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Phillies, inching closer to NL East lead, visit fading Mets

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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

  1. The Phillies and Mets have split their first 16 games this season, with the Phils holding a slight 56-54 edge in scoring. Philadelphia has won each of the last four meetings after winning just four of the first 12 this season.
  2. Philadelphia took two of three against the Cubs, including a 17-8 win in the series finale in which the Phils overcame a 7-0 deficit in the third inning. It was the second time this season the Phillies overcame a 7-0 deficit (also July 29 vs. Nationals); it had not happened previously since August 26, 2008.
  3. Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, extending his hit streak to 12 games -- only Washington's Starlin Castro (14) has a longer active streak. He has 18 home runs since the All-Star break, tied for third in MLB -- only Salvador Perez (24) and Joey Votto (19) have more.
  4. Zack Wheeler has allowed one run, a solo home run by Trevor Story, in 12.2 innings this month after sporting a 4.81 ERA in six August starts. He has 225 strikeouts in 29 starts this season, fourth-most through 29 pitching appearances in a season in Phillies history behind Curt Schilling (264 in 1997, 253 in 1998) and Steve Carlton (240 in 1972).
  5. The Mets were swept in a three-game set by the Cardinals to fall to 16-27 since August 1, the sixth worst record in MLB during that span. Offensively, the Mets are averaging 5.73 runs per game this month, fifth best in MLB and second in the NL behind the Giants (6.53).
  6. Jeff McNeil finished a home run shy of a cycle on Wednesday, going 3-for-4 in a loss to the Cardinals. McNeil is hitting 8-for-50 (.160) in 16 games against the Phillies this season after batting .387 (55-for-142) in 37 games from 2018 to 2020.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2021 thru 9/19/2021

The Philadelphia Phillies might be playing their way right out of scoreboard watching.

The New York Mets, too, albeit for entirely different and less pleasant reasons.

The Phillies could be playing for a share of first place by the time they take the field Sunday night in New York, when they will try to complete a sweep of the skidding Mets in the finale of a three-game series.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (10-7, 3.49 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Phillies against left-hander Rich Hill (6-7, 3.88).

The Phillies moved closer to the top of the National League East Saturday night, when Aaron Nola tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Jean Segura homered in his first two at-bats to spark a 5-3 win.

The victory was the fourth straight for the Phillies (76-72), who closed within a game of Atlanta by virtue of the Braves' 2-0 loss later Saturday to the San Francisco Giants. Philadelphia has gained 3 1/2 games since Tuesday on Atlanta, which has dropped four straight and had a game against the Colorado Rockies rained out.

The Phillies are also 2 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild card.

"I don't really like to look at all their (opponents) throughout the day," Nola said Saturday night. "We've got to worry about our game and playing the Mets (Sunday). It's the only thing we can control. Can't control anything else besides our game. We keep winning right here, everything will work out how it should."

With their inability to take advantage of the Braves' skid, the Mets (72-77) have all but ensured they'll miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season. New York has lost five in a row and is 16-29 since entering August with a four-game lead in the NL East.

The Mets are 5 1/2 games behind the Braves and seven games behind the Cardinals for the wild card.

"I'm still going to go out there and try to win everyday," said Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo, who tripled, homered and scored twice Saturday. "That's just how I'm wired. But it is kind of you either make the playoffs or it doesn't really matter."

Gibson lost his most recent start Tuesday, when he gave up four runs over five innings as the Phillies fell to the Chicago Cubs, 6-3. Hill took the defeat Monday after surrendering three runs over five innings in the Mets' 7-0 loss to the Cardinals.

Gibson is 1-2 with a 5.12 ERA in four career starts against the Mets. He earned the win on Aug. 6, when he allowed one run in six innings as Philadelphia recorded a 4-2 victory.

Hill is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in eight games (five starts) against the Phillies. He last opposed Philadelphia on June 2, 2019, when, as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he earned the win after tossing seven scoreless innings in a 8-0 victory.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2021

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