Chris Young (3-6, 4.87 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.
Young was ineffective in his last start against the Marlins when he allowed seven runs in only 4 1/3 innings. Overall, left-handed hitters have hit .299 with six home runs and a .522 slugging percentage against Young. He made a start against the Reds back in June and pitched well – he allowed two earned runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss at Citi Field. Young has made three starts against the Reds in his career, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA against them.
Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81 ERA) will start for the Reds.
Latos took a no-decision in his last start despite allowing just a run on three hits in seven innings to the Brewers. Latos allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings against the Mets back in May, but took a no-decision in a 9-4 loss at Citi Field. Latos is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:Young has been absolutely hammered in two of his last three starts. In those two starts, his fastball has started down in the zone, and it’s no secret that Young must be at the letters with his fastball to be successful. He has begun to incorporate his slider more, but last week he didn’t have very good command of that pitch which forced him into way too many fastball counts. That along with poor execution made for a very short evening against Miami for Young. He insists his arm his healthy and he feels good, but Young has talked a lot about the need to get stronger and build stamina. I have to wonder how that’s impacted his ability to command his repertoire as of late, even early in his outings.