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Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Betting Preview

Sunday Night Baseball features NL East rivals squaring off as the Philadelphia Phillies (21-26) take on the New York Mets (31-17). The Mets will host this one at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:08 pm ET.

New York will be looking for the sweep after taking both of the first two games. On Saturday, they took down the Phillies 8-2. Taijuan Walker picked up the win after going five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks.

Offensively, Jeff McNeil hit his third home run of the season while Francisco Lindor went two for three with three runs batted in and two runs scored.

In the loss, Zach Eflin went six innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Offensively, J.T. Realmuto went two for three with two runs batted in, but the Phillies struggled to drive runners in as they left 18 on base.

The Mets are the slight favorites playing at home. They are -111 to win while the Phillies’ moneyline sits at +101. The runline features Philadelphia +1.5 (-195), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.

Phillies Trying To Turn Around Slide

At 21-26, the Phillies now sit 9.5 games behind the Mets for first in the NL East. They have especially struggled lately, losing seven of their last ten games. On the road this season, they are just 10-13.

Trying to salvage the last game of the series on the mound for Philadelphia will be Zack Wheeler. This season, he is 3-3 in eight games with a 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and he has struck out 51 in 45.1 innings.

Wheeler has won back-to-back starts and has given up a combined two runs on 12 hits while striking out 19 over his last 13.2 innings.

Offensively, the team is led by reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. After 167 at bats, Harper is hitting .317/.361/.611 with ten home runs, 32 runs batted in, 34 runs, and six stolen bases. He either leads or is tied for the lead in all four of those categories.

One player to watch against the Mets Chris Bassitt is outfielder Nick Castellanos. In 17 career at bats, he is hitting .412 with a home run and two runs batted in against the righty. Jean Segura has also taken Bassitt deep in his career.

Mets Trying To Finish Sweep At Citi Field

Even with injuries to superstars like Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, the Mets continue to run away with the division. At 31-17, they lead the second-place Braves by 8.5 games.

Currently, 15-8 when playing at Citi Field, they will try to improve that mark and sweep the division-rival Phillies in the process on Sunday. Coming into the finale, the Mets have won seven of their last ten games.

Off-season acquisition Chris Bassitt will take the mound Sunday. He has been solid in his debut season with New York as he is 4-2 in nine starts with a 3.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and is averaging a strikeout per inning through 53 innings.

He will be looking to bounce back from a really tough outing his last time on the mound. Against the Giants, he lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks.

Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor have been leading the Mets’ offense thus far. Alonso is hitting .284/.346/.525 with a team-leading 12 home runs and 46 runs batted in. He also has scored 28 runs thus far.

Lindor has also been solid, hitting .260/.352/.459 with eight home runs, 37 runs batted in, 36 runs scored (team-high), and six stolen bases.

Hard To Bet Against New York

Especially based on the last few starts, the Phillies may have a slight advantage on the mound Sunday, but it is still really tough to bet against New York at this point.

Not only is Philadelphia 1-4 in their last five games, but they are also 1-5 in their last six games against the Mets at Citi Field. In fact, they have struggled against the entire division as they are just 5-13 in their last 18 games against NL East opponents.

There may be some value in taking the Phillies at +1.5 with the runline set at just 7.5, but until the Phillies prove otherwise, the best value may be taking the Mets on the moneyline at -111.

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