The Mets look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they take on the Phillies in the second game of a three-game set on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.
With the majority of their first-month games coming against division competition, it was going to be important for the Mets to start strong. So far, they're 10-7 against NL East opponents. ... Robinson Cano returns to the lineup after being hit in the hand Sunday in St. Louis. The Mets kept him out during Monday's win. The team leads the league with 15 HBP this season. ... Jeff McNeil's .384 batting average ranks fourth in baseball and he whacked his first home run of the year Monday. He has a .483 career average in 15 games against Philadelphia.
|Andrew McCutchen, LF||Brandon Nimmo, LF|
|J.T. Realmuto, C||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Bryce Harper, RF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Rhys Hoskins, 1B||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Maikel Franco, 3B||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Cesar Hernandez, 2B||Jeff McNeil, LF|
|Phil Gosselin, SS||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Zach Eflin, RHP||Luis Guillorme, SS|
|Roman Quinn, CF||Zack Wheeler, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Phillies?
RHP Zach Eflin (2-2, 3.68 ERA) bounced back from his first poor start of the season with two earned runs over six innings last Thursday in Colorado. ... Eflin has mixed results in terms of how he matches up against the Mets. Cano is 3-for-3 against him with a homer, while Conforto is just 3-for-16, and Rosario is 5-for-11 with three doubles. ... The righty has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his four outings this year.
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 6.35 ERA) took the loss against the Phillies last week, but pitched well in defeat. He gave up three earned runs over seven innings. ... Wheeler is seeking his third consecutive quality start. ... This will be his 100th start of his career. ... He has gone 15 straight starts without allowing more than six hits.
LHP Jason Vargas will try to fortify his spot in the rotation against RHP Vince Velasquez to wrap up the three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.