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  W: J. deGrom (10-8)   L: L. Castillo (15-7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 20, 2019
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 20,576

Mets' long-shot playoff run continues in Cincinnati

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds

  1. Since winning 14 straight against the Reds from September 2014-September 2016, the Mets have gone 9-8 vs. Cincinnati while splitting a four-game set at Citi Field from April 29-May 2. The teams combined to total just 18 runs in that series with both clubs batting .192.
  2. New York kept its playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 victory at Colorado on Wednesday and is 7-3 in is last 10 games with four consecutive series wins. The Mets have won 12 of their last 19 games, a stretch keyed by a starting rotation that has a 3.12 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 32 walks in 112.2 innings.
  3. After dropping two of three at Seattle, the Reds rebounded to win four of six at Arizona and Chicago. The Cubs had won five straight before Cincinnati limited them to four runs and nine hits over the final two games. Cincinnati's 72 wins is its best total since it went 76-86 in 2014.
  4. Since the All-Star break, Jacob deGrom, Friday's scheduled starter, ranks second in the NL in ERA (1.69), third in opponent average (.187) and third in strikeouts (101). He is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.
  5. Eugenio Suarez hit his 48th home run Wednesday, one behind the Mets' Pete Alonso for the MLB lead. Suarez set the record for most homers by a Venezuelan player, surpassing the 47 Andres Galarraga had in 1996. Suarez also tied the MLB record for HRs by a third baseman (Mike Schmidt, 1980 and Adrian Beltre, 2004).
  6. Alonso's 49th home run moved him within three of the rookie record, set by Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso's 113 RBI are the most by a Met since 2008, when Carlos Delgado had 115 and David Wright tied the franchise record with 124. Alonso's RBI total ranks fourth in the modern era by an NL rookie in a single season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

The Cincinnati Reds did their part Wednesday to improve the New York Mets' flickering playoff hopes. On Friday, the Mets will look to thank the Reds by beating them.

The Mets' last-ditch playoff chase continues in Cincinnati when reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Reds' Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA) in a battle of All-Star right-handers.

Both teams were off Thursday after earning series-winning road victories Wednesday. The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4, and the Reds outlasted the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Mets (79-73) sit 3 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers (83-70) in the race for the second National League wild card with New York having 10 games to play. The Cubs (82-71) are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mets.

That's a daunting deficit, but it could have been worse.

"Obviously, we'd have liked to have swept (the Rockies) at this point," Mets first baseman Pete Alonso told reporters on Wednesday after hitting his 49th homer, tying him with Mark McGwire for the second most ever by a rookie. "But taking a series is big for us. We're just going to go ahead and grab as many games as we can and see where the dust settles. We still have an outside shot."

Of course, after making the Cubs' path to the postseason more difficult, the Reds (72-81) aren't likely to roll over for the Mets.

The Reds have a .500 or better record this season against six opponents either still in the playoff race or already headed for the postseason, including the Mets (the teams split a four-game series in New York from April 29 through May 2) and the Houston Astros, whom host Cincinnati swept from June 17-19.

"When we're at our best, we can play with the best teams," Reds manager David Bell told reporters Wednesday.

DeGrom continued his push for a second straight Cy Young on Saturday, when he didn't factor into the decision after tossing seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball in the Mets' 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31-year-old has a 2.09 ERA in his past 21 starts dating back to May 22.

In five career starts against the Reds, deGrom is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA. He started against Cincinnati once this year, tossing seven scoreless innings on May 1, winding up without a decision in a game the Mets won 1-0 with a ninth-inning run.

Castillo, who joined deGrom on this year's NL All-Star team, earned the win on Saturday when he allowed two runs over five innings as the Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 in Phoenix. He is Cincinnati's first 15-game winner since 2014, when Johnny Cueto finished 20-9 and Alfredo Simon went 15-10.

Castillo is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA in two career starts against the Mets. In his lone outing vs. New York this year, he yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings during a no-decision on April 30. The Reds emerged with a 4-3, 10-inning win.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2019

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