After a long ten game road trip, the New York Mets (50-55) are finally back home. The Mets will open their first home stand of the second half tonight as they welcome their division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies (46-59), to town to kick off a three game series. The Phillies are in the middle of a lost season, checking into today's game in dead last in the National League East and trailing the division leading Washington Nationals by 12.5 games. First pitch for today's game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
The pitching matchup for tonight's game is an interesting one, as both teams are sending out starters who could be pitching elsewhere by Thursday's trade deadline. The Mets will send veteran right hander Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) to the mound amidst rumors this could be his final start in Queens. Colon is coming off one of his best outings of the season, as he flirted with a perfect game and beat the Seattle Mariners last Wednesday. The Phillies will counter with former Met farmhand A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA), who also could be on the move to a contender by Thursday. Burnett tossed eight shutout innings in his last start against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, but ended up with a no decision in that contest.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- LF Chris Young
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Bartolo Colon
- Chris Young, who has stroked four doubles in his last two games, will get a third straight start in left field. Young will bat fifth behind Lucas Duda.
- Duda has been the Mets' best power hitter since the All Star Break, homering four times in his last six games.
- The Mets are 6-3 against the Phillies so far this season.
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