Philadelphia Phillies (50-39) at New York Mets (36-52)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 11, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Mets -155 / Philadelphia Phillies +145 --- Over/Under: 7
The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets square off in the final of their four game set from Citi Field in MLB action on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to win the series after taking game three on Tuesday by a final score of 7-3. Maikel Franco led the Phils by going 2 for 4 with a three run home run and four RBIs. Nick Williams went 3 for 5 with two RBIs while Odubel Herrera added an RBI as well to cap off Philadelphia’s offense in the winning effort. Rhys Hoskins went 2 for 5 and Scott Kingery added a double while Jorge Alfaro and Trevor Plouffe each contributed a base hit as well in the victory. Enyel De Los Santos got the win in his major league debut, giving up all three runs on five hits while striking out six over 6.1 innings of work. Vince Velasquez will start game four and is 5-7 with a 4.70 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his career, Velasquez is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA and 30 strikeouts against the Mets.
The New York Mets will be looking to salvage a sweep after dropping game three on Tuesday. Amed Rosario led the Mets by going 3 for 4 with a pair of triples and an RBI, while starting pitcher Drew Gagnon and Michael Conforto each added an RBI to cap off the Mets’ scoring in the loss. Wilmer Flores added a double while Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith each chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort. Gagnon took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings of work. Jacob deGrom will start game four and is 5-4 with a 1.79 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. In his career, deGrom is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 2-6 in Velasquez’s last 8 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups. New York is 0-8 in deGrom’s last 8 division starts and 9-25 in their last 34 home games while the under is 13-4 in their last 17 home games against a right-handed starter. New York is 10-2 in deGrom’s last 12 starts against Philadelphia and 5-1 in his last 6 starts at home against Philadelphia.
I’ve come to accept that whether I like it or not, the Mets are going to be favorites and probably sizeable ones with deGrom on the mound as long as he is on the team. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be quick to jump on a struggling Mets team. After all, deGrom has struggled against the rest of the division this season, and we are getting some decent plus money with the team in far better form in Philadelphia, who have re-taken top spot in the NL East standings. Sure, the head-to-head pitching trends favor the Mets, but I think the Phillies form as a team trumps that as Philadelphia deals the Mets another blow, winning the series in the process.