After a very lackluster series against the Marlins that resulted in a sweep, the Phillies continue their homestand. Their next opponent is the New York Mets. The Phillies have dug themselves a serious hole and are now in must-win territory. Currently riding a six game losing streak, the Phillies look to get some momentum going against a struggling Mets team.
Probable pitching matchups
Game one: Zach Eflin (6-7, 2.83 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (5-5, 4.28 ERA)
Game two: Jake Arrieta (6-6, 4.12 ERA) vs. Walker Lockett (0-1, 23.14 ERA)
Game three: Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.54 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.75 ERA)
The Phillies have a good chance to end their losing skid in game one of this series. They are putting Zach Eflin on the hill, who has easily been the most consistent pitcher in this Phillies rotation, and he is going up against Steven Matz who the Phillies have had success against in the past. In April, Matz pitched against the Phillies, and the Phillies chased him out of the game in the first inning after allowing six earned runs.
Two Struggling Teams
This will be the third series between these two teams this year. Through six games, each team has walked away with three wins. One thing going in the Phillies’ favor heading into this series is that the Mets have been a team that has struggled on the road. So far on the season, the Mets have a record of 17-26 on the road. The Mets have also lost six of their last ten games, so the Phillies have the chance to capitalize on a team who is in just as bad a skid as them.
Getting swept by the Marlins was very bad for the Phillies. Playing the last place team at home was the perfect opportunity to get back on track and gain some ground back in the division race, and the Phillies completely threw away the opportunity. Now they have three games with the Mets, and then they are back on the road through the All-Star break. This series is now must-win for the Phillies if they want to salvage the mess they caused by getting swept by the Marlins. The Phillies need to get themselves back in order and get some confidence back in front of the home crowd before they head back on the road.
Stats to keep an eye on
- The Mets pitching staff has a 4.96 ERA on the road this season.
- Walker Lockett gave up six earned runs in two and a third innings pitched in his only start this season.
- Robinson Cano is only hitting .160 over his last seven games.
- Zach Eflin has only allowed five earned runs over his last 20 IP.
- Bryce Harper is currently hitting .400 on the season with runners in scoring position.