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  • Mets @ Phillies: 09/19 6:05 PM ET; SNY; NBC; WOR, ESPN, WPHT

    GAME 152, ROAD GAME 77

    Wednesday, 19th September
    6:05 PM ET
    Citizens Bank Park









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  • #2

    Hoping to Stay in Race, Phillies Host Mets

    PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The third time was the charm Tuesday night for the Philadelphia Phillies, who finally earned a win on a night in which the Atlanta Braves lost.

    The Phillies will look to continue a last-ditch attempt to get back into the National League East race Wednesday night when they host the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

    The Phillies evened the series Tuesday night when Jorge Alfaro's three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning in a 5-2 victory. The win, coupled with the Braves' 8-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, pulled Philadelphia within 5 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta, which has a magic number of seven for winning the division.

    The Braves have dropped three straight, but the Phillies failed to make up ground when they lost to the Miami Marlins on Sunday and the Mets on Monday.

    Another win on Wednesday -- when the Phillies' Zach Eflin (10-7, 4.26 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Mets' Noah Syndergaard (12-3, 3.26) in a battle of right-handers -- will provide Philadelphia some valuable momentum heading Thursday, when it begins a make-or-break four-game series in Atlanta against the Braves.

    The two teams are also scheduled to finish the season with a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

    "We have a chance, for sure," Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola told reporters after he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night. "Seven games against the Braves. Have to go over there, but just worry about what we can do and not really worry about the Braves right now."

    With their third loss in four games, meanwhile, the Mets (70-81) ensured themselves a second straight non-winning season. They opened the month with 10 wins in the first 13 games, but the late run wasn't nearly enough to undo the damage New York suffered in going 5-21 in June -- the third-worst month, in terms of winning percentage, in franchise history.

    "We have to do everything we can to make sure a June doesn't happen again," first-year Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "Because it derails your whole season."

    Eflin stopped a three-start losing streak last Friday when he allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Phillies beat the Marlins 14-2. It was the first time since June 27, a span of 11 starts, in which Eflin allowed fewer than two runs.

    Syndergaard won his third straight start last Friday, surrendering just three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0. He has a 1.99 ERA and has allowed 26 baserunners while striking out 21 over 22 2/3 innings this month.

    Eflin is 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. He split two decisions against New York over the past six weeks, giving up 10 runs over 9 2/3 innings.

    Syndergaard is 5-2 with a 2.96 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies. He allowed four runs and 12 hits over 6 2/3 innings in beating Philadelphia on Sept. 8.

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      THE CAPTAIN: The Mets and David Wright announced that the captain will be activated for the Mets final homestand, September 25-30 and will start at third base on Saturday, September 29...Wright is a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and two-time Silver Slugger recipient...He holds the franchise record for hits (1,777), RBI (970), runs scored (949), doubles (390), total bases (2,945), extra-base hits (658), walks (761) and go-ahead homers (87).

      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games...The Mets are 26-18 in their last 44 games and 38-33 since July 1...New York is 33-32 vs. the NL East...The Mets are 9-7 in rubber games, including 6-1 in their last seven rubber games.

      SERIES STREAK: New York is 9-2-2 in its last 13 series.

      SEPTEMBER: The Mets are 11-6 this month, tied for the second-best winning percentage (.647) in the NL and tied for the fifth-best in the majors...The pitching staff has a 3.40 ERA this month, the seventh lowest in the majors...The Mets have 25 homers in September, the second-most in the majors, behind the Dodgers (27).

      ON THE ROAD: New York is 37-39 on the road this year...The Mets rank third in the majors with a .331 road on-base percentage, fifth with 385 runs scored and sixth in the majors with a .757 OPS on the road.

      VS. PHILADELPHIA: The Mets have now won the season-series vs. the Phillies seven straight years dating to 2012...According to Elias, it's the longest streak of consecutive season-series wins vs. one team in team history...The Mets have won 21 of their last 27 series vs. the Phillies...New York is 49-26 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign, including 11-7 this year...New York has out-homered the Phillies, 120-65 since the start of the 2015 season.

      CITIZENS BANK PARK: New York is 44-21 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012...The Mets have out-homered the Phillies, 31-21, since last year at CBP and have out-homered the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 68-36, since the beginning of 2015.

      CONFORTO CONNECTS: Michael Conforto has hit 12 home runs since August 12 (in 37 games), tied for the second-most homers in the majors during that span...Christian Yelich is first (13)...Conforto has 75 RBI, extending career-high...Conforto has 15 homers (sixth in the NL) and 45 RBI (third in the majors) since the All-Star break...He is one of three lefthanded hitters with double digit homers off a lefty (Joey Gallo and Freddie Freeman are the others)...Overall, he is tied for 10th in the NL with 73 walks.

      SIZZLING SEPTEMBER: Conforto leads all major leaguers with 22 RBI this month (five more than Trevor Story and Christian Yelich)...He is tied for the most homers (seven) this month with Story...He is also tied for the major league lead with 12 extra base hits in September.

      CONFORTO VS. PHILLY: Conforto has homered in three of his last four games vs. Philadelphia and has 11 RBI in those games vs. the Phillies...He has five homers and 19 RBI in 16 games vs. Philly this year...Conforto has 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 47 career games vs. Philadelphia, his highest totals vs. any opponent.

      NOAH NOTES: Noah Syndergaard has the third-lowest homer per nine (0.47) rate in the majors (min. 120 innings)...Syndergaard is 10-2 in his last 14 starts...He is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA (five earned runs/22.2 innings) and 21 strikeouts in September...Syndergaard is one of four active pitchers with an ERA below 3.00 (min. 70 starts)...Clayton Kershaw (2.37), Jacob deGrom (2.70), Chris Sale (2.88) and Syndergaard (2.99).

      SEPTEMBER STARTERS: Mets starting pitchers are 7-2 with a 2.80 ERA (32 earned runs/103.0 innings), the third-lowest ERA in the majors this month.

      HISTORIC STREAKS: Jacob deGrom has held opponents to three runs or less in 27 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history...Research courtesy of Elias...deGrom has hurled 22 straight quality starts, tied for the longest single-season streak in major league history with Bob Gibson (1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005)...Also courtesy of Elias.

      HIT MACHINE: Jeff McNeil has hit safely in 27 of his last 30 starts...His .339 (62-183) batting average since his debut on July 24 is sixth in the majors (min. 170 PA)...Is tied for first in the majors with 24 hits this month...Is tied for highest batting average (.375) this month (min. 65 PA)...Has 62 hits through his first 53 career games with the Mets...Only José Reyes (63) had more...He is tied for seventh in the majors in hits since his debut...McNeil's .339 average in his first 53 career major league games with the Mets, is the highest average in franchise history (min. 165 PA).

      MULTI-HIT MAN: Jeff McNeil has tied the Mets rookie record for most three-hit games after the All-Star break in one season (seven), a mark set by David Wright in 2004...Courtesy of Elias...McNeil has 17 multi-hit games since July 24 (his ML debut)...He has seven multi-hit games in his nine starts vs. Philadelphia.

      AMED ROSARIO: Is hitting .338 (22-65) with five doubles, four triples and 11 RBI in 18 games vs. the Phillies this year...Is tied for 12th in the NL with eight extra-base hits in September...Is hitting .316 (48-152) with a .344 OBP, eight doubles, two triples, five homers, 20 RBI and 28 runs scored in his last 35 games...Rosario needs one stolen base to become the 33rd player in team history with 20 or more stolen bases in a season.

      NIMMO NOTES: Brandon Nimmo is hitting .344 (32-93) with a .479 OBP, 12 doubles, three homers, 15 RBI and 23 runs scored over his last 28 games since August 7...Has drawn 16 walks in September, the second-most in the majors and is tied for third in the NL with a .456 OBP this month...Nimmo is fourth in the NLwith a .397 OBP, ninth with a .892 OPS, tied for third with eighttriples and is tied for first in the majors with 21 HBP (a single season franchise record)...He has a career-high 17 homers.

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario grounded out, second baseman C.Hernández to first baseman Hoskins. McNeil walked. On pickoff attempt, throwing error by pitcher Eflin, McNeil to second. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Hoskins to pitcher Eflin, McNeil to third. Bruce struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Phillies first. C.Hernández struck out. Hoskins homered to right on a 2-0 count. Quinn struck out. C.Santana walked on a full count. W.Ramos struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Frazier singled to left. Nimmo walked on a full count, Frazier to second. Jackson struck out. Nido grounded into a double play, second baseman C.Hernández to shortstop Crawford to first baseman Hoskins, Nimmo out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Phillies second. O.Herrera struck out. Altherr grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce. Crawford popped out to second baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario hit an infield single to second. McNeil flied out to center fielder Quinn. Rosario stole second. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Phillies third. Eflin struck out. C.Hernández grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce. Hoskins doubled to center. Quinn walked. C.Santana lined out to right fielder Nimmo.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Bruce struck out. Frazier struck out. Nimmo safe at first on fielding error by second baseman C.Hernández. Jackson grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Crawford to second baseman C.Hernández, Nimmo out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Phillies fourth. W.Ramos singled to left. O.Herrera homered to right on a 1-0 count, W.Ramos scored. Altherr safe at first on fielding error by third baseman Frazier. Crawford fouled out to catcher Nido. Eflin struck out. Altherr stole second. C.Hernández walked. Hoskins flied out to center fielder Jackson.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Nido struck out. J.Reyes pinch-hitting for Syndergaard. J.Reyes struck out. Rosario singled to right. McNeil walked, Rosario to second. Rosario stole third. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Phillies fifth. Blevins pitching. Quinn was out bunting, pitcher Blevins to first baseman Bruce. C.Santana walked on four pitches. W.Ramos singled to right, C.Santana to third. J.Bautista pinch-hitting for O.Herrera. J.Bautista doubled to left, C.Santana scored, W.Ramos to third. Altherr popped out to right fielder Nimmo. Crawford popped out to second baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. J.Bautista in as right fielder. Altherr in as left fielder. Avilán pitching. Bruce grounded out, shortstop Crawford to first baseman Hoskins. Frazier flied out to center fielder Quinn. Nimmo grounded out, first baseman Hoskins unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Phillies sixth. Sewald pitching. A.Cabrera pinch-hitting for Avilán. A.Cabrera walked. Cozens pinch-running for A.Cabrera. C.Hernández popped out to left fielder Conforto. Hoskins struck out. Quinn flied out to center fielder Jackson.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Arano pitching. Jackson grounded out, shortstop Crawford to first baseman Hoskins. Nido grounded out, pitcher Arano to first baseman Hoskins. Smith pinch-hitting for Sewald. Smith grounded out, first baseman Hoskins unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Phillies seventh. Peterson pitching. C.Santana grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Bruce. W.Ramos flied out to right fielder Nimmo. J.Bautista struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Rosario singled to left. Morgan pitching. McNeil grounded into fielder's choice, first baseman Hoskins to shortstop Crawford, Rosario out. Conforto grounded into a double play, second baseman C.Hernández to shortstop Crawford to first baseman Hoskins, McNeil out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Phillies eighth. Altherr singled to right. Crawford flied out to center fielder Jackson. Bour pinch-hitting for Morgan. Altherr stole second. Bour struck out. C.Hernández struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Loup pitching. Bruce singled to center. Neshek pitching. Frazier flied out to right fielder J.Bautista. Nimmo singled to right, Bruce to second. Jackson flied out to center fielder Quinn. Plawecki pinch-hitting for Nido. Plawecki flied out to right fielder J.Bautista.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

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        • #5

          Hoskins HR Sparks Phillies Over Mets Before Key Atlanta trip

          by MIKE CRANSTON

          PHILADELPHIA, PA -- After a monthlong swoon, Rhys Hoskins and the Philadelphia Phillies are ready to make one final push for a playoff berth.

          Hoskins became the seventh-fastest player to hit 50 career home runs and the Phillies kept pace in the NL East with a 4-0 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

          Zach Eflin and five relievers combined on a six-hitter and Odubel Herrera added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who won consecutive series for the first time since July 25 and stayed 5 1/2 games behind division-leading Atlanta.

          Seven of Philadelphia's final 11 games are against the Braves, including a four-game series beginning Thursday night in Atlanta.

          "We're in a pretty unique, exciting position that doesn't happen that often. As a competitor, that's all you can ask for," Hoskins said. "It's going to be a fun, really, really competitive, really, really intense series."

          Hoskins' opposite-field solo shot against Noah Syndergaard in the first inning was his 32nd homer of the season and 50th in 192 career games. Only Rudy York (153), Mark McGwire (161), Gary Sanchez (161), Ryan Braun (171), Aaron Judge (174) and former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard (182) reached 50 quicker, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

          "I think it's kind of an arbitrary stat, but it's cool to be mentioned in some of the same sentences as some of the guys who have done it before me," Hoskins said.

          The 25-year-old Hoskins later added his 35th double, and Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth off Jerry Blevins.

          Eflin (11-7) struck out nine and allowed three hits in five innings. Luis Avilan, Victor Arano and Adam Morgan each went one inning.

          Aaron Loup allowed a leadoff single to Jay Bruce in the ninth before Pat Neshek got the final three outs of Philadelphia's 11th shutout. New York (70-82) was blanked for the 12th time and assured a second consecutive losing season.

          "Over the last two years it's been really difficult as a player," Syndegaard said.

          The right-hander gave up both homers and four hits in four innings, matching his shortest outing of the year on April 4 - also against Philadelphia. Syndergaard (12-4) posted a 5.75 ERA in four starts against the Phillies this year.

          "He wasn't missing by much but he was just off the plate all night and they ran his pitch count up," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "I thought they had a pretty good approach against him again."

          Following a lengthy slump that knocked the Phillies out of first place, they've won four of six and manager Gabe Kapler wants his team thinking playoffs.

          Players entering the clubhouse were greeted with a message in both English and Spanish that read, "This is not over. It's going to take hard work, heart and pride. Together we can do this."

          Before early batting practice was over, Atlanta had finished off a 7-3 victory against St. Louis that snapped a four-game skid and reduced its magic number to six to clinch the NL East.

          But the Phillies answered ahead of their biggest series of the season.

          "We have a job to do in Atlanta," Kapler said. "We're prepared for it. We've been thinking about it quite a bit."

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: INF Wilmer Flores, experiencing pain in both knees, was sent back to New York and scheduled to undergo tests Thursday. . Bruce made his 11th start at first base and first in five games.

          Phillies: INF Asdrubal Cabrera (strained left calf) didn't start, but pinch-hit and drew a walk in the sixth.

          WHEELER DONE

          The Mets will skip RHP Zack Wheeler's final two scheduled starts as a precaution, ending his breakout year.

          Wheeler, who missed two full seasons following Tommy John surgery before returning for 17 starts last year, went 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts while throwing 182 1/3 innings.

          After the All-Star break, Wheeler was 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA.

          "I made some adjustments and was able to sort of take off," Wheeler said. "Hopefully, I can carry that into next season."


          Hoskins confirmed an NBC Sports Philadelphia report that he's hired star agent Scott Boras. Hoskins won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (6-9, 6.47 ERA) moves back into the rotation Thursday night and will oppose RHP Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53) in the opener of a four-game series at Washington.

          Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.26) tries to stop his skid Thursday night at Atlanta. He allowed four runs in two innings against Miami on Saturday and is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his past seven starts. RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.92) goes for the Braves.

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