The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB in Wild Card) will face the Kansas City Royals (44-78, 30 GB in AL Central, 26.5 GB in Wild Card) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.
J.D. Davis is second in the National League with a .379 batting average and.440 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. Davis is not in the lineup after suffering a calf injury on Friday, however, Mickey Callaway said the issue is only minor and he could pinch hit. ... The Mets placed RHP Robert Gsellman on the 10-day IL with triceps tightness and recalled RHP Walker Lockett from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Wilson Ramos is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active in the majors. ... Amed Rosario had nine hits between Wednesday and Thursday, which tied a Mets two-day record.
|Amed Rosario, DH||Whit Merrifield, 2B|
|Joe Panik, 2B||Alex Gordon, LF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Hunter Dozier, RG|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Jorge Soler, DH|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Brett Phillips, CF|
|Luis Guillorme, SS||Ryan O'Hearn, 1B|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Meibrys Viloria, C|
|Aaron Altherr, LF||Nicky Lopez, SS|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Jacob deGrom (7-7 overall, 2.68 ERA) starts for the Mets. After allowing three runs in the first inning of his last start, he settled in and tossed four more scoreless innings in a 7-4 loss to the Nationals. In his last 15 starts since May 22, deGrom has a 1.97 ERA, which is the second best in the majors in that time span.
Who is starting for the Royals?
RHP Jakob Junis (8-10 overall, 4.80 ERA) is on the hill for the Royals. In six inning of work in his last start, Junis allowed two runs against the Tigers. It was his second-straight win. Junis has never faced the Mets in his career.
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (9-7 overall, 4.36 ERA) and Royals RHP Glenn Sparkman faceoff in the third and final game of the series on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.