Today’s Game: Astros at Mets

The Mets and Astros play their final game of the season Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

The game is scheduled to start at 1:10 and is on SNY. Mets Insider begins at noon, followed by Pepsi PreGame Live at 12:30 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (14-13, 4.08) will pitch for the Mets, while Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.78) starts for Houston.

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1. Matt den Dekker – LF 1. Robbie Grossman – LF
2. Bobby Abreu – RF 2. Marwin Gonzalez – 2B
3. Daniel Murphy – 3B 3. Alex Presley – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Jon Singleton – 1B
5. Curtis Granderson – CF 5. Jake Marisnick – CF
6. Wilmer Flores – 2B 6. Max Stassi – C
7. Ruben Tejada – SS 7. Gregorio Petit – 3B
8.  Juan Centeno – C 8. Jonathan Villar – SS
9. Bartolo Colon – RHP 9. Nick Tropeano – RHP

 

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Lucas Duda will go in to off-season with confidence

In his final at bat of the game, against a left-handed pitcher, Lucas Duda clubbed a walk-off, two-run home run to give the Mets a 2-1 win over Houston Astros on Saturday night.

Duda entered the game hitting .173 with one HR against left-handed pitchers this season.

“I’ll get better at it,” Duda told reporters, when asked about his struggles against lefties. “It’s a work in progress.”

Saturday’s home run was his 28th of the season. He’s batting .251 with a .348 OBP, 26 doubles and 88 RBI.

“I think he’s going to go into the offseason confident that he can be a middle-of-the-order hitter,” Terry Collins said after the game.

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In 8 starts for Mets, Rafael Montero ends 2014 with a 3.98 ERA

Mets rookie RHP Rafael Montero started in place of Jacob deGrom on Saturday and shut out the Astros for five innings before giving up a run in the sixth inning.

“He certainly showed he’s capable of pitching at this level,” Terry Collins said after the game.

Montero, 23, ends his 2014 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts for the Mets.

He entered this season ranked as the organization’s second-best pitching prospect behind only Noah Syndergaard.

Montero checked in at No. 85 on MLB.com’s off-season list of top prospects in baseball.

What’s on tap for Sunday, Sept. 28

The Mets play their final game of 2014 on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 pm ET.

Bartolo Colon (14-13, 4.08) will start for the Mets against Astros RHP Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.78), who grew up in West Islip, New York and pitched at Stony Brook University.

It will also be the last game of Bobby Abreu‘s big-league career. Abreu announced his retirement at Citi Field this past Friday.

In case you missed it

Lucas Duda clubbed a walk-off, two-run home run, and RHP Rafael Montero gave up one run in six innings, as the Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Saturday night.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been hospitalized with an infection, Terry Collins told reporters on Saturday.

Standings

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Game Recap: Mets 2, Astros 1

Recap: The Mets won their penultimate game of 2014, 2-1, with a walk-off, two-run home run by Lucas Duda against the Astros on Saturday night at Citi Field.



Need to know: Limited to just two hits through the game’s first eight innings, the Mets formulated a rally in the ninth off Astros reliever Tony Sipp. Eric Young blasted a one-out triple, and after Sipp forced Daniel Murphy to fly out, Lucas Duda smacked a two-run homer off the foul pole in right field, capping the Mets’ dramatic win.

Jenrry Mejia pitched a spotless ninth inning, improving to 6-6. Rookie Rafael Montero was solid in his last start of the season, surrendering only one run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Game ball: Duda added to his career year, blasting his 29th homer of the season and driving in runs No. 87 and 88.


Links: AP recap | Box


What’s next: The Mets will close their season Sunday against Houston at 1:10 p.m. Bartolo Colon (14-13, 4.08) will get the ball against Houston pitcher, and West Islip, N.Y. native, Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.78).