The New York Mets (71-68) are back home and in need of a miracle to get to the postseason. Despite going 4-2 on their last road trip, the Mets enter play today five games back of the Chicago Cubs for the final wild card spot in the National League. That means the Mets need as many wins as possible over their final 23 games, a stretch that begins tonight with a 10-game home stand. First up will be a weekend series with another wild card contender, the Philadelphia Phillies (72-67). First pitch for the opener of this three game set is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets will send left hander Steven Matz (9-8, 4.04 ERA) to the bump this evening. Matz was solid in his last start, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings to beat the Phillies last Saturday. Philadelphia will counter with righty Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.33 ERA). Eflin dominated the Mets on Sunday night, allowing a run in seven innings of work, but was left with a no-decision when the Phillies’ bullpen blew the lead in the eighth inning. The Phillies ended up winning the game 5-2.
New York Mets Lineup:
- The Mets are 6-10 against the Phillies so far this season, but did win two out of three when the teams last met in Philadelphia last weekend.
- The Mets are 3-3 against the Phillies at Citi Field in 2019, with Philadelphia winning two out of three in their last visit to Queens in early July.
- Matz is 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Phillies in 2019.
- Eflin is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season.
- Bryce Harper (9 for 24, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI), Cesar Hernandez (9 for 17, 2B, RBI), Scott Kingery (6 for 14, 2 HR, 4 RBI), Rhys Hoskins (3 HR in 18 at bats) and Jean Segura (5 for 10, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI) have fared well against Matz in the past.
- Pete Alonso (3 for 7, HR, RBI), Robinson Cano (3 for 8, HR, 2 RBI), Wilson Ramos (3 for 6, 2B, HR, RBI) and Todd Frazier (4 for 11, 2 HR, 5 RBI) have good numbers against Eflin.