Game 43: Reds vs. Mets at 7:10 PM

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The Good: Rick Ankiel has a five-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .368. He’s 7-for-23 in seven games with the Mets.

The Bad: Mets starting pitchers are 3-8 with a 5.64 ERA in the month of May. Overall, they’re 10-18 with a 4.45 ERA, 10th worst in the Major Leagues.

The Game: Jon Niese (3-4, 5.40 ERA) will start for the Mets. Niese is coming off a strong start against the Cardinals in which he allowed just two runs in 7 1/3 innings. However, in 48 1/3 innings so far this season, Niese has walked 24 batters and also struck out 24 batters, allowing a total of 82 baserunners over that span. In four career starts against the Reds, Niese is 1-2 with a 5.61 ERA.

Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72 ERA) will start for the Reds. Leake is coming off a win against the Marlins in which he allowed nine hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Leake has won two of his last three starts, and he’s pitched to a 2.79 ERA over that span. Leake is making his fifth career start against the Mets tonight, and he’s 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA against them.

New York Mets

  1. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  2. Mike Baxter – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – LF
  5. Rick Ankiel – CF
  6. John Buck – C
  7. Ike Davis – 1B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jon Niese – LHP
Cincinnati Reds

  1. Derrick Robinson – CF
  2. Zack Cozart – SS
  3. Joey Votto – 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips – 2B
  5. Jay Bruce – RF
  6. Todd Frazier – 3B
  7. Donald Lutz – LF
  8. Devin Mesoraco – C
  9. Mike Leake – RHP