The Mets (53-55, 11 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) begin a weekend set with the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61, 11.0 GB in NL Central) at PNC Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets have won seven straight games and have also been victorious in each of their last three series. ... The team's seven-game win streak is the longest current streak in baseball, and it's the Mets' longest run since April 2018. ... Mets starting pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in 17 straight games, the longest such streak for the Mets since 17 games in 2015.
|Jeff McNeil, RF||Kevin Newman, SS|
|Michael Conforto, CF||Bryan Reynolds, LF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Starling Marte, CF|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Josh Bell, 1B|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Jose Osuna, 3B|
|J.D. Davis, LF||Melky Cabrera, RF|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Adam Frazier, 2B|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Elias Diaz, C|
|Steven Matz, LHP||Trevor Williams, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (6-6, 4.32 ERA), who is coming off of the best start of his big-league career. ... Facing the Pirates, Matz featured one of the best sliders of his career, and cruised to a five-hit shutout on just 99 pitches. ... Since moving back to the rotation, Matz has pitched to a 1.89 ERA, allowing just four earned runs over 19.0 innings. He's struck out 15 and walked just two during that stretch.
Who is starting for the Pirates?
RHP Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.77 ERA), who took the hard-luck loss against Matz his last time out. ... Williams went seven innings, and didn't allow a hit through the first four frames. ... He allowed thee earned runs, including a pair of home runs from Michael Conforto and J.D. Davis.
The Mets and Pirates continue their three-game set at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96 ERA) will make his Mets debut against Pirates righty Chris Archer (3-8, 5.58 ERA).