The Mets (18-10) and winners of two straight head to Philadelphia to take on the last place Phillies (10-19) and losers of two straight. The Mets swept the first series of the year against the Phillies back in Citi Field and the Phillies have shown little to no improvement in their play since then, which bodes well for the Mets chances at another sweep against an NL East foe.
Can the Mets sweep a series in which they only have one of their top starters scheduled? Matt Harvey (5-0 2.41 ERA) will open the series against the Phillies and Cole Hamels (1-3 4.14 ERA). Harvey is coming off of back-to-back dominant outings in games that the Mets desperately needed their Dark Knight to step up and pitch like the ace he is. This time, Harvey toes the rubber with the Mets coming off of two straight victories and facing a team whose season is already in the toilet.
Can the Mets offense find some success outside of Citi Field? In 12 road games in 2015, the Mets are dead last in average at .218. More alarming is their on-base percentage of .279 compared to their stats at Citi Field of .251/.324. What causes that stark difference is unknown, but it is something that needs to be turned around, especially in a ballpark like Citizens Bank where there are more similarities to the new Yankees Stadium than any other park in the big leagues. The more surprising stat has been that the Mets have managed to hit 9 home runs on the road (10 home runs at home) considering that they don’t really have a lineup with any big boppers outside of Lucas Duda.
Can the Mets keep the Phillies offense non-existent? The Phillies have been as bad at home as the Mets have been on the road. Hopefully, with the way the Mets pitchers have evolved so far this season, that means advantage Mets. In 12 home games this season the Phillies are batting .216 with a .274 on-base percentage and just 7 home runs. They’ve scored less than three runs per contest and that seems to play right into the Mets hands.