New York Mets (70-80) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-73)
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 18, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -205 / New York Mets +190 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies meet Tuesday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.
The New York Mets look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Mets have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The New York Mets have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Amed Rosario leads the Mets with 130 hits and 49 RBI while Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo have combined for 228 hits and 122 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 6-9 with a 6.47 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies could use a victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Phillies have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Philadelphia Phillies have split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 143 hits and 54 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 260 hits and 156 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he is 16-5 with a 2.42 ERA and 201 strikeouts this season. Nola is 6-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. National League East, 12-29 in their last 41 during game 2 of a series and 10-29 in their last 39 Tuesday games. The Phillies are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series, 20-6 in Nolas last 26 home starts and 19-7 in Nolas last 26 starts. The Mets are 45-20 in the last 65 meetings in Philadelphia, 65-31 in the last 96 meetings and the Phillies are 4-0 in Nolas last 4 starts vs. Mets.
The Philadelphia Phillies look like a team that's run out of gas after a shocking start to the season and looking like a playoff contender. While the struggles lately have been real, Nola is a pitcher who is still allowing a .199 batting average on the season and has been nothing but money at home. Against the Mets in 129 at bats, Nola is allowing a .163 batting average with 43 strikeouts. I'll take the Phillies and the RL with their ace on the hill.