8/16/20 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

8/16/20 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

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8/16/20 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

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This weekend certainly hasn’t been good for the New York Mets (9-13), who continue to play the part of an inconsistent baseball team in 2020. After winning two in a row to salvage a split against the Washington Nationals, the Mets have responded by dropping the first two games of their weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies (7-9). Steven Matz was better for part of yesterday’s game before a meltdown in the fifth inning put the game out of reach, forcing the Mets to try and salvage the final game of the series this afternoon. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Aug 15, 2020; New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith (2) hits a single during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will send right-hander Rick Porcello (1-2, 5.68 ERA) to the mound today. Porcello pitched well in his last start, allowing two runs in six innings against the Nationals last Tuesday, but was stuck with a tough-luck loss when his teammates couldn’t come up with enough run support against Max Scherzer. The Phillies will counter with former Met Zack Wheeler (2-0, 2.89 ERA), who is set to make his first start against his old team. Wheeler gave up three runs in 5.2 innings against the Baltimore Orioles last Tuesday but did not factor into the decision. Philadelphia would go on to lose the game in extra innings.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WCBS

New York Mets Lineup:

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Porcello is 3-2 with a 4.37 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies.
  • After getting the night off yesterday, Wilson Ramos is back in the Mets’ lineup. Ramos will catch and bat seventh.
  • Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario will get the day off today. Dominic Smith will start at first base and bat cleanup while Andres Gimenez starts at shortstop while hitting sixth.
  • Smith has homered in four straight games and is one game away from tying Richard Hidalgo’s club record for most consecutive games with a home run.
  • Rhys Hoskins (3 for 8, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI) and Jean Segura (4 for 13, HR, RBI) have fared well against Porcello in the past.
  • Ramos is 4 for 15 with a double and 4 RBI’s against Wheeler.

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