The New York Mets (68-90) are trying to end their home schedule on a good note. After dropping two out of three against the Washington Nationals over the weekend, the Mets have rebounded to win two of their first three games against the Atlanta Braves (71-86). Last night’s game was a rare thriller for the home fans as Travis Taijeron picked up a walk off single to secure a 4-3 win. The two teams will wrap up their four game series and the Mets’ home schedule tonight, with first pitch for the finale scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.
The Mets will send right hander Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.38 ERA) to the mound tonight for his final start. Gsellman was hit hard in his last start, giving up six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Nationals last Friday, but didn’t factor in the decision. The Mets ended up bailing out Gsellman by securing a 7-6 win. The Braves will counter with rookie lefty Sean Newcomb (4-8, 4.26 ERA). Newcomb earned a win in his last start, giving up two runs in 5.1 innings to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies last Friday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- 2B Jose Reyes
- CF Juan Lagares
- 3B Asdrubal Cabrera
- C Travis d’Arnaud
- 1B Kevin Plawecki
- LF Brandon Nimmo
- RF Travis Taijeron
- SS Matt Reynolds
- SP Robert Gsellman
- Gsellman is 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA in five appearances (four starts) against the Mets this season.
- Newcomb is 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.
- Nori Aoki will get the day off today with a lefty on the mound. Juan Lagares is back in the lineup and will bat second while manning center field.
- The slumping Dominic Smith, who is in a 3 for 37 slump, will get the night off with a lefty on the mound. Kevin Plawecki will start at first base and bat fifth.
- Amed Rosario will get a night off tonight. Matt Reynolds will play shortstop and bat eighth.
- This is the final meeting of the season between the Mets and Braves. The Mets have already won the season series, holding an 11-7 advantage entering play tonight.
- This is the final Mets’ home game of the season. The Mets are 36-44 at home, their first losing home record since 2014, when they finished 40-41 at Citi Field.