7/4/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Toronto Blue Jays

MLB: New York Mets at Toronto Blue Jays

The New York Mets (33-49) have made an art form of finding ways to lose baseball games. Last night was no exception, as the Mets built a 6-1 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays (40-45) on the strength of three homers and a solid start from Zack Wheeler, but the bullpen coughed it all up in an 8-6 defeat. The Mets will look to bounce back tonight as they spend Independence Day north of the border to complete their two game set with the Blue Jays. First pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:07 pm at Rogers Centre.

7/4/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Toronto Blue Jays
Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis (29) scores a run on wild pitch ahead of the tag from New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will send rookie right hander Corey Oswalt (0-1, 9.82 ERA) to the mound for his second big league start. Oswalt’s first appearance in the big league rotation didn’t go too well as he gave up six runs in 2.2 innings to lose to the Miami Marlins last Friday. The Blue Jays will counter with righty Marcus Stroman (1-5, 6.02 ERA). Stroman delivered one of his best starts of the season his last time out, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings to defeat the Detroit Tigers last Friday to earn his first win of the year.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. CF Brandon Nimmo
  2. RF Jose Bautista
  3. 2B Asdrubal Cabrera
  4. LF Michael Conforto
  5. DH Wilmer Flores
  6. 3B Todd Frazier
  7. 1B Dominic Smith
  8. C Kevin Plawecki
  9. SS Jose Reyes

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Oswalt has never faced the Blue Jays before.
  • Stroman, a New York native, has never faced the Mets either.
  • The Mets will play it safe with Devin Mesoraco, giving him the day off after he was hit on the head with a backswing. Kevin Plawecki will catch and bat eighth.
  • Jose Reyes will start at shortstop today, giving Amed Rosario a day off, and bat ninth.
  • This is the final meeting of the season between the Mets and Blue Jays. Toronto has won two of the first three entering play today.
  • This is the final game of the Mets’ five game road trip. The Mets are 1-3 so far on the trip.
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