The New York Mets (58-74) saw Rafael Montero deliver his finest start of the season yesterday, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball to top the Cincinnati Reds (56-77). The win helped the Mets snap a two game losing streak, and they will look to secure a series victory over Cincinnati this afternoon. First pitch for the matinee affair is scheduled for 12:35 pm at Great American Ball Park.
The Mets will send their ace, right hander Jacob deGrom (14-7, 3.39 ERA) to the mound today. deGrom was dominant in his last start, allowing one run in 7.2 innings to defeat the Washington Nationals last Friday. The Reds will counter with young right hander Robert Stephenson (2-4, 5.81 ERA). Stephenson also earned a win last Friday, tossing 5.2 innings of two run ball to top the Pittsburgh Pirates.
New York Mets Lineup:
- 2B Jose Reyes
- SS Amed Rosario
- 3B Asdrubal Cabrera
- LF Brandon Nimmo
- C Travis d’Arnaud
- 1B Dominic Smith
- CF Juan Lagares
- RF Travis Taijeron
- SP Jacob deGrom
- deGrom has faced the Reds once before, allowing one run in six innings of work to earn a win back in 2015.
- Stephenson has only faced the Mets once, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings to suffer a loss last season.
- After sitting out last night, Travis d’Arnaud and Amed Rosario are back in the Mets’ lineup. d’Arnaud will catch and bat fifth while Rosario will play shortstop and bat second.
- This is the Mets’ final game in the month of August. The Mets have already secured a losing record for the month, going 10-19 over their first 29 games in August.