9/5/20 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

9/5/20 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets


9/5/20 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets


This weekend is critical for the New York Mets (17-22) so they have to be discouraged by their slow start. The Philadelphia Phillies (19-15) picked up their fifth straight win by topping the Mets 5-3. The two teams are set to continue their Labor Day weekend series tonight, with first pitch for today’s game scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Sep 4, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (2) waves to the dugout after hitting an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will send right-hander Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.12 ERA) to the mound tonight. Lugo lasted just 3.2 innings in his last start on Sunday, allowing a run as he was stretched out to 60 pitches in a game the Mets went on to lose in extra innings. The Phillies will counter with rookie righty Spencer Howard (1-1, 5.40 ERA). Howard picked up his first big league win on Monday, allowing two runs in five innings to beat the Washington Nationals at home.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WCBS

New York Mets Lineup:

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Lugo has made two relief appearances against the Phillies this season, going 0-1 and allowing one run in 1.1 innings of work.
  • Howard faced the Mets in Philadelphia on August 14, giving up four runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings of work.
  • Pete Alonso will get the day off today. J.D. Davis will move back to DH and bat third while Todd Frazier starts at third base and hits sixth.
  • Wilson Ramos will get the night off. Robinson Chirinos will catch and bat ninth.
  • Amed Rosario is out of the lineup for the second straight game. Andres Gimenez will start again at shortstop and hit eighth.
  • Robinson Cano and Dominic Smith each stroked two-run homers against Howard on August 14.
  • Jean Segura (4 for 9, 2B, 2 RBI) and Bryce Harper (5 for 16, 2B, 2 RBI) have good numbers against Lugo.

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