Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets - 9/4/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Philadelphia Phillies (18-15) at New York Mets (17-21)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Citi Field)
Jake Arrieta (2-4) (6.49) vs. Rick Porcello (1-4) (6.00)
The Line: New York Mets -115 / Philadelphia Phillies +105 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies face the New York Mets on Friday, September 4th at Citi Field for game one of a four-game series.
The Philadelphia Phillies swept the defending World Series champions this week in a four-game series at home. With the sweep, the Phillies are now three games above .500 at 18-15 and sit in second place in the NL East, 2.5 games behind the Braves for first place. The Phillies shutout the Nationals in back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then took down the Nats in extra innings via a walk-off on Thursday.
The New York Mets also won their game on Thursday night, and they also won it in extra innings and via a walk-off. Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the tenth to defeat the Yankees by the final score of 9-7 and split the season series at 3-3. The Mets are now only four games under .500 at 17-21, as they remain in striking distance for a potential postseason hunt. The Mets will look to at least split this series with their NL East rivals, but a series win or sweep could propel the team into serious postseason conversations.
The Philadelphia Phillies are set to bring right-hander Jake Arrieta to the mound to face the Mets. Arrieta is 2-4 with a 6.49 ERA through his first 26.1 innings of the season with the Phillies. Arrieta allowed seven earned runs through 1.1 innings in his last start against the Braves on August 30th.
The New York Mets will send right-hander Rick Porcello to the bump for Friday night's game. Porcello is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA through his first 33.0 innings of the season with the Mets. Porcello is coming off a decent start against the Yankees in which he allowed two earned runs through 5.0 innings against the Yankees.
In game one of this series, I think either team has a real shot to win this game. The money line is close for a reason, and picking the winner of this game would be better decided by the ole coin flip. However, the best play in this game is on the over. Both pitchers have struggled terribly this season, and both lineups are starting to heat up nicely. The total is set at 10, and I like the over in this spot.