NL East foes battle one last time this season! The New York Mets are set to take on the Philadelphia Phillies for the last time this season at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets are looking to maintain their division lead while the Phillies battle for a National League Wild Card spot with the division seemingly out of reach. Who will have the most success in this four-game series?
Mets Record: 76-43
Phillies Record: 65-52
Chris Bassitt 10-7, 3.27 ERA vs Aaron Nola 8-9, 3.07 ERA
Doubleheader Game One:
David Peterson 6-2, 3.30 ERA vs Zack Wheeler 11-6, 2.92 ERA
Trevor Williams 2-5 3.02 ERA vs Bailey Falter 0-3, 4.85 ERA
TBD vs Kyle Gibson 8-5, 4.30 ERA
What to Watch:
This is the final series between the two clubs with the Mets leading the season series 11 games to four. Fair to say the Mets have had a lot of success against the Phillies this year after losing the season series last year 10-9. The Mets will most likely have rookie and 2019 first-round pick, Brett Baty, in the lineup for this series. He made an instant impact when he joined the big leagues on August 17 when he hit his first career home run in his first at-bat. Another player to watch out for the Mets is outfielder Mark Canha who had a great series against the Atlanta Braves. He had five extra-base hits and a home run in the four games played. The Mets offense has been sputtering as of late so we’ll see if he and others can keep up their productions.
The Pitching Matchup:
The Mets will not have the upper hand in the starting pitching matchup in this weekend series. For game one of the series, it will be Chris Bassitt for the Mets and Aaron Nola for the Phillies. The last time Bassitt pitched was against these very Phillies as he went five shutout innings. Nola’s last start was also against the Mets on August 13. Despite losing, he went eight innings for a complete game and struck out eight. Nola has lost his last four starts against the Mets so we’ll see if that trend continues. Game one of the doubleheader will be a challenge for the Mets. After losing Carlos Carrasco to injury, the Mets will now have lefty David Peterson start for them. He has pitched a lot better though this season than the previous year. His last start was on August 6 and he pitched well only giving up three hits in five and third with five strikeouts. For the Phillies, it will be the second straight time Zack Wheeler will pitch against the Mets. On August 14, he got lit up giving up six runs in six innings. We’ll see how he fairs this time at home.
Game two of the doubleheader will feature Trevor Williams for the Mets and lefty Bailey Falter for the Phillies. The last time Williams started a game, not as a reliever, was all the way back on July 7 when he pitched seven shutout innings against the Miami Marlins. For the Phillies with Falter, he will only be making his second start of the year! Finally, game four of the series will feature Kyle Gibson for the Phillies, and for the Mets, it might be Taijuan Walker but not guaranteed after he left his previous start early due to back spasms on August 16 against the Braves.
Who Wins The Series?
This is a must-win series for the Mets after losing three out of four against the Braves dropping their division lead to 3.5 games. I have this series going as a two-game split with both of these teams winning two out of four. The Phillies definitely have an advantage with their starting pitching but the Mets’ offense should help them stay close in this series. I think this will go in a series split.