New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 16, 2024

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May 16, 2024 6:11 AM
The Philadelphia Phillies, riding a 3-0 regular season series lead over the New York Mets, look to extend their dominance on Thursday, May 16th at 6:40 PM at Citizens Bank Park. With a strong 16-7 home record, the Phillies aim to build upon their 31-13 overall mark. Meanwhile, the Mets seek to break through with a crucial road win, improving their 9-9 away record.
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Mets vs Phillies starting pitchers

  • Taijuan Walker for Philadelphia Phillies
  • Jose Quintana for New York Mets

Mets vs Phillies game preview

For the upcoming clash between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies, the spotlight is on the mound with Jose Quintana set to start for the Mets and Taijuan Walker taking the helm for the Phillies. Quintana has been struggling to find his rhythm this season, sporting a concerning 5.44 ERA and a WHIP of 1.55 across 41 full innings pitched. On the other side, Walker, despite a lesser span of innings at 18 and a fraction, shows a slightly better command with a 4.82 ERA and a crisp 1.34 WHIP, maintaining an undefeated record in decisions thus far.

The New York Mets are currently facing challenges with their batting lineup, ranking lower in major hitting metrics and standing at 20th in batting average with a .233. Despite having reliable players like Pete Alonso, who leads with 9 home runs, and Brandon Nimmo, contributing significantly with 27 RBIs, the team still struggles in converting opportunities into runs. This aspect might exert additional pressure on their pitching staff, including Quintana, who needs to tighten his gameplay against high-scoring teams.

Contrastingly, the Philadelphia Phillies are demonstrating formidable batting prowess this season, positioning themselves aggressively in the top tiers of multiple offensive statistics. They stand 2nd in both runs scored and 5th in hits, powered by key players like Bryce Harper with 10 home runs and Alec Bohm leading with 35 RBIs. The absence of Trea Turner due to injury might be a slight dent in their armor, yet the Phillies have shown depth and resilience in maintaining a high on-base percentage and converting scoring opportunities, making them a threatening lineup for any opposing pitchers. This formidable offensive capability will be crucial as they look to exploit the Mets' pitching vulnerabilities in the upcoming game.

Philadelphia Phillies injuries

  • Luis Ortiz (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Yunior Marte (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Dylan Covey (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Michael Rucker (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Rafael Marchan (C): 10-Day-IL

New York Mets injuries

  • Drew Smith (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Tylor Megill (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Cristopher Larez (SS): Suspension
  • David Peterson (SP): 60-Day-IL
  • Drew Gilbert (CF): Day-To-Day

Mets vs Phillies predictions

Here we go - the Mets are rolling into Philly to take on the scorching hot Phillies, and I've got some takes on what's gonna go down. For the Mets, I'm expecting big things from Pete Alonso - the guy's a beast, and I think he's gonna go yard tonight. I'm talking two taters, minimum. And don't sleep on Brandon Nimmo, who's been ripping the cover off the ball lately - I've got him down for three hits and a couple of RBIs. Meanwhile, Francisco Lindor's gonna have a quiet night, but he'll still manage to scratch out a run scored. And let's be real, Jose Quintana's gotta have a quality start if the Mets wanna stay competitive - I'm thinking six innings, two earned runs, and a whole lot of nervous energy from Mets fans.

On the other side, the Phillies are straight-up firing on all cylinders right now. Alec Bohm's gonna have a monster game, with three hits and four RBIs - this guy's a stud. And Bryce Harper? Yeah, he's gonna be Harper being Harper - two hits, a homer, and a couple of RBIs. I'm also expecting Nick Castellanos to have a solid night, with two hits and an RBI. And let's not forget about Taijuan Walker, who's been dealing lately - I've got him down for seven strong innings and a W.

So, who's gonna take it? I'm gonna go with the hot hand - the Phillies are on a tear right now, and I think they take it 6-4. Bohm and Harper are gonna be too much for the Mets to handle, and Walker's gonna shut the door. The Mets will make it interesting, but in the end, the Phillies' bats will be too much to overcome.

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