The Mets (45-54, 14.0 GB in NL East) are back home and open a three-game homestand against the San Diego Padres (47-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Tuesday at Citi Fielda at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets pitching staff has been the best since the All-Star break, posting a 2.83 ERA while the bullpen's 2.43 ERA is the lowest mark in the National League since the All-Star break. ... Michael Conforto has been heating up, hitting .324 with two home runs and a .861 OPS over his last eight games. ... Amed Rosario has been one of the Mets' best hitters over the last four weeks, hitting .360 with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI, five steals and a .944 OPS since June 17.
|Fernando Tatis Jr., SS||Jeff McNeil, RF|
|Manuel Margot, CF||Michael Conforto, CF|
|Manny Machado, 3B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Hunter Renfroe, LF||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Franmil Reyes, RF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||Dominic Smith, LF|
|Francisco Mejia, C||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Luis Uria, 2B||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Chris Paddack, RHP||Jason Vargas, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (4-5, 4.25 ERA/1.28 WHIP), who is coming off a quality start against the Minnesota Twins on the road, allowing just three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six innings. Vargas has a 3.42 ERA since April 19 and has a 2.16 ERA at Citi Field.
Who is starting for the Padres?
RHP Chris Paddack (6-4, 2.70 ERA/0.87 WHIP), who is coming off a dominant outing in which he allowed just one hit -- a solo home run -- over 7.2 innings while striking out eight against the Marlins. ... Paddack struck out 11 over 7.2 innings in his last start against the Mets on May 6.
The Mets square off against the Padres again on Wednesday when Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 4.36 ERA) takes the mound while Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 5.14 ERA) will start for San Diego at 7:10 p.m.