Mets vs. Phillies - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (69-84) at New York Mets (81-72)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
J Hellickson (12-9) (3.57) vs. Steven Matz (9-8) (3.54)
The Line: New York Mets -162 / Philadelphia Phillies +152 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets play game two of their series Friday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to keep playing spoiler after splitting their last 18 games. The Phillies have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Philadelphia Phillies offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 157 hits, Cesar Hernandez has 37 RBI and Maikel Franco has 23 home runs. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, and he’s 12-9 with a 3.57 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Hellickson is 2-3 with a 7.58 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
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The New York Mets also look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Mets have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The New York Mets offense has been hit or miss recently, but they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Asdrubal Cabrera leads New York with 137 hits, Yoenis Cespedes has 83 RBI and Curtis Granderson has 29 home runs. Gabriel Ynoa takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Ynoa’s first career game against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games and 11-4 in Hellicksons last 15 starts. The Mets are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. National League East. The Phillies are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in New York.
The Mets are playing decent ball down the stretch and seem to have a little magic in them, as they won Thursday in walkoff fashion and nearly got the job done Wednesday before Cespedes was robbed. The Phillies are enjoying their spoiler role, but the Mets won't be denied. They keep finding ways to win and are confident right now.