The Mets (43-50) open a three-game series against the Athletics (43-52) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.
The Mets and Athletics played in the 1973 World Series, which Oakland won in seven games. ... The Mets have hit 28 home runs in their last 17 home games. ... The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage.
Who is starting tonight for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (4.58 ERA/5.35 FIP, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in just 1.0 inning this past Sunday against the Rockies.
He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 9 against the Cardinals, after having tossed 14.0 scoreless innings over his prior two starts.
Who is starting tonight for the Athletics?
RHP Paul Blackburn (1.83 ERA/4.71 FIP, 1.12 WHIP), who allowed three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four in 6.0 innings this past Saturday against the Indians.
He has allowed five runs (four earned) in three starts for the Athletics this season.
Jay Bruce is tied for fourth in the National League with 24 home runs. ... Lucas Duda has hit three home runs over his last five games. ... Addison Reed has allowed two runs over his last 20 1/3 innings.