The Mets begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Since losing 25-4 against the Nationals on Tuesday, the Mets have played five straight games that have been decided by three or fewer runs, including Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Braves in 10 innings. ... New York's minus-86 run differential is the third-worst in the National League and sixth-worst in the majors.
|Jose Peraza, SS||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Joey Votto, 1B||Jeff McNeil, 2B|
|Scooter Gennett, 2B||Wilmer Flores, 1B|
|Eugenio Suarez, 3B||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Mason Williams, RF||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Tucker Barnhart, C||Brandon Nimmo, RF|
|Preston Tucker, LF||Austin Jackson, CF|
|Homer Bailey, RHP||Kevin Plawecki, C|
|Billy Hamilton, CF||Noah Syndergaard, RHP|
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.98 ERA), who threw seven innings of three-run ball in his last start on Wednesday against Washington. ... The 25-year-old Syndergaard is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts since he returned from a finger injury, although he did spend time on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease last month. ... Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA in eight starts at home with 53 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings.
Who is starting for the Reds?
RHP Homer Bailey (1-8, 5.87 ERA), who threw a season-high eight innings in his last start against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. ... Bailey has not won since May 12 against the Dodgers, but since returning from the DL, he is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA. ... When he faced the Mets on May 7, he surrendered six runs and eight hits in four innings.
More Mets notes
Outfielder Austin Jackson has a .364/.440/.636 batting line with two home runs and four RBIs in eight games since joining the Mets. ... Shortstop Amed Rosario is in the midst of a 2-for-32 slump over his last eight games. ... Mets relievers have a 1.50 ERA in the month of August, which ranks sixth in the majors.