Mets-Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball
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by Bovada - 8/16/2018 1:42 PM Share
The Philadelphia Phillies (66-53, plus-12.98 betting units) are in the thick of the National League East race. The New York Mets (51-67, minus-16.18 units) are on the outside looking in. They'll wrap up a rare five-game series when they meet this Sunday night in Williamsport at 8:05 PM ET on ESPN.

Nick Pivetta (4.37 ERA) is projected to start for Philadelphia. The pride of Victoria, British Columbia has pitched very well for the Phillies this year, earning 2.32 units on a team record of 13-10. Pivetta has allowed just three earned runs in his last three starts combined; on the season, the 25-year-old northpaw is striking out 10.96 batters per nine innings, mixing a mid-90s fastball with three other pitches to keep the opposition on their toes.

New York responds with veteran southpaw Jason Vargas (8.10 ERA), who hasn't enjoyed nearly the same success as Pivetta this year. The Mets are down 8.37 units behind Vargas on a record of 2-10; however, the California native did pitch his first quality start of the season last week, holding the Baltimore Orioles to two runs over six innings in what became a 6-3 loss for New York (-115 away).

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