Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets will close out their series with the Phillies tonight before hopping on a plane, going down the coast to start another weekend with Marlins. Tonight, the Mets are hoping that the Zack Wheeler got the yips out in his last start as he goes against Vince Velasquez.

As a positive, it was great to see Wheeler on the mound again last week. He’s been away for two years with numerous health setbacks. He struggled, but that’s not unexpected at this point. The Mets, and the rest of us, hope that he continues to take strides forward in the right direction tonight. He picked up the loss in his first start as he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings while waking 1 and striking out 4. In 2014 he was 2-0 in 3 starts against the Phillies allowing 6 ER and 14 hits over 19.0 innings (2.84 ERA) while walking 5 and striking out 18. The Phillies have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Blanco 1-2, BB
  • Hernandez 1-2

The Mets bats draw Vince Velaquez who picked up a loss in his first start in 2017 allowing 4 ER over 4.0 innings and 5 hits with 3 walks with an astounding 10 strikeouts. Last year he was 8-6 over 24 starts and 131.0 innings with 45 walks and 152 strikeouts. He was 1-1 in three starts against the Mets last year where he held the Amazin’s to 6 runs, only 3 earned over 15.1 innings (1.76 ERA) while walking 4 and striking out 20. The Mets have the following numbers against Vince:

  • Granderson 0-4, 2 BB
  • Cabrera 3-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-6
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Conforto 2-5, HR
  • Duda 1-5
  • Walker 0-5
  • Flores 0-2, 2 BB

Let’s Go Mets!

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