What to look for: Mets vs. Orioles, 7:05 PM

Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2

The Mets look to sweep their two-game series with the Orioles on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore at 7:05 PM.

Rich MacLeod
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Yoenis Cespedes DH
Lucas Duda 1B
Juan Uribe 3B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Michael Conforto LF
Wilmer Flores SS
Juan Lagares CF

Noah Syndergaard RHP

Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Noah Syndergaard (7-6, 3.07 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.92 ERA) will start for the Orioles.

Mets vs OriolesHere’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight:

On the road again.

22-year-old right-handed rookie Noah Syndergaard has been phenomenal this season, posting a 7-6 record with a 3.07 ERA in 17 career starts. As good as he’s been, though, the one struggle for Syndergaard has been his performance on the road.

While he’s 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA and an 0.81 WHIP at Citi Field, Syndergaard has been the complete opposite on the road, as he’s 0-5 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP away from home so far this season–the Mets are 1-7 in his road starts. I do think his problems on the road have been a bit overstated, but Syndergaard has to prove that on the mound tonight. In his last start on the road against the Rays, Noah had nothing from the get-go, immediately relinquishing a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning and allowing a four-spot in the following half inning.

Keep the Pepto nearby.

It’s been a bit of a wild ride for the Mets bullpen lately. In recent memory, these relievers made an 8-0, 9th inning lead uncomfortably close in Miami in a game they eventually won 8-6, had their struggles against the Pirates over the past weekend when they were swept and last night they turned a 5-1, 9th inning lead into a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat affair, eventually pulling it out by a 5-3 score.

Even in their wins, this bullpen hasn’t made things easy of late. So as they face this potent offense late in tonight’s game, potentially in a tight affair, you may want to keep something nearby… just in case.

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