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

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The Mets will look to even their series against the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia at 7:05 pm.

Rich MacLeodHere 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
Wilmer Flores – SS
Logan Verrett – RHP

Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Logan Verrett (1-2, 3.40 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Alex Asher (0-5, 7.52 ERA) will start for the Phillies.

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

Still something to play for.

While the Mets have clinched the National League East and are locked into the NLDS with the Dodgers, there’s still something to play for over this final week.

After last night’s loss and the Dodgers’ victory, the Mets now lead L.A. by one game-plus the tiebreaker–for home field advantage.

While it’d be easy for this team to relax and take their foot off the gas pedal, as they’re coming off a lackluster performance last night, they should still be going out there each and every day with a sense of urgency and purpose. It could wind up affecting their postseason success.

Stay hot, Lucas.

All of a sudden, Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scorching hot at the plate. Over his last three games, Duda has hit five home runs and driven in a whopping 13 runs, including two homers and all three runs the Mets scored last night.

It’s been a year of streaks for Duda, who now leads baseball with seven multi-homer games this season. He was one of the Mets most productive hitters in April, fell off in the early summer months, hit nine home runs in just over a week down in late July/early August, went on the disabled list and is now suddenly on fire again.

We’ll see which Lucas Duda shows up in the postseason next Friday night, but as for tonight, it wouldn’t be a reach to expect even more production in Philadelphia.

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