DOES PHILLIES’ YOUNG GUN VINCE VELASQUEZ HAVE A SECOND ACT?

By Jack Ryan

The Phillies counter the Mets’ young gun Noah Syndergaard, who mastered them last night, with a young gun of their own tonight:

Vince Velasquez is coming off a historically good start against the Padres last Thursday. The 23-year-old righty joined Max Scherzer, Kerry Wood, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden and Luis Tiant as the only pitchers to strike out at least 16 and walk none in a shutout.

Logan Verrett will be making his second — and likely final — start in place of Jacob deGrom, who remains in Florida with his wife and newborn son. Verrett departed after six shutout innings last week against the Marlins, his 85 pitches rubbing up against a predetermined limit. If he remains that efficient in Tuesday’s game, he should be able to go deeper against the Phillies.

“Every team looks for a guy like that who can, when you need a start due to an injury or due to a sickness or anything else, they can step up and you have enough confidence that they’ll get you deep into the game,” manager Terry Collins said. “It seems like every time we need him to step up, he does.”

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