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The New York Mets (29-23) will face the Baltimore Orioles (21-38) in interleague action for the second series this season. In the first two game series, New York swept Baltimore 3-2 and 7-1. Things could be different this series, as both teams come into tonight’s meeting on a bit of a hot streak.
The Mets took two out of three games in their latest weekend series against the San Diego Padres. On Sunday, New York capped off the series victory with a 6-2 win. Dominic Smith and James McCann both hit homers for the Mets, who got a tremendous start from Marcus Stroman. Stroman shut the Padres out over 6.2 innings, and also added an RBI double.
Since ending a 14 game losing streak, the Orioles have won four of their last five against AL Central powers Minnesota and Cleveland. In their weekend series finale against Cleveland, the Orioles plated a season high 18 runs in their 18-5 win. Cedric Mullins led off the game with a home run, and the rout was on. Mullins finished with three hits in four at bats with two runs and two RBI. Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle, and DJ Stewart each had three hits, and combined for six RBI and seven runs scored.
The Mets will be without shortstop Luis Guillorme, center fielder Brandon Nimmo, and left fielder JD Davis.
David Peterson Hopes For Better Start This Time Around
David Peterson did not make it out of the first inning in his last start, which came at Arizona. The lefthander allowed five runs on three hits and three walks in a third of an inning in his last outing. This season, Peterson has started 10 games, pitching 44.1 innings. He has allowed 29 earned runs, nine home runs, and 42 hits while walking 20 and recording 49 strikeouts. He carries a 5.13 FIP and a 1.398 WHIP into tonight’s game. Opponents have batted .251 against Peterson, with a .303 BABIP and 40.7% hard hit rate.
The Mets bullpen comes into the series with a 14-7 record, 14 saves, a 3.36 ERA, and a 1.273 WHIP. In 184.2 innings, New York’s pen has combined to allow 69 earned runs and 165 hits while recording 70 walks and 206 strikeouts.
Over the past seven games, the New York offense has slashed .270/.326/.448 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 18 walks, and 65 strikeouts. Against righties, the Mets have hit .238/.323/.376 with 35 home runs and 143 RBI in 38 games. On the road this season, the Mets have hit .231/.302/.366 with 29 home runs and 112 RBI in 32 games.
Francisco Lindor has slashed .346/.370/.615 slash line with two home runs and four RBI over the past seven days. Against righties, Pete Alonso leads the team, slashing .269/.355/.444 with four home runs and 22 RBI, and has slashed .274/.333/.491 with six home runs and 22 RBI on the road this season.
Zimmermann Looks for Second Straight Win
Bruce Zimmermann has been a bright spot in the Orioles rotation, having won his last start, which came against Minnesota last week. He allowed two earned runs and six hits in 5.1 innings, while walking two and striking out seven. This season, the second year pitcher has made nine starts, pitching 49 innings while allowing 27 earned runs, 11 home runs, and 60 hits while walking 15 and striking out 43. He carries a 5.35 FIP and a 1.531 WHIP into tonight’s matchup. Opponents have batted .303 against Zimmermann, with a .336 BABIP and a 46.8% hard hit rate.
The Orioles bullpen comes into the game with a 10-14 record, 11 saves, a 4.38 ERA, and a 1.327 WHIP. Baltimore relievers have combined to allow 114 earned runs and 214 hits while walking 97 and striking out 260 in 234.1 innings.
The Baltimore lineup has slashed .311/.364/.526 with 11 home runs, 37 RBI, 15 walks and 39 strikeouts over the past seven games. Against left handed pitching, the Orioles have slashed .248/.309/.419 with 25 homers and 86 RBI in 20 games. At home, Baltimore has hit .250/.323/.418 with 37 home runs and 128 RBI.
Over the past seven days, Cedric Mullins leads the team with a .600/.667/1.200 slash line with three home runs and four RBI, and .348/.424/.617 with six home runs and nine RBI at homes this season. Ryan Mountcastle leads the Baltimore lineup against lefties by slashing .351/.365/.596 with three home runs and 15 RBI.
- New York: Mets are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague road games.
- New York: Mets are 0-4 in their last 4 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter.