Phillies v. Mets
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 6-4
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 35-18 when getting on the board first but just 18-47 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 3-53 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 41-4 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 30-25 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 35-16 when out-hitting opponents but 12-43 when getting outhit.
- Philadelphia is 152-108 since 2005 in the month of August, the best record in the National League and second best in the majors behind only the Yankees in that span.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 434-315.
- After getting off to a decent start to the season, the Phillies have lost 27 of their last 40 games against NL East opponents and are 0-5-2 over their last seven series against divisional opponents.
- Chase Utley had a fantastic game for the Phillies going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.
- Ryan Howard's only hit of the day came as a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning scoring Marlon Byrd.
- Byrd tied the game with his pinch-hit single that scored Cody Asche. Byrd stole second to get into scoring position, his third steal of the game.
- Asche's only hit of the game was a ninth-inning double to lead off the inning.
- Domonic Brown had only one hit but it was big as he ripped a two-run double to cut the Mets lead to 6-3.
- Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins both went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Place: 4th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- The Mets have lost six of their last 10 games but are happy to see a National League East opponent going 10-5 in their last 15 games against the Division.
- New York is happy to see the Phillies as they have won nine of their last 12 games against Philadelphia.
- The Mets are 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park this season and 12-3 over their last 15 games in Philadelphia.
- David Wright has 19 career home runs at Citizens Bank Park, a record for most home runs by any visiting player at the ballpark and the single most in any visiting stadium in Wright's career.
- Six of the Mets' 15 games against the Phillies have gone to extra innings with New York winning four of those games.
- Lucas Duda was 1-for-4 on the day with a walk and a solo home run.
- Travis d'Arnaud hit a home run on the very next pitch after Duda. Overall he was 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.
- Juan Lagares had a great game at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a run scored and two RBIs.
- David Wright also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored at the top of the Mets order.
- Daniel Murphy also drove in a going 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly.
5-8, 3.51 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Niese, 27, allowed six runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals. In 18 career games against the Phillies, Niese is 7-6 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. In 10 career games at Citizens Bank Park, he is 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.
6-5, 4.39 ERA, 1.29 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed three runs on nine hits and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work in Wednesday's win over the Astros. In one career start against the Mets, Buchanan allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 6.2 innings getting the loss. In six career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 4-2 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.