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Reds in position to win series vs. Mets
Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
- The Reds and Mets split six games in 2018, each winning their home series 2-1. New York has gone 11-2 against Cincinnati at home since 2015, tied for the best home record by any National League team against a single opponent in that span (ChC 11-2 vs. NYM, Cin 11-2 vs. Phi, min. 10 games).
- Cincinnati dropped two of three in a road series against St. Louis, scoring 12 runs in its win and a combined five over its two losses. The 12-run game was only the team's third game scoring more than five runs this season, fewest in MLB.
- Yasiel Puig has gone 13-for-53 (.245) with four home runs and 10 RBI over his last 14 games after going 5-for-38 (.132) with zero home runs and five RBI over his first 11 games. He is hitting .244 at home this season compared to .160 on the road.
- New York dropped two of three in a home series against Milwaukee, and has lost three of its last four overall. The Mets hit only two home runs in the series against the Brewers but are averaging a home run every 22.94 at bats at home this season after posting an AB/HR ratio of 35.09 at Citi Field last season.
- Todd Frazier picked up two hits in New York's win over Milwaukee yesterday and knocked in his sixth run in six games this season. Since joining the Mets last season, Frazier has hit .288 in wins compared to .145 in losses.
- Zack Wheeler went seven scoreless innings in a win his last time out against Philadelphia, striking out 11 Phillies. Wheeler also slugged a home run and a double, knocking in three runs. He is the fourth pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to strike out at least 11 batters, allow zero earned runs and pick up two extra-base hits in the same game, and the first since Madison Bumgarner in 2015.
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The Cincinnati Reds aren't getting a lot out of their offense, but they have received enough this week against the New York Mets to put themselves in position to win a four-game series.
On Thursday, the Mets will need a lot more than they've gotten thus far from potential ace Noah Syndergaard in order to salvage the split.
Syndergaard will look to follow in the footsteps of Jacob deGrom and begin righting himself Thursday afternoon, when he takes the mound for the Mets against the Reds in the series finale.
Syndergaard (1-3, 6.35 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Reds' Tyler Mahle (0-3, 4.50) in a battle of right-handers.
The Reds eked out a 1-0 win Wednesday night, when Jose Iglesias homered off Mets closer Edwin Diaz with two outs in the top of the ninth. Cincinnati earned a 5-4 win in the same fashion Monday night, when Jesse Winker hit a two-out tiebreaking solo homer off Diaz in the ninth inning.
The Reds own the worst average in the big leagues (.210) and rank 25th out of 30 teams with 110 runs. The victory Wednesday improved Cincinnati to 3-14 in games in which it scores three or fewer runs.
"The runs aren't easy right now, but guys aren't giving into that," Reds manager David Bell said following the win. "You just keep going and you never know when the big hit is going to come. In this series, so far, we've done it off a really good pitcher."
Syndergaard continued bolstering his reputation as an ace-caliber pitcher last season, when he went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA. But he has given up at least four runs in each of his last four starts -- including last Saturday, when he took the loss after surrendering five runs over five innings as the Mets fell to the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-6 -- and in five of six outings this season.
The long-haired 26-year-old entered Wednesday with the fourth-highest ERA of the 97 hurlers who have thrown enough innings to qualify for the ERA title.
"I'm not pressing the panic button quite just yet," Syndergaard said Saturday night. "I still have every bit of confidence in my abilities. I'm just not getting the results I want. Something's not clicking, but I really feel like I'm one split second from turning this all around."
The Mets may have seen one struggling starting pitcher begin to turn things around Wednesday, when deGrom tossed seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA From 4.85 to 3.82.
Mahle will also be looking to snap a slump Thursday. The 24-year-old lost his third straight start last Saturday, when he gave up five runs over five innings as the Reds fell to the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3. Mahle has given up 13 runs over 17 innings in his last three outings as his ERA has risen from 0.82 to 4.50.
Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts against the Reds. Mahle lost his lone start against the Mets on Sept. 7, 2017, when he gave up three runs over four innings as Cincinnati absorbed a 7-2 defeat.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 2, 2019