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Game Notes & Lineups: Mets vs. Diamondbacks 9:40 pm et.

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New York Mets (60-59):

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
9. Jonathon Niese (L) P

SP: Jonathan Niese LHP (8-6, 5.20 ERA)

Arizona Diamondbacks (49-70):

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B
2. Mitch Haniger (R) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Rickie Weeks Jr. (R) LF
5. Yasmany Tomas (R) RF
6. Chris Owings (R) SS
7. Brandon Drury (R) 3B
8. Tuffy Gosewisch (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P

SP: Zack Godley RHP (3-2, 5.24 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

METS-DBACKS NOTES: The Mets are 8-4 since 2013 in Arizona and 35-29 all-time…Last night’s win snapped a four-game losing streak to the DBacks.

NIESE RETURNS: Jonathan Niese will make his first start of the year for the Mets tonight…He was 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA (58 ER/101.2 IP) in 18 starts with Pittsburgh this year…He was acquired on August 1 in exchange for LHP Antonio Bastardo…Niese’s last start for the Mets came on September 21, 2015 vs. Atlanta, when he tossed 6.0 shutout innings…Tonight will be his 178th start with New York, which ranks 10th in franchise history.

BACK-TO-BACK 40: Jeurys Familia earned his major league- leading 40th save last night…He tied a franchise record with 43 saves last year…The only other Mets reliever to post back-to- back 40 saves seasons was Armando Benitez (41 in 2000 and 43 in 2001).

STRANDED: Jerry Blevins stranded two inherited runners last night…He has stranded 39 of 43 inherited runners this year, the most in the majors this year and has the third-best percentage of stranding runners (91%) in the majors (min. 20 inherited runners).

PITCHER’S POWER: New York has four homers from its pitching staff this year (3 by Syndergaard and 1 by Matt Harvey), the most in the majors.

THOR’S HAMMER: Noah Syndergaard hit his third home run of the year last night…He also went deep twice on May 11 at Los Angeles-NL..The three homers are tied for the most in franchise history in a single season by a pitcher with Tom Seaver (1972) and Walt Terrell (1983)…The three homers are the most in the majors this year by a pitcher…Syndergaard has four career homers which already ranks third in team history behind Dwight Gooden (seven) and Tom Seaver (six).

NIESE VS. D-BACKS: Niese made three appearances (one start) against the Diamondbacks this season as a member of the Pirates and Mets…Is 1-0 with a 12.86 ERA (10 earned runs/7.0 innings pitched) in those three appearances and has struck out four and walked five…His lone start came in Arizona with the Pirates on April 22… Earned the win in Pittsburgh’s 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks…Pitched 5.1 innings, gave up four runs, earned, on 10 hits while striking out two and walked two in the 95-pitch effort…In 10 career games (eight starts) against the Diamondbacks, Niese is 4-3 with a 6.94 ERA and has struck out 36 and walked 14 in the 10 appearances.

METS VS. GODLEY: The 26-year old right-hander is making his first career start against the Mets…Pitched a scoreless inning of relief back on August 11th at Citi Field and allowed no hits.

Final Recap: Diamondbacks 5 – Mets 3

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The Arizona Diamondbacks (46-66) defeated the New York Mets (57-55) by the final score of 5-3 tonight at Citi Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://m.mlb.com/gameday/d-backs-vs-mets/2016/08/09/448541?#game=448541,game_state=final,game_tab=

Game Notes:

  • Steven Matz was brilliant tonight in the no-decision going 6 innings while only allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 9.
  • Hansel Robles was charged with the loss after allowing 3 runs in 0.2 of an inning.
  • Neil Walker stayed red hot going 3-4 with a 2-run HR.
  • James Loney was 0-4 with a RBI groundout.

It was a disappointing loss tonight for the Mets which just seems to be the common theme over the past month. The Mets who have not won back-to-back games since July 6-7, certainly put themselves in position to finally post back-to-back wins but ultimately choked it away in the 7th inning. 

In what was a tightly contested pitchers duel between Steven Matz and Zack Greinke, the Mets took a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Neil Walker home run to right center field. That however would be all for naught, as Hansel Robles had a complete off night and allowed three runs in the top of the seventh inning, before departing with runners on first and second base. Matz who had a career nine strikeouts was unable to pick up a victory after the seventh inning meltdown, and he is now winless since May 25th. 

Neil Walker who is 26 for his last 53 (.491) seems to be the only player showing a pulse offensively for the Mets. Walker who has been the subject of extension rumors lately certainly deserves one with the way he has preformed for the team this season. It would most likely be in Alderson’s best interests to hammer something out with Walker and his representatives soon, before he prices himself out of the Mets budget. It’s hard to see where this team would’ve been this season without the contributions of both Walker and Yoenis Cespedes this season. The Mets will need to find a way to keep both players next season, as it will be tough to imagine the offense being much better without them. 

Going on vacation for the next week before fall semester gets underway, I hope to come back to a Mets team firmly in contention. Unfortunately that may be asking a little much at this point and I would easily settle for back-to-back wins as well at this point. The next eight games are the best opportunity for the Mets to put together a win streak and build some momentum, but they can’t afford to play as they did tonight or this could be the moment we look back that the season was lost.  

  • The Mets and Diamondbacks will play the second game of their three game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can catch tomorrow night’s game on SNY.
  • Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46 ERA) will look to beat the Diamondbacks for the first time in his career and face off against D-backs left hander Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA)

Lineups: Diamondbacks vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Arizona Diamondbacks (45-66):

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B
2. Michael Bourn (L) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Rickie Weeks Jr. (R) LF
5. Yasmany Tomas (R) RF
6. Jake Lamb (L) 3B
7. Chris Owings (R) SS
8. Tuffy Gosewisch (R) C
9. Zack Greinke (R) P

SP: Zack Greinke RHP (10-3, 3.62 ERA)

New York Mets (57-54):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (8-8, 3.63 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Things to Know: Diamondbacks vs. Mets

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The New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks will do battle for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday night at Citi Field. I highlighted some things below to check out before play gets underway!

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