After watching Seth Lugo blow a late lead yesterday, the New York Mets (37-41) saw a golden opportunity to win a road series fall by the wayside. The Mets ended up losing to the Chicago Cubs 5-3, and matters got worse when Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas cursed out a reporter after the game. With the circus like atmosphere continuing to surround this team, the Mets will have their work cut out for them as they continue their road trip today with the first of four against the slumping Philadelphia Phillies (39-38). First pitch for the opener of this series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank Park.
The Mets will send lefty Steven Matz (5-5, 4.28 ERA) to the mound this evening. Matz struggled in his last start, giving up five runs in five innings to lose to the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday. The Phillies will counter with right hander Zach Eflin (6-7, 2.83 ERA). Eflin pitched well last Wednesday, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings against the Washington Nationals, but was stuck with a tough luck loss.
New York Mets Lineup:
- The Mets are 3-3 against the Phillies so far this season, but dropped two out of three in Philadelphia in mid-April.
- The Mets did win two out of three over the Phillies at Citi Field the last time these teams met.
- Matz is 1-1 with a 10.50 ERA in two starts against the Phillies this season.
- Eflin gave up four runs (three earned) in four innings against the Mets at Citi Field on April 23 to suffer a loss.
- Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, and Wilson Ramos are back in the Mets’ lineup today. McNeil will play right field and bat leadoff, Conforto will start in center field and bat cleanup, while Ramos catches and hits seventh.
- J.T. Realmuto (4 for 13, 2B, 2 RBI), Scott Kingery (4 for 8, 2 HR, 4 RBI) and Maikel Franco (3 for 8, HR, 3 RBI) have good numbers against Matz.
- Amed Rosario is 5 for 11 with three doubles and an RBI against Eflin.
- The Phillies enter today’s game on a seven game losing skid.