The Mets play the second game of a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Park.
The Mets have won three games in a row for the first time since June 16-18. They have not won four in a row since May 18-21. ... As a team, the Mets' .229 batting average ranks second-worst in the majors. ... Robert Gsellman has allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits in 7 1/3 innings over his last six relief appearances.
|Amed Rosario, SS||Jordan Luplow, LF|
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||Josh Harrison, 2B|
|Wilmer Flores, 1B||Gregory Polanco, RF|
|Michael Conforto, LF||Elias Diaz, C|
|Jose Bautista, RF||David Freese, 3B|
|Jeff McNeil, 2B||Josh Bell, 1B|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Sean Rodriguez, CF|
|Jose Reyes, 3B||Jordy Mercer, SS|
|Jason Vargas, LHP||Ivan Nova, RHP|
Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (2-6, 8.60 ERA), who has been out since June 19 with a calf injury. ... In his last outing, Vargas allowed seven runs and nine hits in 2 1/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies. ... He is 1-4 with a 10.96 ERA in six road starts this season. ... In his career against the Pirates, Vargas is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) and nine hits in nine innings in four appearances (one start).
Who is starting for the Pirates?
RHP Ivan Nova (6-6, 4.28 ERA), who allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start on Sunday. ... Nova gave up three runs and five hits in six innings when he last faced the Mets on June 27. ... The 31-year-old Nova is 2-3 with a 2.92 ERA in eight home starts this season, but is 4-3 with a 5.40 ERA on the road.
More Mets notes
The Mets' bullpen has a 4.73 ERA, which is the fifth-worst in baseball. ... Since July 7, Wilmer Flores has a .298/.354/.456 batting line with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in a 4-for-26 slump over his last eight games.