Mets' DeGrom pulled after one inning in return from DL


The closer surrendered three hits, including a pair of homers in the ninth inning Friday night, allowing the Mets to skirt past the Phillies 3-1 in the opening game of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Phillies have surprised many people this season and have gotten out to a strong 22-15 start to the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET and SportsNet New York will be airing the matchup. That led to a odd scenario of deGrom being pinch hit for in the second inning of a scoreless game. Right-handers Zach Eflin and Noah Syndergaard will square off. They have really needed his offense as Rhys Hoskins is in a slump as he has hit just.143 with one homer in his last 12 games.

The Philadelphia hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game against divisional foes and 7.2 per game over their last five. A three-run, pinch-hit homer by Nick Williams in the sixth put the Phillies ahead 3-1 and Carlos Santana provided an insurance run in the eight with a solo shot.

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The Phillies have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 9th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.74 rpg, while also ranking 19th in hitting at.241 and 21st in homers with 41. He enters Sunday with a 0.99 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings rate on the season.

Callaway was unhappy with how late the Phillies informed the Mets that Saturday's game was going to be delayed. Philadelphia's Aaron Nola worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam. Nola has pitched well this year as he has gone 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA on the year, including 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA here at home. "I felt fine, that's what was frustrating". He registered nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Giants during his last start. NY is also 1-5 in Syndergaard's last six Saturday starts and 7-2 in his last nine starts in game two of a series. Aaron Nola comes in pitching very well as he has a 1.69 ERA in his last three starts and a 2.17 ERA here at home. He has yet to face the Phillies this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 3.18 ERA across five and two-third innings).