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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 09-16-2020

The Philadelphia Phillies will look for their second consecutive victory when they host the New York Mets on Wednesday.

The Phillies moved back ahead of .500 at 24-23 following a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Tuesday.

Prized free agent acquisition Zack Wheeler will take the mound after missing several extra days with a torn fingernail on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Wheeler suffered the bizarre injury putting his pants on.

"You can't make this stuff up," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

Wheeler -- who signed a $118 million free-agent contract after completing last season with the Mets -- is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in eight starts this season.

Wheeler is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.

The depleted Phillies remain without injured outfielder Jay Bruce, first baseman Rhys Hoskins and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Jake Arrieta suffered an apparent hamstring injury as well on Tuesday.

All the Phillies can do is push forward with 13 games remaining.

"Obviously, we're still in a sense in control of our destiny to get to the playoffs and our guys can't forget that," Girardi said. "We won't forget that. We've been here before where we haven't played so well and we've bounced back and played really well and that's what we need to do."

After losing five of seven in a crucial series on the road against the Miami Marlins, the Phillies didn't seem fazed against their National League East rival in another huge series.

"This is the life we live," Girardi said. "This roller coaster in this game of baseball. You have good streaks and you have bad streaks and you have to limit the length of your bad streaks."

The Mets (21-27) will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss when they hand the ball to their ace right-hander Jacob deGrom.

In what will be deGrom's 10th start, he'll bring a 4-1 mark and a miniscule 1.67 ERA into Wednesday.

For deGrom's career, he has been dominant against the Phillies, going 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts.

"I try to treat everything like a 0-0 game," deGrom said.

Each time deGrom pitches, Mets manager Luis Rojas remains immensely impressed with his Cy Young candidate.

"He is the best version of Jacob deGrom that I've seen," Rojas said. "Stuff-wise, demeanor-wise, confidence-wise, he wants the ball. He wants to be out there. He's pushing."

First baseman Dominic Smith echoed similar thoughts.

"He goes out there every fifth day and he grinds every start," Smith said. "For him to be so tough on hitters, we just want to back him up with some runs."

The Mets' offense will need to produce more than it did on Tuesday when it had one run on 11 hits and finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Jeff McNeil had three hits while Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Davis added two hits each. But Pete Alonso continued to slump with an 0-for-4 performance, dropping his average to .216.

As the amount of games lessen, the Mets realize that every game is vital. Statistics don't matter.

"Hopefully, we can just focus on what we can control -- and that's executing pitches, executing plays, having good approaches at the plate," reliever Seth Lugo said.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • J.T. Realmuto

    Hip Flexor
    Out indefinitely | out

    Realmuto is sidelined due to a mild left hip flexor strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Rhys Hoskins

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Hoskins has landed on the 10-day injured list with an injury to the UCL in his left elbow, and he will miss a substantial length of time.

  • Alec Bohm

    Stomach
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bohm missed the last game dealing with a stomach issue, and it is unclear if he will be active Sunday against the Blue Jays.

  • Jake Arrieta

    Hamstring
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Arrieta has been shuttled to the 10-day injured reserve list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. Although he will miss the remainder of the regular season, he stands a chance to return during the postseason.

  • Kyle Garlick

    Oblique
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Garlick has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, and it is likely that he will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Jean Segura

    Tricep
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Segura has missed the previous two games due to a triceps injury, and his status for Saturday's matchup with the Blue Jays is in question.

  • Jose Alvarez

    Groin
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Alvarez has been assigned to the 45-day injured list due to a testicular contusion, signalling the end of his season.

  • Jay Bruce

    Quadricep
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Bruce has hit the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain. He is expected to be activated near the end of September.

New York Mets

  • Jacob deGrom

    Hamstring
    Prob Mon | probable

    deGrom left his last outing with a right hamstring spasm, but it is likely that he will take the mound Monday versus the Rays.

  • Jed Lowrie

    Knee
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Lowrie has been transferred to the 45-day injured list with PCL laxity in his left knee, and he will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Pete Alonso

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Alonso is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Braves due to a day of rest.

  • Wilson Ramos

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ramos is not expected to play against the Phillies on Thursday due to a day of rest.

  • Jake Marisnick

    Hamstring
    Out Wed | out

    Marisnick has been held out of the past two games with right hamstring tightness, and he will not be available for Wednesday's clash with the Phillies.

  • Pete Alonso

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Alonso is not expected to play Wednesday against the Phillies due to a day of rest.

  • Tyler Bashlor

    Back
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Bashlor has popped up on the 10-day injured list due to lower-back inflammation. It has yet to be established how long he will be on the shelf.

  • Jeff McNeil

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    McNeil was lifted from the previous game with gastrointestinal discomfort, but the symptoms will subside in time for Tuesday's clash with the Phillies.

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