Phillies aim to put some distance between themselves and the Mets in the NL East

Phillies visit Queens for a three-game set with the Mets
The Phillies had a tough go of things out in Colorado and return to the east coast tonight to open a three-game set with the division rival New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens.

Jake Arrieta will start the series opener aiming to piece together another solid performance in line with last week's performance - also against the Mets - when he lasted eight-plus innings in a 3-2 win over.

The Mets will counter with Steven Matz who is coming off the worst start of his career, having failed to record an out last week against the Phillies while the offense rattled him for eight runs at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies enter tonight's contest tied for the second-best record in the National League at 12-9 and lead the Mets and Braves by one game in the NL East standings.



Injury report
Odubel Herrera, Jean Segura, and Scott Kingery are all on the injured list with hamstring strains, plus Andrew McCutchen is dealing with a sore knee. These injuries have forced the Phillies to make some roster moves, including the promotion of Mitch Walding and local product Phil Gosselin.
Segura is eligible to come off the injured list later this week.

Broadcasting debut
Jimmy Rollins will join the broadcast tonight and make his debut on NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was announced last month that Rollins would join the broadcast team and provide color analysis for select games this season.

Rollins spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the Phillies, collecting 2,306 hits, 887 RBIs, an NL MVP, and a World Series championship.

Monday's Phillies Lineup
McCutchen 7
Realmuto 2
Harper 9
Hoskins 1
Franco 5
Gosselin 6
Hernandez 4
Altherr 8
Arrieta 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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