The New York Mets (15-15) had a very good news, bad news kind of game last night. The positive was that Jacob deGrom looked much better, tossing seven shutout innings against the Cincinnati Reds (13-17), but that was the only good news the Mets got. The offense was shut out and Edwin Diaz gave up the go-ahead homer in a non-save situation, leading to a 1-0 loss. The Reds have won two of the first three games in this series, meaning the Mets need a win today to salvage a split. First pitch for the matinee affair is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets will send right hander Noah Syndergaard (1-3, 6.35 ERA) to the bump this afternoon. Syndergaard has been struggling pretty much all year, a trend that continued against the Milwaukee Brewers last Saturday, when he gave up five runs in five innings to record his third loss of the season. The Reds will counter with young righty Tyler Mahle (0-3, 4.50 ERA). Mahle was also hit hard last Saturday, giving up five runs in five innings to lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.
New York Mets Lineup:
- Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.
- Mahle has one career start against the Mets, giving up three runs in four innings back in 2017 to take the loss.
- Dominic Smith will start at first base today, giving Pete Alonso the day off, and will bat second.
- Jose Peraza (3 for 7, 2B, RBI) and Derek Dietrich (7 for 22, 2 2B, 2 RBI’s) have had notable success against Syndergaard.
- This is the final game of the Mets’ 10-game home stand. The Mets are 4-5 so far over the first nine games.