Fans are getting a look at the future at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.
It had been a feel-good night to that point for the Mets, who avoided falling 12 games under.500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season with just their second win in the last seven games. Despite sporting a 4-2 road record, the 27-year-old Centenary product has been much less effective at home (3.51 ERA, .229 batting average against) than outside of NY (5.26, .309). "But, as the number of veteran players and potential free agents is reduced, then we create more playing time".
Rosario lined a 2-1 fastball from Phillies closer Hector Neris (4-5) into the right field seats to break a tie.
Hoskins, meanwhile, had a.966 OPS and hit 29 homers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He couldn't handle Odubel Herrera's hard chopper right at him in the sixth, allowing a run to score, but was solid otherwise.
PHILADELPHIA - Nearly two seasons into his Phillies career, starting pitcher Vince Velasquez... The Phillies (42-71) have dropped two straight.
One of the Phillies' few victories against the Mets this season came July 2 when rookie Nick Pivetta made the best start of his short major league career. He gave up a double to Yoenis Céspedes and walked Michael Conforto before Wilmer Flores hit a three-run blast.
For the season, Velasquez now has a 5.13 ERA. Philadelphia is 4-1 in Nola's last 5 home starts and 8-2 in their last 10 division matchups while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter. He gave up seven hits, walked two batters and struck out four as his ERA climbed to 6.09.
Much has been made of the Phillies' emerging prospects. Seth Lugo gave up five runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. This will be Matz's first career start against Philadelphia.
Cespedes provided most of the Mets' offense before the late-inning drama. The 27-year-old has been hurt by the long ball lately, giving up two home runs in each of his past three starts.