Cincinnati Reds (9-10):
1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Adam Duvall (R) RF
7. Scott Schebler (L) LF
8. Raisel Iglesias (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
New York Mets (10-7):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
REDS-METS NOTES: New York has won 13 of the last 15 match- ups between the two clubs… The Mets have won a franchise-record eight straight games vs. Cincinnati dating to September 7, 2014…The Mets went 7-0 vs. the Reds last year, including 3-0 at Citi Field…Mets clinched the 2015 NL East title in Cincinnati on September 26…
METS ON THE ROAD: New York scored 54 runs during their nine-game road trip (6.0 runs per game)…The Mets had 51 extra-base hits during the road trip after just 10 in their first eight games…The Mets hit .293 (99-338) during the road trip…The pitching staff posted a 2.98 ERA (27 earned runs/81.2 innings).
METS AT CITI FIELD: New York is 2-4 at Citi Field this year…The Mets went 49-32 (.605) at home, tied for the seventh-best record in the majors last year.
FIRST INNING FUN: The Mets have scored in the first inning in seven of their last nine games (11 runs total)…New York is 10-3 when they score first this year, including 2-1 at home.
NOAH’S ARK: Noah Syndergaard has 29 strikeouts, the second- most in team history after three starts…Only Pedro Martinez had more (30 strikeouts after his first three starts in 2005)…Martinez holds the club record for strikeouts after the first four starts with 38 in 2005.
SYNDERGAARD VS. REDS: Is 2-0 versus Cincinnati in two starts, with a 1.72 ERA (three earned runs/15.2 innings pitched)…Struck out 16 and walked none…His 16 strikeouts versus Cincinnati are his fourth most against any opponent, trailing Washington (23), Philadelphia (23), and San Diego (19).
CABRERA IS ON FIRE: Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .395 (15-38) with six runs scored, three doubles, one home run, four RBI and a .465 on- base percentage over his last 10 games…Cabrera is hitting .300 (6-20) at Citi Field this year.
GRANDY MAN STREAKING: Curtis Granderson has hit in five straight contests, going 9-21 (.429) with a .538 on-base percentage…He has scored two runs in three straight games…Granderson has hit .353 (12-34) with 11 runs scored, three doubles, one triple, four home runs and eight RBI over his last eight contests…Is riding a nine-game hitting streak vs. the Reds entering this series dating to September 5, 2014…Is batting.410 (16-39) with four doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored in the nine-game stretch.
WALKER AROUND THE BASES: Neil Walker has six home runs over his last nine games…Walker’s seven home runs are tied for the most he’s ever hit in any calendar month…He had seven home runs in September, 2013 and seven in July, 2012…Walker is tied for fourth in the majors with his seven long balls…The only other Mets second baseman with seven or more home runs in April was Jeff Kent, who hit eight home runs in 1994…Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013) hold the club record with nine April home runs…Walker has hit in six straight games, going 10-25 (.400) with four homers and four RBI.
DUDA SEEING RED: Has reached base safely in nine consecutive games vs. the Reds dating to September 5, 2014 (.465 OBP during that time)…Was 7-22 (.318) with two doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 22 games vs. Cincinnati in 2015.
DIGGIN’ THE LONG BALL: New York has hit 25 home runs this year, ranking seventh in the majors…Since April 15, the Mets lead the majors with 23 home runs…Arizona is second with 18 during that span…The Mets hit 23 home runs an eight game span (April 15-23), the most home runs over any eight-game span in franchise history…The previous mark was 22 home runs over eight games from June 27-July 5, 2004…Research courtesy of Elias.
BEWARE OF BRANDON: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has hit safely in each of his 32 career road games vs. the Mets, including all 22 games he’s played at Citi Field… He’s hitting .338 lifetime vs. New York on its turf which is the longest hitting streak by any player at that ballpark and tied with Luis Castillo for the longest hitting streak by an opponent in Queens (2001-05)….Has a career line of 309/.350/.513 11 HR’s 48 RBI in 65 career games against the Mets…Phillips .BA, OBP, & SLG%, against the Mets is his highest against any National League opponent…His OPS of .863 against the Mets is highest against any NL opponent.
METS VS. IGLESIAS: The Mets have never faced the Cuban right-hander, and only Neil Walker has any previous experience against Iglesias which is provided below…
Neil Walker: .200 (1-5, 1 K)
There are certain players that I have not grown fond of the Mets facing over the past several seasons, and I tend to call them Mets killers. These individual players are always having success against the Mets no matter how their individual season is going. What is even more frustrating is for the life of me I can’t figure out ways to get them out sometimes or I know the inevitable is about to happen in a high leverage situation. I listed some notable Mets killers on the season schedule this season that the Mets will be facing. I have provided stats for each player against the Mets and how those statistics translate to other teams in the league. To qualify for the list each player has to have played in at least 20 games against the Mets, and some teams have multiple players included on the list. Pictured is the all-time Met killer Chipper Jones, because nobody would be more appropriate to headline this article, right? Continue reading