In the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (11-20) and the New York Mets (11-20) at Citizens Bank Park, Chad Billingsley (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (5-1, 2.90 ERA) get the start. The Mets won the last game 3-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and will air on SNY and CSN-PHI.
Billingsley has a 1.77 ERA and a 2-0 record in his career against the Mets, and is up against a less-than-stellar New York offense that's hitting just .234 on the year. Freddy Galvis (.347, 10 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Colon is making the start in place of the injured Dillon Gee. He gets a struggling Philadelphia offense that's batting just .227. Juan Lagares (.286, 14 Rs, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Philadelphia is a +110 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Phillies perform poorly as an underdog with a 10-17 record and have an overall money line of -535. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (3-7). The Phillies don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Citizens Bank Park, ranking fourth in the NL with only 7.9 hits allowed per home game.
Across the field, the Mets have a nice record of 13-3 when they are favored and are +756 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 15-9 SU and have played well as the favorite with an 11-3 record. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.4 runs per game, below their 3.8 season average. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the New York batters, who rank fourth in the NL with 7.0 strikeouts per game. The Mets are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 2.92 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.11 on the year, good for second in the league.
The Mets are 4-1 against the Phillies this season. This game will feature Gee (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have an 8-17 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Billingsley will take the mound against the Mets. They've have a 15-8 record against righty starters this season, but are just 3-6 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Under
The Mets hold a 16-9 record against the NL East Division this season, while the Phillies have a 9-15 record against the division.
Philadelphia has won 44% (8-10) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 79% (11-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The New York batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Philadelphia has a record of 3-18 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 8-1. The Mets have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Philadelphia and New York both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Philadelphia sits at 29th with 87 runs this season and New York ranks 23rd with 113.
Ranking 23rd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 74 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 88.
The Phillies are 4-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Mets are 11-3 when they hit at least one homer.