Friday, 30th August,
7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park

Zack Wheeler, RH (9-7, 4.46, 156 Ks) - New York Mets

Aaron Nola, RH (12-4, 3.53, 187 Ks) - Philadelphia Phillies

METS: Since firing 15 consecutive scoreless innings immediately after the Trade Deadline, Wheeler has gone 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts. Opponents have produced an .894 OPS against him over that stretch, reaching base at a .378 clip.

PHILLIES: Nola is 6-3 with a 2.27 ERA in his last 13 starts, allowing two or fewer runs in nine of those starts. He is going to pitch every fifth day the rest of the season, as he has been the rotation's only consistent performer this season.


Saturday, 31st August,
4:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Steven Matz, LH (8-8, 4.06, 122 Ks) - New York Mets

Jason Vargas, LH (6-6, 4.09, 96 Ks) - Philadelphia Phillies

METS: A blister on Matz’s left middle finger caused him some discomfort in his last outing, though not enough to prevent him from holding the Braves to one run in six innings. He’s been battling the blister for weeks but has managed to make every start.

PHILLIES: Vargas is 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA in his first five starts since joining the Phillies late last month following a trade with the Mets. This is the first time facing his former team, which upgraded its rotation when it acquired Marcus Stroman.


Sunday, 1st September,
7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Marcus Stroman, RH (7-12, 3.29, 124 Ks) - New York Mets

Zach Eflin, RH (8-11, 4.50, 103 Ks) - Philadelphia Phillies

METS: After his last start, in which he allowed a pair of two-run homers, Stroman said simply: “I have to be better.” He has permitted too much hard contact in his first five starts with the Mets, allowing opponents to tag him for an .898 OPS.

PHILLIES: Eflin got away from his strengths the past two seasons as the Phillies' tried to make him throw more four-seam fastballs. He is back to throwing sinkers, and he had success last Saturday against the Marlins.