New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia
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The Philadelphia Phillies have not had much success against the New York Mets this season.

But with another win on Sunday, the host Phillies would salvage a split of a key four-game series.

The teams split a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with the Mets winning 8-2 in the opener and the Phillies rallying for a 4-1 victory in the nightcap.

The Phillies are 5-13 against the Mets this season.

"We're vying for a playoff spot," Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. "We have to settle down, relax and know we're a good club."

The Phillies are looking for their first playoff appearance since 2011, when they won 102 games but were eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional round.

Philadelphia won the nightcap Saturday despite not recording a home run for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Alec Bohm had a double and two RBIs, Rhys Hoskins added two hits and an RBI, and J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI single. Jean Segura and Kyle Schwarber had two hits each.

Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper (broken left thumb) could be back by Sept. 1.

On Sunday, the Phillies will hand the ball to right-hander Kyle Gibson (8-5, 4.30 ERA). In his last start against the Cincinnati Reds, he tossed six innings and allowed six hits and three runs to go with 11 strikeouts and no walks.

"I feel pretty good. I had a couple of rough starts in the middle of the season," Gibson said after the outing.

The Mets will aim for a series victory when they send rookie right-hander Jose Butto to the mound for his major league debut.

Butto will get the nod since Taijuan Walker was scratched with a bulging disc in his lower back. Walker had been struggling with back spasms but could return in the next few days.

Butto, a highly rated prospect who recently was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, has added a slider, giving him a four-pitch arsenal.

"Every start, every routine in the bullpen, I try to be better, better, better," Butto said last week. "I feel really good now that I've got a new pitch."

After scoring 15 runs in the first two games against the Phillies, the Mets were limited to one run and three hits on Saturday night. They were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position with seven left on base.

"We had a good first game," Mets manager Buck Showalter said. "We had a couple of opportunities and didn't cash in. They have some good guys down in the bullpen. We knew it was going to be a challenge."

Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte and Pete Alonso combined to go 0-for-8, and Brett Baty committed a tough fielding error. Baty also went 0-for-4 and had his average dip to .176.

But Showalter remains confident in his young player.

"He's going to be good. We're lucky to have him," Showalter said. "It's part of the process. Every guy out there has had those moments. Quite frankly, some really good players."

--Field Level Media

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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Recap AUG 21TH 2022

Mark Canha hit two home runs, including the go-ahead two-run shot in the ninth inning off David Robertson, to rally the New York Mets past the host Philadelphia Phillies 10-9 on Sunday.

Canha had three hits and drove in five runs for the Mets, who won three of four in the series. It was Canha's third career multi-homer game. Brandon Nimmo added a solo homer in the ninth.

Jeff McNeil added three hits, Starling Marte had three hits and an RBI, Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and an RBI and Francisco Lindor contributed two hits.

Mets starter Jose Butto tossed four innings and gave up nine hits and seven runs in his major league debut. Butto struck out five and walked two.

Trevor May (2-0) earned the win in relief. Edwin Diaz allowed one run in the ninth but still earned his 28th save in 31 chances.

Jean Segura had put the Phillies ahead 8-7 in the bottom of the eighth with a pinch-hit solo home run. After McNeil led off the ninth with a double, Canha smacked his 10th homer of the season to put the Mets up 9-8 before Nimmo's shot made it 10-8.

Nick Maton cut it to 10-9 with a sacrifice fly to center, but with two runners on, Diaz struck out pinch hitter Darick Hall to end the game.

Alec Bohm hit two homers and drove in six runs for the Phillies. Bohm had three hits, while Bryson Stott, Kyle Schwarber, J.T. Realmuto and Nick Castellanos added two hits apiece and Maton added two RBIs.

Phillies starter Kyle Gibson lasted only 4 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs, with two earned. Gibson struck out three and walked three. Robertson (3-1) took the loss.

The Phillies went ahead 4-0 in the first inning when Bohm crushed a three-run home run to left field and Maton added an RBI single.

The Mets quickly closed within 4-2 in the second when Michael Perez ripped an RBI single to center. Brett Baty also scored on the play due to a fielding error by Bradley Zimmer.

In the third, New York cut the deficit to 4-3 on a two-out RBI double by Vogelbach. One inning later, Marte tied the game with an RBI single.

Bohm hit his second three-run homer, this time to right, for a 7-4 Phillies advantage in the fourth.

After a 46-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, Canha produced a three-run homer off Connor Brogdon in the seventh to tie the game at 7.

--Field Level Media

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