The Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) in the first game of a doubleheader after last night's rain out on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 21 home runs, trailing only the Brewers' Christian Yelich. ... Todd Frazier is slashing .352/.435/.630 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his last 15 games, raising his batting average .060 points and his OPS .195 points. ... Mets relievers have an 8.05 ERA in the month of June, which ranks the worst in the majors. The Yankees' bullpen, meanwhile, ranks 28th in June with a 6.59 ERA.
|Jeff McNeil, 2B||DJ LeMahieu, 3B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Aaron Hicks, CF|
|Pete Alonso, DH||Luke Voit, DH|
|Dominic Smith, 1B||Gary Sanchez, C|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Didi Gregorius, SS|
|J.D. Davis, LF||Clint Frazier, RF|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Kendrys Morales, 1B|
|Tomas Nido, C||Gio Urshela, 3B|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Brett Gardner, LF|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA), who collected a win after a solid performance against the Giants in his last start. He allowed three runs on three hits (two homers) over seven innings. He also struck out six and walked one over his 107-pitch outing.
Wheeler has gone deep in his starts recently for the Mets, going at least seven innings in six of his last seven starts. However, he is struggling with the long ball, giving up eight homers in his last five outings.
Who is starting for the Yankees?
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA), who has struggled recently. The 30-year-old Tanaka is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last two starts, allowing nine runs (eight earned) and 15 hits in 12 innings. ... Tanaka, who makes his return from the paternity list, is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in seven starts at Yankee Stadium, while he is 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA on the road this year. ... In four career starts against the Mets, Tanaka is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA.
The teams will get a quick break before playing the second leg of the doubleheader on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
Jason Vargas, who was supposed to pitch last night, will look to stay hot tonight against James Paxton.