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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 04-17-2019 in MLB


The Philadelphia Phillies wasted little time exacting revenge after losing the opener in extra innings, as they set the tone the following day with a 10-run outburst in the first to even the series. The Phillies look to keep the scoreboard operator busy once again on Wednesday afternoon as they vie for a rare series win versus the visiting New York Mets.

Maikel Franco belted a two-run blast in the opener and added a three-run shot in the double-digit inning of Tuesday's 14-3 romp to give him a team-leading six homers. J.T. Realmuto ripped a pair of two-run doubles in the lopsided frame and joined Scott Kingery with a homer, three hits and five RBIs on Tuesday for Philadelphia, which bids for just its eighth series win against New York in its last 29 opportunities since 2012. Steven Matz surrendered eight runs without retiring a batter on Tuesday, adding yet another blemish to an ailing starting rotation that was supposed to be a strength for the Mets this season. Right-hander Zack Wheeler will look to answer the bell on Wednesday afternoon and reduce the rotation's collective 5.62 ERA and 1.42 WHIP.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SNY (New York), NBCS Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.47 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.25)

Wheeler answered a disastrous outing with a strong one on Friday, allowing two runs and striking out eight in six innings of a 6-2 win at Atlanta. The 28-year-old Georgia native boasts a 4-1 career mark with a 3.36 ERA against Philadelphia and a 3-0 record at Citizens Bank Park. Cesar Hernandez has brutalized Wheeler to the tune of going 7-for-14 at the plate, although the hurler has flustered Odubel Herrera (1-for-11, four strikeouts), Bryce Harper (5-for-26, 11 strikeouts) and Franco (1-for-7).



Arrieta overcame one bad inning in his previous start with seven strong ones on Friday, yielding one run on five hits while striking out eight to secure his 100th career win with a 9-1 romp over Miami. The 2015 National League Cy Young Award recipient kept the ball in the park versus the Marlins after being taken deep twice in the same frame in a 6-2 setback to Minnesota on April 6. Arrieta lost his lone decision in three starts versus the Mets last season despite permitting five runs and striking out 17 in 18 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. New York OF Jeff McNeil is 14-for-29 during his seven-game hitting streak and has reached base in all 14 of his starts.

2. Philadelphia OF Andrew McCutchen is 9-for-22 with six runs scored during his five-game hitting streak.

3. Mets 2B Robinson Cano has three doubles and as many RBIs during his four-game hitting streak.

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Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Capacity: 46,528

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • J.T. Realmuto

    Groin
    Out Mon | out

    Realmuto is dealing with a groin injury and will not return Monday against the Nationals.

  • Jay Bruce

    Hamstring
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Bruce sat out the previous game with tightness in his left hamstring, and it is unknowon if he will be available for Monday's contest versus the Nationals.

  • Jerad Eickhoff

    Bicep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Eickhoff is on the 10-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right bicep. A timetable for his recovery has yet to be established.

  • Roman Quinn

    Groin
    Prob Mon | probable

    Quinn has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a Grade 2 right groin strain. He will likely be in the lineup for Monday's tilt against the Nationals.

  • Adam Morgan

    Forearm
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Morgan has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left forearm strain and is likely to be idle until at least the latter part of June.

  • J.T. Realmuto

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Realmuto is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Braves as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Pat Neshek

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Neshak has landed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. It is unknown if he will return to the lineup Sunday against the Braves.

  • Tommy Hunter

    Forearm
    Late June | 60-day IL

    Hunter is sidelined with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined until the second half of June.

New York Mets

  • Justin Wilson

    Elbow
    Ques Mon | 10-day IL

    Wilson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow soreness, and it has yet to be determined if he will come off the IL in time for Monday's game versus the Braves.

  • Noah Syndergaard

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Syndergaard has been designed to the 10-day injured list with a low-grade right hamstring strain, and a timetable for return has yet to be announced.

  • Jason Vargas

    Calf
    Prob Fri | probable

    Vargas left his last appearance with a cramp in his left calf, but is expected to be able to make his next start Friday against the Cubs.

  • Brandon Nimmo

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Nimmo is dealing with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and the effects of whiplash. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list, and it is unclear when he will be cleared to play.

  • Jed Lowrie

    Knee
    Mid July | 60-day IL

    Lowrie has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a capsule sprain in his left knee. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain during his rehabilitation and is not expected to return until at least the middle of July.

  • Wilson Ramos

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ramos is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cardinals as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Robinson Cano

    Quadricep
    Prob Sun | 10-day IL

    Cano has landed on the 10-day injured list after re-injuring his left quadriceps. He is expected to return to action Sunday versus the Cardinals.

  • Robert Gsellman

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gsellman is dealing with tightness in his back, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

philadelphia-phillies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ranger Suarez 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Scott Kingery 39 30 122 21 42 13 1 8 21 81 2 33 1 .344 .664 .385
J.T. Realmuto 66 61 242 44 67 13 0 10 36 110 3 59 1 .277 .455 .331
Jean Segura 61 61 247 42 68 16 3 6 27 108 4 30 1 .275 .437 .328
Rhys Hoskins 70 70 251 38 68 14 2 15 49 131 1 74 2 .271 .522 .395
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hector Neris 30 0 91 41 2 20 3 0 10 0 0 1 10 513
Jose Alvarez 29 1 76 19 1 29 4 1 14 0 0 0 9 426
Seranthony Dominguez 27 0 74 29 1 24 3 0 13 0 0 1 12 464
Juan Nicasio 25 0 87 26 2 32 2 3 16 0 0 2 12 478
Adam Morgan 24 0 55 18 3 8 2 1 4 0 0 1 5 257
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 66 61 0 23 22 3 0 5
Andrew Knapp 32 11 0 7 1 1 0 2
Drew Butera 7 5 0 2 0 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
Andrew McCutchen 59 59 0 0 0 2 2 0

new-york-mets Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Chris Flexen 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Dominic Smith 58 16 89 22 31 7 0 4 10 50 0 20 0 .348 .562 .442
Drew Gagnon 13 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
Jeff McNeil 57 51 210 26 70 15 1 3 20 96 0 27 4 .333 .457 .404
Zack Wheeler 13 13 30 4 9 2 0 1 3 14 0 10 0 .300 .467 .300
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Robert Gsellman 31 0 116 37 1 42 3 2 24 0 0 2 14 652
Edwin Diaz 30 0 86 45 1 31 5 2 12 0 0 5 8 508
Jeurys Familia 28 0 82 28 3 29 5 3 22 0 0 3 19 461
Seth Lugo 26 0 103 46 3 25 3 2 13 0 0 2 9 585
Noah Syndergaard 15 15 285 93 4 91 11 0 52 0 0 15 24 1506
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Wilson Ramos 64 50 0 54 8 4 0 6
Tomas Nido 19 16 0 5 0 2 0 1
Travis d'Arnaud 1 5 0 4 2 1 0 1
Adeiny Hechavarria 30 18 0 0 0 4 0 0
Amed Rosario 68 66 0 0 0 11 0 0