The New York Mets (3-2) hope to get the sour taste out of their mouths as they are in Philadelphia to play the second of a three-game series vs the Phillies (3-1). New York blew a 4-0 lead on Monday, giving up a five-spot in the eighth inning en route to their second straight loss. Check out below for more insight and analysis, as well as a Mets vs Phillies prediction.
Mets vs Phillies Odds & Analysis
For the second straight game, the Phillies are favored with the line opening at -175. The Mets have beaten Philadelphia just once in the last eight meetings. The total opened at 9, but has since dropped to 8.5 on most sites. The UNDER is 6-2 in the last eight head-to-head matchups.
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The Mets send Tylor Megill to the hill tonight. He was flawless against Washington in the team’s season opener, pitching five shutout innings while giving up just three hits and striking out six. Megill struggled in his only start against Philadelphia last season, giving up four earned runs in 4.2 innings.
The Phillies counter with last year’s NL Cy Young runner-up, Zack Wheeler, who did not make a start in spring training due to shoulder soreness. He is expected to be on a pitch count of about 70 to 75 pitches. Wheeler is 4-1 in eight career starts vs his old club.
Mets Look To Begin New Win Streak
Manager Buck Showalter didn’t mince words following his team’s collapse on Monday, saying “This one hurts.” New York has lost two straight games after opening the season with three consecutive victories.
Mark Canha has made an immediate impact with his new club, hitting .571 and reaching base 11 times in 17 at-bats. The Mets are getting it done both at the plate and in the field. They are hitting .277, fifth-best in the majors, while their team ERA is 2.30, which ranks second.
New York is +1000 to win the World Series, tied with the Yankees for the fourth-best odds.
Who Doesn’t Love Philadelphia?
To say Alec Bohm has had an up-and-down start to the season would be an understatement. He has reached base in all six of his plate appearances, but got himself in a bit of hot water last night after he made three errors, much to the home fans’ chagrin, leading him to mutter the words: “I (expletive) hate this place.”
Bohm’s night is overshadowing what is otherwise the biggest story with the Phillies right now and that is the early-season struggles of Bryce Harper. He is just 1-for-14 with six strikeouts. Of note: Harper is 0-for-2 in his only two career at-bats vs Megill.
Mets vs Phillies Pick & Insights
Mets: Keys To Victory
Be patient at the plate. With Wheeler on a limited pitch count, it will be crucial for the Mets to make him throw strikes. If they can get to him early and force the Phillies bullpen to take over, their chances of getting back into the win column will be high.
Phillies: Keys To Victory
Build on last night’s momentum. The Mets were cruising until Philly turned the game around in just one inning. If they can get off to a quick start and jump on the Mets’ young starter, then taking the home team when making your Mets vs Phillies pick could pay out.
Odds Shark’s Computer Mets vs Phillies Prediction: Phillies -150
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