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9/7/17 Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets

The New York Mets (60-79) picked up a rain shortened win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night, earning them their second series victory in the past six weeks. Both of those series wins have come against the hapless Phillies, which doesn’t say much to the quality of the Mets’ roster. The Mets will look to create some more positive vibes as they begin a four game series against another cellar dweller, the Cincinnati Reds (61-79), tonight. First pitch for the opener of this weekend set is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 05: Norichika Aoki #11 of the New York Mets bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citi Field on September 5, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Phillies defeated the Mets 9-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Mets will send right hander Matt Harvey (4-4, 5.97 ERA) to the mound tonight. Harvey returned from the disabled list last Saturday, when he was hammered for seven runs in two innings to lose to the Houston Astros. The Reds will counter with rookie right hander Tyler Mahle (0-1, 2.45 ERA). Mahle’s first two big league starts have come against the Pittsburgh Pirates, including last Saturday, when he received a no decision despite tossing six shutout innings. The Reds ended up losing that game 5-0.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. SS Jose Reyes
  2. RF Nori Aoki
  3. 3B Asdrubal Cabrera
  4. LF Brandon Nimmo
  5. CF Juan Lagares
  6. 1B Dominic Smith
  7. C Kevin Plawecki
  8. 2B Matt Reynolds
  9. SP Matt Harvey

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Reds won two out of three against the Mets at Great American Ball Park last week.
  • The Mets have won six straight games against the Reds at Citi Field dating back to the 2015 season.
  • Harvey is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.
  • Amed Rosario (finger) is out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. Jose Reyes will start at shortstop today and bat leadoff.
  • Kevin Plawecki will catch tonight as he continues to alternate playing time with Travis d’Arnaud. Plawecki will bat seventh.