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  • Padres @ Mets: 07/23 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, KEGY



    GAME 100, HOME GAME 43

    Tuesday, 23rd July,
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    PADRES -- STANDINGS



    METS -- STANDINGS



    PADRES -- LEADERS -- METS



    PADRES -- BATTING -- METS



    PADRES -- PITCHING -- METS



    PADRES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    PADRES -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Rookies Take Center Stage as Mets Host Padres



    The New York Mets and San Diego Padres enter Tuesday's contest a combined 14 games under .500. Good thing Pete Alonso and Chris Paddack will be there to liven things up.

    The two leading contenders for the National League Rookie of the Year get their last chance to square off against each other when the Mets host the Padres in the opener of a three-game series.

    Both teams were off Monday after concluding road series on Sunday. The Mets fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 12 innings. The Padres salvaged the finale of a three-game set by beating the Chicago Cubs 5-1.

    Mets left-hander Jason Vargas (4-5, 4.25 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound against Paddack (6-4, 2.70).

    Of course, few at Citi Field will be there to see the battle between the 36-year-old soft-tossing Vargas and the 23-year-old fireballing Paddack. The main attraction should arrive when Alonso steps to the plate against Paddack in the resumption of an entertaining duel that began before they faced each other for the first time in San Diego on May 6, a few days after Alonso won the NL Rookie of the Month award.

    "He's a great player, no doubt," Paddack told The Athletic at the time. "Does he deserve the (Rookie of the Month award)? Absolutely. But I'm coming for him.

    "Do I wish it was me? Yeah. But the way I look at it is, do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We'll see, man."


    Paddack won the individual battle May 6, when he not only earned the victory with 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Padres' 4-0 blanking of the Mets but also struck out Alonso in his first two at-bats before inducing a groundout in the sixth.

    "He's allowed to say what he wants," Alonso told reporters afterward. "He wanted me and he got me tonight, simple as that. It kind of fired me up and it was going to be a good matchup, and I didn't answer the bell."

    Fortunately for Alonso, he's created some distance from Paddack over the last two-plus months.

    With a franchise rookie-record 33 home runs and the Home Run Derby crown on his resume, Alonso is the clear front-runner for the NL Rookie of the Year. Paddack, who was sent to the minors for 10 days in June and slotted fifth into the Padres' post-All-Star Break rotation in order to limit his innings, has struck out 95 batters while allowing just 78 baserunners in 90 innings.

    But Paddack could make things interesting with more outings like the one he had last Wednesday, when he flirted with a no-hitter in a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Paddack allowed one run on one hit -- a leadoff homer in the eighth by Starlin Castro -- over 7 2/3 innings.

    Vargas earned the win last Wednesday, when he gave up three runs over six innings as the Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 14-4. He is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in five starts against the Padres.

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      • New York and San Diego meet for their second series this season, with the Padres claiming two out of three from May 6-8 at PETCO Park. Padres pitchers struck out 37 batters in those games at a rate of 12.33 per nine innings, their highest rate against any opponent this season.
      • The Mets have gone 5-3 in their last eight games, with their pitching staff boasting a 2.22 ERA and surrendering four or fewer runs in each game. Their streak of eight games allowing four or fewer runs is tied for the third-longest streak in the majors.
      • The Padres enter the series having lost seven of their last nine games. They've scored just 3.75 runs per game in July, compared to 5.88 in June. That drop-off in scoring is the biggest in the majors from June to July. Their fall from a .266 June batting average to hitting .236 in July is the third-largest swoon.
      • Jeff McNeil has been particularly effective in the first inning of games this season with a .431 batting average in the opening frame, the highest in the majors this season among players with at least 40 first-inning plate appearances.
      • The Mets send lefty Jason Vargas to the mound Tuesday. Manny Machado's 1.334 OPS against left-handed pitching this season is the highest in the majors since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun had a 1.480 OPS against lefties in 2007.
      • Hunter Renfroe has a slash line of .291/.349/.724 when hitting fifth in the batting order this season. His OPS of 1.073 ranks fifth among players with at least 50 plate appearances in the No. 5 spot and leads the majors with 17 home runs in that spot in the lineup.



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          Top of 1:
          Padres first. Tatis Jr. struck out. Margot popped out to first baseman Alonso. Machado walked on a full count. Machado stole second. Renfroe flied out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil struck out. Conforto flied out to left fielder Renfroe. Alonso walked. Canó singled to left, Alonso to second. Ramos grounded out, second baseman L.Urías to first baseman Hosmer.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 2:
          Padres second. Reyes struck out. Hosmer grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. F.Mejía struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Smith struck out. Frazier lined out to center fielder Margot. Rosario grounded out, shortstop Tatis Jr. to first baseman Hosmer.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Padres third. L.Urías struck out. Paddack flied out to left fielder Smith. Tatis Jr. struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. J.Vargas struck out. McNeil singled to center. Conforto flied out to left fielder Renfroe. Alonso grounded out, third baseman Machado to first baseman Hosmer.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 4:
          Padres fourth. Margot struck out. Machado walked on a full count. Renfroe grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Machado out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Canó homered to right on a 2-0 count. Ramos lined out to second baseman L.Urías. Smith lined out to center fielder Margot. Frazier fouled out to right fielder Reyes.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 5:
          Padres fifth. Reyes walked on four pitches. Hosmer singled to right, Reyes to second. F.Mejía flied out to center fielder Conforto. L.Urías grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Reyes to third, Hosmer out. Paddack lined out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Rosario flied out to right fielder Reyes. J.Vargas struck out. McNeil was hit by a pitch. Conforto lined out to right fielder Reyes.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Padres sixth. Tatis Jr. struck out. Margot walked on a full count. Machado struck out. On J.Vargas' wild pitch, Margot to second. Renfroe flied out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Alonso walked. Canó homered to right on a 1-2 count, Alonso scored. Ramos singled to center. M.Baez pitching. Smith popped out to shortstop Tatis Jr. Frazier flied out to left fielder Renfroe. Rosario singled to left, Ramos to second. Davis pinch-hitting for J.Vargas. Davis lined out to center fielder Margot.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Top of 7:
          Padres seventh. Bashlor pitching. Reyes grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Hosmer grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. F.Mejía singled to center. L.Urías walked on a full count, F.Mejía to second. Myers pinch-hitting for M.Baez. Gsellman pitching. Myers flied out to right fielder McNeil.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Allen pitching. McNeil singled to left. McNeil was out advancing, left fielder Renfroe to second baseman L.Urías, McNeil out. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Hosmer unassisted. Alonso walked on four pitches. Canó homered to right on the first pitch, Alonso scored. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Machado to first baseman Hosmer.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 8:
          Padres eighth. Tatis Jr. singled to center. On Gsellman's wild pitch, Tatis Jr. to second. Margot hit an infield single to shortstop, Tatis Jr. to third. Machado fouled out to catcher Ramos. Renfroe hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Smith, Tatis Jr. scored. Reyes struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Smith grounded out, second baseman L.Urías to first baseman Hosmer. Frazier flied out to right fielder Reyes. Rosario lined out to center fielder Margot.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Padres ninth. McNeil in as left fielder. Conforto in as right fielder. J.Wilson pitching. Lagares in as center fielder. Hosmer walked on four pitches. F.Mejía walked on a full count, Hosmer to second. Díaz pitching. L.Urías flied out to left fielder McNeil. Garcia pinch-hitting for Allen. Garcia popped out to third baseman Frazier. Tatis Jr. doubled to center, Hosmer scored, F.Mejía to third. Margot lined out to left fielder McNeil.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

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          • #6


            Canó's First 3-Homer Game Leads Mets Over Padres 5-2



            by BEN WALKER

            -- Robinson Cano certainly could hear the whispers around Citi Field. Everyone else could - at 36, stuck in a season-long slump, was this eight-time All-Star all done?

            He didn't think so.

            "One day it's going to turn around," Cano kept telling himself.

            It happened Tuesday night when Cano hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his 15-year career, powering Jason Vargas and the New York Mets over the San Diego Padres 5-2.

            Cano drove in all five runs and went 4 for 4, punctuating his performance with a pair of second-deck shots.

            The second baseman began the day batting just .243 with six homers in his first season with the Mets. Yet before the game, manager Mickey Callaway expressed confidence that Cano would produce, putting him in the category of "Hall of Fame hitters."

            Cano connected at Citi Field for the first time since early April. It was just the third three-homer game ever by a Mets player at home - Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both did it in July 2015.

            "You'd like to do it, to see how it feels," Cano said, pausing and smiling before adding, "it feels good."

            After singling in the first, Cano hit a solo homer in the fourth. Cano lined a two-run homer off Chris Paddack (6-5) in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh off Logan Allen.

            Of Cano's nine homers this year, five have come since the All-Star break. This was his 23rd career multihomer game and first since 2017 with Seattle.

            "You don't hit three homers if you're declining," Callaway said.

            Acquired with closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in the offseason, Cano came with five years and $120 million left on his contract. Despite his struggles, Callaway said the Mets saw good things coming.

            "He went through a tough stretch. Robinson Cano probably hasn't been through many," Callaway said. "It stands out a little more when it happens to a player like Robbie."

            Yoenis Cespedes was the previous Mets player to hit three homers, doing it in 2017. The feat has been accomplished by 13th different Mets players, with Cespedes doing it twice.

            Vargas (5-5) pitched one-hit ball for six shutout innings, possibly enhancing his trade value. He put on a pitching clinic, getting the San Diego hitters to consistently flail away at his changeup.

            The 36-year-old lefty permitted only a single by Eric Hosmer in the fifth, struck out eight and walked three. Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. struck out three times and Manny Machado swung at a strike three that bounced.

            Several scouts were at Citi Field, and no doubt the performance Vargas piqued their interest as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.

            Vargas' hardest fastball was clocked at 84.6 mph - Paddack's slowest changeup came in a tick faster 84.7.

            "I guess throwing really hard isn't as unique as it used to be. I'm on the other end of the spectrum," he said. "I'm the only one who throws it that slow."

            The anticipated showdown between rookie stars Pete Alonso and Paddack didn't amount to much - the slugging Alonso walked twice and grounded out against the young fireballer.

            "Going into it, it was obviously going to be a fun little matchup. We've been wanting this ever since our last 1-v-1, whatever you want to call it," Paddack said.

            "It was just kind of frustrating, especially Alonso. You don't want to walk a guy that you're trying to have a little competition with, but at the end of the day I thought I could have done a better job of executing my game plan."

            Diaz relieved with two on in the ninth and got his 22nd save in 26 chances, allowing an RBI double to Tatis before retiring Manuel Margot on a game-ending lineout with two on.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon "should be available" to pitch in relief during this three-game series, manager Andy Green said. The 20-year-old Cuban made his major league debut Sunday at Wrigley Field, allowing one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings. Green said the Padres will consider using him as an opener over the weekend at home vs. the Giants.

            Mets: Major league batting leader Jeff McNeil was hit in the right elbow by a Paddack pitch in the fifth. McNeil was checked by a trainer and stayed in. ... RHP Zack Wheeler (shoulder impingement) threw batting practice on the field and could be activated Friday to pitch against the Pirates. "I'm 100 percent. Ready to go," he said. Callaway said Wheeler, who last started on July 7, will be on a pitch count of 75-85 pitches. Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to the July 31 deadline. "Last year was the same way," he said.

            UP NEXT

            Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 5.14 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season. He won his major league debut in 2017 at Citi Field and went 7-8 overall, then missed last year after Tommy John surgery.

            Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 4.36) is 4-0 in his last nine starts.

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