The New York Mets (67-90) officially became a 90 loss team yesterday when they split a doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves (71-85). The two teams are simply playing out the string with less than a week left in the regular season, and they will be back in action tonight. First pitch for the third game of this four game series is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.
The Mets will send right hander Rafael Montero (5-11, 5.30 ERA) to the mound for his final start of the season. Montero was beaten up in his last outing, giving up five runs in four innings to lose to the Miami Marlins last Wednesday. The Braves will counter with former Mets’ knuckle baller R.A. Dickey (10-10, 4.32 ERA), who is contemplating retirement after the season. Dickey pitched very well in his last start, giving up two runs in eight innings of work to defeat the Washington Nationals last Thursday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- LF Nori Aoki
- 2B Jose Reyes
- 3B Asdrubal Cabrera
- CF Brandon Nimmo
- C Kevin Plawecki
- 1B Dominic Smith
- SS Amed Rosario
- RF Travis Taijeron
- SP Rafael Montero
- Dickey is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season.
- Montero is 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA in two appearances (one start) against the Braves in 2017.
- The Mets will feature a more traditional lineup today after wildly different groupings for each game of the double header.
- Juan Lagares will get the night off after playing in both ends of the double header yesterday. Travis Taijeron will start in right field and bat eighth.