Wed, Sep 16, 2020
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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Mets' deGrom, Phillies' Wheeler set to square off WednesdayThe Philadelphia Phillies will look for their second consecutive victory when they host the New York Mets on Wednesday.The Phillies moved back ahead of .500 at 24-23 following a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Tuesday.Prized free agent acquisition Zack Wheeler will take the mound after missing several extra days with a torn fingernail on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Wheeler suffered the bizarre injury putting his pants on."You can't make this stuff up," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.Wheeler -- who signed a $118 million free-agent contract after completing last season with the Mets -- is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in eight starts this season.Wheeler is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.The depleted Phillies remain without injured outfielder Jay Bruce, first baseman Rhys Hoskins and catcher J. T. Realmuto. Jake Arrieta suffered an apparent hamstring injury as well on Tuesday.All the Phillies can do is push forward with 13 games remaining."Obviously, we're still in a sense in control of our destiny to get to the playoffs and our guys can't forget that," Girardi said. "We won't forget that. We've been here before where we haven't played so well and we've bounced back and played really well and that's what we need to do." After losing five of seven in a crucial series on the road against the Miami Marlins, the Phillies didn't seem fazed against their National League East rival in another huge series."This is the life we live," Girardi said. "This roller coaster in this game of baseball. You have good streaks and you have bad streaks and you have to limit the length of your bad streaks." The Mets (21-27) will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss when they hand the ball to their ace right-hander Jacob deGrom.In what will be deGrom's 10th start, he'll bring a 4-1 mark and a miniscule 1.67 ERA into Wednesday.For deGrom's career, he has been dominant against the Phillies, going 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts."I try to treat everything like a 0-0 game," deGrom said.Each time deGrom pitches, Mets manager Luis Rojas remains immensely impressed with his Cy Young candidate."He is the best version of Jacob deGrom that I've seen," Rojas said. "Stuff-wise, demeanor-wise, confidence-wise, he wants the ball. He wants to be out there. He's pushing." First baseman Dominic Smith echoed similar thoughts."He goes out there every fifth day and he grinds every start," Smith said. "For him to be so tough on hitters, we just want to back him up with some runs." The Mets' offense will need to produce more than it did on Tuesday when it had one run on 11 hits and finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.Jeff McNeil had three hits while Brandon Nimmo and J. D. Davis added two hits each. But Pete Alonso continued to slump with an 0-for-4 performance, dropping his average to .216.As the amount of games lessen, the Mets realize that every game is vital. Statistics don't matter."Hopefully, we can just focus on what we can control -- and that's executing pitches, executing plays, having good approaches at the plate," reliever Seth Lugo said.--Field Level Media

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New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies - MLB - Wed, Sep 16, 2020

DeGrom exits with hamstring spasm, Mets rally past Phils 5-4PHILADELPHIA Jacob deGrom's balky hamstring forced an untimely exit Wednesday night. Now, the New York Mets ace hopes it won't mean an early end to his season.DeGrom left a rare rough outing because of a right hamstring spasm, then watched his teammates erase a four-run deficit in rallying for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.The 32-year-old deGrom first had issues with his hamstring in his previous start and it went away, so he didn't tell the team. He couldn't shake the feeling early against the Phillies and this time didn't take any chances.''I think it's just day by day,'' he said. ''What's weird is running around, playing catch, it seems fine. Then once I get to full intensity in a game is when I feel it. Hopefully it's something we can treat and get back out there as quick as possible.'' Phillies reliever Hector Neris (2-2) dropped the ball on the mound for a balk that moved the go-ahead run to second base in the ninth inning. Mets rookie Andres Gimenez hit an RBI single to put New York ahead.DeGrom had a surprisingly difficult two innings that pointed toward an apparent injury and could derail his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young Award. He allowed three earned runs in a start for the first time this season, pushing his ERA back over 2.00 at 2.09. The right-hander, who struck out 12 Phillies on Sept. 6, was pulled after only 40 pitches and one strikeout.He appeared to spike a water bottle in frustration in the dugout after a brief chat with pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and trainer Brian Chicklo.Hefner visited deGrom on the mound in the second inning when he allowed all his runs, but there was no immediate indication he was hurt. Michael Wacha replaced deGrom in the third with New York trailing 3-0.''They said, `Hey, there's no reason to try and push through this and hurt something,''' deGrom said.After he was gone, the Mets became the latest team to strike against the beleaguered Phillies bullpen.J. D. Davis tied it 4-all in the eighth against Adam Morgan on an RBI double off the wall on a misplayed ball by Adam Haseley in right field that took deGrom off the hook. The Phillies blew a save for the 11th time this season.''Eventually you believe that it's got to turn,'' Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.Miguel Castro (2-1) struck out the final two batters of the eighth and stranded two runners to earn the win. Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his fourth save.The Phillies blew one they needed as they chase their first NL playoff berth since 2011. They hit deGrom uncharacteristically hard in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Andrew Knapp knocked an RBI double to right, Haseley hit a sacrifice fly and Andrew McCutchen's fielder's choice capped the scoring against deGrom.DeGrom had been 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 career starts vs. Philadelphia. He failed to record a strikeout on his first time through a team's batting order for the first time in 103 starts.Wacha allowed Jean Segura's sixth homer in the fourth to make it 4-0.Zack Wheeler seemed poised to cruise toward his third win of the season against his former team. Like deGrom, Wheeler was bothered by an injury - though one more gross than severe. Wheeler missed his last turn after he ripped the fingernail of his right middle finger when he tripped putting on a pair of jeans.''It's hanging on. But it's there,'' Wheeler said.The Mets got a run in the fourth and Davis hit a two-run homer off Wheeler in the sixth to make it 4-3. Wheeler gave up three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out two.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: Placed RHP Jake Arrieta on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain; placed OF Kyle Garlick on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain. Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, was injured in his start Tuesday against the Mets. ... 1B Rhys Hoskins will try and return this season from a left elbow strain, but surgery is not off the table. Because the injury is on his non-throwing elbow, he could return earlier next season if Tommy John surgery is needed. ''My grip strength was better today than it was a couple of days ago, so that's a good sign,'' Hoskins said.DAY OFFSlumping 1B Pete Alonso was not in the Mets' starting lineup after going 1 for 17 with six strikeouts over the last four games.''We're trying to get to that consistency part with him,'' manager Luis Rojas said. ''We've seen Pete have a good game where his swing is like we want it to be, then kind of go a couple of steps back.'' Alonso pinch-hit for Brandon Nimmo in the eighth and grounded out.PROMOTION TIMEThe Phillies promoted OF Mickey Moniak from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 22-year-old Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft and hit .252 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs at Double-A Reading in 2019.UP NEXTThe Phillies send RHP Aaron Nola (5-3, 2.40 ERA) to the mound against Mets RHP Seth Lugo (2-3, 2.63 ERA) on Thursday.---More MLB: and

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