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Velasquez makes return as Phillies face Mets

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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

  1. The Phillies have gone 1-3 against the Mets so far in 2018, with Jeurys Familia picking up a save in all three Met victories. So far this year, Philadelphia has gone 15-17 (.469) against the National League East compared to 26-17 (.605) against the NL's other two divisions.
  2. Philadelphia enters today's double-header winners of six of seven, and sit at 49-38 (.563). New York has split its last four games after going 2-11 over its 13 games prior. The last time these two teams played a double-header came in New York on September 24, 2011, with the Mets taking both games.
  3. Nick Williams has posted a .556 slugging percentage in 20 games since June 14, second on the team over that span (Rhys Hoskins - .618). The Phillies have gone 15-4 (.789) when Williams picks up at least one extra-base hit, fifth-best mark in the NL (minimum 15 games with XBH).
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera has registered eight multi-hit games in 18 starts since June 17. The Mets are 4-4 in those games, compared to 2-8 in the other 10 games. On his career, Cabrera's teams are 264-140 (.653) in his multi-hit games.
  5. Zach Eflin has won six consecutive starts dating back to June 5. He is the first Phillies pitcher to win at least six straight since Cliff Lee won seven in a row from July 30 to September 5 in the 2011 season. If Eflin picks up his seventh straight win today, he will tie Jon Lester for the longest streak in 2018.
  6. Zack Wheeler has gone at least 6.0 innings in 12 of his 16 starts in 2018 -- since his first start on April 11, only six NL pitchers have racked up more such starts. Prior to this year, Wheeler had only gone at least 6.0 innings in 59.1 percent of his starts (39/66).
  7. Aaron Nola has posted a 2.15 ERA in eight starts against the NL East, picking up the win in his last five divisional outings. His five intra-division wins mean that Nola himself has won one third of his team's games against the East.
  8. Corey Oswalt will make the first home start of his career after making two road starts. In his first outing against Miami, Oswalt lasted 2.2 innings, allowing six earned runs. He followed that up with a 4.0 inning effort in Toronto, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/9/2018 thru 7/9/2018

NEW YORK -- Vince Velasquez will return to the mound Wednesday night fresh off a brief stint on the disabled list for an injury that initially looked like it could threaten his season. The Philadelphia Phillies will be quite pleased if Velasquez ends up pitching as well following his scare as Jacob deGrom has performed for the New York Mets since his own flirtation with disaster.

Velasquez is scheduled to come off the disabled list Wednesday and start the finale of a four-game series for the Phillies against the Mets at Citi Field.

The Phillies earned a milestone win Tuesday, when Enyel De Los Santos won his major league debut by allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 7-3 victory.

By virtue of the win and the Atlanta Braves' 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia (51-39) took over sole possession of first place in the National League East. It is the first time the Phillies have been in first place after July 1 since 2011, when they won the last of five straight division titles.

Velasquez (5-8, 4.69 ERA) will look to keep the Phillies atop the division when he caps his quick recovery from a bruised right forearm suffered after he was hit by a second-inning comebacker off the bat of Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton on June 30.

Velasquez subsequently made perhaps the play of the year when he raced over toward third base, picked up the ball with his left, non-throwing hand and fired to first to beat the speedy Eaton for the final out of the inning.

After completing the throw, Velasquez -- who allowed one run over two innings -- dropped to the ground and worried over the extent of his injury as he walked off the field with a trainer.

"I thought something was broken," Velasquez told reporters afterward.

However, X-rays only showed a bruise and the Phillies placed him on the disabled list as a precaution.

Manager Gabe Kapler said following Tuesday's game he isn't worried about activating Velasquez following the minimum 10-day stay on the shelf.

"I don't have any concerns because when he came off the field the next day, he was OK," Kapler said.

The Mets (36-53) did the same thing with deGrom (5-4, 1.79 ERA), who will start for the Mets on Wednesday. He suffered a hyperextended right elbow while batting against the Braves on May 2. New York initially feared the worst for deGrom, but tests showed he was fine and the team placed him on the disabled list out of caution on May 6, retroactive to May 3.

DeGrom also missed the minimum 10 days before returning against the Phillies on May 13, when he lasted just one scoreless inning, during which he issued three walks and threw 45 pitches

Since then, though, deGrom has been the best pitcher in baseball. He has a 1.77 ERA over his last 10 starts, during which he has allowed just 53 hits and 15 walks while striking out 86 over 71 innings.

DeGrom leads the majors in ERA and was named to his second NL All-Star team on Sunday.

But deGrom is just 2-4 in his last 10 starts for the Mets, who have won only three of those appearances. They won last Friday, though deGrom didn't factor into the decision after allowing one run over eight innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. New York's Jose Bautista snapped a tie with a walk-off grand slam in a 5-1 win.

The Mets have scored just 24 runs in deGrom's last seven games, and 12 of those runs came in one game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

"We need to win games when Jacob deGrom pitches for us to be the team we want to be," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said following last Friday's game. "Those are games you have to win, when your pitchers are out there pitching deep into games and putting up better than quality starts."

Velasquez is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. DeGrom is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 12 career starts against the Phillies.

Updated July 11, 2018

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