The New York Mets (6-2) and Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) will close out a three-game National League East series on Sunday afternoon inside Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 ET
The Mets starter brings an unblemished home record to the table against the NL Central-leading Reds at Citi Field.
Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
Cincinnati banged out seven home runs in a 14-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. “You could tell in batting practice it was going to be a good day for the hitters,” Reds outfielder Drew Stubbs said. The team leads the National League in hitting, runs, hits, total bases, home runs, RBI and hitting with runners in scoring position. The club is 20-17 on the road this season (+470) and 8-2 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (+740). They’ve been dynamite in that role over the last three years, producing a 35-28 record (+1,230). Cincinnati took two of three at home from the Mets in May, but is 5-12 in New York since 2005.
Minnesota comes into this interleague series having lost five of its last seven games and getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. It was just the second time the club had been swept in a series this season, with the only other time coming in a two-game series against Boston on May 19-20. The Twins are now just 7-8 on the season during interleague play (-180) and are watching the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers gain ground on them in the divisional race. “I didn’t like our energy today,” 1B Justin Morneau said. Minnesota has a losing 9-12 record in the month of June (-380).
The Mets are on the verge of doing something for possibly the first time in franchise history.
New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles
New York’s pitching staff dominated Baltimore hitters for a second consecutive night, picking up a 3-1 victory on Saturday night and capturing its first road series win of the season. The Mets lead the majors with a 2.31 ERA in June, leading the team to an 8-2 record during the month (+540). The offense is hoping to get a contribution from OF Jason Bay in the series finale, as he’s suffering from a 0-for-16 slump. It’s hard to imagine that he breaks out this afternoon due to his .152 average (5-for-33) in his last nine games at Camden Yards. The Mets are 4-1 in interleague play this year (+380) and 109-107 overall against the American League since 1997.
The Mets look to breakthrough with their first Subway Series victory at Citi Field against the Bronx Bombers
New York Yankees at New York Mets
The New York Yankees picked up a 2-1 road victory over their Subway Series rivals on Friday night. In winning five straight over the Mets (+500), the Yankees have outscored them by a 35-4 margin. The starting rotation has led the charge during the current streak, posting a 5-0 record and 0.84 ERA. One key trend that ended with the opening series victory was the Yankees’ streak of winning games by more than a single run. They won each of their first 25 games by two runs or more. New York has compiled a 7-3 record in its last 10 road games in interleague play (+240).
This weekend doesn’t feature as many high profiles events as some have recently, but there is still more than enough to keep us entertained. Here are eight things that will keep my remote control busy today:
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