Following Pete Alonso's ninth-inning heroics Tuesday night, the Mets face the Padres Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY looking to win the three-game series.
The Mets are seeking their first series win since they took a three-game set from the Phillies on April 22-24. ... Alonso, who mashed a go-ahead, two-run home run Tuesday to put the Mets ahead, leads the majors with nine homers and 22 RBI after the seventh inning, and he's hitting .409 with a 1.516 OPS after the seventh. Overall, he has 11 homers and 31 RBI. ... Alonso's 11 homers are already tied for second-most in the first half by a rookie in franchise history along with Ike Davis (2010) and Benny Agbayani (1999.) Ron Swoboda holds the Mets' rookie first-half homer record with 15 in 1965. ... Wilmer Font will make his Mets debut as he draws the start. ... Seth Lugo is on a streak of 10.1 scoreless innings dating back to April 22. ... J.D. Davis gets just his fourth start since April 20.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Franmil Reyes, RF|
|Robinson Canó, 2B||Manny Machado, SS|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Eric Hosmer, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Hunter Renfroe, LF|
|J.D. Davis, 3B||Ty France, 3B|
|Brandon Nimmo, CF||Manuel Margot, CF|
|Tomas Nido, C||Austin Hedges, C|
|Wilmer Font, RHP||Matt Strahm, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.79 ERA,) who is making his Mets debut after they acquired him Monday from the Rays. In his last appearance on May 1, Font set season-highs with three innings and 59 pitches, allowing one run. Font is primarily a reliever but has experience starting as part of the Rays' "opener" experiment. He ended up getting stretched out enough to throw as many as 80 pitches last season, and the Mets are targeting 75 pitches for him Wednesday.
Who is starting for the Padres?
LHP Matt Strahm (1-2, 3.03 ERA), who has been pitching quite well after a rough first start of the season. He has a 1.80 ERA in his five starts since, and over his last four starts he has not issued a walk in 25 innings while striking out 23 batters.
The Mets are off Thursday after flying home from the West Coast. They return to Citi Field Friday to start a three-game series against the Marlins. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.64) will start for the Mets while Miami will send out RHP Pablo López (2-4, 4.03.) Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are scheduled to stay on normal rest and pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively.