It doesn’t seem like anyone can stop the New York Mets (71-39) right now. The Mets picked up their fourth straight win by toppling the Cincinnati Reds (44-64) 5-1 to secure their 13th win in their last 15 games. The win also helped the Mets extend their National League East lead over the Atlanta Braves to seven games, a lead they will look to maintain by securing their fifth straight win tonight. First pitch for the middle game of this series is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (12-4, 3.82 ERA) is set to take the mound for the Mets tonight. Carrasco delivered a quality start last Thursday, allowing three runs in six innings of work against the Atlanta Braves to earn his 12th win of the year. The Reds will counter with veteran lefty Mike Minor (1-8, 6.19 ERA). Minor delivered a solid effort in his last start, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings against the Miami Marlins last Thursday, but was stuck with a loss due to a lack of run support from his teammates.
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Carrasco is 4-0 with a 3.32 ERA in eight career appearances, including seven starts, against the Reds.
Minor is 5-3 with a 4.56 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets but has not faced them since 2014, when he was a member of the Braves.
Brandon Nimmo will get a rare day off. Mark Canha will start in center field and bat leadoff.
Daniel Vogelbach will sit with a lefty on the mound. Darin Ruf will start at first base and bat fifth, allowing cleanup hitter Pete Alonso to serve as the designated hitter.
Joey Votto is 6 for 16 (.375) with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs in his career against Carrasco.
Canha (6 for 18, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Ruf (5 for 14, HR, 6 RBI) have good numbers against Minor.