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The Good: New York is 8-6 in rubber games this season, including 4-1 on the road. The Mets are 12-10-5 in road series and 19-23-10 overall.

The Bad: Mets relievers have posted a 5.12 ERA during September.

The Game: Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the Mets. Matsuzaka earned his second win of the year in a win over the Phillies on September 20 when he allowed two earned runs in six innings. Over his last three starts, Matsuzaka is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings over that span. Matsuzaka is making his first career start against Cincinnati today.

[one_half]New York Mets

1) Eric Young, Jr. LF

2) Justin Turner 3B

3) Daniel Murphy 2B

4) Lucas Duda 1B

5) Juan Lagares CF

6) Mike Baxter RF

7) Juan Centeno C

8) Wilfredo Tovar SS

9) Daisuke Matsuzaka RHP


[one_half_last]Cincinnati Reds

1) Billy Hamilton CF

2) Shin-Soo Choo LF

3) Joey Votto 1B

4) Brandon Phillips 2B

5) Jay Bruce RF

6) Todd Frazier 3B

7) Devin Mesoraco C

8) Cesar Izturis SS

9) Mat Latos RHP


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