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A Series Matter’ Mets look for starting pitchers to step up in Philly

A Series Matter’ Mets look for starting pitchers to step up in Philly

Coming up from Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will be meeting up to continue their Major League Baseball series. DeGrom also needed 45 pitches to get out of the first inning.

"When you have got their best pitcher on the mound, who doesn't give up many runs, and you have him in that situation, you have to scrape one or two by", Callaway said. The first inning took a long time and there was a rain delay before the game.

The New York Mets made it clear on Sunday that they are taking great precautions with their handling of Jacob deGrom. The first pitch Sunday was delayed 59 minutes by rain. I will look for this one to be a classic pitcher's duel.

The Mets have activated right-hander Jacob deGrom in advance of Sunday's game against the Phillies. deGrom has been held off of the mound for almost two weeks after hyperextending his right elbow during an at-bat.

NY has posted 19.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.0 over its last five. Still, the Phils have the Advantage on offense in this one and they have Aaron Nola going for them.

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Asdrubal Cabrera delivered a two-out RBI double in the seventh that pulled the Mets within 3-2, but Yoenis Cespedes was retired by Luis Garcia to strand the tying run at second base. He walked three, struck out two, and did not allow a run. NY is also 1-5 in Syndergaard's last six Saturday starts and 7-2 in his last nine starts in game two of a series. His seven pinch-hits this season are tied for second-most in baseball and he's hitting.467 as a pinch-hitter in 2018.

For Saturday's matchup, the Mets will be going with RHP Noah Syndergaard. He'll face off against Phillies' right-hander Aaron Nola when the Mets kick off their series finale today at 1:35 PM ET.

As for the Phillies, they're hauling out Zach Eflin for the Saturday start.

NY optioned LHP Buddy Baumann to Triple-A Las Vegas to open a roster spot for deGrom.

Up 1-0 with one out in the ninth in the series opener, the Phillies worsened to 18-2 when leading after eight innings, as closer Hector Neris surrendered back-to-back home runs to Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco - his third blown save of the season. The Phillies, on the other hand, are 22-15 SU and 16-20 ATS.

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