Bartolo Colon (6-3, 4.85 ERA) and Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 7.11 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (24-21) and the Philadelphia Phillies (19-27) at Citi Field. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on CSN-PHI and SNY.
Colon is 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts against the Phillies. Wilmer Flores (.252, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Gonzalez went 5.0 innings, surrendering one run in a 4-2 win over the Rockies in his last outing. Ryan Howard (.268, 16 Rs, 10 HRs, 23 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Phillies, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York is a -163 favorite against Philadelphia and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mets have recorded an overall money line of +425 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 19-4. New York is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. New York is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.3 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Mets, who have a team ERA of only 3.23. The Mets are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.16 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Philadelphia has a 17-24 record and an overall money line of -310. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 9-16 record against NL East foes, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, the Phillies have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.2 runs per game by averaging 4.6 during that stretch. The Phillies allow 4.3 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.1 runs per game during that span.
The Mets have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Mets have a 20-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Colon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Phillies, who have a 15-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets hold a 17-9 record against the NL East Division this season, while the Phillies have a 10-18 record against the division.
The Mets are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Phillies are 1-1 in such matchups.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mets have a 12-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 14-3. The Mets have a 15-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 146 this season. New York ranks 26th with 162 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 109 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 124.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 15-7. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 9-11 record.