5/20/18 Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets

5/20/18 Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets


5/20/18 Game Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets


It turns out that the 10th time was the charm for the New York Mets (22-19). After failing in their last nine tries to win consecutive games, the Mets pulled off the feat last night, rallying late for a 5-4 walk off victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-20). The Mets have now won the first two games of the series and will look to complete the sweep this afternoon. First pitch for the rubber game is scheduled for 1:10 pm at Citi Field.

May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) and catcher Devin Mesoraco (29) celebrate after scoring runs in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will send right hander Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 3.14 ERA) to the hill this afternoon. Syndergaard didn’t last long in his last start, allowing two runs in five innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, but he earned a win after the Mets’ offense exploded for 12 runs in a rout of the Blue  Jays. The Diamondbacks will counter with veteran right hander Clay Buchholz (0-1, 12.27 ERA in 2017). Buchholz, who signed with the Diamondbacks on May 4th, is making a spot start for ace Zack Greinke. Greinke, who was originally scheduled to pitch today, was pushed back a day in order to get him extra rest.

Local Coverage:

Television: WPIX

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Brandon Nimmo
  2. RF Jay Bruce
  3. 3B Wilmer Flores
  4. CF Michael Conforto
  5. 1B Adrian Gonzalez
  6. 2B Luis Guillorme
  7. C Tomas Nido
  8. SP Noah Syndergaard
  9. SS Amed Rosario

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Syndergaard is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.
  • Buchholz’s only start against the Mets came last season, when he gave up six runs in 2.1 innings as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That start would be Buchholz’s final start as a member of the Phillies after he suffered a season ending injury.
  • The Mets haven’t swept a series against the Diamondbacks at home since 2015.
  • After sitting out of yesterday’s game with a lefty on the mound, Adrian Gonzalez is back in the Mets’ lineup. Gonzalez will bat fifth and play first base.
  • Tomas Nido will catch the day game after a night game, giving Devin Mesoraco the day off, and bat seventh.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera will get the day off today. Luis Guillorme will start at second base and bat sixth.

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