Jon Niese (0-0, 1.80 ERA) and the New York Mets (5-3) go up against Jerome Williams (0-0, 1.50 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) in the last of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 6-5 and New York leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and will air on TCN-PHI and SNY.
Niese is 8-6 with a 3.00 ERA, 103 strikeouts and 38 walks against the Phillies in his career. David Wright (.333 ) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one stolen base. In his career against the Mets, Williams is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and nine strikeouts. Cody Asche (.429 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
New York is a -165 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Mets are 1-1 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +148. The Mets typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.3 walks per game. New York's pitching staff can be considered one of the best in the NL. The Mets have a team ERA of 2.55, one of the lowest in their league. The Mets are fifth in the league in WHIP at 1.00.
Switching gears, the Phillies come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (3-3) and an overall money line of -32. Against divisional rivals, they are 2-2 SU and 2-2 as the underdog. The Phillies average just 5.0 strikeouts per road game, good for least in the NL. The Phillies are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 1.13 ERA on the road this season. They also average just 7.3 hits allowed per game, fifth-best in the NL.
So far this season, the Mets are 2-0 against the Phillies.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Under
The Mets hold a 5-3 record in matchups against NL East rivals, while the Phillies currently sit at 2-3 in these games.
Philadelphia has won 50% (2-2) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 80% (4-1) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Mets are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
It looks like the Mets have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Mets have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 3-1. The Mets have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 21 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 28.
Ranking 19th, Philadelphia is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 20 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 28.
When the Mets hit at least one home run, they are 2-1. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 1-2 record.