The Mets (51-61) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (42-70) in the second game of a four-game series on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
Who is starting tonight for the Mets?
Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) and 20 hits in 16 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old is 4-2 with a 5.26 ERA in seven road appearances (six starts) this season. He has faced the Phillies once in his career, giving up three runs in five innings last September.
Who is starting tonight for the Phillies?
Nick Pivetta (4-7, 5.89 ERA) is coming off an outing in which he gave up eight runs (six earned) in 2 2/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies. The 24-year-old rookie is 2-3 with an 8.64 ERA in his last five outings, giving up 26 runs (24 earned) and 28 hits in 25 innings pitched. When he faced the Mets on July 2, he allowed one run and one hit in seven innings.
No. 2 prospect Dominic Smith hit .330/.386/.519 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs in 114 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. ... Over his last 20 games, Michael Conforto is hitting .321/.391/.679 with eight home runs and 15 RBIs. ... The Mets have the second worst ERA (4.92) among all pitching staffs in the second half this year. Their rotation has a 5.67 ERA in 26 games since the All-Star break. ... The Phillies have scored the second fewest runs (445) in baseball this season.