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Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets

Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets

Macintosh HD:Users:phildemeo:Desktop:USATSI_8570417_154511658_lowres-e1431886575504.jpgThe New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies begin the first game of their final ten contests. These ten games will influence how each other finishes the season. The Phillies can really put a pin in the Mets playoff bubble if they can beat their NL East rival. For the Phillies, these ten games could make or break as the try to finish the season with over 73 wins, which would be their best since 2012, when they went 81-81

The Mets still send Bartolo Colon (11-7 3.36 ERA) to the mound in game one. You can make the case that Big Sexy has been the Mets most reliable starter this year. With a rotation that started the season with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz, it is Colon the leads the Mets in games started wins (tied) and walks allowed (by the remaining starters). Adam Morgan (1-7 6.21) will be the Phillies starter with very little experience against the Mets, with a total 9 plate appearances against Mets this season.

Both the Phillies and Mets will have their best pitchers this season pitching game two. Noah Syndergaard (11-7 2.61 ERA) will look to continue his dominance against the Phillies as he has recorded a 3-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his young career. Syndergaard is coming off his best start since the beginning of July, as he went eight scoreless against the Giants in a big game. Jeremy Hellickson (14-10 3.60 ERA) leads all Phillies starters in wins, games started, ERA, innings pitching, and WHIP this season.

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 128 - Phillies at Mets - Morgan vs Colon - 7:15 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 128 - Phillies at Mets - Morgan vs Colon - 7:15 PM

Game 128 - Philadelphia Phillies (59-68, 29-35 Road) at New York Mets (64-63, 31-30 Home)

Probable Pitchers: PHI - Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) vs NYM - Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:15 PM

Image result for colon bartoloA good ending to a long road trip kept the New York Mets talking in the present tense for at least a little while longer. The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, will arrive in New York on Friday having taken another step toward their future.

The Mets host the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series Friday night at Citi Field. New York (64-63) edged closer to the pack in the National League wild card race Thursday night by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-5.

The win gave the Mets a series win in the three-game set against the Cardinals and pulled them within 3 1/2 games of St. Louis for the second wild-card. New York went 5-5 on a 10-game road trip but ended the three-city trek with four wins in five games against the San Francisco Giants, who are currently the first wild card, and the Cardinals.

The Mets' two wins against the Cardinals came in games in which starter Jon Niese lasted just one out before exiting due to a knee injury and in which rookie Seth Lugo threw five shutout innings in place of left-hander Steven Matz, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

"I don't care who we're playing. we've got to put some wins on the board," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've got to get some streaks going, get back in the hunt here. Hopefully, we get our pitching straightened away here in the next couple days where, going into that last month of the season, we'll know who is going to be out there."

The Mets will send their one sure thing -- 43-year-old Bartolo Colon -- to the mound in Friday's series opener. Colon, the oldest player in baseball, will be making his team-high 26th start and will be looking for his 12th win, which would break a tie for the team lead with Noah Syndergaard. If he lasts at least 3 2/3 innings Friday, Colon will also surge past Syndergaard for the Mets lead in innings pitched.

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/25: Conforto Goes 3 for 4 in Vegas Romp

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Mets Minor League Roundup 8/25: Conforto Goes 3 for 4 in Vegas Romp

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 10, SALT LAKE 5; SALT LAKE 3 LAS VEGAS 0: Tim Lincecum allowed eight runs (five earned) in four innings in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader as Brandon Nimmo contributed a two-run single and Kevin Plawecki had a two-run double. In his first game since returning to the minors, Logan Verrett allowed two runs in six innings. Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. In Game 2, The 51's got shut out and only squandered 3 hits.  Box 1, Box 2

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 6, BOWIE 4: Phillip Evans and Dominic Smith had three hits apiece and David Roseboom recorded his first career five-out save despite walking a tightrope. With the score tied at 2 in the top of the eighth, right fielder Henry Urrutia misplayed Evans’ single, allowing Derrik Gibson to race home with the go-ahead run. Smith then hit a towering RBI double off the center-field wall. The B-Mets ultimately scored four runs in the frame. Tim Peterson inherited the 6-2 lead, but immediately surrendered a homer to Chris Dickerson and loaded the bases. Roseboom replaced the righty and allowed a sacrifice fly to Drew Dosch. The drive cut Binghamton’s lead to two runs and ended Roseboom’s streak of 27 consecutive inherited runners stranded. In the ninth, Bowie loaded the bases on two walks and a single. But Roseboom induced Urrutia to bounce out to second to seal his 13th save. Binghamton’s bullpen was forced into early action after Tyler Herron was struck in the upper body by a liner in the fourth. The Baysox greeted emergency reliever Kyle Regnault with three straight singles to tie the score at 2. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 13, CHARLOTTE 0: David Thompson delivered a two-out RBI double in the first inning and St. Lucie never looked back to remain in a first-place tie in the FSL South. Jonathan Johnson had a two-run double and Kevin Kaczmarski had an RBI single in the second as St. Lucie built a 5-0 lead. St. Lucie blew the game open in a five-run fourth that included Lednier Ricardo's solo homer and RBI singles from Kevin Taylor and Jhoan Urena. Michael Katz also drew a bases-loaded walk in the frame. Chris Flexen tossed the first five innings, allowing three hits and three walks. He was in a bases-loaded, no-out jam in his final frame and retired three in a row to complete his outing unscathed. Tyler Bashlor followed with two perfect innings, while Mike Hepple handled the final two innings to complete the shutout. Johnson went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, three runs scored and a double from the leadoff spot. Taylor and Urena also had three hits apiece. Box

Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 127 - Mets (10) at Cardinals (6) - De Aza Drives In Five, Leads Mets to Win

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  W: S. Lugo (1-2)   L: A. Wainwright (9-8)

Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 127 - Mets (10) at Cardinals (6) - De Aza Drives In Five, Leads Mets to Win

Slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned out to be a nifty slider, too.

Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright lost his glove trying to tag out Cespedes in a bizarre play, and the New York Mets broke away soon after that to beat St. Louis 10-6 Thursday night.

Alejandro De AzaAlejandro De Aza homered and drove in five runs, helping Seth Lugo earn his first major league win. The Mets led 3-0 in the fifth when Wainwright (9-8) and Cespedes were involved in a strange sequence.

Cespedes tried to go from first to third on a bloop single by James Loney. When several Cardinals chased the ball, Wainwright covered third base. Cespedes slid and his cleat pinned Wainwright's glove to the bag - he would've been out, but when Wainwright pulled away his hand, the mitt stayed stuck under Cespedes' foot.

Because Wainwright didn't control the ball, Cespedes was called safe in a ruling upheld by replay. Moments later, De Aza hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0.

"He said that when I pulled out the glove, I had to show possession," Wainwright said. "I don't know what else I could have done there. There was another runner on base. I've never seen it before, never heard of it before."

De Aza's fifth home run of the season came to an inning after his two-run single. The five RBIs set a career high.

"Every time you hit a home run it's fun," De Aza said. "Especially when you can contribute to help the team win. It's a great feeling."

De Aza also made a jumping catch against the center field wall rob Matt Carpenter of an extra-base hit in the first inning.

"He knows his role," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't have to like it, but he accepts it and he gets himself ready."

"He didn't stop working. He didn't stop all the practice. All he needed was a chance to get to play with it and when he got it he's made the most out of it," he said.

Lugo (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings. The Mets took two of three to win their first series at Busch Stadium since 2008.

"This was a tough series," Collins said. "They've got a good team and we came into this series knowing we had to pick up some ground and we picked up a game and that means a lot."

Brandon Moss hit two home runs for the Cardinals and Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty also connected.

Lugo gave up two hits and struck out five to earn his first win since May 10 at Triple-A Las Vegas. On Tuesday night, Mets reliever Robert Gsellman also posted his first big league win.

Together, Lugo and Gsellman helped the Mets win a road series for the first time since July 22-24 in Miami.

Lugo left the game with right calf cramp while warming up before the sixth. By then, he'd also gotten his first hit in the majors.

"The biggest thing for me is keeping from getting behind in the counts and having to throw pitches over the middle of the plate," Lugo said. "It helps me expand the zone."

James Loney got three hits and scored twice for the Mets. Loney is hitting .529 (18 for 34) against Wainwright for his career.

Wainwright struggled for the third time in his last four starts, giving up seven runs - only two earned - and nine hits in five innings.

"It's another game that we lose in which I start and the offense scores some runs," Wainwright said. "I don't know what else to say other than I've got to keep going."

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