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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/20/13

New York Mets (68-84) at Philadelphia Phillies (71-81)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (R) (1-3) (6.120) vs. Cole Hamels (L) (8-13) (3.478)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -200 / New York Mets +190 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series with the New York Mets in a battle for third in the East.

The Mets enjoyed a dramatic rally to upend visiting San Francisco Wednesday but their luck didn't carry over to Thursday's 2-1 defeat. New York's offense and hitting can be up and down at times and the offense simply couldn't solve Madison Bumgarner. In the process a great performance from Jonathan Niese went for naught with both runs given up on seven hits and a pair of free passes covering seven innings of work. The offense totaled four hits and walked four times with Daniel Murphy smacking a run scoring single in the 4th that scored Josh Satin who walked. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the series opening call on the mound at Philadelphia on Friday. Matsuzaka struggled the first three times out but has sparkled the last two times with two runs plated over 12.2 innings.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 9/20/13

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As a Phillies fan I am not not as much concerned with the winning and losing at this point as I am with seeing what some of the younger players look like to get a feel for what next season might look like. I'm on the fence on a few but after Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Miami, one guy has made my do not play list. Ethan Martin came in just after the Phillies took a 3-1 lead and on cue gives up two runs but why was he in a close game in the first place? Cesar Jimenez gives up a homer in the 10th and the rest is history. The bats deserve some of the blame with eight hits and seven walks that saw Chase Utley smack a two run single. Left hander Cole Hamels draws the series opening pitching assignment versus the visiting Mets. Hamels has been Mr. Consistency with ten consecutive quality starts with a record of 4-1 in this span.

Who knows what we'll see from Matsuzaka who can be as predictable as the weather. The only thing I can hope for is Hamels continues to pitch well and gets some runs to work with and the bull pen doesn't screw up again...

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