After a disappointing loss yesterday, the New York Mets (54-61) find themselves in a tight spot. The Mets dropped two of three in a must win series against the Washington Nationals, and now they are staring down the barrel at a series where they have to take care of business if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Mets will kick off a wraparound four game weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies (52-63) tonight. First pitch at Citizen's Bank Park is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The Mets have had their way with the Phillies so far this year, going 8-4 over their first 12 meetings. The Mets have had a lot of success in Philadelphia, going 5-1 in their first six games at Citizen's Bank Park, including winning four out of five back in June. With the Phillies well on their way to a last place finish, the Mets should be able to take care of business this weekend.
The pitching matchup is a familiar one, as Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16 ERA) square off for the second time in 10 days. The last matchup went Colon's way as the Mets battered Burnett and the Phillies 7-1 on July 28th. Both pitchers haven't fared as well in their last outings. Colon got rocked by the San Francisco Giants last Sunday, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings to take a loss. Burnett didn't even make it out of the second inning in his start against Washington last Saturday, being ejected for arguing balls and strikes after 1.2 innings.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Wilmer Flores
- SP Bartolo Colon
- Colon is seeking his 200th career victory tonight.
- The Mets have won 9 of 10 in Philadelphia dating back to last season.
- Wilmer Flores draws the start at shortstop and will bat eighth. Manager Terry Collins told reporters he and General Manager Sandy Alderson conferred and decided to give Flores an extended look at shortstop.
- The same holds true for Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left field, who is batting sixth tonight. What this means for Chris Young remains to be seen.
- Jenrry Mejia, who left yesterday's game with a calf issue, is reportedly ready to go today.
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