5/1/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
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After the Mets lost on a two run strikeout on Friday night, they will renew acquaintances with the Phillies for a 6:10 start in a game which, after Jose Alvarado tried to pick a fight with Dominic Smith, is highly anticipated. But if the Mets don’t start hitting, there’s going to be a new reason to cry “May Day.”

How to Enjoy

Tonight’s game is a 6:05 PM start, and it will be on SNY in New York. This is important information because I mistakenly thought that Firday’s game was on SNY to start, and I actually watched about 30 seconds of Prospects before realizing the game was on PIX. Tonight, there are no such fears of accidentally having to watch that nonsense. You can put on SNY freely. (And you can also catch the game on WCBS 880 and WQBU 92.7. In Philadelphia you can catch it on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, and 94 WIP along with WTTM 1680 on the radio.)

The Pitchers

Taijuan Walker bounced back nicely in his last start: Seven innings of shutout ball against the Nationals, only giving up three hits and three walks. His previous start against the Phillies was a 4-3 Mets victory, but Walker only went four and 1/3 giving up a run on three hits and three walks. Walker has 23 strikeouts in 21 innings so far this season with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP to go along with a 1-1 record.

5/1/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
Apr 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler gave up 10 hits in six and 1/3 against the Mets at Citi Field earlier this season and took the loss. He’s 1-1 with a 3.71 lifetime ERA against the Mets, and is 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP with 35 K’s in 31 and 2/3’s innings this season.

The Lineups

For the good guys:

This is the exact same starting eight as last night, in the same order in the lineup.

For Philadelphia:

Didi Gregorius returns from injury and bats cleanup, while JT Realmuto and Bryce Harper remain on the bench. Nick Matom slides from short to second.

Game Notes

  • Jonathan Villar is a lifetime 3-for-8 against Jose Alvarado, while Francisco Lindor has two hits in five at-bats against Alvarado in his career.
  • J.D. Davis is 4-for-9 with a home run lifetime against Zack Wheeler.
  • Gregorius is 3-for-9 against Walker with an RBI.
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