His last outing was the worst of that stretch as he surrendered eight runs (six earned) in just 2 2/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
NY entered Thursday averaging 2.4 runs in the losses while going 3-10 over its previous 13 contests, but the Mets belted four home runs and matched their offensive output from the last five games combined in a 10-0 rout in the opener. Velasquez didn't return after his shaky 32-pitch first inning due to numbness in his right middle finger.
Velasquez spent time on the disabled list earlier this summer with a right elbow flexor strain suffered on May 30.
Amed Rosario's first big-league home run, a lead off shot in the ninth to break open a 6-6 tie.
Conforto led off the second with an opposite-field drive to left-center for his 25th homer. The home run extended Conforto's career high to 24 on the season while giving him 11 in his last 13 games.
"We want to get a look at (Smith) beyond just a typical September call-up", Mets general Alderson told the New York Post.
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Hoskins, meanwhile, had a.966 OPS and hit 29 homers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season.
Freddy Galvis went 2-5 with a double. The Mets have an opening for some playing time after trading outfielder Jay Bruce to Cleveland on Wednesday night.
A different Mets official said, "When we were looking for players past year, the Yankees weren't exactly rushing to return our calls".
17-3. The Mets have out-homered the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park 17-3 this season and now have 54 homers here since the beginning of the 2015 season.
Opposing Pivetta will be Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA). He allowed a three-run home run and his fast ball reportedly topped out at 92 miles per hour.
Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-7, 5.89) will look to build on the success he had in his only other start against the Mets when he allowed one run on one hit in seven innings on July 10 in NY.