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  • Padres @ Mets: 07/24 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WOR, ESPN, KEGY

    GAME 98, HOME GAME 53

    Tuesday, 24th July,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field










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  • #2

    Padres Seek Second Straight Win in Series with Mets

    -- Two pitchers who took strides forward in the first half of the season will make their second-half debuts Tuesday night when the New York Mets host the San Diego Padres in the middle game of a three-game series at Citi Field.

    Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-6, 4.44 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer (5-6, 4.87) in a battle between the worst teams in the National League.

    The Padres posted a 3-2 win in the opener Monday night when two Mets errors led directly to two San Diego runs and saddled New York ace Jacob deGrom with the loss.

    "He's the best pitcher in the game right now, I feel like," Padres outfielder Wil Myers said of deGrom, who leads the majors with a 1.71 ERA. "Just to have the confidence to come in here, or the confidence after knowing that you (came) up here and beat that guy, it can lead to other things as well."

    The Mets (40-57) have six games in hand on the Padres (42-61), whom they "lead" by a game in the race for the NL's worst record.

    The Padres will look to tie the Mets behind Lauer, who was originally listed as Monday's starter. Manager Andy Green said Monday afternoon that the team always intended for Joey Lucchesi to start Monday -- he picked up the win by allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings -- and for Lauer to start Tuesday in order to give him the maximum amount of rest coming out of the All-Star break.

    Lauer last pitched in the Padres' first-half finale on July 15, when he took the loss after allowing five runs in a career-low two innings as San Diego fell to the Chicago Cubs 7-4.

    Green said Lauer was the victim of tough luck and soft hits in the outing against the Cubs, which was preceded by an eight-start stretch in which Lauer allowed two runs or fewer six times and posted a 2.33 ERA while lowering his overall ERA from 7.67 to 4.40.

    "I think he's a young guy that showed up in the big leagues (and) in the first month was a little bit of a shell shock," Green said of Lauer, who had never pitched above Double-A before this season. "Never really been hit in his life. And since then he's punching back. He's been punching back hard."

    So, too, has Wheeler, who picked up a long-awaited win in his most recent start July 14, when he allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-4.

    It was the first win since April 29 and the longest start in more than four years for Wheeler, who missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

    Wheeler opened this year in the minor leagues, but he has begun to earn the trust of rookie manager Mickey Callaway by posting a 3.63 ERA in his last 11 starts.

    Against the Nationals, Callaway visited Wheeler at the mound in the eighth inning and decided to keep him in the game, which is a courtesy that Callaway usually only extends to staff aces deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

    "I'm walking out there to see if he wants to stay and I'm not even halfway and he's like, 'I want to stay in the game,'" Callaway said after the win. "I don't know that you would have seen that in the past. Once he's in that quality start area or whatever, he wants to stay out there and face their best hitters.

    "It's nice to get him a win. I think that's his first win since April. He deserves about 10 of them."

    Wheeler is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in four career starts against the Padres. Lauer has never faced the Mets.

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    • #3
      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets are 8-9 in July...New York is 15-36 in its last 51 contests...The Mets have gone 17 straight series without a series victory dating to their sweep of Arizona from May 18-20 at Citi Field...New York has 13 wins in its last at-bat, tied for the third-most in the majors.

      AT HOME: New York is 5-7 in their last 12 home games and 7-22 in their last 29 home games...Overall, the Mets are 19-33 at home this year, the worst winning percentage (.365) in the National League.

      VS. LEFTIES: The Mets are scheduled to face three lefthanded starters in this series...This is the second time this year that the Mets have faced three lefthanded starters in a three-game series (also: June 22-24 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - Alex Wood, Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill)...The Mets actually faced four straight lefthanded starters (Colorado's Kyle Freeman started on June 21)...The Mets are 9-16 vs. lefthanded starters this year.

      MICHAEL CONFORTO: Is 5-for-10 (.500) with four RBI in three games since the All-Star break...Over his last seven games, Conforto is hitting .364 (8-22) with two home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored and a .483 OBP...Conforto has a 15.0 % walk-rate, the eighth-best in the majors.

      OUCH: Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch last night and has been hit 16 times this year, extending his single-season franchise record...Lucas Duda held the old mark getting hit 14 times in 2015...Nimmo leads the majors in HBP.

      NIMMO NOTES: Brandon Nimmo has a career-high 13 homers...He is 14th in the NL with a .375 on-base percentage, 15th with a .859 OPS and tied for fifth in the majors with six triples.

      JOSÉ BAUTISTA: Is one home run shy of 339 for his career, which would tie him for 99th place on major league baseball's all-time home run list with Dave Parker, Boog Powell and Tino Martinez...In addition, His 35 walks since May 24 are the fifth most in the National League in that time and are the seventhmost in the majors.

      ASDRÚBAL CABRERA: Had 52 RBI prior to the All-Star break, the most first-half RBI in his career...Cabrera also has 17 homers, already the third-most in his career (25 in 2011 and 23 in 2016)...His 17 homers are the most by a Mets second baseman prior to the All-Star break.

      MORE CABBY NOTES: Since June 16, Cabrera is hitting .295 (33-112) with six homers, 17 RBI, 14 walks, 15 runs scored and a .373 OBP...Cabrera's 38 extra-base hits are tied for the second-most among major league second basemen, trailing Ozzie Albies (52).

      WILMER FLORES: Is batting .292 (49-168) with 13 doubles, six home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and 13 walks in his last 51 games dating to May 4...He owns a franchise-record 10 career walk-off RBI.

      WHEELZ UP: Zack Wheeler has posted a 2.78 ERA (14 earned runs/45.1 innings) over his last seven home starts...Wheeler has completed at least 6.0 innings in 13 of his 18 starts this season, including 11 of his last 14 starts...Over his last seven starts, he has a 3.49 ERA (15 earned runs/38.2 innings).

      ROBERT GSELLMAN: Notched his fifth save of the year on Friday and his second straight six-out save (also: July 13 vs. Washington)...Prior to this year his only other professional save came in 2011 for the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets in his first pro outing.

      SETH LUGO: Has allowed six earned runs in his 33.2 innings in relief (1.60 ERA) dating to May 1 and three earned runs in his last 15.1 relief innings (1.76 ERA)...Lugo is holding lefties to a .182 (22-121) batting average.

      IN THE MINORS: LHP Anthony Kay, the Mets first-round pick in 2016, tossed 6.0 innings and didn't allow an earned run for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League last night vs. Clearwater...Kay has posted a 1.42 ERA (four earned runs/25.1 innings) in four starts for St. Lucie...He is 6-6 with a 3.71 ERA (39 earned runs/94.2 innings) and 97 strikeouts in 17 combined starts with Columbia (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie.

      HEART & HUSTLE AWARD: Brandon Nimmo is the Mets Heart & Hustle Award recipient...The Award is given out annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to a player who not only excels on the field, but also best embodies the values, spirits and traditions of baseball....The Heart and Hustle Award is the only MLB award voted on by former players...Former players from each of the 30 clubs select one player from each team...The final winner will be announced on November 8, 2018 at the 19th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.

      ZAC BROWN BAND TO VISIT CITI FIELD: Tickets are still available for this weekend's Zac Brown Band concert at Citi Field...Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, the Zac Brown Band will headline their Summer Tour in Queens...Tickets are available at or 718-507-TIXX.

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      • #4

        Top of 1:
        Padres first. Margot flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Asuaje flied out to left fielder Conforto. Myers struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario walked on a full count. A.Cabrera struck out. Flores singled to left, Rosario to second. J.Bautista struck out. Conforto hit an infield single to third, Rosario to third, Flores to second. Mesoraco doubled to left, Rosario scored, Flores scored, Conforto scored. Nimmo walked on four pitches. Evans popped out to first baseman Hosmer.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Top of 2:
        Padres second. Hosmer singled to left. Renfroe popped out to third baseman Evans. Galvis lined into a double play, right fielder J.Bautista to first baseman Flores, Hosmer out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Wheeler struck out. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Villanueva to first baseman Hosmer. A.Cabrera flied out to right fielder Renfroe.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Padres third. Villanueva grounded out, third baseman Evans to first baseman Flores. Hedges singled to center. Lauer sacrificed, catcher Mesoraco to second baseman A.Cabrera, Hedges to second. Margot hit an infield single to shortstop, Hedges to third. Asuaje walked on a full count, Margot to second. Myers singled to left, Hedges scored, Margot scored, Asuaje to second. Asuaje was out advancing, left fielder Conforto to catcher Mesoraco to third baseman Evans, Asuaje out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Flores walked on four pitches. J.Bautista lined out to center fielder Margot. Conforto homered to right on a 2-0 count, Flores scored. Mesoraco struck out. Nimmo struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Padres fourth. Hosmer grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores. Renfroe struck out. Galvis flied out to left fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Evans grounded out, second baseman Asuaje to first baseman Hosmer. Wheeler popped out to left fielder Myers. Rosario tripled to right. A.Cabrera singled to right, Rosario scored. Flores popped out to shortstop Galvis.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Padres fifth. Villanueva lined out to left fielder Conforto. Hedges grounded out, third baseman Evans to first baseman Flores. Reyes pinch-hitting for Lauer. Reyes struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Stock pitching. J.Bautista struck out. Conforto flied out to center fielder Margot. Mesoraco flied out to center fielder Margot.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Padres sixth. Margot popped out to first baseman Flores. Asuaje popped out to third baseman Evans. Myers lined out to third baseman Evans.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Nimmo struck out. Evans struck out. Wheeler doubled to center. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Galvis to first baseman Hosmer.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Padres seventh. Hosmer lined out to left fielder Conforto. Renfroe popped out to first baseman Flores. Galvis grounded out, first baseman Flores to pitcher Wheeler.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. A.Cabrera struck out. Flores popped out to shortstop Galvis. J.Bautista struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Padres eighth. Lugo pitching. Nimmo in as right fielder. den Dekker in as center fielder. Villanueva flied out to center fielder den Dekker. Hedges grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Flores. Pirela pinch-hitting for Stock. Pirela popped out to left fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Hughes pitching. Conforto grounded out, third baseman Villanueva to first baseman Hosmer. Mesoraco flied out to right fielder Renfroe. Nimmo singled to center. McNeil pinch-hitting for Evans. McNeil singled to center, Nimmo to second.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 9:
        Padres ninth. McNeil in as third baseman. Margot singled to center. Asuaje grounded out, first baseman Flores unassisted, Margot to second. Myers doubled to center, Margot scored. Hosmer struck out. Renfroe popped out to third baseman McNeil.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

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        • #5

          Mesoraco's Bat, Wits Lead Wheeler and Mets Past Padres 6-3


          --Devin Mesoraco hit an early three-run double and made a heads-up play on defense that helped Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets defeat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Tuesday night.

          Michael Conforto launched a two-run homer, extending his recent tear at the plate, and Wheeler (4-6) pitched seven crisp innings to win his second consecutive start. Before that, the right-hander went 13 outings without a victory dating to April 29 in San Diego - the longest stretch without a win for a Mets starter in 20 years.

          Before the game, New York put Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list again. The team said it was awaiting a second opinion before deciding whether the oft-injured slugger needs surgery on both feet that could require an eight-to-10-month recovery.

          "Still trying to gather information," manager Mickey Callaway said.

          Leadoff hitter Amed Rosario tripled and scored twice for the Mets, who won for only the eighth time in their last 30 home games. Wilmer Flores also scored twice.

          Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (5-7) struggled through the early innings once again. He threw 35 pitches in the first, giving up Mesoraco's bases-loaded double with two outs, before serving up Conforto's 13th homer after a leadoff walk in the third.

          Asdrubal Cabrera singled home Rosario after he tripled with two outs in the fourth.

          Wil Myers hit a two-run single in the third off Wheeler, who then retired his final 12 batters. A possible trade candidate with a week to go before the July 31 deadline, Wheeler allowed two runs and four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

          Myers added an RBI double off Seth Lugo in the ninth.

          Manuel Margot was initially called out at the plate on Myers' single in the third. Even though that appeared to be the third out of the inning, Mesoraco alertly threw to third just in case, where Carlos Asuaje was easily tagged as he eased up in the basepath for what seemed to like an unnecessary "fourth out."

          When umpires overturned the call at the plate, ruling Margot safe after a replay review that lasted just more than 3 minutes, they also called Asuaje out at third, ending the inning.

          That preserved a 3-2 lead for the Mets, and Wheeler cruised from there.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles (right elbow inflammation) made a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso and could pitch for San Diego on Sunday at home against Arizona. ... INF Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the highest-rated prospects in baseball, had surgery for a broken left thumb with ligament damage. He is expected to be sidelined at least six to eight weeks, potentially ending his season with Double-A San Antonio.

          Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (strained right calf) is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start Friday night in Pittsburgh. ... Mesoraco was hit under the chin by a foul ball in the fourth. After being checked, he remained in the game.

          UP NEXT

          Mets rookie RHP Corey Oswalt (0-2, 5.64 ERA), who is from San Diego, makes his sixth major league appearance and fifth start when he faces his hometown Padres in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Looking for his first career win, Oswalt has allowed a total of three hits over 11 innings in his past two outings. Veteran LHP Clayton Richard (7-9, 4.82) pitches for the Padres.

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