Major League Baseball Wednesday afternoon has the New York Mets (1-1) squaring off against the Philadelphia Phillies (4-1) from the city of brotherly love. This is the final game of a three game series as Philadelphia won the first game of the series 5-3 on Monday, and then the Mets bounced back on Tuesday with an 8-4 victory.
The Mets have only played in two baseball games this season after their season opening series against the Washington Nationals was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. The Nats and Mets were scheduled to open the 2021 season on Thursday night of last week in a nationally televised broadcast featuring a matchup of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. The New York Mets went a respectable 11-11 in spring training this Spring.
The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the few unbeaten teams in baseball until the New York Mets ended the four game winning streak yesterday. The Phillies swept the Braves to start the season holding the Braves to only three runs across the three game series. Philly is in first place in the NL East as the Braves and Marlins already have four losses a piece.
Mets Beat Phillies 8-4 Behind StromanThe New York Mets got exactly what they needed from right-hander Marcus Stroman who pitched in his first regular season game in more than 18 months. With Stroman on the mound Tuesday, the Mets cruised to an 8-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Stroman, who opted out from last season, had last appeared in a major league game for the Mets on Sept. 27, 2019. As a free agent last offseason, he returned to the Mets on a $18.9 million qualifying offer.
Stroman threw six innings allowing three hits, one earned run, two walks, and three strikeouts. The Mets bullpen would allow seven hits after Stroman's exit, but only allowed two more runs to hold on for the four-run victory. Dominic Smith got the Mets started with a 2-run shot in the 4th inning, his first of the season. The score would remain 2-1 in favor of the Mets until the 7th inning when New York would plate four more runs.
Now the Mets can focus on winning their first series of the season before they take on the Miami Marlins tomorrow at home. Today left-hander David Peterson takes the mound and he was impressive as a rookie with a 6-2 record and 3.44 ERA in 10 games, but in his lone start against the Phillies last season he allowed three runs on five hits, and only lasted two innings.
Phillies Four Game Win Streak EndsThe Philadelphia Phillies finished 21-19 against NL East Division opponents in 2020. The Phillies started this season off by improving their record immediately from last year as they swept the Braves in the season series opener three games to none. Despite losing their first game of the season yesterday 8-4 the Phillies can still secure their second series won of the season.
Philadelphia pitching was not so great yesterday against the Mets but they still held the Mets to only five hits on the eight runs that were scored. In the season opening series against the Braves the Phillies held the Braves to 12 hits across the three games and only allowed the Braves to plate three total runs in the series.
Rhys Hoskins is leading all Philly hitters with seven hits, four of which are doubles, and has a .368 batting average over his 19 at bats. Short-stop Didi Gregorious is batting .316 with six hits and one homer so far. Bryce Harper has started off the season with six walks, one RBI, and has only managed one hit in his 15 at bats. The Phillies give the ball to their ace right-hander Aaron Nola for his second start of the year. On Opening Day, Nola tossed 6 2/3 strong innings. Nola has an impressive 8-2 record with a 3.30 ERA in 16 career starts against the Mets
- Phillies are 5-15 in their last 20 during game 3 of a series.
- Mets are 7-1 in their last 8 Wednesday games.