MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 490
NY Mets0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 5100
  W: E. Díaz (2-7)   L: M. Morin (1-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 6, 2019
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 28,107

Mets visit Phillies for critical series

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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

  1. The Phillies have won 10 of 16 meetings with the Mets, the first time they've taken the season series between the teams since 2011. Philadelphia went 33-62 against New York from 2014-18, their lowest winning percentage vs. any National League team over that period.
  2. The Mets have lost a season-high six straight home games, a stretch in which they were held to two runs or fewer four times and hit a collective .146 with runners in scoring position. Since the All-Star break, the Mets are averaging 5.9 runs per game while batting .285 on the road and 4.5 runs per game with a .235 average at Citi Field.
  3. Pete Alonso hit his NL-leading 45th home run Wednesday in Washington to extend his on-base streak to 30 games, the longest in-season run by an NL rookie since current teammate Todd Frazier also did so in 30 straight with the Reds in 2012.
  4. Bryce Harper reached 30 homers and 100 RBI during Philadelphia's just-completed series with the Reds to become the first Phillies outfielder since Pat Burrell in 2005 with a 30-homer, 100-RBI season. He's the first Phillie to hit those marks in his first season with the team since Jim Thome (47 HR, 131 RBI) in 2003.
  5. Cesar Hernandez is 15-for-30 with five multi-hit games during an eight-game hitting streak at Citi Field and is 9-for-17 lifetime off Steven Matz, the Mets' scheduled starter for Friday.
  6. Matz is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in four starts at Citi Field since rejoining the Mets' rotation after the All-Star break. Matz has a 6.08 ERA on the road and a 2.01 ERA at home this season, the second-largest difference among pitchers with at least 10 starts home and away in 2019 (Adam Wainwright, 6.54/2.43).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2019 thru 9/8/2019

The New York Mets host their National League East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, in the opener of a key three-game series Friday night.

Both teams need wins to keep pace in the NL wild-card race, with both still alive despite time running out in the regular season to overtake the two teams currently holding wild cards, the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

Right-hander Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.33 ERA) is set to start for the Phillies, against the Mets' Steven Matz (9-8, 4.04).

The Phillies (72-67) lost 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds in 11 innings on Thursday afternoon. But they are 10-6 against the Mets this season.

This is the first season in which the Phillies won the season series with the Mets since 2009. But they have not been able to gain much ground in the wild-card race, with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games and a 15-15 mark in their last 30.

New York (71-68) has won four of six, but one of the losses was a crushing 11-10 defeat to the Washington Nationals in which the Mets blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning, a franchise-worst.

The Mets are 25-12 in their last 37 games but 4-8 in their last 12.

Eflin is 1-1 in three starts against the Mets this season, with a 5.63 ERA. But he allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings against them on Sunday, his last start. In his career against the Mets, Eflin is 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA.

Matz is 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA against the Phillies this season, with four starts and one relief appearance. He gave up eight runs (six earned) without getting an out in a start at the Phillies in April, and on June 24 gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings in Philadelphia. Matz is 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Phillies.

Philadelphia left Cincinnati 3 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second wild card.

"We still have plenty of time, but we have to turn it around quickly," Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto told the team's website. "We're three or four games out with three weeks left in the season with some really important games against some really good teams. So we have time to do it, but we have to do it pretty quickly."

The Mets' roller coaster of a season somehow still has them alive for a one-game playoff.

"We battle, we have each other's back," slugger Pete Alonso, who has 45 home runs on the season, told the New York Daily News. "I think that's been the key for us all year. We've come so far, and we're just going to keep on pushing forward, keep pushing each other in the best way possible and just keep working."

Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, a former Phillie, faces his former team on the heels of a 26-game hitting streak that ended Wednesday. Ramos' streak tied David Wright for the second-longest in club history.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 5, 2019

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