Neither one of these teams is quite where they would like to be at this point in the year. The Mets got red hot in July, and it lasted into August, and then they slipped up and lost six games in a row. In this must-win series though following being swept by the Cubs, they have taken two games in a row. They are not going to go quietly into the night, and though they have their work cut out for them, it is not over yet.
The Phillies, on the other hand, have no excuses. They have been up and down, unable to go on a hot streak at any point in 2019. But, these losses to the Mets have dropped them far behind the streaking Cubs, 3.5 games to be exact, and now if they get swept Sunday night, it may not be too soon to say that their year will be ending after 162. Bryce and Co. are going to have to step up and win tonight for sure.
The moneyline on Sunday’s game features the Phillies as +105 underdogs and the Mets as -120 favorites. The over/under is set at 9.5 runs.
Mets Looking For Sweep
Through the recent ups and downs, we have seen many sides of the Mets. We saw the group that could not beat the worst teams in baseball for the first few months, and now we have returned to watching the team that won 15 of 16 games just in July. Two wins in a row over the Phillies has returned the hope that they may be able to go on a run into the Wild Card sweepstakes. They have Pete Alonso hitting home runs at a rate very few rookies ever have. Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto have been on a tear. And starting pitching has been great.
Steven Matz will get the nod for the Mets. He is set to make his 27th appearance (25th start) of the year. He has posted an 8-8 record with a 4.06 ERA in 128 2/3 innings of work. He has struck out 122 batters while walking 38.
Phillies Desperate For Victories
We could sit here and tell you how productive Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and JT Realmuto have been. But that would not talk about the inner issues with this team, like Realmuto’s disbelief in Jared Hughes, who sprinted out of the bullpen last night and allowed a long home run before he was able to catch his breath. This is a talented team that needs to do more so that Gabe Kapler can avoid being fired.
They will send Jason Vargas, the ex-Met, to the mound as they try to avoid the sweep. He is 0-1 in five starts with Philly, posting a 4.34 ERA in 29 innings of work. He has 15 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Vargas Exacts His Revenge
Vargas will go six strong and Harper will crush a late home run to power the Phillies to victory!
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