What to look for: Mets vs. Phillies, 7:05 PM

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The Mets continue their four-game series with the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 PM.

Rich MacLeodHere is today’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 1B
David Wright – 3B
Kelly Johnson – 2B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Here is today’s pitching matchup:

Noah Syndergaard (7-6, 3.17 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Jerome Williams (4-9, 6.10 ERA) will start for the Phillies.

Mets vs PhilliesHere’s what I’m looking for today from the Mets:

On the road again.

Once again on Tuesday night, Mets rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard will have his chance to prove that his struggles are more of an aberration than a trend.

In his last start, also on the road, Noah got off to an auspicious start, as the Orioles loaded the bases with nobody out against him in the 1st inning. After he got out of that jam with no runs allowed, however, it looked as if Syndergaard may have taken a big step forward. Things did not wind up that way, though, as his pitch count rose and he exited in the 6th inning after allowing a two-run, game-tying home run to Jonathan Schoop.

Overall, Syndergaard is 0-5 with a 5.05 ERA in nine career starts on the road. Let’s see if he can put this past him starting tonight in Philadelphia.

Blast off.

After last night’s absolute destruction of the Phillies in a 16-7 victory in which the Mets recorded a franchise record 15 extra-base hits and eight home runs, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m excited going into each game wondering what will this revamped offense do next?

Obviously the Mets are not going to average 12.25 runs per game as they have in their last four games, but long are the days where being down by a couple of runs early meant waving the white flag. In the past month this lineup has completely transformed, and on the anniversary of their first trade, where they acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson which marked the beginning of this offensive renaissance, it’s becoming more and more exciting every night.

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