The New York Mets (10-7) return to Citi Field after a long road stretch and with momentum as they look to face the Cincinnati Reds (9-10). The Atlanta Braves were no match for the Amazin’s over the weekend as the visiting team swept the three-game series. The same cannot be said for the Reds who lost three of four games to the Chicago Cubs who are red hot. Now back on their home turf, the Mets will use the energy from the crowd to keep things rolling in the right direction.
Monday: Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90 ERA) v Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09 ERA)
“Thor” continues to shine as he threw a seven-inning gem against the Philadelphia Phillies last Monday. He struck out eight while allowing five scattered hits and one earn run for the victory. He was supposed to start yesterday, but with Jacob deGrom back in the rotation, he wait period was extended a day to begin this home series.
Iglesias has not made it passed the sixth inning in any of his four starts, however, the young righty has done a formidable job in each of them. His longest outing was last Wednesday where he went six and two-thirds striking out eight and allowing only two earned runs against the Colorado Rockies. He will have a test against the Mets bats tonight.
Pitching Edge: In 20 innings of work, Syndergaard has struck out 29 batters with complete dominance. The pitching edge should be given to the flame throwing righty until he has a bad start.
Tuesday: Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89 ERA) v Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74 ERA)
Colon threw six strong in Philadelphia in his last start allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk. This has been his worst start to date which says something considering it wasn’t bad at all. The 42-year-old will focus on continuing his hot 2016 start.
Finnegan, the TCU alumni, wasn’t at his best against the Chicago Cubs last Thursday as he allowed five earned on seven hits and two walks. Before this start, though, he had been tremendous allowing only four earned runs in three total starts. The crafty lefty will try to silence the Mets at home.
Pitching Edge: Colon has been allowing one more run than his last start every time he gets the ball. If he continues this trend, it will soon haunt him. Give Finnegan the edge as he will settle down and get back to his old ways after a horrendous start against the Cubs.
Wednesday: Matt Harvey (1-3, 5.24) v Jon Moscot (0-1, 5.06 ERA)
Harvey finally earned his first win of 2016 against the Braves, but he still called his performance “a work in progress.” He only made it through five innings allowing seven hits for two earned runs. He wasn’t dominant, but he had the stuff to get out of jams and let his team put some runs up on the board. Harvey will look to stay on the winning side on Wednesday.
Moscot climbed from Single-A to the big leagues in a matter of days and the transition hasn’t been smooth. He has struggled in his two big league starts as his command is not all there yet. He will need to be on his game if he wants to get passed the Mets hot lineup.
Pitching Edge: Harvey has to get the edge after he smelled his first win. Moscot cannot get passed the lineup in the second and three times around, and the way the Mets are hitting, it’s going to be another tough outing for the right hander.
More About This Series
The Mets bats have been hot on their road trip and they hope to continue it at home where they have struggled so far. They are hitting .194 in six games at Citi Field which ranks second to last in the MLB. With an 8-2 record in their last ten games, though, that batting average will most certainly rise especially with the home fans behind them. Another series sweep would also be perfect for the Amazin’s who sit three games back behind the division leading Washington Nationals.