The Mets (69-66, 13 GB in NL East, 4 GB for second Wild Card) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (69-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets beat the Phillies 6-3 on Saturday, thanks to a strong outing from Steven Matz, who improved to 9-8 with the win. He allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 from the plate, and extended his MLB-best active hitting streak to 24 games. Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Joe Panik also had two RBI after going 1-for-5.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Corey Dickerson, LF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||JT Realmuto, C|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Bryce Harper, RF|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Rhys Hoskins, 1B|
|Joe Panik, 2B||Brad Miller, 3B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Cesar Hernandez, 2B|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Scott Kingery, SS|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Adam Haseley, CF|
|Marcus Stroman, RHP||Zach Eflin, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Marcus Stroman (7-12, 3.29 ERA) will be looking to improve from his last start on Aug. 27 against the Cubs, when the righty gave up two home runs and four earned runs in the loss. However, he did have seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. "It's about being better when I need to be better, in those key moments. They put good swings on bad pitches," Stroman said. Now's the time for Stroman to have a big game with the sweep on the line.
Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.50 ERA) got the win in his last start on Aug. 24 against the Miami Marlins, allowing just two earned runs and six hits in 6.0 innings. He only struck out two batters, as the righty didn't strike out more than two in any of his five August starts.
The Mets start a three-game series with the Washington Nationals on Monday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 4.14 ERA) will start for the Mets, while RHP Joe Ross (3-3, 5.36 ERA) gets the start for the Nationals.