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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

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After the New York Mets poured in ninth-inning runs Thursday, the skies opened in Philadelphia, giving them 48 extra hours to celebrate one of their most improbable victories in franchise history.

Both Friday and Saturday games against the host Philadelphia Phillies were rained out, with one of the games rescheduled for Sunday as part of a single-admission doubleheader (starting at 12:35 p.m. ET). The other game will be made up Aug. 20 as part of a split-admission doubleheader.

The Mets won 8-7 in spectacular fashion on Thursday after scoring seven runs in the ninth inning. Over the past 25 seasons, they had trailed by at least six runs entering the ninth 330 times without a successful rally.

"I'm an optimist and I just keep going until they blow the whistle," said Brandon Nimmo, who tied the game at 7 with a two-run single. "When it's my turn, I give everything I got. It seems every guy on this team has the same mentality."

Francisco Lindor said that the Mets simply refused to give up.

"I don't think it was shock, I think it was just happiness," Lindor said. "It's like, 'Yes, we're doing it!' We all believed it, but it's just like, 'It's happening, it's happening.' You don't have too many nights like that."

The Mets are expected to send Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt to the mound for Sunday's two games.

Scherzer (4-0, 2.61 ERA) is 16-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 27 career starts against the Phillies. In Scherzer's most recent outing against the Phillies last Sunday, he gave up five hits and four runs in six innings, yet he and the Mets still won the game, 10-6.

He's won 15 consecutive decisions, and that marked the 18th consecutive time he has taken the ball for a regular-season game (with three different teams) and his team has won, dating back to July 8 last season when he was with the Nationals.

Bassitt (3-2, 2.61 ERA) has never faced the Phillies.

The Phillies will attempt to erase the memory of Thursday's maddening loss, which extended their current losing streak to four games. Philadelphia lost on the road to the Mets last Sunday and were swept in a two-game series by the Texas Rangers.

"You gotta bounce back," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. "This is as tough as it gets. You're going to have these during the course of the year. And you've got to find a way to turn it around."

After rallying to reach .500, the four consecutive losses have dropped the Phillies to 11-15.

"There's a lot of fight in that room," Girardi said. "They'll come out fighting."

There's no time to pout in a 162-game regular season ... unless perhaps you get a couple of rainouts to let it stew a bit.

"It sucks," Kyle Schwarber said after the loss. "But what are you going to do? It's over with. Move on tomorrow. You want to win a game, right? You always want to win a game every single day. Like, when we got no-hit, it's just a loss. Tonight's a loss. You've got to move onto the next day."

The Phillies are expected to send Kyle Gibson and Zach Eflin to the mound.

Gibson (2-1, 2.93 ERA) is 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. Eflin (1-2, 4.50 ERA) holds a 3-5 record with a 5.03 ERA in 14 career starts against the Mets.

Nick Castellanos is likely to play in at least one of the games after being hit by Adonis Medina on the hand in the sixth inning Thursday.

"X-ray's were clean," Castellanos said. "I just wanted to see a clean X-ray. It's the wrist I broke last year, so I'm not a stranger to getting hit in the hand area."

Didi Gregorius, however, was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a sprained left knee; Bryson Stott was recalled.

--Field Level Media

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Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Bryce Harper hit a home run and drove in two runs to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Harper, Jean Segura, Alec Bohm and Kyle Schwarber each had two hits each for the Phillies, who snapped a four-game losing streak as the teams played for the first time since Thursday after consecutive rain postponements.

The Phillies' victory came three days after they blew a 7-1 lead in the ninth inning and fell 8-7 to the Mets.

Phillies starter Kyle Gibson (3-1) tossed six innings and allowed two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save in six opportunities.

Francisco Lindor produced an RBI double, while Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo had two hits apiece for the Mets.

Mets starter Max Scherzer (4-1) gave up three runs on 10 hits over six innings. Scherzer, who had a 15-game winning streak halted, struck out seven and walked none. Scherzer's streak started in June of last season when he was a member of the Washington Nationals and carried over into his two-month stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Phillies went ahead 1-0 when Harper lined a solo homer to right field with two outs in the first inning.

Harper added an RBI single in the third for a 2-0 advantage.

Philadelphia's Bryson Stott snapped an 0-for-19 slide and connected for an RBI single with two outs in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.

The Mets had two hits through the first five innings, singles from Marte and Nimmo.

The Mets placed runners on first and third with no outs in the sixth and closed within 3-1 when James McCann grounded into a 5-4-3 double play. After a Nimmo single, Lindor lofted an RBI double off the wall in right to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Seranthony Dominguez walked the first two Mets batters in the seventh and then struck out the side.

In the ninth, Alonso struck out, Escobar popped out to shortstop and Smith struck out to end the game against Knebel.

--Field Level Media

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