The Mets (47-55, 12.5 GB in NL East) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-53, 9.0 GB in NL Central) on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. to open a three-game series.
The Mets enter Friday's game with a 2.79 ERA since the All-Star break, the second-best mark in the majors and best in the NL. The starters have gone 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA in that span. ... Amed Rosario is hitting .339 with 21 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI since June 17. ... Michael Conforto has 94 home runs for his career, which is tied for 17th on the Mets' all-time list. Conforto is looking to become the 14th player in franchise history to hit 100 home runs with the team.
|Corey Dickerson, LF||Jeff McNeil, RF|
|Adam Frazier, 2B||Michael Conforto, CF|
|Starling Marte, CF||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Josh Bell, 1B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Bryan Reynolds, RF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Colin Moran, 3B||Dominic Smith, LF|
|Jung Ho Kang, SS||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Elias Diaz, C||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Dario Agrazal, RHP||Zack Wheeler, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) who is making his first start since July 7 after being placed on the IL with a shoulder impingement. Wheeler's start will be closely watched as his name has popped up in trade rumors. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched in his last five starts.
Who is starting for the Pirates?
RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.25 ERA) who is making his sixth career start. The right-hander has been efficient, holding the Phillies to just one run on three hits and two walks over six innings in his last start. He has not allowed more than two runs in any of his starts.
The Mets and Pirates are back in action on Saturday when LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.75 ERA) gets the start opposite RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.96 ERA) for Pittsburgh at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.