Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Mets
The 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.