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  W: M. Stroman (7-8)   L: J. Hoffman (3-5)
9:35 AM PT10:35 AM MT11:35 AM CT12:35 PM ET12:35 ET16:35 GMT0:35 9:35 AM MST11:35 AM EST12:05 PM VEN20:35 UAE10:35 AM CT, July 21, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 19,896

Mets again meet Reds in matchup of pitching-weary teams

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According to STATS

New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The last time these two met was in 2019 and New York took four of the seven games including two of three at Great American Ball Park. Five of those seven contests were one-run decisions.
  2. The Mets lost two of three at Pittsburgh in their last series. They have had double-digit hits in each of their last two games (11 each). They have not had 10 or more hits in three straight games since doing it four straight from September 13, 2020 to September 17, 2020.
  3. The Reds were just swept in three games at home against the NL Central leading Brewers after taking three of four in Milwaukee right before the all-star break. They have scored 10 or more runs 10 times in 46 home games this season, but just once since June 13.
  4. Pete Alonso is 4-for-11 (.364) in his last three games, but has not hit a HR in his last four games. 14 of his 17 HR this season have been away from Citi Field. The 14 road HR are tied for third most in the majors behind (Shohei Ohtani's 15 and Jesus Aguilar's 15).
  5. Tyler Naquin has not hit a HR since July 3 and has only one extra base hit since then (double on Friday). His 13 HR are one shy of his career-high 14 he hit with the Indians during his rookie season of 2016.
  6. Jerad Eickhoff has three appearances this season with two starts. He has allowed six HR in 12.2 innings this season. Vladimir Gutierrez has allowed three runs in his last two starts (12 innings) compared to the career-high six he allowed in the start prior (June 30 versus San Diego).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2021 thru 7/21/2021

Two teams looking to give their pitching staffs a break meet in the rubber game of a three-game series Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati.

The New York Mets will send right-hander Marcus Stroman (6-8, 2.79 ERA) to the mound against the Reds and right-hander Jeff Hoffman.

On Sunday, Mets starter Taijuan Walker recorded just one out, although five relievers combined to finish the 7-6 comeback win in Pittsburgh. The next night, New York used seven pitchers in a 15-11 win in 11 innings as spot starter Jerad Eickhoff lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

Then on Tuesday, another spot starter -- Robert Stock -- could pitch only an inning before injuring a hamstring and leaving the game.

In his last outing, on Friday, Stroman allowed two runs in five innings, taking the loss in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win. Stroman tied a season high by allowing eight hits, although it was his second consecutive start without walking a batter. He struck out three.

In two career starts against Cincinnati, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA, including a no-decision in his last start -- Sept. 22, 2019, in Cincinnati, a 6-3 Mets win.

Meanwhile, the Mets continue to express confidence in their struggling closer. Edwin Diaz has 19 saves, but he has blown save chances in his last three appearances, including Monday night in Cincinnati.

"They trust in me 100 percent," Díaz said Tuesday after a talk with Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner. "He told me, 'We trust in you. You're our guy over there.' I'm calm. I've got to do my job, but I'm really good right now."

The Reds will reinstate Hoffman (3-4, 4.61) from the 10-day injured list to make his 11th start of the season. He has not appeared in a game since May 26 because of a sore right shoulder. He left that game in Washington with one out in the bottom of the second inning of a 5-3 loss.

Hoffman is coming off his fifth and final rehab assignment start Friday with Class-A Dayton, where he pitched three innings and allowed four earned runs and five hits with three homers before the game was stopped by rain.

Hoffman is 1-1 with a 7.43 ERA in four career starts (six appearances) against the Mets. The Reds needed just four pitchers Tuesday in a 4-3 win after averaging six pitchers in the previous four contests coming out of the All-Star break.

The Reds continue to rely heavily on rookie second baseman Jonathan India, who has reached base eight times in the first two games of the series, raising his on-base percentage to .406, which is fourth in the majors.

"He's just grown so much as a hitter in a short period of time right before our eyes. He's always been able to hit from his whole college career," Reds manager David Bell said. "The evolution of Jonathan as a player and a hitter -- we talked about the adjustments that he's able to make on the fly. (He's) just so competitive, loves to play. Really it's all about doing what he can to help us win."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 21, 2021

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