When the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets meet in Flushing this weekend, fans will be treated to three excellent pitching matchups.
The series opener -- which will be broadcast exclusively on Apple TV+ -- will see Max Scherzer take the ball for the Mets. In the first season of a three-year/$130 million deal, Scherzer is 8-2 with a 1.98 ERA, 2.45 FIP and 3.2 fWAR. The three-time Cy Young Award winner will be opposed by Ranger Suárez, who has a 3.68 ERA and 3.89 FIP in 19 starts this year.
Saturday night's tilt will feature the best pitching matchup of the series, with Aaron Nola set to face off with Jacob deGrom. Nola has a 4.0 fWAR in 2022, making him one of six starting pitchers to reach that mark so far this season. Meanwhile, deGrom, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, has struck out 18 batters over his first two starts of the year.
Former Met Zack Wheeler will get the ball for the Phillies in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Since joining the Phillies, Wheeler is 4-2 with a 2.48 ERA over 10 starts against his former team. Last year's runner up in the NL Cy Young Award race will be opposed by Chris Bassitt, who has a 3.39 ERA and 3.60 FIP in his first season with the Mets.
For the better part of the last decade, the Phillies-Mets rivalry has been dormant, as neither team has been consistently good. But Mets legend Keith Hernandez injected some life into it earlier this week with critical comments about the Phillies.