What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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The Mets thought they’d have a reprieve, finishing out the regular season with three games against the Braves and seven against the Phillies. But, thanks to a heroic catch by Ender Inciarte to end Wednesday night’s game, the Mets were swept by the Braves and now stumble into a four-game set with the Phillies.

The National League Wild Card race currently features a three-way tie between the Mets, Giants, and Cardinals, each standing at 80-72. The Cardinals have Thursday off while the Giants will play the Padres.

Seth Lugo gets the start for the Mets at Citi Field in a 7:10 PM EDT matchup against the Phillies’ Adam Morgan. Lugo, 26, has been stunningly effective since moving into the starting rotation. Over six starts, the right-hander has a 2.21 ERA with a 23/10 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.

The rest of Thursday’s action…

Boston Red Sox (David Price) @ Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Josh Collmenter) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Urena), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Jason Vargas) @ Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Cessa) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ New York Mets (Seth Lugo), 7:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT [Game Two]

Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson), 8:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brett Anderson), 10:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Friedrich), 10:10 PM EDT