New York Mets vs P. Phillies by Sors
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Syndergaard posted a 4.86 ERA over his first three starts in August, but threw eight solid innings last Sunday, limiting the Giants to just 2 hits of a 2-0 win at AT&T Park, with six strikeouts.
The right-hander pitched well in most of his previous thirteen home starts this season, as he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of those thirteen outings and lasted at least six innings in nine of them (5-4 with a 2.63 ERA).
In addition to that, the 23-year-old pitcher is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in three career starts versus Philadelphia, allowing 1 run on 5 hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings in the last of them, a 5-2 win at Citizens Bank Park on April 18.
Syndergaard has received three or fewer runs of support in six of his last eight starts, but now he can count on bigger support from his teammates, given the fact that the Mets have scored seven or more runs in four of their last six games (5-1), with a .285 batting average, 38 runs and 11 HR over that span.
Maikel Franco has 2 hits in 6 at-bats off Syndergaard, Ryan Howard is 2-for-7, with a homer, 2 RBI and two walks against him, but Peter Bourjos, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Cameron Rupp are a combined 5-for-33, though Freddy Galvis has a two-run home run in the matchup.
The Philadelphia Phillies will send Jeremy Hellickson (10-7 with a 3.60 ERA) to the mound for the second game of the series.
The 29-year-old right-hander is coming off three straight quality starts, surrendering 16 hits and 6 runs over 18 2/3 innings of a 5-4 win at San Diego on Aug. 5, at Dodger Stadium five days later (6-2) and in a 4-2 home win against the Cardinals last Saturday.
Hellickson is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA in seven starts after the All-Star break, but his last start in this period was against the Mets, on July 15, when he gave up 7 hits and 4 runs (including two homers) in six innings of a 3-5 loss at Citizens Bank Park.
It’s not a big surprise actually, given the fact that the right-hander went 2-2 with a 7.01 ERA in five career starts versus New York.
Neil Walker is hitting .462 (6-for-13), with a double, home run and 5 RBI against him, Yoenis Cespedes is 5-for-12, with 2 HR, 3 RBI and a walk, James Loney is 2-for-5, with a double and an RBI, Jose Reyes is 8-for-24, with a double, a homer, 4 RBI and a walk, Asdrubal Cabrera is 5-for-15, with a double, an RBI and a walk, while Alejandro De Aza is 4-for-16, with three doubles and an RBI in their matchups.
I think that the New York Mets will manage to win the middle game of this series with more than one run difference.
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