Milwaukee Brewers (18-23):
1. Jonathan Villar (S) SS
2. Hernan Perez (R) 3B
3. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
4. Chris Carter (R) 1B
5. Aaron Hill (R) 2B
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) RF
7. Keon Broxton (R) CF
8. Alex Presley (L) LF
9. Wily Peralta (R) P
SP: Wily Peralta RHP (2-4, 7.30 ERA)
New York Mets (22-18):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP (5-1, 2.86 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
BREWERS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 8-14 vs. Milwaukee at Citi Field…New York has outscored the Brewers 19-2 in their last two contests at Citi Field.
HEADING INTO TONIGHT: The Mets have lost six of their last seven games and are 3-7 in their last 10 games…The Mets are 10-8 at home this season, including winning nine of their last 13…The Mets are 6-2-2 in their last 10 series, including 3-3 in home series.
YO KEEP ROLLIN’: Yoenis Cespedes is tied for the major league lead in home runs (13) with Nolan Arenado…According to Elias, it’s the latest date on which a Mets player has led the majors in homers since Howard Johnson had a share of the lead through June 18, 1991, when he was tied with Chili Davis and Dave Henderson…Cespedes also became the quickest Met to 30 home runs (92 games), breaking Dave Kingman’s mark (111 games).
FRIDAY THE 13TH: Matz is making his 13th regular season start tonight…He is 9-1 through his first 12 starts…Since 1900, the only other lefthanded pitcher to win nine of his first 12 major league games was Kazuhisa Ishii in 2002 (10-1)…Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau…Matz is also the first pitcher in Mets history to win nine of his first 10 major league decisions.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: Matz leads all major league rookies with five wins, is second in ERA (2.86) and is third in strikeouts (35).
WELCOME BACK TO THE CITI: Kirk Nieuwenheis is making his return to Citi Field for the first time as an opposing player… Nieuwenhuis was drafted by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft out of the Azusa Pacific University..Nieuwenhuis made his major league debut with the Mets on April 7, 2012… In four seasons on the Mets roster the 28-year old outfielder hit .235 with 17 HR’s and 71 RBI’s… On December 23, 2015 Nieuwenhuis was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers off of waivers…Reliever Carlos Torres will also be facing his former club that he previously spent the past two seasons with…Torres held a 17-18 record with a 3.59 ERA in 241 innings pitched with the Mets while striking out 219 and walking 73… On April 2, 2016 Torres signed a one year major league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers after being released by the Atlanta Braves.
HENDERSON FACES FORMER TEAM: Jim Henderson is facing his former team for the first time since departing via free agency this offseason… After spending ten seasons in the minor leagues, Henderson made his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on July 26, 2012…Henderson was with the Brewers big league club from 2012-2014 and spent 2015 rehabbing in the minor leagues for Milwaukee after having shoulder surgery in August 2014…Henderson posted an 8-9 record with a 3.44 ERA and 31 saves in 102 innings pitched for the Brewers…Henderson had struck out 158 and walked 47 in his time with the Brewers…The 33-year old reliever signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets on December 3, 2015.
BREW SLAMMERS: Curtis Granderson Batted .375 (9-24) with four home runs , five RBI’s and five runs scored in six games vs. Milwaukee in 2015 … His four homers vs. the Brewers were tied for the most he hit versus any opponent last year (also hit four against the Reds)…Neil Walker Has hit 11 home runs in 90 career games vs. Milwaukee…That total is tied for second-most in his career vs. any opponent (also has hit 11 vs.Cubs)…Yoenis Cespedes has hit .409 (9-22) with 2 HR’S and 4 RBI’s in six games played in his career against the Brewers.
METS VS. PERALTA: Wily Peralta has made 4 career starts against the Mets and has posted a 3-1 record with a 2.88 ERA, his lowest ERA against any opponent with a minimum of 25 career innings pitched…Peralta has struck out 15 and walked 8 batters…Notable numbers against the 27-year old right-hander are provided below…
- Lucas Duda: .333 (3-9), 2 2B, 3 RBI
- Curtis Granderson: .625 (5-8), 2 2B, 2 HR
- Neil Walker: .286 (4-14), 1 2B, 1 HR
- David Wright: .000 (0-8), 1 BB, 1 K
- Eric Campbell: .667 (2-3), 1 2B, 1 RBI