Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Series Preview 8/12-8/14 2022

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Series Preview 8/12-8/14 2022

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Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Series Preview 8/12-8/14 2022

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Both of these NL East squads are feeling so good right now with the Mets on a six game winning streak and the Phillies having won seven out of their last eight. Now, both these teams square off at Citi Field this weekend for a late summer matchup with playoff positions potentially on the line.

Phillies Record: 62-49

Mets Record: 73-39

Friday’s Starters:

Ranger Suarez 8-5, 3.68 ERA vs Max Scherzer 8-2, 1.98 ERA

Saturday’s Starters:

Aaron Nola 8-8, 3.17 ERA vs Jacob deGrom 1-0, 2.53 ERA

Sunday’s Starters:

Zack Wheeler 11-5, 2.63 ERA vs Chris Bassitt 9-7, 3.39 ERA

What to watch:

Phillies success post-Girardi:

This is the first time these two teams have seen each other since late May and the Phillies were a completely different team then. The Phillies were all the way down in fourth place in the division with a record 21-27 and still had Joe Girardi as their manager. Since they have let him go, they have been one of the best teams in the National League and have found themselves in the second NL Wild Card spot. Quite the turnaround since firing Girardi. 

Newly acquired Mets:

For the Mets, they have just been killing it as of late. They have won six games in a row and are 15-2 in their last 17 games to help grow their NL East lead to seven games.

The new players the Mets acquired at the deadline are a major factor into the Mets late July and early August success. Newcomers like Daniel Vogelbach, Tyler Naquin and Darin Ruf for example have all made strides. In Vogelbach’s brief time in New York, he has reached base in all of the 13 games he has started and has batted .341. Naquin after coming from the Reds, has also found early success on his new team. He has already homered three times and has driven in seven runs. Finally, a surprising move that the Mets made last minute, Darin Ruf. The former Giant has also played really well batting .333 and driving in five runs in his brief time on the Mets.

The pitching matchup:

The pitching matchup in all three games in this series will definitely be must watch TV. Game one will feature Phillies left hander, Ranger Suarez and for the Mets, veteran Max Scherzer. Suarez has pitched very well as of late seeing his ERA drop from 4.33, all the way down to 3.68. He’s been a great piece for the Phillies. Meanwhile, Scherzer will look to continue his dominance after striking out 11 in his last start against the Braves on August 6th. He has only given up six runs in last seven starts since returning from the IL on July 4th. 

Game two will feature both clubs aces in Aaron Nola and Jacob deGrom. Nola will look to build off his last strong outing against the Nationals after giving up just one run six innings and for deGrom in just his third start of the season. He too will look to pitch even better after striking out 12 batters against the Braves on August 7th and retiring the first 17 batters he faced. Finally game three will have Zack Wheeler for the Phillies and Chris Bassitt for the Mets. Wheeler struck out eight batters in his last start out against the Marlins on August 9th and now has gone at least six innings in his last four starts. Bassitt will look to build off perhaps his best start of the year after striking out eight Reds, going eight innings on August 8th.

Who wins the series?

This has the making to be one of the best series this weekend in the MLB. Both of these teams are coming in hot and are battling for a playoff spot. But I have the Mets taking two out of three in this series. For two reasons, they’re home and Citi Field crowd should be rocking. And, they will have both Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom pitching back-to-back days which no opposing team wants to see. It will be too much for Philadelphia in this series.

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