Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and the New York Mets (4-3) go up against David Buchanan (0-1, 18.00 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-4) in the second of a three-game division series at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 2-0 and New York leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and will air on CSN-PHI and SNY.
Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA, 38 strikeouts and eight walks against the Phillies in his career. David Wright (.321 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the Mets, Buchanan is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA, 10 strikeouts and four walks. Cody Asche (.444 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Phillies, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
New York is a heavy -226 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is six runs. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of 3.2 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Mets rank fifth in the NL in ERA with a 3.00 team average. The Mets are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.02.
On the other side, the Phillies have a record of 3-2 when they are the underdog and are +68 overall with the money line. The Phillies average just 0.0 strikeouts per road game, good for least in the NL. The Phillies are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an NL-low 0.00 ERA on the road this season. They also allow just 0.0 hits per road game, good for tops in the NL.
The only other game between the two teams went New York's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
This season, the Phillies hold an even 2-2 record against NL East teams. The Mets sit at 4-3 against these opponents.
Philadelphia recorded at least two errors for the third time this season.
In extra innings, the Phillies are 1-1.
The Phillies managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are heading in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 0-2. The Mets have a 1-3 record when opponents outhit them.
New York and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in home runs. New York sits at 25th with three home runs this season and Philadelphia ranks 28th with two.
Ranking 13th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.83 per game. Philadelphia ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 7.17.
New York and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. New York sits at 28th with an OPS of .566 and Philadelphia ranks 29th with an OPS of .554.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 2-2. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have a 2-3 record.