8/2/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates

8/2/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates


8/2/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates


The good times are rolling for the New York Mets (53-55), who are playing their best baseball of the season at the right time. The Mets ripped off their seventh straight win yesterday, completing a sweep of the Chicago White Sox to improve to 3-0 on their current road trip. With this hot streak, the Mets have moved within four games of a playoff spot, and they will look to pick up their eighth win in a row tonight as they play the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61). First pitch for the opener of this three game series is scheduled for 7:05 pm at PNC Park.

Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a single in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s pitching matchup is a rematch of last Saturday’s showdown at Citi Field between Steven Matz (6-6, 4.32 ERA) and Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.87 ERA). Williams pitched well in that game for the Pirates, allowing three runs in seven innings of work, but he was out dueled by Matz. Matz ended up tossing a complete game shutout, allowing just five hits and needing only 99 pitches to earn his sixth win of the year.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WCBS

New York Mets Lineup:

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Mets swept the Pirates in a three game set at Citi Field last weekend.
  • The Mets and Pirates split a four game series at PNC Park last July.
  • Michael Conforto and J.D. Davis both homered against Williams at Citi Field last week.
  • The Mets have promoted Chris Mazza from AAA Syracuse to add a fresh arm to their bullpen. Stephen Nogosek was optioned to Syracuse to make room for Mazza on the active roster.

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