New York Mets vs Philadelphia Phillies: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes
How to Watch
Where: Citizens Bank, Philadelphia, PA
When: Wednesday, April 17th at 1:05 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): Mets TV/Radio: SNY, WCBS 880 AM. Phillies TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet, WIP 94.1 FM.
New York Mets
New York has been excellent on the road this season, going 8-3 through their first eleven games away from Citi Field.
The offense continues to shine brightly as the Mets have scored six or more runs in eight of their last nine games through Mondays win over Philadelphia.
The Mets are 8-1 to win the National League and are 16-1 to win the 2019 World Series.
Philadelphia has been as dominant offensively as predicted, but the pitching has undoubtedly been the Phillies’ Achilles heel early this season.
The Phillies have allowed three ten-run games in their last six contests through Mondays loss to the Mets.
The Phillies currently have 7-1 odds to win the National League and 14-1 odds to win the World Series in 2019.
New York Mets: Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.47 ERA)
Wheeler, one of the Mets breakout players last season, has been up and down over his first three starts in 2019.
The Mets right-hander was better in his last outing, giving up six hits over six innings with just two earned runs in a Mets win over Atlanta on the 12th of April.
- In his last start, Wheeler struck out eight batters in six innings.
- Wheeler has thrown over 95 pitches in each of his 2019 starts.
- Opposing hitters are batting .267 this season against the Mets starter
Phillies: Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.25 ERA)
In early returns, Arrieta has found some of the old magic that won him a Cy Young Award in 2015.
Through three starts, the Phillies right-hander has won two starts but only given up five earned runs in 20 innings.
- In his last start against Miami, Arrieta was dominant with eight strikeouts in seven innings.
- Arrieta has held opposing hitters to a .191 average in 2019.
- There may be some luck in Arrietas nice start as his xFIP is 5.39, opposed to his 2.25 ERA.
New York Mets
The Mets have become one of the most offensively potent teams in the National League.
In their last five road games, New York has scored six runs or more in four of the five away contests.
- Robinson Cano, the Mets 2B, has struggled against Arrieta, going 5 for 22 with no homers.
- Arrieta has not given up a homer to anyone on the Mets active roster.
- Rookie Jeff McNeil has three hits in six plate appearances against the Phillies starter.
Philadelphia features one of the most fearsome lineups in the MLB, scoring over six runs in half their games this season.
At home, the Phillies have hit a whopping 16 home runs in their first ten home games in 2019.
- OF Bryce Harper has struggled against Wheeler, going 5 for 26 with one homer.
- 2B Cesar Hernandez has been strong versus the Mets starter going 7 for 14 in his career.
- OF Andrew McCutchen is 2 for 5 against Wheeler with a homer and three RBI.
New York Mets
- SP Jacob deGrom has reportedly found a flaw in his mechanics after being roughed up in two straight starts.
- INF Jed Lowrie continues to rehab from his offseason knee surgery.
- 3B Todd Frazier is close to returning from his strained oblique muscle.
- Closer David Robertson has been placed on the 10-day IL with right elbow pain.
- RP Tommy Hunter is still rehabbing from strained flexor with no return date set.
- Speedy OF Roman Quinn is on the shelf with a strained oblique.
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