The Mets and Reds will play the second leg of a four-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
Brandon Nimmo returns to the three-hole after hitting there Monday. With Jeff McNeil settling into the leadoff role, the Mets have been experimenting with Nimmo's spot in the order. He's batting .316 over his last 18 games. ... Michael Conforto's eight-game walk streak is the second longest active streak in the league, behind Houston's Alex Bregman. Conforto currently has a .408 on-base percentage. ... Pete Alonso can tie Jeff Kent's franchise record for RBI in April by driving a run Tuesday, which would be his 26th RBI of the year. ... The Mets' early-season situational hitting has taken a tumble. After leaving on 10 baserunners Monday against the Reds, they entered Tuesday with the a league-leading 225 runners left on base this year. ... After being hit on the hand Sunday, Robinson Cano is out of the lineup for the second straight day.
|Jose Peraza, 2B||Jeff McNeil, 2B|
|Joey Votto, 1B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Eugenio Suarez, 3B||Brandon Nimmo, LF|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Curt Casali, C||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Phillip Ervin, CF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Jesse Winker, LF||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Luis Castillo, RHP||Jason Vargas, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Reds?
RHP Luis Castillo (3-1, 1.23 ERA), who has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this season. His four-seamer has been touching the upper-90s and is coming off six scoreless innings against the Braves. He's yielded five earned runs in 36 2/3 innings to start the year.
Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (1-1, 7.20 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season. The last two outings for him have not been terrible -- one earned run over four innings in St. Louis and one earned run over 4 2/3 frames against Philadelphia -- and the Mets will seek that kind of effort Tuesday.
Jacob deGrom looks to get back on track on the mound, as he'll oppose Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.