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Philadelphia0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 x 590
  W: H. Neris (3-5)   L: D. Zamora (0-1)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 PM CT, September 1, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 33,492

Mets, Phillies will again claw at each other -- and standings

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New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Philadelphia owns a 9-4 advantage in this year's season series with the Mets and has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, as well as six straight over New York at home. It's the Mets' longest losing streak ever at Citizens Bank Park. They haven't lost seven straight road games to the Phillies since a 10-game skid at Veterans Stadium from 1976-77.
  2. Having lost a combined six consecutive games to the Braves and Cubs in the past week, the Mets are now 26-46 (.361) against NL teams currently above .500. They're 13-27 (.325) on the road against such opponents.
  3. Wilson Ramos is batting .429 (36-for-84) over a 22-game hitting streak, the longest by any player in the majors this season and the longest by a Met since Moises Alou had a 30-gamer from Aug. 23-Sept. 26, 2007. It's the longest hitting streak by a catcher since Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall hit in 23 straight from June 24-July 21, 2003.
  4. Cesar Hernandez is batting .435 (20-for-46) against the Mets this season and has multiple hits in seven of the teams' 13 meetings in 2019. He's a combined 17-for-41 (.415) lifetime against New York's scheduled starters in this series -- Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Marcus Stroman.
  5. Pete Alonso enters this series having reached base safely in 24 straight games, which matches Pittsburgh's Brian Reynolds for the longest streak by a rookie this season. It's the longest streak by a Mets rookie since Justin Turner did so in 28 straight games from June 1-July 6, 2011.
  6. Jason Vargas will face the Mets on Saturday for the first time since being traded from New York to the Phillies on July 29. He's yet to win since the trade but has received the fourth-lowest run support (2.17 per 9 innings) among NL pitchers in August (min. 25 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/30/2019 thru 9/1/2019
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies both damaged their long-shot playoff hopes during the final days of August. But despite being further back in the wild-card standings, the Mets will begin September feeling better about themselves than the Phillies.

The up-and-down Mets will look to complete a three-game road sweep Sunday night when they visit the Phillies. Marcus Stroman (7-12, 3.29 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for New York against Philadelphia's Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.50) in a battle of right-handers.

The Mets won Saturday afternoon as Wilson Ramos had four hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 24 games and Todd Frazier delivered three hits and a pair of RBIs in a 6-3 win.

The two-game winning streak follows a six-game losing streak for the Mets that threatened to knock them out of the playoff race they'd climbed back into by going a baseball-best 27-10 between July 12 and Aug. 22. New York finally gained some ground in the chase for the second wild-card berth Saturday as well, as it pulled within four games of Chicago following the Cubs' 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We have an opportunity," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters following the game Saturday. "And that's the way we've always viewed everything. There's an opportunity to win the next game. And if we continue that focus, we can continue to give ourselves more opportunities day in and day out. And that's what you want."

The Phillies are incrementally closer to a playoff spot (3 1/2 games behind the Cubs) than the Mets, but were in a far more dour mood Saturday. Philadelphia has produced just two winning streaks longer than two games since July 1, a span in which it has gone 25-25.

"Super frustrating," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters following Saturday's loss. "It's a game we have to win. We have to come out (Sunday) and be better."

Stroman took the loss last Tuesday, when he gave up four runs over six innings and the Mets fell to the Cubs 5-2. He is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and has yet to produce a quality start in five tries since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a pair of minor league pitchers on July 28.

Eflin earned a long-awaited win in his most recent start on Aug. 24, when he allowed two runs over six innings and the Phillies cruised past the Miami Marlins 9-3 on the road. The victory was the first in 10 appearances (six starts) for Eflin, who was 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA in between wins.

Stroman is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three career appearances (one start) against the Phillies. Eflin is 3-4 with a 6.00 ERA in nine starts against the Mets, whom he's faced more than any other opponent.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 1, 2019

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