What to look for: Mets vs. Phillies, 7:05 PM
The Mets open up a four-game series with the Phillies on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 PM.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Juan Lagares – CF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
David Wright – 3B
Wilmer Flores – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Cuddyer – RF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Jacob deGrom (12-6, 1.98 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Adam Morgan (4-4, 3,92 ERA) will start for the Phillies.
Here’s what I’m looking for today from the Mets:
132 days after he last played a game for this team, the Mets captain and franchise third baseman David Wright is finally back.
This team has been incredibly resilient as they’ve played essentially their entire season without the face of this franchise. As good as they’ve played without him, bringing Wright can only enhance things for this team. He won’t play every day, at least for now, as he eases back into playing major league baseball for the first time in four months, but his mere presence on the field and in this locker room can be nothing but a positive thing.
David Wright the only player on this roster that played in the Mets last postseason game nine years ago in 2006, and for the first time since 2008 he, this team and this fanbase are in the midst of a playoff race. Welcome back, Captain.
Over his last seven starts, Mets ace Jacob deGrom is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 56 strikeouts and nine walks in 48.2 innings pitched. After winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2014, deGrom has been even better this season as overall, his 1.98 ERA is second to only Zack Greinke in all of baseball, and his name is now being mentioned in Cy Young discussions.
Tonight the Mets face a Phillies team that deGrom has dominated in his career, as he’s 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts against Philadelphia. This is a different Phillies team that the Mets are going to see over the next four days, as while they’ve played better of late, they’re now without the face of their franchise and perpetual Met-killer Chase Utley. All signs point toward another deGrom-like performance tonight in Philly.
Takin’ care of business.
The Mets are in a long stretch of playing second division teams, and, so far, they’ve done what they’re supposed to do–beat them. They’re coming off their first ever sweep of the Rockies in Colorado and head into Philadelphia facing the fourth place Phillies.
While Philadelphia is 21-12 since the All-Star break, this is still a team that the Mets should take care of this week. With the Nationals off tonight, the Mets have a chance to extend their NL East lead to 5.5 games if they can take care of business.