The Mets (63-76) kick off a three-game series against division-rival Phillies (73-66) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets need one win to finish their nine-game road trip with a winning record ... The Dodgers have won 13 of 14 games against the Mets since May 28, 2016 ... The Mets are fourth in the NL with 207 runs scored since the All-Star Break ... Mets starting pitchers have collectively posted a 1.88 ERA in their last 17 games.
|Carlos Santana, 1B||Brandon Nimmo, CF|
|Rhys Hoskins, LF||Jeff McNeil, 2B|
|Aaron Altherr, CF||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Jose Bautista, RF||Jay Bruce, RF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Cesar Hernandez, 2B||Dominic Smith, 1B|
|Scott Kingery, SS||Kevin Plawecki, C|
|Jorge Alfaro, C||Jose Reyes, SS|
|Aaron Nola, RHP||Steven Matz, LHP|
Who is starting for the Mets?
Mets LHP Steven Matz (4.20 ERA/4.60 FIP, 1.27 WHIP in 128.2 innings), who threw a gem against the Giants in his last start. Matz allowed just one run on a solo homer, while giving up three hits and striking out 11 over seven innings. He unfortunately earned a no-decision in the outing.
This latest start was almost identical to his previous one against the Nats, where he also went seven innings allowing just one run.
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Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Aaron Nola (2.23 ERA/2.76 FIP, 0.97 WHIP in 181.2 innings), who had a rare bad start against the Cubs in his last start. He allowed four runs on five hits, three of which were home runs, while striking out 11 and walking two over 5.2 innings.
Despite the bad start, Nola is still a top Cy Young candidate for the year. He owns a 2.05 ERA in the second half of the season so far, after posting a 2.30 ERA before the All-Star break.
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More Mets notes
Amed Rosario has hit in eight straight games. He owns a .432 average over that span as well. ...Michael Conforto has three homers and six RBI in his last nine games. He is also ranked 10th in the NL in walks with 71. ...Jeff McNeil has hit safely in 18 of his 19 starts. ...Todd Frazier has hit four homers and 10 RBI in his last 14 games.