Noah Syndergaard and the Mets face the Cincinnati Reds in the final game of a four-game series on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
The Mets' bullpen's 5.53 ERA ranks third-worst in the majors. Edwin Diaz allowed runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 11-15, 2018, as a member of the Mariners. ... Since his first-inning triple on Sunday, Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-15 slump. ... Michael Conforto is in a 2-for-21 slump over his last seven games.
|Jesse Winker, LF||Jeff McNeil, LF|
|Eugenio Suarez, 3B||Dominic Smith, 1B|
|Derek Dietrich, 1B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Jose Peraza, 2B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Jose Iglesias, SS||Brandon Nimmo, CF|
|Scott Schebler, CF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Curt Casali, C||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Tyler Mahle, RHP||Noah Syndergaard RHP|
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Who is starting for the Reds?
RHP Tyler Mahle (0-3, 4.50 ERA), who allowed five runs and seven hits in his last start against the Cardinals last Saturday. ... While he allowed one run in his first 11 innings, Mahle is 0-3 with a 6.88 ERA over his last three outings, giving up 13 runs and 25 hits in 17 innings. ... Mahle has faced the Mets just once, when he allowed three runs and six hits in four innings on Sept. 7, 2017.
Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-3, 6.35 ERA), who has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his six starts this season. ... Syndergaard has given up 16 runs (14 earned), 27 hits and eight walks over his last three starts, in which he's pitched five innings each time. Opponents are hitting .397 off him in that time. ... In five career starts against the Reds, Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings.
Steven Matz (3-1, 3.68 ERA) and the Mets face Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60 ERA) and the Brewers on Friday at 8:10 p.m. at Miller Park in the first game of a three-game series.