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Mets, Phillies clash for NL playoff contenders

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The New York Mets' song following their home victory has long been Ace Frehley's "New York Groove."

But a more appropriate classic for the Mets this season His rock his hit might be Buckman-Turner's Overdrive "Takin' Care of Business."

The Mets look to remain enthusiastic Friday night as they plan to host the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series between his two rising National League playoff contenders. increase.

Right-handed Max Scherzer (8-2, 1.98 ERA) will start for the Mets against lefty Ranger Suarez (8-5, 3.68 ERA).

Cincinnati with Daniel Vogelbach visiting The Mets won the streak Thursday afternoon when he had three RBIs in a game he beat the Reds 10-2 to his six games before being turned off. His seven-game winning streak for the Phillies ended Thursday afternoon in Miami when he finished the homestand in a 3–0 loss to the Marlins.

After hosting the Phillies this weekend, New York will head to Atlanta, Philadelphia, and he'll appear in 10 games in nine days with the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

The Mets, who have not lost in the last six games, beat Atlanta 19-9 in the last three games of a four-game series that ended last weekend before overtaking Cincinnati 21-2 in the latest series. surpassed by 5.

"Obviously, after playing in Atlanta, we're ready to head into a really challenging stretch," Mets manager Buck Showalter said. I was really proud of the way our men were focused and driven to finish what they were doing.

"It's hard. It's hard — in many ways, it's as hard as what they were able to achieve against Atlanta." — the Phillies were 22-29 when manager Joe Girardi was fired on June 3 — climbing the second wild card spot in the NL. Philadelphia, 40-20 under interim manager Thomson, beat the San Diego Padres by 0.5 games and the Milwaukee Brewers by 1.5 games in their second wild card race.

Kyle Phillies of the Phillies "I think we've established ourselves in the last few months as a playoff team," Gibson said after allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings in Thursday's loss.

Philadelphia has thrived despite the absence of reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper, who broke his left thumb after being hit by a ball on June 25. After hitting 34 homers, his NL left Thursday with a strained right calf.

"I would like to return as soon as possible," Schwalber referred to his return. "But I also don't want to do anything outrageous that hurts the team or puts them down for a long time."

Scherzer won the second game of last Saturday's doubleheader, finishing seven innings. Without scoring, he set a season record with 11 strikeouts. Suárez also won Saturday after giving up his three runs in 5 1/3 innings in the Phillies' 11–5 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Scherzer's 16-5 record, 28 career starts against the Phillies, gives him a 2.66 ERA. Suarez has 1 win and 2 losses in 10 games against the Mets (3 starts) with an ERA of 5.09.

– Field Level Media