New York Mets (37-43 Cliff Pennington Jersey , fourth in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (41-38, second in the NL East)Philadelphia; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Phillies: Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.54 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 45 strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: Phillies favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: New York enters the game as losers of their last three games.The Phillies are 18-17 against teams from the NL East. Philadelphia has a team on-base percentage of .316, led by Rhys Hoskins with a mark of .395.The Mets are 19-17 against the rest of their division. New York’s lineup has 115 home runs this season, Pete Alonso leads the club with 27 homers. The Phillies won the last meeting 7-5. Jake Arrieta earned his seventh victory and Maikel Franco went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Philadelphia. Wilmer Font took his second loss for New York.TOP PERFORMERS: Jay Bruce leads the Phillies with 21 home runs and has 47 RBIs. Bryce Harper is 8-for-33 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.Alonso leads the Mets with 46 extra base hits and is batting .279. Michael Conforto is 10-for-37 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.LAST 10 GAMES: Phillies: 3-7, .242 batting average, 6.07 ERA, outscored by 19 runsMets: 3-7 Joey Votto Jersey , .291 batting average, 6.21 ERA, outscored by 11 runsPhillies Injuries: David Robertson: 60-day IL (elbow), Pat Neshek: 10-day IL (hamstring), Tommy Hunter: 60-day IL (arm), Jerad Eickhoff: 10-day IL (biceps), Seranthony Dominguez: 10-day IL (elbow), Victor Arano: 60-day IL (elbow), Andrew McCutchen: 60-day IL (knee), Adam Haseley: 10-day IL (groin).Mets Injuries: Justin Wilson: 10-day IL (elbow), Noah Syndergaard: 10-day IL (hamstring), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Jeurys Familia: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Brandon Nimmo: 10-day IL (neck), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels) http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , Jed Lowrie: 60-day IL (knee). WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander thinks the free-agent process is broken. Still, he says that’s not why he decided to sign a new deal with the Houston Astros rather than test the market.“I can’t see a better situation,” Verlander said Sunday after the Astros announced a three-year contract that added $66 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and ’21.A 36-year-old right-hander, Verlander had been due $28 million in 2019, the final guaranteed season of a $180 million, seven-year deal he signed with Detroit before the 2013 season.His new deal followed two straight slow free-agent markets and came after agreements during spring training on long-term deals for Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, Boston left-hander Chris Sale and St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who all would have been part of the free-agent class after this season. In addition, the Los Angeles Angels gave a record $426.5 million, 12-year contract to outfielder Mike Trout, who could have become a free agent after the 2020 season.Verlander called these deals “a new wave in baseball.”“Teams are understanding the situation that they’re in when they have a player in house,” he said. “There’s a mutual leverage there for both sides to get something done.”Verlander, 36-year-old right-hander who won the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award, is among the highest-paid pitchers. Washington’s Max Scherzer gets $35 million in each of those seasons and Arizona’s Zack Greinke $32 million, though both of them have deferred money.“It was something that was important to me Reggie Sanders Jersey ,” Verlander said.Houston acquired Verlander from Detroit on Aug. 31, 2017, and he helped the Astros win their first World Series title.“We all think back to 2017 when Justin arrived in our city and our fans were dealing with the devastating results of Hurricane Harvey, and Justin Verlander came in and helped us all transition from that time of tragedy and that time of despair to a special moment of celebration for the Houston Astros and for the city of Houston and for the state of Texas,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.Houston made major investments in the past week, agreeing to a $20.4 million, three-year contract with right-hander Ryan Presley, a $100 million, five-year deal for third baseman Alex Bregman that covers 2020-24 and now the deal with Verlander. A seven-time All-Star, he was 46-37 during his last four years with the Tigers and has rebounded to go 21-9 with the Astros. He was 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA in 34 starts last year, pitched 214 innings and led the AL with 290 strikeouts.Verlander vowed this contract won’t be his last.“I’m going to keep pitching,” he said.