Series Preview: Phillies open up 3-game series against the NL East leading New York Mets
The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off a beautiful four game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Tonight, they will open up a three game series in New York against the Mets, who somehow, have the best record in Major League Baseball.
Yesterday felt like one of the greatest days in Philadelphia sports history. The Phillies completed the sweep of the Rockies in the afternoon, then the Eagles drafted Jordan Davis and traded for star WR AJ Brown, and the Philadelphia 76ers wrapped up the night by destroying the Toronto Raptors. Now, we roll right into a weekend series with the Fightins’ playing their NL East rivals.
Phillies vs Mets never disappoints. Whether it’s trash talking, fights, or just the pure hate for the other side, there’s never a dull moment. The Phillies have hit the most batters in the league, while the Mets have been hit by the most pitches. If that doesn’t get you excited for this weekend, then I don’t know what will. The Mets are coming off a pretty wild week in St. Louis, where a bench-clearing brawl led to ejections from both teams.
Nolan Arenado is one of us. This dude was ready to take on the whole New York Mets organization completely by himself.
Now, for this weekend….
The Phillies are hot, and it’s time to get revenge from the first Mets series of the season and of course, there’s money to be won. Let’s get after it.
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- 6x Your Money: Nick Castellanos and Francisco Lindor 2+ Total Bases EACH +500
- Aaron Nola 6+ K’s and Phillies Win +225
- Bryce Harper or Pete Alonso HR +150
Aaron Nola has appeared against the Mets 21 times in his career…he’s had over 6 strikeouts 15 of those times. Nola’s still trying to figure everything out, but his last outing gives me hope for tonight.
Also, who wants to 6x their money? Nick Castellanos can just flat out hit the baseball, there’s no denying that. Castellanos has logged a .286 batting average against the Mets in his career, along with 12 hits, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, and 7 runs scored. Although Lindor’s career numbers against Nola are down, I do think he continues his hot start to the season tonight.
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Series Pitching Matchups
- Friday (7:10 EST): Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.74 ERA) vs Tylor Megill (3-0, 2.35 ERA)
- Saturday (7:10 EST): Kyle Gibson (2-1, 3.47 ERA) vs Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Sunday (7:00 EST): Zach Eflin (1-1, 3.20 ERA) vs Max Scherzer (3-0, 1.80 ERA)
Aaron Nola will get the ball for the Phillies tonight, looking to capitalize off his best start in two seasons just last week. Nola looked great on Sunday Night Baseball, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out 9.
The team, unfortunately, lost the game thanks to Angel Hernandez, but that’s beside the point. Nola will be going up against Tylor Megill, who’s had a pretty good start to his season. He’s thrown 23 innings, allowing just six earned runs, and has struck out 22 batters. He went for 5 and a third in his start against the Phillies back on April 12th.
Kyle Gibson will start for the Phillies on Saturday, who has had a great start to his 2022 season. Gibson is 2-1 on the year and has allowed just a 3.47 ERA. His most recent start was Monday against Colorado, where he went 5 and two-thirds, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Taijuan Walker is set to go for the Mets in Game 2. He has pitched just one game this year, his two-inning game against the Phillies back on the 11th. Walker was placed on the injured list with right shoulder bursitis but seems to be ready to go for this weekend.
Zach Eflin will take the hill in the series finale, going up against the elite arm of Max Scherzer. Eflin is 1-1 on the season with a 3.20 ERA and has logged 19.2 innings pitched, 18 hits, 15 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.12. He’ll be facing off against Max Scherzer, who has dominated hitters to start the year. Scherzer is 3-0 on the season with a 1.80 ERA and has allowed just 11 hits in 25 innings while being tied for third in the league with 33 strikeouts.
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The Phillies are HOT
Who the hell let the Phillies get hot? The team is coming off a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, and they aren’t looking to stop there. The bats are on fire, the pitching is coming together, and the vibes around this team just feel good right now.
Over the Last 7 Days
- Harper: .385/.393/.692, 10 hits, 4 RBIs
- Castellanos: .348/.429/.391, 8 hits, 5 RBIs
- Herrera: .357/.333/1.000, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
And those are just the best three. JT Realmuto is still hitting every single ball thrown at him, while Alec Bohm looks like 2020-Bohm again. This team is finding ways to win ballgames, and it all starts with their aggression. They’re taking extra bases, they’re swiping bags, and they’re playing with a fire under them right now. The Mets, as sad as it is to say, are a good baseball team. The Phillies need to keep things rolling at the plate if they want to win this crucial series.
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The New York Mets…how legit are they?
I hate the New York Mets, but they are a pretty good baseball team this year. Jeff McNeil has led the team so far, with Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor not too far behind. The trio is leading the team in batting average, home runs, and RBIs, and that’s not even the best part of their team.
The Mets pitching is legit. They currently hold a 2.93 team ERA and are being led by 3x Cy-Young pitcher Max Scherzer. Scherzer has allowed just five earned runs this year in 25 innings pitched. He’s struck out 33 batters, has a 1.80 ERA, and a K/9 ratio of 11.9.
No matter how good the Mets are, they will always be the Mets. It’s only a matter of time before they find a way to choke.
Game 1 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||+1.5 (-210)||+106||O7 (-102)|
|Mets||-1.5 (+172)||-124||U7 (-120)|
Tonight’s Starting Lineup
The Phillies bats are hot, and Aaron Nola is ready to throw another gem. I think the Phillies win a low-scoring game tonight, led by Bryce Harper at the plate, and Noles on the mound.
Final Pick: Phillies ML and UNDER 7 runs
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports