9/2/2015 Game Preview: Phillies at Mets

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The Phillies (53-80) take on the Mets (73-59) at 7:10 tonight, RHP Aaron Nola vs. RHP Matt Harvey.



  1. Granderson, RF
  2. Cespedes, CF
  3. Murphy, 1B
  4. Wright, 3B
  5. Conforto, LF
  6. d’Arnaud, C
  7. Johnson, 2B
  8. Tejada, SS
  9. Harvey, P


  1. Sweeney, LF
  2. Hernandez, 2B
  3. Herrera, CF
  4. Howard, 1B
  5. Blanco, 3B
  6. Brown, RF
  7. Rupp, C
  8. Galvis, SS
  9. Nola, P


After his debut against Tampa Bay in which he only gave up a solo home run to opposing Pitcher Nate Karns (enough for a 1-0 loss), Aaron Nola has gotten much better luck. Through 8 starts and 49 2/3 innings, Nola has struck out 40 and walked 14 while allowing 6 home runs and 18 earned runs, good for a 3.26 ERA and 4.06 FIP and 1.07 WHIP. The Phillies are 6-2 in Nola’s 8 starts.

In 12 starts since a disastrous June 10th outing against San Francisco, Matt Harvey has pitched 80 1/3 innings allowing only 16 runs (12 earned) for an ERA of 1.34, and a FIP of 3.02. He has averaged 6.7 innings per start, and while the strikeouts are down over that period (7.51 K/9), the results are still there.

Kelly Johnson gets the start against the right handed pitcher, a day after he sat in favor of Michael Cuddyer. After a slow start, Johnson is hitting .279/.326/.488 since August 13th with three doubles and two home runs.

Since his one day demotion on August 1st (when Yoenis Cespedes was acquired before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the DL), Michael Conforto is hitting .328/.405/.597 with six doubles and four home runs, starting against right handed pitchers. He has shown a strong ability to draw walks and hit line drives, and has a wOBA of .421 during that stretch.

According to Terry Collins, Lucas Duda started swinging a bat today, but it does not appear likely he will be activated when eligible this weekend. Also according to Terry Collins, Noah Syndergaard will not make his scheduled start this Saturday due to innings concerns. Bartolo Colon will instead start Saturday (on regular rest due to Thursday’s off day), with Steven Matz making his return on Sunday. Therefore, the Mets rotation for the next two series will be as follows:

  • Friday in Miami: deGrom
  • Saturday in Miami: Colon
  • Sunday in Miami: Matz
  • Monday in Washington: Niese
  • Tuesday in Washington: Harvey
  • Wednesday in Washington: deGrom

[via Adam Rubin]

Terry Collins also told Jon Niese that Monday will be the biggest game of his life (Niese has struggled mightily over his last three starts). Collins said it is also likely Harvey will be skipped later in the month, Dan Warthen recently said that the preference would be to skip Harvey and deGrom for a start each (via Marc Carig)

Also from Adam Rubin, Wilmer Flores is not with the team today, his grandfather is sick and he has traveled to Venezuela. Ruben Tejada starts at shortstop today, with my speculation being that Eric Campbell is the emergency backup SS.

And as always, LET’S GO METS!


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