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The Mets made news off the field on Monday when the Wilpon family announced that it has come to an agreement to sell the team to hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. The deal, if approved at the MLB owners meetings in November, would mark the end of the Wilpon family’s control of the Mets after 34 years.
As for matters on the field, Dominic Smith drove in a pair of runs Sunday in the Mets’ 7-3 setback against Toronto, and he carries an eight-game hitting streak into the opener versus the Phillies. The 25-year-old has shredded Philadelphia to the tune of going 13-for-30 (.433) with two homers and 10 RBIs in seven games this season, including a four-hit performance in a 14-1 romp on Sept. 6.
Losers of two in a row and four of their past six, the Mets will turn to right-hander Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.07 ERA) in a bid to get back on track. The former Cy Young Award recipient has a 6.38 ERA in his last five starts, a stretch that began with a four-run, 10-hit performance in a 6-2 setback at Philadelphia on Aug. 16.
The Phillies have dropped three in a row and six of their past eight to fall out of second place in the National League East, but a visit from the Mets could prove beneficial toward their postseason push. Philadelphia has scored at least five runs during each of its five wins (in seven meetings) against New York this season.
Andrew McCutchen belted a leadoff homer and Scott Kingery also went deep on Monday, but the Phillies mustered just two other hits in the 6-2 setback at Miami. McCutchen has eight hits — including two homers — in his past six games overall, though the former NL MVP is just 5-for-26 (.192) with nine strikeouts in the season series versus the Mets.
Right-hander Jake Arrieta (3-4, 5.54 ERA) answered a disastrous seven-run start on Aug. 30 with a pair of decent outings, including a seven-inning, two-run performance against the Mets on Sept. 4. Arrieta sports a 5-5 record with a 3.17 ERA in 15 career starts versus the Mets.
Mets at Phillies Betting Pick for September 15, 2020
New York’s Michael Conforto is 6-for-16 (.375) with two homers, five RBIs and seven runs during his four-game hitting streak. Conforto is a robust 11-for-28 (.393) with seven runs versus Philadelphia this season, and that trend likely will continue on Tuesday.
Brandon Nimmo answered a sputtering August in which he batted .217 with a sterling start to September, during which he is 12-for-39 (.308). Nimmo had six hits and scored four times during the recent four-game series versus Philadelphia.
Mets at Phillies: Mets (-117), Phillies (-107)
Mets at Phillies Betting Pick: Mets 5, Phillies 2
Mets at Phillies Best Bet for September 15, 2020
The ailing Phillies have mustered just four total runs during their past three games, with the past two being played without stars Rhys Hoskins (left ulnar collateral ligament) and J.T. Realmuto (hip).
Philadelphia will need to get used to those absences in the near future, as Hoskins will be placed on the injured list while the Realmuto is expected to miss at least the next few days.
Mets at Phillies Best Bet: UNDER 10 total runs (-120).