What to look for: Mets vs. Phillies, 7:05 PM
The Mets open a three-game series with the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia at 7:05 pm.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Bartolo Colon – RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.15 ERA) will start for the Mets.
David Buchanan (2-9, 7.96 ERA)will start for the Phillies.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
Avoid the rain.
The Mets are faced with some pretty ugly weather over the next few days, and with home field advantage on the line, it’s pretty important the Mets find a way to get this game in, as well as those through the weekend.
Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins both said the league will prefer to get these games in and will try to do so at all costs. It’s not clear if they will be asked to make up games next week, but getting through these days – and trying to avoid doubleheaders in the process – would be preferable.
Collins said on Tuesday they will not risk anything with their players if the conditions become unfavorable, so it remains to be seen how all of this plays out.
More consistency from Bart.
Colon has resurrected his season over the last month, rediscovering that pinpoint control of his two-seamer down and on the corners. In each of his last two starts, however, that command has eluded him late in his outing.
Maintaining that consistency is the key for him, especially as he suddenly finds himself in a race to earn the fourth starter job for the playoff rotation.
Keep the offense alive.
This is a hitter-friendly environment, and the last time the Mets were in Philadelphia, they absolutely demolished the Phillies. Hopefully their outstanding offense from this past weekend in Cincinnati carries over into this series, or however many games they ultimately get in at Citizens Bank Park.
They have their “A” lineup out there on Tuesday, but it will be interesting to see if Collins cycles people out if the weather gets iffy.