Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.41 ERA) takes the hill for the New York Mets (18-10) as they square off against Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.14 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (10-19) in the first of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and can be seen on SNY and CSN-PHI.
Hamels is 8-14 with a 4.09 ERA in his appearances against the Mets, and goes up against a below-average New York offense which is batting just .236 this season. Odubel Herrera (.286, 11 Rs, 9 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Harvey is 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA against the Phillies in his career. He takes on a below-average Philadelphia offense that's batting just .227.
The odds for Philadelphia and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Philadelphia has a record of 8-14 SU.
The Mets are 15-8 against fellow NL East members. Offensively, the Mets have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.9 runs per game by averaging 2.7 during that stretch. New York is excellent at not striking out with just 6.9 per game, ranking second in the NL. New York's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 2.90 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Mets are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.11 for the season.
The Mets have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Phillies have a bad 7-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Harvey takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
The Mets hold a 15-8 record against the NL East Division this season, while the Phillies have an 8-14 record against the division.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mets have a 4-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Mets have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Mets have won their last two games while the Phillies have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 7-1. The Mets have a 9-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 82 this season. New York ranks 20th with 109 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 69 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 83.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 3-8. When the Mets hit at least one homer, they have a 10-3 record.