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

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The Mets will look for a series victory against the Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia at 7:05 PM.

BaronHere is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Michael Cuddyer – 1B
Wilmer Flores – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Juan Uribe – 3B
Anthony Recker – C
Bartolo Colon – RHP

Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.90 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Jerad Eickoff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for the Phillies.

Mets vs PhilliesHere’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight:

Eleventh heaven.

If the Mets win tonight, it would mark their 11th win and eighth consecutive win against the Phillies this season. They have absolutely owned the Phillies over their first 11 meetings, outscoring them 65-34 so far this season.

But the most significant part about those numbers is the Mets are doing precisely what they need to do against Philadelphia, who is a second division team and therefore a team the Mets need to own if they’re going to keep their pace towards the playoffs going. Of course, they’ll eventually lose to the Phillies, but with Washington playing a weaker opponent in the Padres themselves, it would behoove the Mets to continue taking care of business tonight.

Step it up, Bart.

Colon was less than good in his last start against the Rockies. It was somewhat understandable given the conditions both clubs were playing in. He’s in a hitter-friendly environment again, but location is location regardless of the venue, and it simply hasn’t been good for Colon consistently since May.

He’s lost eight of his last ten decisions and has a 5.07 ERA over his last 13 starts. He’s been extraordinarily hittable in that span as well, allowing 96 hits in only 76 1/3 innings, 11 of which are home runs.

That trend is going to have to change, especially if he intends to contribute in the playoffs.

Who is available in the bullpen?

The bullpen has been heavily taxed over the first two games in this series. And with Logan Verrett still unavailable, it will be interesting to see how Terry Collins manages the latter portion of this game.

Jeurys Familia should still be available to close, but Hansel Robles worked in three consecutive games already this week, and Sean Gilmartin gave the Mets an extended effort on Monday night in relief of Jacob deGrom. Collins may have to get a little creative with his in-game management to ensure he can bridge the gap to the ninth inning, should there be a save situation.

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