Game 48: Phillies at Mets, 1 p.m. on SNY

The Mets (26-21) wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies (19-29) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) will start for the Mets against Sean O’Sullivan (1-3, 3.54 ERA) for Philadelphia.

Phillies Mets
1. Ben Revere (L) LF 1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS 2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B 3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B 4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B 5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
6. Grady Sizemore (L) RF 6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
7. Odubel Herrera (L) CF 7. Danny Muno (S) 3B
8. Cameron Rupp (R) C 8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Sean O’Sullivan (R) P 9. Noah Syndergaard (R) P

Noah Syndergaard  has recorded at least five strikeouts in each of his first three career starts. In team history, only Matt Harvey (2012), Tom Seaver (1967) and Bill Denehy (1967) had five or more strikeouts in each of their first three major league games. No Mets rookie has done it in four straight games to begin his career.

Sean O’Sullivan has allowed two or fewer runs in six-plus innings in his last two starts.



Mets Notes: The Mets 19-6 mark at home is the best start in team history after 25 games. After winning the first two games of this series the Mets will look for the sweep of the Phillies in a three-game series for the second time this year. The Mets are 7-1 against Philadelphia on the year. Shortstop Wilmer Flores has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games played,  going 14-50 (.280) with three home runs and 11 RBI. Flores is the first player in Mets shortstop in history to hit seven home runs before the team’s 50th game of the season.

Phillies Notes: Philadelphia has lost five of their last six games. Phillies pitchers have struggled in day games this season, with a 4.65 ERA.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis points his bat

Angels acquire OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

The Angels have acquired OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets for cash, no other players are involved in the trade, the team announced.

The Mets designated Niewenhuis for assignment May 9 making room on the roster for Triple-A OF Darrell Ceciliani.

Niewenhuis was out of options, meaning he had to clear waivers or be traded before being assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis hit .079 with a .125 OBP over 40 plate appearances this season.

Dan Warthen, Matt Harvey

The Mets have a strategy for their six-man rotation

Instead of the traditional five starting pitchers, the Mets will move to six-man rotation from this Friday through mid-August, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday at Citi Field.

According to Warthen, the Mets hope to get each of their starting pitchers roughly 30 starts before the end of the season, which will help shave innings and help keep them from shutting pitchers down for long stretches during or at the end of the season.

Sandy Alderson has said the team will likely carry a four-man bench to offset carrying the extra pitcher.

“It is better for the player and better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October,” Warthen said, noting that each of his starting pitchers needed to be convinced of the new tactic.

Mets starting pitchers will now throw two bullpen sessions between starts as opposed to just one, Warthen concluded.


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Dan Warthen says Vic Black is ready to return from DL

Vic Black is essentially ready to be activated from the disabled list, pitching coach Dan Warthen announced to reporters before Wednesday’s game (May 27, 12:44 pm).

Black has been on the DL since the start of the season with an ambiguous shoulder, neck and nerve issue. He tossed a scoreless inning for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, marking the first time this season that Black has appeared in back-to-back games.

“I think I’m ready,” he later told the Press & Sun Bulletin. “It’s up to them.”

Bobby Parnell also threw a scoreless inning for Binghamton on Tuesday, while walking one and striking out one batter and topping out at 97 MPH.

Parnell is still working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last April.


Travis d’Arnaud expected back next week in San Diego

Travis d’Arnaud is expected to rejoin the Mets during the team’s next road trip, which begins Monday in San Diego, according to the New York Post (May 27, 3:59 am).

D’Arnaud had a hit and caught five innings Tuesday for his first game action since breaking his finger in mid-April.

Mets top C prospect Kevin Plawecki, who has been starting in place of d’Arnaud since he went on the disabled list, could end up being sent him back to Triple-A when d’Arnaud is activated, Terry Collins recently said (May 20, 6:15 pm).

‘You’re looking at guys who both should be playing,” Collins said. “That’s hard to do when only one of them can be out there.”

Plawecki, 24, is batting .214 with a .247 OBP, two HR and 10 RBI in 25 games since being promoted to fill in for d’Arnaud. D’Arnaud had been hitting .317 with the same number of home runs and RBI as Plawecki, but in just 11 games.


Matt Harvey had dead arm last week, looked great during Tuesday’s bullpen session

Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session Tuesday at Citi Field in advance of his start Friday against the Marlins.

Dan Warthen and Terry Collins each said Wednesday that Harvey had been experiencing a dead arm during his last bullpen session and previous start, but he looked terrific Tuesday (May 27, 12:28 pm).

In his last start, Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs in just four innings.

According to Warthen, while Harvey maintained his typical velocity, his pitches were not as sharp.

The Mets are off Thursday, meaning Harvey will be pitching Friday on extra rest.

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The Mets will go to a six-man rotation when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list because they don’t want to send Noah Syndergaard back to Triple-A Las Vegas, Collins said earlier this week >> Read more


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