With about a week left in the regular season the talk in town isn’t about if the Mets are in playoff contention, holding on to a wild card spot, fighting for the division lead, or even trying to hold onto a division lead but rather which back- up lineup to use because the Metropolitans have already clinched the division. The Philadelphia Phillies on the other hand will attempt to avoid a 100 game losing season this week for the first time since 1961.
Tuesday: Bartolo Colon (4.15 ERA) vs. David Buchanan (7.96 ERA)
Bartolo Colon is 12-2 against the Braves, Marlins, and Phillies this year. Yes, Colon has 12 wins in his own division without even counting the Nationals. Expect him to be in a playoff mindset in preparation for the playoffs and continue to be lights out against the bottom tier of the National League East. David Buchanan, despite his earned run average, has shown signs of life in his last two starts as he holds a 2.45 earned run average and pitched a gem in his last start against the Marlins holding them to one run over five innings of work.
Wednesday: Steven Matz (2.27 ERA) vs. Alec Asher (7.52 ERA)
Being one of the two rookies in the Mets playoff rotation should come as no surprise to anyone as the young lefty phenom has been exceptional in the few appearances in the Major Leagues so far. In the other dugout is Alec Asher who came off an outstanding outing against the Marlins as well as he went 7 innings and allowed only one run.
Thursday: Logan Verrett (3.40 ERA) vs. TBD
The spot starter Logan Verrett was the rule five pick for the mets this past offseason and while he was originally in the bullpen he has been used to give rest the young arms who have either had Tommy John surgery or who are looking to avoid Tommy John Surgery. The Phillies have yet to name their starting pitcher for Thursday but rumors are they may be giving Roy Halladay a call back.