The Mets (39-48, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB in NL wild card) open the final three-game series of the first half of the 2019 season against the Phillies (45-42, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB in NL wild card) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Jeff McNeil has the third-most hits in the majors through 500 career at-bats since 1935 with 170, trailing only Wade Boggs (178) and Joe DiMaggio. ... Amed Rosario is batting .339 with 10 runs, four doubles, a home run, six RBIs, two walks, four steals and a .914 OPS over his last 16 games. ... Todd Frazier is batting .293 with 25 runs, six doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 27 RBIs and a .903 OPS since May 16.
|Scott Kingery, CF||Jeff McNeil, RF|
|Jean Segura, SS||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Bryce Harper, RF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Rhys Hoskins, 1B||Michael Conforto, CF|
|JT Realmuto, C||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Jay Bruce, LF||Dominic Smith, LF|
|Cesar Hernandez, 2B||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Maikel Franco, 3B||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Vince Velasquez, RHP||Jacob deGrom, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.73 ERA) has his fourth start for the Phillies since he rejoined the rotation from the bullpen. In that time frame, Velasquez has a 6.94 ERA. ... The Phillies had Monday off and started a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday and opted to skip Velasquez in their rotation, starting Aaron Nola instead. Velasquez last started on June 28 against the Miami Marlins in a 6-2 loss and has pitched 4.1, 5.0, and 2.1 inning is his last three starts, respectively.
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom (4-7, 3.32 ERA), who has a 2.81 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over his last 12 starts. ... DeGrom has also allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of last 12 starts. ... This June, deGrom stuck out 51 batters and walked only four to become the first Mets pitcher in team history to strike out at least 50 and walk five or fewer in a in single month.
The Mets and Phillies are back at Citi Field on Saturday for the second game of their three-game set. New York's Noah Syndergaard is slated to face Philadelphia's Jake Arrieta on the mound.