What to look for: Red Sox vs. Mets, 1:10 PM

Citi Field Home Run apple

The Mets will look to avoid the sweep against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 PM.

Rich MacLeodHere is today’s starting lineup for New York:

  1. Juan Lagares CF
  2. Curtis Granderson RF
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer LF
  6. Juan Uribe 2B
  7. Ruben Tejada SS
  8. Anthony Recker C
  9. Noah Syndergaard RHP

Here is today’s pitching matchup:

Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.

Mets Red SoxHere is what I am looking for today from the Mets:

O, where art thou?

After mashing and bashing their way towards seven straight victories–where the least amount of runs they scored in any of those games was five–the Mets offense is suddenly scuffling a bit these last two days.

They’ve faced a Red Sox pitching staff thank ranks 27th in the majors with a collective ERA of 4.49 this season, yet they’ve scored just five total runs in the first two games of this series.

While dissappointing, the Mets struggles on offense in these last two games is not all that unexpected, as there was just no way that they could have continued the onslaught they enjoyed over this past road trip throughout the remainder of the season.

With this team’s pitching, the Mets won’t need these huge offensive games on a nightly basis, but rather just enough runs to stay in these games and have a chance to win. Despite their low scoring output, they’ve been in each of these last two contests. Today, let’s see if they can make improvements and win one.

The Asgard advantage.

It’s been a bit of a struggle for Noah Syndergaard–who’s last two starts have come on the road–lately, which is why he’s likely excited to be home.

Thor has struggled mightily on the road so far in his rookie season, as he’s 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts, but he’s been a completely different pitcher at Citi Field.

In nine starts in front of the Flushing faithful, Syndergaard is a stellar 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA, 65 strikeouts and eight walks while holding opponents to a .194 batting average. In his 10th career start at home this afternoon vs. Boston, it’s not outrageous at this point to expect more of the same.

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