The Mets (39-49, 13.5 GB in NL East) continue their three-game set with the Phillies (46-42, 6.5 GB in NL East) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, but they have been better at home this season, posting a 22-18 record at Citi Field. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in 21 or their last 24 games, posting a collective 7.32 ERA during that span. ... Jeff McNeil leads the Major Leagues with his .348 batting average. He is looking to become just the second Met to ever lead the majors in hitting at the All-Star Break (Jose Reyes, .354 in 2011).
|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||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Maikel Franco, 3B||Tomas Nido, C|
|Jake Arrieta, RHP||Noah Syndergaard, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Jake Arrieta (8-6, 4.43 ERA), who has picked up the win in each of his last two starts, including his June 25th start against the Mets, when he allowed five earned runs over six innings of work. ... Arrieta hasn't been consistently sharp, but he has eaten innings for the Phillies this season, pitching at least six innings in 13 of his 17 starts, including his last four. ... Arrieta has started 13 games against the Mets in his career, posting a 2.85 ERA.
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-4, 4.56 ERA), who allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings against the Braves his last time out in a game the Mets came back to win 8-5. ... In Syndergaard's three starts this season with Tomas Nido behind the plate, the right-hander has posted a 2.29 ERA and has held opponents to just a .194 batting average.
The Mets and Phillies are back at Citi Field on Sunday to wrap up their first half schedules. Zack Wheeler will take the ball for the Mets against Phillies ace Aaron Nola. First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m.