The New York Mets (59-72) dropped a 6-2 decision last night to Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies (61-72). The Mets will look for the series split as they send RHP reliever Carlos Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA) to the mound. Torres appeared earlier in the series, tossing 2/3 innings of shut-out ball. Given the injury to Matt Harvey, the Mets will ask for a few innings out of Torres. Torres has been very impressive at Citi Field, allowing just two earned runs in 22 2/3 innings.
The Phillies will counter with a reliever of their own, RHP Ethan Martin. The Phillies have asked Martin to spot start during the year, but he hasn’t been very successful. Martin has only thrown 21 1/3 innings, but has allowed 15 earned runs and six home runs. Left-handed hitters have hit four home runs in just 46 at-bats.
Pick: The over-under is set eight, so we like the over. Martin has been terrible and Torres can’t be expected to last more than 3-4 innings. The Philly bats have spoken up, so expect them to score early and often against Torres.