The Mets play the rubber game of their three-game series with the Phillies tonight at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95 ERA) will pitch for the Mets and make his fourth start of the year. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits in his previous start.
Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Phillies. In his one career outing against the Mets, the right-hander allowed six runs in four innings.
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Jay Bruce hit two home runs and Robert Gsellman pitched seven strong innings as the Mets snapped their four-game losing by beating the Phillies, 5-4, at Citi Field.
Lucas Duda suffered a hyperextended left elbow during a play at first base Wednesday, after which Travis d'Arnaud left the game with a right wrist contusion. Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game that Duda's range of motion improved after treatment, while d'Arnaud's hand remained swollen after the game. Collins did not say if one or both players would be out of the lineup Thursday, noting only that the team would have more information before tomorrow's game.
David Wright played catch and returned to full baseball activity in St. Lucie on Wednesday. Collins said there still is no timetable on his return to game action.
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The Mets hope the return of Jeurys Familia will help get their bullpen back on track, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.
Familia (27) reacts during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field (USA TODAY Sports)
Newsday's David Lennon explains how, while Yoenis Cespedes created a bit of anxiety sliding home, Jay Bruce calmed those fears with two home runs.
Gsellman rediscovered his most effective pitch Wednesday night, according to the NY Post.
Lastly, in a post for Rising Apple, John Perricone argues that the Mets need to play to their strengths and allow their young starting pitchers to go deeper into games.