| 1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
||1. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
|2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
|| 2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
|3. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
|| 3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
|4. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
|| 4. Nick Markakis (L) RF
|5. John Mayberry Jr. (R) LF
|| 5. Juan Uribe (R) 3B
|6. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
|| 6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
|7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
|| 7. Jonny Gomes (R) LF
|8. Anthony Recker (R) C
|| 8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
|9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
||9. Alex Wood (R) P
Game 62: Braves at Mets on SNY at 7 p.m. ET
The Mets (32-29) and Braves (29-31) begin a three-game series Friday night at Citi Field.
Bartolo Colon (8-4, 4.52 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets against Alex Wood (4-3, 3.36 ERA) of the Braves at 7:10 p.m.
Colon Notes: Colon is tied for third in the majors with eight wins this season. Two of those wins came against the Braves earlier this season as Colon tries to make it 3-for-3 tonight. Colon has received a decision in each of his last 24 starts, one shy of Dwight Gooden’s franchise record of 25 straight. He is also tied for the major league lead among pitchers with three RBI at the plate.
Wood Notes: Wood is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. He is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in seven games on the road this season. Wood last pitched against the Mets on April 12 where he allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings in a losing effort.
Mets Notes: After losing their first two games against the Braves this season, the Mets have won four straight. The Mets’ .656 (21-11) divisional winning percentage is the second-best among in the majors. Lucas Duda is hitting .345 with four home runs vs. lefthanders this year. Michael Cuddyer, who provided the game winning single last night, is batting .382 with seven RBIs in his last nine home games.
Braves Notes: Freddie Freeman is batting .390 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 11 games. Atlanta used all of their available relief pitchers last night in an 11-inning loss to the Padres. The Braves have a chance to leapfrog the Mets in the standings with a series sweep this weekend.
The Mets (26-21) wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies (19-29) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) will start for the Mets against Sean O’Sullivan (1-3, 3.54 ERA) for Philadelphia.
|1. Ben Revere (L) LF
||1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
|2. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
||2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
|3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
||3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
|4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
||4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
|5. Maikel Franco (R) 3B
||5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
|6. Grady Sizemore (L) RF
||6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
|7. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
||7. Danny Muno (S) 3B
|8. Cameron Rupp (R) C
||8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
|9. Sean O’Sullivan (R) P
||9. Noah Syndergaard (R) P
Noah Syndergaard has recorded at least five strikeouts in each of his first three career starts. In team history, only Matt Harvey (2012), Tom Seaver (1967) and Bill Denehy (1967) had five or more strikeouts in each of their first three major league games. No Mets rookie has done it in four straight games to begin his career.
Sean O’Sullivan has allowed two or fewer runs in six-plus innings in his last two starts.
Mets Notes: The Mets 19-6 mark at home is the best start in team history after 25 games. After winning the first two games of this series the Mets will look for the sweep of the Phillies in a three-game series for the second time this year. The Mets are 7-1 against Philadelphia on the year. Shortstop Wilmer Flores has a hit in 12 of his last 13 games played, going 14-50 (.280) with three home runs and 11 RBI. Flores is the first player in Mets shortstop in history to hit seven home runs before the team’s 50th game of the season.
Phillies Notes: Philadelphia has lost five of their last six games. Phillies pitchers have struggled in day games this season, with a 4.65 ERA.
RHP Noah Syndergaard will start against RHP Gerrit Cole as the Mets travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
|1. Curtis Granderson, RF
||1. Josh Harrison, 3B
|2. Eric Campbell, 3B
||2. Neil Walker, 2B
|3. Lucas Duda, 1B
||3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
|4. Michael Cuddyer, LF
||4. Starling Marte, LF
|5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
||5. Jung Ho Kang, SS
|6. Wilmer Flores, SS
||6. Pedro Alvarez, 1B
|7. Juan Lagares, CF
||7. Gregory Polanco, RF
|8. Kevin Plawecki, C
||8. Chris Stewart, C
|9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
||9. Gerrit Cole, RHP
Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard is making his third, and possibly last, start as Dillon Gee is set to return from the disabled list. The Mets top prospect is making a strong case to stay put in the rotation going 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts.
Gerrit Cole: Cole, the National League Pitcher of the Month in April, has established himself as the ace of this Pirates staff. He is 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 53 strikeouts on the year. Cole has faced the Mets twice in his career but has never earned a win. In those two starts combined, Cole tossed nine innings, allowed eight earned runs, and was tagged with the loss on both occasions.
Mets Notes: The Mets (24-18) have won four of their last six games. First baseman Lucas Duda has batted .372 in his last 12 games and has a 10-game hitting streak at Pittsburgh.
Pirates Notes: The Pirates (18-22) are tied for third place in the NL Central. Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang has posted a .362 average at PNC Park, including .457 in his last six home games. Third baseman Josh Harrison is hot at the plate right now going 16 for 29 over his last six games.
Game 33: Mets at Cubs on SNY at 8 pm ET
The Mets (20-12) and Cubs (16-15) play game two of their four-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Noah Syndergaard will make his major-league debut against Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (3-3, 3.41 ERA).
In five starts with Triple-A Las Vegas Syndergaard is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA. After allowing five earned runs in his first two starts he has settled down to allow just two earned runs in his last three games. Syndergaard had a 19-inning scoreless streak snapped in his last start on Thursday. Opponents were only hitting .192 against him, the third-lowest mark in his league.
Arrieta made two starts against the Mets last season, keeping their bats quiet and posting a 0.77 ERA with the Cubs winning each game. Lucas Duda went 3-6 with three walks last season against Arrieta. Curtis Granderson is batting .360 (9-25, 3 HR, 8 RBI) during his career against Arrieta.
Anthony Rizzo is batting .367 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games for the Cubs.
The Mets have scored three runs or less in 10 of their last 13 games, during which they are 6-7. They are 6-11 when scoring three runs or less all season.
Kevin Plawecki has reached base safely in nine straight games, during which he’s batting .290 (9-31) with three doubles and four RBI.
Kets reliever Erik Goeddel has not allowed a run in his 11 outings this season, spanning 8.1 innings. The bullpen has allowed 1 run in 21.1 innings (0.42 ERA) in May, the lowest ERA in the majors. They are tied for first in the majors with 25 holds, sixth in the majors with a 2.41 ERA and they have walked just 26 batters, tied for the second-fewest in the majors.
Jason Isringhausen was the last Mets starting pitcher to make his major league debut at Wrigley Field on July 17, 1995.
The Mets (2-3) play Atlanta (5-0) in the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET. After dropping the first two games of the series the Mets look to avoid being swept. The game can be seen on SNY and heard on WOR 710.
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|1. Juan Lagares – CF
||1. Eric Young Jr. – CF
|2. David Wright – 3B
||2. Jace Peterson – 2B
|3. Lucas Duda – 1B
||3. Nick Markakis – RF
|4. Michael Cuddyer – LF
||4. Freddie Freeman – 1B
|5. John Mayberry Jr. RF
||5. A.J. Pierzynski – C
|6. Anthony Recker – C
||6. Jonny Gomes – LF
|7. Wilmer Flores – SS
||7. Alberto Callaspo – 3B
|8. Ruben Tejada – 2B
||8. Andrelton Simmons – SS
|9. Bartolo Colon – P
||9. Alex Wood – P
RHP Bartolo Colon (1-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season. He won his opening day start against the Nationals throwing six strong innings allowing three hits and one run. Colon is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three career starts at Turner Field.
LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 3.60 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves. In his season debut he pitched five innings while allowing three runs on four hits on his way to earning the win against the Marlins.
The Mets, who led the Grapefruit League in home runs, have hit two in five regular season games, during which they’re batting .196 as a team.
“It’s a different game when the lights come on,” manager Terry Collins said after Saturday’s loss to the Braves, against whom his team had just two hits, both by Lucas Duda. “Certainly we’ve got to get some guys going. We’ve got a good offensive club, and we’ve got some guys who can swing a bat. But, as we saw in spring training, it’s got to be throughout the lineup. One or two guys isn’t going to carry us.”
Result: The Mets dropped their second straight Sunday, 2-1, to the Padres at PETCO Park.
Need to Know: Mets starter Zack Wheeler was sharp again, striking out seven and surrendering only Yasmani Grandal’s fourth-inning solo homer. But Wheeler exited on the wrong end of a 1-0 deficit because San Diego starter Odrisamer Despaigne flirted with the franchise’s first-ever no-hitter, baffling the Mets for 7 2/3 innings.
The Mets rallied in the eighth. Daniel Murphy’s two-out double broke up the no-hitter, and David Wright followed with a single that tied the game at 1. Jeurys Familia worked into and out of trouble in the eighth inning, but Vic Black’s ninth-inning misplay cost the Mets an out. Seth Smith’s infield single, which eluded Josh Edgin, pushed home Cameron Maybin for the winning run of the Padres’ 2-1 victory.
Game Ball: To Despaigne, who mastered the Mets, surrendering just two hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings. The righty was one strike from taking a no-hitter to the ninth inning in his fifth career start.
Links: AP Recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Mets venture up the coast to Seattle to take on the Mariners. Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the disabled list and will be opposed by Seattle’s Roenis Elias (7-8. 4.54).
Result: The Padres beat the Mets, 6-0, on Saturday night in San Diego, evening their series heading into Sunday’s rubber match.
Need to Know: Dillon Gee struggled in his second start back from the disabled list, allowing four earned runs on five hits over five innings, despite eight strikeouts. Solo home runs from Yasmani Grandal and Will Venable were the big blows against Gee, and Seth Smith added a homer against Carlos Torres. The Mets were shut out for the eighth time this year and the first time since June 14, when another Padres starter, Jesse Hahn, kept them off the scoreboard.
Links: AP recap | Box score
What’s Next: First pitch for Sunday’s rubber match between the Mets and Padres is set for 4:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA) is on the hill for New York against San Diego’s Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35).
Result: The Mets defeated the Padres, 5-4, on Friday night in the first of a three-game series.
Need to Know: Travis d’Arnaud’s base hit with two outs in the top of the ninth inning drove in Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a 5-4 win. d’Arnaud had three hits on the night and two RBI. The Mets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but Bartolo Colon surrendered four runs in the fifth inning to even the score. Colon exited after five, allowing four earned runs and striking out six. Granderson and Ruben Tejada both reached base three times. Juan Lagares’ single in the first inning drove in two runs. Jenrry Mejia picked up his 11th save of the season. Jeurys Familia earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning.
Game Ball: Travis d’Arnaud, who continues to hit since being recalled from Triple-A.
Links: Recap | Box Score
What’s Next: The Mets and Padres will meet again on Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) takes the hill for New York against San Diego’s Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85).