The Mets (35-50) look to take the rubber game of a three-game set with the Rays (44-44) on Sunday at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.
Mets Game Notes...
The Mets have collected a win in three of their last five games. They are also 4-7 in interleague play this season. ...Jose Bautista owns a .419 OBP since joining the Mets on May 22. ...With the 2018 All-Star Game lineups announced tonight at 7 p.m., Jacob deGrom is expected to be named to the National League squad. He leads the majors with a 1.79 ERA on the season.
|Joey Wendle, LF||Brandon Nimmo, CF|
|Matt Duffy, 3B||Wilmer Flores, 1B|
|Jake Bauers, RF||Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B|
|C.J. Cron, 1B||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Daniel Robertson, 2B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, SS||Dominic Smith, LF|
|Mallex Smith, CF||Devin Mesoraco, C|
|Jesus Sucre, C||Jose Reyes, SS|
|Nathan Eovaldi, RHP||Chris Flexen, RHP|
Who is starting today for the Mets?
RHP Chris Flexen (Triple-A: 4.84 ERA/4.69 FIP, 1.73 WHIP over 67.0 innings in 14 appearances), who returns to the Mets for his first start this season. He was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to today's game.
Flexen has appeared in three games for the Mets this season, but he hasn't seen good results. He has allowed eight runs, four earned on nine hits over 3.1 innings thus far.
Who is starting today for the Rays?
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (3.92 ERA/4.77 FIP, 0.92 WHIP in 41.1 innings over seven starts), who took a no-decision in his last start against the Marlins. He allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking one over six innings.
Eovaldi doesn't like road starts this season, owning a 4.45 ERA compared to a 2.45 ERA at Tropicana Field.
More Game Notes...
Asdrubal Cabrera has two homers and five RBI in his last five games. He is hitting .343 with four homers, two doubles, 13 RBI and eight runs scored over his last 17 games. ...Wilmer Flores has driven in 10 runs in his last 12 games. ...Noah Syndergaard will start for Class-A Brooklyn on Sunday at 4 p.m.