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7/23/17 Game Preview: Oakland A’s At New York Mets

The New York Mets (45-50) sure have found interesting ways to win games on this homestand. Two days after winning a game on a walk off infield single by Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores raised the ante by crushing a walk off homer last night to beat the Oakland A’s (43-54). The win was the fourth straight for the Mets, who have posted a solid 6-3 mark so far on their opening home stand of the second half. That home stand concludes today, as the Mets look to break out the brooms and complete a sweep of the A’s. First pitch for the series finale is scheduled for 1:10 pm at Citi Field.

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 22: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets watches the flight of his ninth inning game winning home run against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field on July 22, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets will send right hander Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40 ERA) to the mound this afternoon. Montero pitched decently in his last start, giving up four runs (two earned) in six innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals last Tuesday, but got stuck with a loss in part due to some shoddy fielding behind him. The A’s will counter with rookie right hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA). Gossett pitched very well in his last start, allowing three runs in seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Monday, but got stuck with a tough luck loss thanks to a lack of run support.

Local Coverage:

Television: WPIX

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Michael Conforto
  2. CF Curtis Granderson
  3. RF Jay Bruce
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. 2B T.J. Rivera
  6. SS Jose Reyes
  7. 3B Wilmer Flores
  8. C Rene Rivera
  9. SP Rafael Montero

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Neither team has faced the opposing starter before.
  • After getting last night off against lefty Sean Manaea, Lucas Duda is back in the Mets’ lineup. Duda will bat fifth and play first base.
  • Rene Rivera will catch this afternoon, giving Travis d’Arnaud the day off, and bat eighth.
  • The Mets are bidding to sweep a series at home for the first time this season. The Mets have only swept two series all season, both of which came on the road.