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New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Game 2 - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Mets (50-67) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-53)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Corey Oswalt (1-2) (5.03) vs. Eflin

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

TV: WPIX, NSPA

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies meet Thursday in game two of a MLB doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

The New York Mets look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Mets have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The New York Mets have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Nimmo leads the Mets with 90 hits and 39 RBI while Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto have combined for 177 hits and 75 RBI. Corey Oswalt gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Oswalt’s second career game against the Phillies.

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New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Game 2 - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 120 hits and 62 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco have combined for 217 hits and 97 RBI. Zach Eflin gets the ball, and he is 8-4 with a 3.57 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season. Eflin is 0-2 with a 4.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.

The Mets are 17-35 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series, 3-7 in their last 10 vs. National League East and 1-4 in Oswalts last 5 starts. The Phillies are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League East, 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games and 42-20 in their last 62 home games. The Mets are 42-18 in the last 60 meetings in Philadelphia, 60-28 in the last 88 meetings and the under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

It's always tough to pick game two of a doubleheader without knowing the result of the first game, but the Phillies have shown signs of life offensively and the Mets have done little this season to suggest this recent run will continue much longer. Oswalt has been hit extremely hard in the few innings he's thrown in his big league career, and that's not something you want to see against a Phillies offense that's swinging a hot bat. On the road this season, Oswalt has an ERA of 6.75. Yikes. Give me the Philadelphia Phillies to stay hot.

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