Phillies-Mets Preview

Jacob deGrom has been a force at Citi Field for almost a year now, and given his most recent performance there, that doesn’t figure to change anytime soon.

DeGrom seeks another dominant outing Tuesday night when the New York Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies.

DeGrom (5-4, 2.75 ERA) flummoxed St. Louis on Thursday, striking out a season-high 11 and giving up one hit in eight innings. He retired the final 23 batters he faced after yielding a first-inning single against the Cardinals, who came in leading the NL with a .271 batting average.

"I think today was the best mechanically that I’ve been," he told MLB’s official website.

Thursday’s win pushed him to 5-1 with a 1.13 ERA in six home outings, and he’s allowed two runs over 21 innings in his last three at Citi Field. DeGrom has allowed six home runs and eight walks on the road compared to no homers and five walks at home in 39 2-3 innings – 23 2-3 more than on the road.

His home supremacy extends back nearly a year, as he’s 10-1 with a 1.19 ERA in 12 outings at Citi Field since July 8. The lone loss came in an 8-2 defeat against Washington on April 30.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three matchups with Philadelphia, winning both home starts against them with no earned runs in 13 1-3 innings. He scattered seven hits and one walk in 6 1-3 innings in a 2-0 victory over the Phillies on April 13.

New York (25-21) won Monday’s series opener 6-3, just its fifth victory in 15 games, but 18th in 23 meetings with Philadelphia. The Mets’ run total was their highest in nine games, though they struck out nine times and have been rung up 45 times over the last four.

Wilmer Flores’ three-run sixth-inning homer put them ahead, and Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer also went deep – an encouraging sign after Duda missed Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh with hamstring tightness.

New York announced David Wright would spend time this week with the staff of specialist Dr. Robert Watkins in California in an effort to help treat the third baseman. Wright hasn’t played since April 14, and the club said Saturday he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis.

"None of the doctors at this point have given us any indication that this is a long-term problem that can’t be managed," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "I’m hopeful that we will see him back much sooner than some have speculated."

Chase Utley was 2 for 3 with two RBIs Monday, improving to 13 for 32 (.406) over his last 10 games, though he’s still hitting just .183 overall for the Phillies (19-28).

While deGrom has been excellent at home, Philadelphia’s Jerome Williams (3-4, 5.44) has been brutal on the road, posting an 0-3 record and 8.38 ERA in four starts. He surrendered five runs over five innings of a 7-3 loss at Colorado on Thursday.

The right-hander fell to 1-2 in five career matchups with the Mets in a 6-1 loss April 15, allowing five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.