Friday, April 8, 2016

Game 4: Phillies look to get in win column against Mets


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 8, 2016 - Updated: 10:15 a.m.
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QUEENS, NY. - The New York Mets will raise their National League pennant prior to today's home opener against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Meanwhile, the Phillies roll into New York on the heels of a season-opening sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds, dropping two contests despite holding leads into the eighth inning.

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start for the Mets, but his wife is pregnant and two days past due, so the Mets may turn to veteran starter Bartolo Colon.

Jerad Eickhoff will start for the Phillies. Oddly enough, of the eight starts he made last season, three were against the Mets and all three were quality starts. Combined, he posted a 2.25 ERA with 20 strikeouts and just four walks over those three starts.

Bullpen Trouble
The bullpen was  terrible for the Phillies in their opening series in Cincinnati.  Combined, Phillies' relievers have posted a league-worst 12.91 ERA to go along with a -1.41 WPA to open the season.

Franco Out
Maikel Franco had his left elbow wrapped while in the clubhouse in Citi Field this morning.

"I'm sore, but I'll be okay," the thirdbaseman said.

Franco was hit by a pitch in the elbow during yesterday's ninth inning. Manager Pete Mackanin said Franco might be available to pinch-hit.

Today's Phillies Lineup
1. Freddy Galvis, 6
2. Cesar Hernandez, 4
3. Odubel Herrera, 8
4. Ryan Howard, 3
5. Andres Blanco, 5
6. Cedric Hunter, 9
7. Cameron Rupp, 2
8. Emmanuel Burriss, 7
9. Jerad Eickhoff, 1

Mets Lineup
1. Curtis Granderson, 9
2. David Wright, 5
3. Yoenis Cespedes, 8
4. Lucas Duda, 3
5. Neil Walker, 4
6. Mike Conforto, 7
7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 6
8. Travis D'Arnaud, 2
9. Jacob deGrom, 1

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