New York Mets at Philadelphia

The Phillies are favored against the Mets tonight in the first game of a huge early season NL East match up, but New York has won seven straight and now leads the division.

New York Mets (13-9) at Philadelphia Phillies (12-9)

Bovada has the Phillies favored in this game posted at -150 with the Mets at +130 with a run total of 10.5.

The Mets recently overtook the Phillies in the division and now have a slim .5 game lead over them. The Mets have won seven straight and are coming off a 9-1 home stand. The Phillies won their last game, but are not playing great lately only going 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The Mets are coming off a sweep of the L.A. Dodgers where they scored 21 runs in three games.

This season Philadelphia is 3-3 at home and New York is 2-4 on the road.

Both teams won in their last game on Wednesday, as the Mets beat the L.A. Dodgers 7-3 and the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6.

Taking the mound tonight for Philadelphia is Kyle Kendrick (0-0 7.71 ERA), who in his last start gave up five earned runs in five innings in a no decision. Jonathon Niese (0-1 3.68 ERA) is on the hill for New York and in his last start gave up one earned run in five innings in a no decision.

Neise is winless this season, but has been decent and has got no run support. When he has been on the mound this season the Mets’ have scored either no runs or one run in three of his four starts.

Kendrick is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 5 career starts against the Mets. Tonight’s game is Niese's first appearance against the Phillies.

Dating back to last season the Mets are 5-2 in Niese’s last seven starts as an underdog and the Phillies are 1-4 in Kendrick’s last 5 starts overall.

The Phillies bullpen has struggled, but tonight they will get closer Brad Lidge back, as he was recently activated from the 15-day DL.

Tonight’s game if the first between these rival clubs and last season Philadelphia won 12 of 18 games against New York.

The Mets are winning with their pitching that has the third lowest team ERA in the NL and has given up the third fewest runs. New York’s staff will have to deal with a Phillies’ offense that has scored the fourth most runs in the NL.

The Mets are 6-0 in their last six games against a right hand starter and Philadelphia is 0-4 in their last 4 home games facing a left-handed starter.

In Game 2 tomorrow afternoon both teams have their aces on the hill, as Roy Halladay (4-1 1.80 ERA) is slated to start for the Phillies and Mike Pelfrey (4-0 0.69 ERA) is slated to start for the Mets. Pelfrey leads the NL in ERA and while Holliday has been great this season he is coming off a loss in his last start.

In the finale of this series, which will be aired on ESPN,  the ageless Jamie Moyer (2-2 5.25 ERA) is slated to start for the Phillies and Johan Santana (3-1 2.08 ERA) is slated to start for the Mets. Santana ranks seventh in the NL in wins and 11th in ERA. View Matchup Stats
 

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