The Mets (42-51, 15.0 GB in NL East) take on the Twins (58-34, 6 GA in AL Central) in the opening game of a brief, two-game series on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m.
The Mets are returning to Target Field for the first time since 2013, where they took all three games from the Twins that season. It took two visits to complete the series six years ago, as April weather in Minnesota forced a postponement and a return trip to complete the series in August... The Mets split a two-game series against the Twins at Citi Field earlier this season, but have won eight of their last nine games against them... Amed Rosario is batting .287/.317/.431 with 11 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 24 RBI and nine walks in 50 games on the road this season... Coming off homers in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017, Robinson Cano is slashing .395/.422/.558 over his last 11 contest... Jeff McNeil's .366 batting average on the road is tops in all of baseball.
|Jeff McNeil, RF||Jorge Polanco, SS|
|Michael Conforto, CF||Marwin Gonzalez, RF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Nelson Cruz, DH|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Eddie Rosario, LF|
|Wilson Ramos, C||C.J. Cron, 1B|
|Dominic Smith, LF||Max Kepler, CF|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Miguel Sano, 3B|
|J.D. Davis, DH||Jonathan Schoop, 2B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Jason Castro, C|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.89 ERA), who is making his first start since June 29 after two scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. The Stony Brook, N.Y., native has never faced the Twins in his MLB career. Matz was limited to just two innings in his last start after a 70-minute rain delay ended his night prematurely.
Who is starting for the Twins?
RHP Michael Pineda (6-4, 4.56 ERA), who allowed one run on five hits in six innings in his last start, a win over the Rangers on July 6. Pineda has dazzled in his two starts against the Mets in his career, tossing 13 innings while allowing just one run and striking out 11 batters, earning the win in both games.
The Mets and Twins will complete their series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field. Jason Vargas (3-5, 4.23 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets and match up against Martin Perez (8-3, 4.26 ERA) for the Twins.