Phillies vs Mets: Live stream, start time, picks and predictions, how to watch Sunday’s game
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets square off on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Citi Field in Queens, NY and will be broadcast on ESPN. The Phillies will give the ball to Zach Eflin (1-1, 3.20 ERA), while the Mets will have Max Scherzer (3-0, 1.80 ERA) on the mound.
The Phillies (11-11) bounced back Saturday night with a 5-1 win over the Mets after going hitless to open the series Friday night. Philadelphia has struggled in NL East play this season with a 3-6 record. If they want to win their second straight series, they’ll need Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber to get down to the basics and drive in a few races.
The Mets (15-7) look like strong contenders to win the NL East and potentially the NL, with the way they’ve been playing to start the year. Buck Showalter completely flipped the mood and mentality of this team and they responded. Francisco Lindor has been one of the best players this season for the Mets, hitting .282 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.
Phillies vs Mets
Pitchers: Zach Eflin vs. Max Scherzer
First launch: 7:00 p.m. ET
National broadcast: ESPN
Moneyline Odds: Phillies +155, Mets -180
Choices and predictions
Moneyline choice: Put -180
The last time the Phillies faced Scherzer on April 13, the 37-year-old flamethrower allowed just five hits, one earned run, three walks and seven strikeouts in five innings pitched. New York then defeated Philadelphia 9-6 at Citizens Bank Park. Scherzer has had a ton of success against the Phillies in his career, which looms large as the Phillies offense looks to build on what they did on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Eflin is coming off a strong start earlier this week against Colorado. The 28-year-old allowed just two hits, one earned run (1 HR), one walk and three strikeouts in six innings pitched. Last season against the Mets, Eflin had a 2.25 ERA, but a .288 OBA. It won’t work against the Mets roster tonight, who can throw a twisted number in any inning.
Choice of player accessories: Odubel Herrera on 0.5 circuits (+900)
The Phillies bats will have trouble with Scherzer tonight, but if he makes a mistake, they’ll have to punish him for it. Herrera and JT Realmuto surprisingly have the most home runs against Scherzer with two. However, Herrera is hitting .296 with five RBIs in 54 at bats against the future Hall of Fame pitcher.
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