The Mets and Phillies play the rubber game of a five-game series on Sunday at 7:10 p.m. at BB&R Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Since scoring 46 runs in a three-game span, the Mets have scored just five runs in their last 18 innings. ... Mets relievers have a 3.15 ERA in the month of August, which ranks third among all National League teams. ... Austin Jackson has a .378/.418/.568 batting line with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 21 games with the Mets.
|Amed Rosario, SS||Cesar Hernandez, 2B|
|Jeff McNeil, 2B||Rhys Hoskins, LF|
|Wilmer Flores, 1B||Carlos Santana, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, LF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B|
|Austin Jackson, CF||Nick Williams, RF|
|Jose Bautista, RF||Scott Kingery, SS|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Odubel Herrera, CF|
|Jason Vargas, LHP||Nick Pivetta, RHP|
Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.10 ERA), who threw a season-high six innings in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. ... Vargas has failed to throw five complete innings in seven of his 13 starts this season. ... He has a 1-4 record with an 8.91 ERA in eight starts away from Citi Field.
Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.37 ERA), who is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts in August. ... Though Pivetta has not faced the Mets this season, he is 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against New York. ... He struck out six batters and allowed one run in six innings in his last start against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
More Mets notes
Over his last 15 games, outfielder Michael Conforto has a .302/.380/.492 batting line with three home runs and eight RBIs. ... Shortstop Amed Rosario is hitting .350 since Aug. 10.