPh and WPIX.
In his last start, Syndergaard pitched 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 2-0 victory over the Giants. Yoenis Cespedes (.294, 53 Rs, 25 HRs, 64 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Phillies were also victorious the last time Hellickson pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals. Odubel Herrera (.283, 67 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
New York is a considerable -230 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mets have a 46-38 record and overall money line at -1,291. They have SU record of 5-5 and are unbeaten as the favorite (2-0) over their last 10 games. Over their past 10 games, New York's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 5.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.8. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the New York pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 3.9 runs per game. The Mets are the best in the NL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.6 per game.
Switching gears, the Phillies come into this game with a win percentage of .427 when playing as the underdog (41-55) and an overall money line of +675. Against divisional opponents, they are 22-25 SU and 13-17 as the underdog. When it comes to scoring, the Phillies haven't performed as well against teams from the NL East. During those games, they averaged three runs per game, below their 3.8 runs per game season average. Philadelphia's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.8.
The Mets have mostly come out on top against the Phillies in their previous 10 games this season, earning a 6-4 record. This game will feature Hellickson (RHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 48-45 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Phillies will be the right-hander Syndergaard. They sport a 45-53 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets are an even 24-24 against the division, while the Phillies sit at 22-26.
The New York batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Philadelphia has a record of 8-31 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 14-55. The Mets have an 18-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 131 this season. New York ranks sixth with 169 home runs.
New York and Philadelphia both rank in the top half of the league in hits. New York sits at 14th with 8.06 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 .722, and Philadelphia ranks 29th with an OPS of .690.
The Phillies are 27-55 when they allow at least one home run. The Mets perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 29-46 record.