What to look for: Mets vs. Reds, 1:10 PM
The Mets will look for a four-game sweep of the Reds on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati at 1:10 pm.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Juan Lagares – CF
Kelly Johnson – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Kevin Plawecki – C
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF
Eric Campbell – 3B
Dilson Herrera – 2B
Anthony Recker – 1B
Jacob deGrom – RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Jacob deGrom (13-8, 2.64 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Keyvius Sampson (2-5, 6.45 ERA) will start for the Reds.
Here’s what I am looking for today from the Mets:
A total hangover.
The Mets will probably be sluggish, off-beat, and often times painful to watch on Sunday, but that’s ok given what they did on Saturday afternoon.
Still, this lineup is better than what they were able to produce for the first 3 1/2 months of the season, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility this abbreviated Mets squad scores some runs and is more than competitive against the beleaguered Reds.
There’s still something to play for.
New York is now 1/2 game ahead of the Dodgers in the race for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, even in the loss column with seven games to go. Terry Collins has emphasized an importance of finishing strong and getting home field advantage over Los Angeles in the Division Series, so the Mets probably won’t be laying down just because they’ve won the National League East.
Home field advantage can be significant for the Mets, especially with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke looming as the Dodgers’ game one and game two.
Hair We Go.
DeGrom’s last start was skipped, so he should be more than refreshed both mentally and physically in his final two starts of the year. He can now begin fine tuning his stuff for the playoffs ahead of what seems to be projecting as the game one starting pitcher.
He’s been struggling, but it will be interesting to see now how he responds to his hiatus, and whether or not that sharpness the Mets need from him is back starting today against the Reds.