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Phils playing the Mets tonight – the surging NY Mets

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It took the Phils 14 innings to beat the Marlins, now the Mets are in town for a quick 3 game series

The Phillies come home after a brief road trip to Miami, Florida. Is it me, or has this Phillies schedule been a little odd lately? A lot of time off, and odd series being played. The Phillies managed to pull out the victory yesterday in Miami and it took them 14 innings to do it. A win is a win though, and we’ll forget about how the Phillies should have put the Marlins down easier but didn’t in this series.

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The NY Mets and new phenom Pete Alonzo are in town, Alonzo reminds me of player by the name of Mike Trout

We’ll forget about that Marlins series, because the first place NY Mets are in town for a three game series and tonight’s game is going out on ESPN. Wow, when is the last time we’ve seen the Phillies having been so many times on National tv broadcasts? Probably back to 2009, the year after the team won the World Series, and then reappeared the the ’09 WS against the Yankees.

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It’s Jackie Robinson Day, on top of all of this, so maybe the team can go out there and get down to business. I am not a fan of everyone wearing the number 42 tonight during the game. We know Jackie’s number, and why have everyone wearing it? Major League Baseball has a way of really beating a point into the ground sometimes, and this is one of those times. The celebrations for Mother’s and Father’s Day is getting close as well. Ok, we get it, let’s play ball and limit all the distractions.

The Mets have really surprised coming out of the gate as one of the early leaders in the NL East, they took the spot from the Phillies, who looked convincing for first 9 games, then have settled back to earth in the last several games.

The good news is that we’ll miss Jacob DeGrom in this series, again an odd one for the Phillies, as they come home from Miami to play the Mets for 3 games then head right back out on the road. DeGrom pitched a bad game against the Braves last night, he took the loss. The Mets have won 3 out of their last 5 games. The NY Mets have also scored 6 or more runs in their last 8 games. So the Phillies have a formidable opponent to deal with.

The Mets are throwing Syndergaard, Matz, and Wheeler at the Phillies in this series, and the Phils will counter with Nola, Pivetta, and Arrieta. The only real uneven matchup is the middle game, with Steven Matz at 1-0 (1.65 ERA) going up against Nick Pivetta 1-1 (9.45 ERA) but other than that, we should be good for this series.

From the NY Mets broadcast department and special statement from the owners of the Mets, Fred and Jeff Wilpon:

“Our thoughts and prayers continuously remain with Ron for a full recovery and we look forward to seeing him back in the broadcast booth soon.”

Statement from SNY sent earlier Saturday night
SNY broadcasting analyst Ron Darling, announced this evening that he will be taking a temporary medical leave following tonight’s Mets game. Doctors have been monitoring Darling over the last few months and tests revealed a mass on his chest. Darling is now scheduled for a medical procedure next week. The doctors have told him that if there are no complications he should be back in the booth alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez next month.
“My health is the top priority right now for my family and I,” said Darling. “I’m looking forward to being back in the booth with our crew and my friends Gary and Keith as soon as I can.”
SNY studio analyst and former New York Met Todd Zeile will fill in for Darling during his medical leave.

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