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  W: J. Vargas (3-8)   L: N. Pivetta (7-10)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)6:08 PM CT, August 19, 2018
BB&T Ballpark, Williamsport, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 2,429

Phillies, Mets wrap up series in MLB Little League Classic

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New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Mets and Phillies have met eight times thus far in 2018 with New York winning five games. All but two of the games have been played in New York. The Phillies are 39-19 (.672) at home compared to 27-34 (.443) on the road -- this win percentage difference is the largest in the National League.
  2. New York has gone 5-2 over its last seven games, scoring 6.86 runs per game over that span. In the first seven games of August, the Mets went 2-5, averaging 2.86 runs.
  3. Philadelphia split a two-game series with Boston, finishing the year 2-2 against the MLB-leading Red Sox. The Phillies have won six of their last seven home games, and have only lost three home games since the beginning of July.
  4. Michael Conforto's career OPS against Philadelphia is .986. Among active players with at least 130 plate appearances against the Phillies, Conforto's OPS ranks seventh, behind Ryan Braun, Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Cabrera, current Phillie Asdrubal Cabrera and Troy Tulowitzki.
  5. In his Phillies debut last night, Wilson Ramos picked up three extra-base hits, scored three runs and knocked three runners home. He is the first player with three or more extra-base hits in his Phillies debut since Ed Freed on September 11, 1942. Freed went on to pick up only one more XBH in his career.
  6. New York's Corey Oswalt sports a .245 opponent batting average on balls in play as a starter. Among NL pitchers with at least 30.0 innings as a starter, this is the sixth-lowest BABIP. Philadelphia's Ranger Suarez has made one start, picking up a win despite allowing four earned runs over 5.0 innings against the Reds.
  7. New York's Steven Matz pitched to a 0.49 ERA over his first four divisional road starts this year, including a five-inning, one-run performance at Citizen's Bank Park in May. In his most recent divisional road start, however, Matz allowed seven earned runs to the Nationals, failing to make it out of the first inning.
  8. Philadelphia's Zach Eflin has improved his ERA from 6.16 in 2017 to 3.57 this season. His decrease of 2.59 ranks as the third-largest decrease among starters with at least 10 starts in both seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2018 thru 8/16/2018

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will meet in the 2018 MLB Little League Classic on Sunday night at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.

It's the second year Major League Baseball and Little League have teamed up to put on the event, and players from the Little League World Series will be in attendance and have the chance to meet big leaguers.

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the initial Little League Classic last season.

"(The 2017) MLB Little League Classic was one of the most historic, memorable occasions in the 70-plus-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series," Little League president and CEO Stephen D. Keener said of last year's game.

Nick Pivetta (7-9, 4.37 ERA) of the Phillies and Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.10) of the Mets will be on the mound in a game sure to bring back some memories for the players.

"I watched (the Little League World Series) as a kid every year, dreaming of being in it, just thinking how cool it would be to even be on TV, not even really knowing the magnitude of it," Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins, who grew up in Sacramento, Calif., told MLB.com.

" ... It's kind of refreshing to go back and see the pure joy on these kids' faces, knowing they're just playing a game and are out there to have as much fun as they can."

The teams are wrapping up a five-game series that started with a Thursday doubleheader in Philadelphia.

The Phillies and Mets have each won two of the first four games in the series. The Mets, who won the series opener 24-4, took Saturday's game 3-1 thanks to a complete-game, one-run effort from Jacob deGrom.

Pivetta, who has 153 strikeouts this season, has not won since July 12. But he has been great in August. In three starts this month, Pivetta has a 1.50 ERA, opponents are hitting .194 against him, and he has 19 strikeouts to two walks.

In Pivetta's last start, he allowed one run and three hits in six innings against the Boston Red Sox, who have the best offense in baseball.

Pivetta, 25, has not faced the Mets this year, but he pitched four games against them in 2017, his first major league season. He went 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA in those outings.

Vargas, meanwhile, is coming off the longest of his 13 starts this season. He went six innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, giving up two runs and five hits. Vargas has pitched five innings or fewer in all his other starts this season, and the Mets are 2-11 when he pitches.

The 35-year-old left-hander will make his fifth career appearance (third start) against the Phillies. Vargas is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.34 WHIP against Philadelphia.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who was traded by the Mets to the Phillies on July 27, is 7-for-16 with a solo home run and double versus Vargas. Cabrera (.269, 20 home runs, 66 RBIs) is batting .221 in 19 games with Philadelphia.

Updated August 18, 2018

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