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Mets hope to get deGrom back on track vs. Reds

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Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets

  1. The Reds and Mets split six games in 2018, each winning their home series 2-1. New York has gone 11-2 against Cincinnati at home since 2015, tied for the best home record by any National League team against a single opponent in that span (ChC 11-2 vs. NYM, Cin 11-2 vs. Phi, min. 10 games).
  2. Cincinnati dropped two of three in a road series against St. Louis, scoring 12 runs in its win and a combined five over its two losses. The 12-run game was only the team's third game scoring more than five runs this season, fewest in MLB.
  3. Yasiel Puig has gone 13-for-53 (.245) with four home runs and 10 RBI over his last 14 games after going 5-for-38 (.132) with zero home runs and five RBI over his first 11 games. He is hitting .244 at home this season compared to .160 on the road.
  4. New York dropped two of three in a home series against Milwaukee, and has lost three of its last four overall. The Mets hit only two home runs in the series against the Brewers but are averaging a home run every 22.94 at bats at home this season after posting an AB/HR ratio of 35.09 at Citi Field last season.
  5. Todd Frazier picked up two hits in New York's win over Milwaukee yesterday and knocked in his sixth run in six games this season. Since joining the Mets last season, Frazier has hit .288 in wins compared to .145 in losses.
  6. Zack Wheeler went seven scoreless innings in a win his last time out against Philadelphia, striking out 11 Phillies. Wheeler also slugged a home run and a double, knocking in three runs. He is the fourth pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to strike out at least 11 batters, allow zero earned runs and pick up two extra-base hits in the same game, and the first since Madison Bumgarner in 2015.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/29/2019 thru 5/2/2019

The New York Mets would be thrilled if reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom began regaining his form Wednesday when he faces the visiting Cincinnati Reds in the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field.

DeGrom (2-3, 4.85 ERA) will be looking to avoid losing a career-high fourth straight start when he opposes the Reds' Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 4.26 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

The Mets grinded out a surprising 4-3, 10-inning win Tuesday night, when Pete Alonso's sacrifice fly gave New York its first walk-off win of the season.

The victory, which kept the Mets from falling below .500 for the first time this season, came on a night in which struggling fifth starter Jason Vargas carried a shutout into the sixth inning.

However, the Mets still had to survive a blown save by fill-in closer Jeurys Familia, who was asked to get the last six outs by manager Mickey Callaway because closer Edwin Diaz was unavailable after throwing the previous three days.

The Reds had two outs and nobody on in the ninth when they scored twice by drawing a walk and hitting three straight singles off Familia.

"It was a good comeback. It would have been a great one to win," Reds manager David Bell said afterward. "To come back right there, when you're almost out of it and battle back and give us a chance to win, we're happy about that. But it didn't work out."

DeGrom hopes he's worked out whatever has been ailing him the last three weeks. The 30-year-old, who picked up where he left off in 2018 by throwing 13 shutout innings in winning his first two starts, has lost his last three outings, a span in which he's given up 14 runs in 13 innings. It is the second three-start losing streak for deGrom, who also lost three in a row from June 7 through June 19, 2016 and July 23 through Aug. 3, 2018.

DeGrom battled strep throat before and after his start against the Atlanta Braves on April 14 and took a precautionary trip to the injured list on April 19, one day after his right elbow hurt following the resumption of his usual daily throwing program.

DeGrom spent the minimum 10 days on the shelf and returned on April 26, when he took the loss after giving up five runs over four innings as the Mets fell to the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-2.

DeGrom said he felt fine physically that day but lamented being unable to fix the mechanical issue that's compromised his location during his slump. He has walked eight and plunked two batters in his last three starts. DeGrom had just 46 walks and five hit batsmen in 217 innings last year.

"I just think I wasn't good," deGrom said afterward. "There's been games that I've pitched with bad mechanics and been all right. I just didn't make the pitches when I needed to. I stunk."

DeSclafani earned his first win of the season in his most recent start on April 26, when he tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, as the Reds cruised past the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-1.

DeGrom is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four career starts against the Reds. DeSclafani is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four games (three starts) against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 1, 2019

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