The Mets are out their aces for a crucial series

Pitchers Max Schaezer #21 and Jacob deGrom #40 of the New York Mets talk in the dugout during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on June 14, 2022 in New York City.  The Mets beat the Brewers 4-0.
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New York Mets And the Philadelphia Phillies will play a significant series Friday through Sunday.

It was a crucial one for the Mets, with NL East Division leaders with a seven-game cushion over the Atlanta Braves and a 10.5-game difference with the Phils.

For Philadelphia, though, it’s a crucial matchup: sweeping the mighty Mets would mean they can start dreaming about taking the division with a fiery late-season run.

They need a win for the wild card race anyway, so yes: it’s a big series for Philadelphia.

Winning a game against the Mets will be difficult, let alone a sweep, as New York is about to throw its best three starting pitchers on the mound for the weekend series.

Mets-Phillies potential: Tonight: LHP Ranger Suarez (8-5, 3.68) vs RHP Max Scherzer (8-2, 1.98). Tomorrow: RHP Aaron Nola (8-8, 3.17) vs. RHP jacob degrom (1-0, 2.53). Sunday: RHP jack wheeler (11-5, 2.63) vs. RHP Chris Bassito (9-7, 3.39),” tweeted Mets insider Anthony DiComo.

three fascinating matchups

The Scherzer – Suarez matchup seems a bit skewed towards the Mets, but don’t sleep on Suarez: He was stellar in 2021 and has been solid in 2022 as well.

Nola – degrom is really the main dish of the weekend.

People are eager to see DeGrom pitch in, as he seems to be nearing his peak form after missing several months with a stress reaction on his right shoulder.

Nola is, of course, one of the best and most underrated pitchers in the National League and usually brings his A-game when the Phillies need him.

On Sunday, the Mets will have a very solid basset, acquired through trade ahead of the season.

The Philadelphia star will face off right-hander Jack Wheeler, the only pitching matchup that favors the Phillies (albeit slightly).

It should be a fascinating series.

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