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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

April 20th, 2017 at 4:53 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets (8-7) snapped a four game losing streak last night by picking up a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies (5-8). Jay Bruce played the role of hero for the Mets, launching a pair of home runs and driving in five runs to help them even this three game series. The two teams will now look to secure the rubber game this evening and pick up a series victory. First pitch for the finale of this three game set is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.

The Mets will send their ace, right hander Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95 ERA), to the mound tonight. Syndergaard delivered a solid performance in his last start, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings against the Miami Marlins last Friday. The Mets couldn't give Syndergaard enough run support, however, handing him a no decision in a 3-2 loss. The Phillies will counter with young right hander Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27 ERA). Nola pitched very well in his last start, allowing one run in five innings against the Washington Nationals last Friday, but received a no decision for his efforts. The Phillies went on to lose the game 3-2.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. SS Asdrubal Cabrera
  3. LF Yoenis Cespedes
  4. 1B Jay Bruce
  5. 2B Neil Walker
  6. CF Michael Conforto
  7. 3B Jose Reyes
  8. SP Noah Syndergaard
  9. C Rene Rivera

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Syndergaard has dominated the Phillies, going 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against them.
  • Nola has only faced the Mets once in his career, allowing six runs in four innings to take a loss back in 2015.
  • Lucas Duda will sit and is expected to be out for several days with a hyperextended left elbow. Jay Bruce will play first base for the first time and bat cleanup.
  • Travis d'Arnaud is out of the lineup, as expected with Syndergaard pitching, as he deals with a right hand contusion. Rene Rivera will catch and bat ninth, allowing Syndergaard to hit eighth.
  • With Jay Bruce playing first base, the Mets will give Michael Conforto a start. Conforto will bat sixth and play center field, allowing Curtis Granderson to shift over to right for the night.
  • The Mets have activated Jeurys Familia from the suspended list. David Wright was transferred to the 60 day disabled list to clear a 40 man roster spot for Familia while Rafael Montero was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for him on the active roster.
  • Kevin Plawecki has been promoted from Triple-A to serve as an extra bench player with d'Arnaud potentially unavailable due to his hand contusion. Sean Gilmartin was sent back to Las Vegas to clear a spot for Plawecki on the active roster.
  • Mets' manager Terry Collins told reporters prior to today's game that Wilmer Flores is unavailable after spending last night in the hospital with a knee infection. Given the team's shortage of available position players Juan Lagares is expected to be the emergency infielder tonight.

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Tags: Aaron Nola, Baseball, Citi Field, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Kevin Plawecki, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Rene Rivera, Wilmer Flores

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