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New York Mets Aim To Rise Above .500 For Second Time This Season

The New York Mets and their flaming offense look for a 5th win in six games, taking on the Phillies in game two of a three-game set.

  • New York Mets (6-6)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (6-8)
  • MLB, 4:10 pm ET, SNY/CSPh , Full Preview
  • Citizen’s Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

For once, this season, the New York Mets will begin a game with a perceived pitching-disadvantage.

With Jacob deGrom still rehabbing a hurting lat-muscle, the Mets will send Logan Verrett to the mound for his second consecutive spot-start. Last week, Verrett guided New York to their sole victory in a series with the Miami Marlins, pitching six shutout innings of baseball.

Opposite Verrett is the Philadelphia Phillies’ Vince Velasquez, who’s begun his career with 25 strikeouts in 15 scoreless innings. No, this isn’t Noah Syndergaard we’re talking about.

Vince. Velasquez… Ever heard of him? Look for the Mets to go out and give the young pitcher his first earned run (or five).

Why so optimistic? Because, finally, New York’s bats are alive and well. After four more no-doubt homers yesterday, the Mets have 11 in the past four games. The captain, David Wright, looks like his mid-2000s self, and big man Lucas Duda appears to be on the verge of one of his signature ‘8-bombs-in-7-games’ streaks.

Additionally, Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud will return to the lineup after missing the past two contests with a contused elbow, thanks to a hit-by-pitch in their previous series against the Cleveland Indians.

Surely, the offense can handle a 23-year-old neophyte pitching the best baseball of his life.

The question is, can the Mets defense and pitching keep runs off the board Tuesday?

Tune it to SNY or CSPh at 7:05 p.m. ET tonight and find out.

Jeremy Fialkow was born and raised in Miami, FLA, but currently studies at the University of Maryland. When he's not studying hard, he can be found supporting his sometimes hopeless NY teams: Knicks, Mets, Jets, and Isles. Your sympathy is appreciated.