Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31):
1. John Jaso (L) 1B
2. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
3. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
4. Starling Marte (R) LF
5. Jung Ho Kang (R) 3B
6. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
7. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
8. Chris Stewart (R) C
9. Jameson Taillon (R) P
SP: Jameson Taillon RHP (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
New York Mets (34-28):
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
SP: Jacob deGrom (3-2, 2.80 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
PIRATES-METS NOTES: The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 home games vs. the Pirates dating back to 2013…The Mets are 1-9 in their last 10 games against the Pirates, winning their last match-up on June 8 at PNC Park… The Mets went 0-6 vs. Pittsburgh in 2015.
AN OFF DAY IS A GOOD DAY: The Mets 8-0 after a scheduled off day this year and have scored an average of 6 runs in those eight wins.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS: New York begins an eight-game homestand tonight… The Mets are 14-8 in their last 22 games at Citi Field and 15-12 at home overall this season.
FAMILIA RESULTS: Jeurys Familia has 21 saves, the most in the majors… Is 21-21 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has saved 37 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is the second-longest active streak in the major leagues (Arizona’s Brad Ziegler has saved 41 straight opportunities)…Familia’s 21 consecutive saves to open the season is the second-longest streak to open a season in franchise history (Armando Benitez 24 in 2001 holds the record).
DEGROMINATION: Since his major league debut on May 15, 2014, deGrom’s 2.64 ERA is the fourth-best mark in the major leagues…He is 13-7 with a 1.90 ERA) in 30 starts at Citi Field…His 1.92 home ERA is the third-lowest in the majors since 2014 among pitchers with at least 150 innings.
DEGROM VS. PIRATES: DeGrom is facing Pittsburgh in back-to-back starts and has never beaten the Pirates…In three career starts, he is 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA with 17 strikeouts and eight walks…He has never pitched more than 6.2 innings against Pittsburgh.
GO WITH THE FLO: Wilmer Flores is hitting .406 (13-32) with three runs scored, three doubles and three RBI in 10 games since replacing David Wright as the starting third baseman…He has a .459 OBP in that span.
THE GRANDYMAN IS HOT: Curtis Granderson has three homers, four RBI, one double, one triple, five runs scored and is hitting .320 (8-25) with a .414 OBP since June 7…Granderson’s next leadoff homer will set the franchise mark, as he is tied with Jose Reyes with 16 leadoff home runs.
METS VS. TAILLON: Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon will face the Mets in back-to-back starts which also marks his second career major league start…He was involved in a no decision in his last start on June 8 while pitching 6 innings, and giving up 3 runs on 6 hits…He walked 2 and struck out 3…Taillon is ranked as the 4th best prospect in the Pirates system and was taken 2nd overall in the 2010 MLB Draft…Notable numbers against Taillon are provided below…
- Yoenis Cespedes: .333 (1-3)
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .333 (1-3), 1 2B
- James Loney: .333 (1-3), 1 K
- Alejandro De Aza: .000 (0-2), K