Mets vs. Phillies, June 1: Max Scherzer looks for a sweep at 1:10 p.m. on SNY

May 21, 2023; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer (21) delivers a pitch against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning.


The Mets look to complete a three-game series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

  • The Mets have hit a home run in 14-straight games, tied for their second-longest streak in franchise history, with 23 homers in that span

  • Pete Alonso smacked 10 homers in May to give him an MLB-leading 20 on the year

  • Francisco Alvarez slashed .292/.363/.667 with six doubles, seven homers and 17 RBI in 22 games in the month of May

  • After Wednesday's defeat, the Phillies are now 5-16 against the Mets since 2022

  • Mark Canha, after a four-RBI performance Wednesday, has three homers and nine RBI over his last three games against Philly

  • The Mets have now won seven straight home games, their longest streak since they won nine straight in Queens from May 18 to June 14 last season



Bryson Stott, 2B

Brandon Nimmo, CF

Trea Turner, SS

Francisco Lindor, SS

Bryce Harper, DH

Jeff McNeil, 2B

Nick Castellanos, RF

Pete Alonso, 1B

Kyle Schwarber, LF

Brett Baty, 3B

Brandon Marsh, CF

Starling Marte, RF

Kody Clemens, 1B

Daniel Vogelbach, DH

Edmundo Sosa, 3B

Mark Canha, LF

Garrett Stubbs, C

Francisco Alvarez, C

Who is starting for the Mets?

Max Scherzer gets the start as he looks to put together a fourth straight solid outing and put his early season struggles behind him. Scherzer has allowed just two runs on 11 hits over his last 18 innings with 19 strikeouts.

On the year, the veteran right-hander has allowed 16 runs on 33 hits over 40.2 innings, good for a 3.54 ERA (4.64 FIP). Scherzer has walked 13 and struck out 39 and allowed a 1.131 WHIP through eight starts of his 2023 campaign.

Scherzer is 16-5 with a 2.61 ERA against Philadelphia in his career with 43 walks and 230 strikeouts in 29 career starts.

The Mets are 15-0 when the starter completes at least six innings (and 5-0 when the starter goes seven), a trend the 38-year-old would like to see continue.

Who is starting for the Phillies?

Taijuan Walker, the former Met, takes the ball for the visitors in his 12th start of the year.

The right-hander has gotten off to a rough start to his Phillies career. He's allowed 33 runs on 55 hits over 53.1 innings pitched for a 5.57 ERA (5.16 FIP) and 1.46 WHIP. He's walked 23 and struck out 43 while being tagged for nine home runs.

However, aside from a rough start (allowing four runs in just 0.2 of an inning against the Giants on May 17), Walker has been better recently. He's allowed just three runs on 12 hits in his last 12 innings.

In 59 appearances over two seasons in Queens, Walker pitched to a 3.98 ERA in 316.1 innings.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets open up a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays on Lou Gehrig Day Friday night at Citi Field.

Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.80 ERA) will take the mound for the home team against another former Met, right-hander Chris Bassitt (5-4, 3.80 ERA) with the first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. on SNY.