Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 20 (8/20): MLB

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 20 (8/20): MLB

Credit: photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Phillies money line -123
Phillies run line -1.5 (+160)
Mets money line +103
Mets run line +1.5 (-185)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Philadelphia Phillies  New York Mets
Record 65-53 77-43
Home / road record 32-27 37-24
Last 10 record 6-4 6-4
Streak L2 W1
Over / under record 56-55-6 60-52-7
Runs / game 4.62 4.76
Runs allowed / game 3.99 3.76

 

Preview

The New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies will play the 2nd game of the series at the Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. The Mets took the win 7-2 in the first game of the series. Alonso hit his 30th home run and surpassed 100 RBI, Starling Marte stole home and the Mets continued their season-long mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 7-2 win on Friday night.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies get to this game with a 65-53 record and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.65 runs per game. They're batting for .250 AVG, 541 runs scored in 995 hits and 153 home runs, ranking #7 in offense in the league behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Kyle Schwarber leads the team with 34 home runs and 69 RBI while Alec Bohm is batting for .288 avg.

Defensively they are allowing 3.99 runs per game and rank #9 in the league. Zack Wheeler leads the team with a 2.92 ERA, 142 strikeouts and 11 wins recorded for the Phillies.

Probable Pitcher:  Zack Wheeler (11-6, 2.92 ERA)

Wheeler will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for Philadelphia. Wheeler allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings Sunday, striking out five and taking a loss against the Mets. He has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 3.03 and 65 strikeouts in 11 appearances versus the Mets in his career.

New York Mets

The Mets get here with a 77-43 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.80 runs per game. They're batting for .259 AVG, 562 runs scored in 1035 hits and 120 home runs, ranking #4 in offense in the league behind the Atlanta Braves. Jeff McNeil is batting for .315 AVG while Pete Alonso leads with 29 home runs and 99 RBI.

Defensively they are allowing 3.76 runs per game and rank #4 in the league. Chris Bassit leads the pitching staff with a 3.27 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded with the NY Mets.

Probable Pitcher:  Trevor Williams (2-5, 3.02 ERA)

Williams will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Mets. Williams allowed three hits and struck out four in three scoreless innings to earn the save in Thursday's 8-0 win over the Cubs. He is 0-2 with an ERA of 5.95 and 11 strikeouts in 5 appearances against the Phillies in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

NY Mets are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games against Philadelphia.

NY Mets are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games on the road.

NY Mets are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games.

Philadelphia are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games.

Philadelphia are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Mets offense exploded in the first game of the series and scored 7 runs to win the game. They'll now send Trevor Williams who has done a great job this season but has struggled against the Philles. Zach Wheeler will take the mound who has been insane this season but was pounded by the Mets in the last meeting. Expect Wheeler to be better this time and slow down the Mets offense. Take the Phillies.

PICK: Phillies ML (-123) 

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