Series Preview: Mets vs. Pirates

Amazin' Clubhouse previews a three-game home set against the Bucs.

After a long time away from home, the New York Mets (34-28) begin an eight-game stretch at Citi Field starting with National League foe, the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31). These two teams met last week at PNC Park where the “Bucs” took two of the three games.  Since then, the Mets split a four-game set with the Brewers while the Pirates have lost their last five games. Both squads will battle in Queens to pick up some of the ground they recently lost in their respective divisions.

7:10 PM Tuesday: Jacob deGrom (3-2, 2.80 ERA) v TBD

            The Pirates pitching staff for this series is a bit of a mystery has multiple sites seem to not know who they will start in each game this series. The Mets, on the other hand will throw out Jacob deGrom in the first game tonight. After five straight no-decision outings, the righty finally earned a tally on his record, however, in the wrong column. deGrom earned the loss against the Pirates last time around after allowing three earned runs on six hits in six total innings. He will look to redeem himself against the same opponent.

7:10 PM Wednesday: Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.00 ERA) v TBD

            Also facing the Pirates in his last start, Syndergaard wasn’t at his best, but didn’t earn the loss in the matchup. In six innings, he allowed three runs, two unearned on seven hits and two walks. His fastball didn’t have the command he usually possesses which set him up to be knocked around a bit. If he can get the fastball under control, fans should see a different outing from “Thor.”

7:10 PM Thursday: Bartolo Colon (5-3, 3.08 ERA) v TBD

            Two wins in four starts has been the result for the 43-year-old Colon recently. He earned the win against Milwaukee in his last appearance going seven strong allowing only one earned run on eight hits. Colon continues to work his way out of trouble and give the Mets quality innings. He will need his best against a productive Pirates offense.

More About This Series

            Terry Collins, who happens to be the oldest manager in baseball, will be back in uniform tonight after a stint in a Milwaukee hospital. The 67-year-old had felt ill before Sunday’s game and he was quickly escorted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee to be examined. Luckily, all tests had come back negative and he was cleared to fly back to New York to assume his position in charge of the Mets dugout.   


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