With the magic number sitting at five games the Mets are geared up to inch closer to locking up their first division title since 2006. Despite losing two of three from the Atlanta Braves, the Mets are still in very good position to finish on top of the National League East. The Mets will play at Great American Ballpark for the four games away from home, which might be a relief for the Mets who have struggled lately at home.
Thursday: Steven Matz (4-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Josh Smith (0-2, 7.71 ERA)
The rookie Matz gets set to try to become the first rookie to win his first career starts in Mets history. Smith is coming off two rough starts as he went 0-2 with an 8.53 era as hopes he could settle in tonight.
Friday: Noah Syndergaard (8-7, 3.39 ERA) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (9-11, 3.79 ERA)
Syndergaard has allowed 11 homers since Aug. 1 and quite frankly has not had his best stuff as of late as he will look to keep the ball in the ballpark against a power hitting Reds lineup. The last time DeSclafani took the hill against the Mets he allowed 10 earned runs over four innings so I’m sure the Mets are looking forward to facing him again.
Saturday: Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.80 ERA) vs. John Lamb (1-3, 4.60 ERA)
The rookie Lamb looks build off of his six scoreless innings in his last start and attempt to improve to 2 and 0. After all of the gossip surrounding Harvey’s innings limits it has finally been agreed by the front office, Scott Boras, and Mets management to allow him to finish out the season but in shortened starts to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Sunday: Jacob degrom (13-8, 2.64 ERA) vs. Keyvius Sampson (2-5, 6.45 ERA)
Degrom is carrying a 5.50 ERA over his last three starts and Mets fans should start worry why this is happening right before the playoffs. It wasn’t too long ago he was in the cy young conversation with Zack Greinke as they both has sub 2.0 era’s. Sampson only allowed one run over 5 innings of work in his last start as his off- speed pitches were all working for the young right hander so it should be interesting to see these two pitchers face off for the final game of the series.