Series Preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

The Amazin's welcome Arizona to Citi Field for a three-game set.

The New York Mets (57-54) didn’t end their road trip on a high note as they lost two of three to the Detroit Tigers. Now, they come home to Queens with ground to make up starting with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (45-66). The Dbacks haven’t had the best of luck this season as they currently sit last in the NL West. The Amazin’s will try to take advantage of the Dbacks’ woes heading into this series.

Tuesday 7:10 PM: Steven Matz (8-8, 3.63 ERA) v Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.62 ERA)

            Matz earned his eighth loss of the season last time out as he continues to struggle. Facing the Yankees in the Bronx, he saw sixes across the board as he went six innings giving up six earned on six hits. This is Matz’s second straight loss.

            Greinke has been one of the only bright spots for the Diamonbacks this season with a 10-3 record. However, he has been out of action for a while as he has been dealing with an oblique strain. This will be his first start after being activated from the DL.

Pitching Edge: Greinke is just getting back, but he went 7-0 in his last nine starts before the DL. Give him the edge.

Wednesday 7:10 PM: Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46 ERA) v Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA)

            Colon reached double digit wins on the season after he defeated the Yankees in his last start. He went 6 2/3 innings allowing a lone earned run.

            Ray hasn’t had his best stuff of late losing his last three starts. His most recent was against the Nationals where he allowed six runs, five earned on eight hits in six total innings. He will try to find the answers to his problems Wednesday night.

Pitching Edge: Colon gets the edge with Ray’s pitching issues at the moment

Thursday 12:10 PM: Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 2.64 ERA) v Braden Shipley (1-1, 4.15 ERA)

            Syndergaard is still searching for his first win since July 3 after losing to the Tigers in his last appearance. He allowed four earned on seven hits in six innings of work. Syndergaard has allowed at least six hits in his last four starts.

            Shipley made his big league debut on July 25 and since then has been part of the Dbacks rotation. Last time out, he earned a no-decision in six innings against the Brewers. Since getting roughed up in his debut, the 24-year-old Shipley is slowly learning the ropes in the MLB.

Pitching Edge: Syndergaard gets the edge over the inexperienced Shipley

More About This Series:

            The Mets decided to dip into the waiver wire as the team supposedly claimed two players. Who those players are is still a mystery except for the fact that one of them is a reliever. The Mets didn’t make a new addition to their bullpen, so it’s no surprise they would focus on their pitching staff. Deadlines come into play in any waiver claim (48 hours), so the Mets will have to act quick. News of the possible additions should come out very soon. 

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