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  • Pirates @ Mets: 07/26 7:10 PM ET; SNY, AT&T; WCBS, ESPN, KDKA



    GAME 103, HOME GAME 46

    Friday, 25th July
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    PIRATES -- STANDINGS



    METS -- STANDINGS



    PIRATES -- LEADERS -- METS



    PIRATES -- BATTING -- METS



    PIRATES -- PITCHING -- METS



    PIRATES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    PIRATES -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Mets Welcome Back Wheeler, Who May Last Beyond Start vs. Pirates



    For most of this week, it appeared as if Zack Wheeler would be the member of the New York Mets making a farewell start during the final homestand before the trade deadline.

    But it turns out Wheeler might be sticking around, and the goodbye start by a Mets pitcher might have taken place Wednesday, not Friday, when Wheeler is scheduled to come off the injured list and take the mound against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a three-game series.

    Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) is lined up to oppose Pirates rookie Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.25) in a battle of right-handers.

    Both teams played at home Thursday afternoon; the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 in the rubber game of a three-game series and the Pirates suffered their fifth straight loss with a 6-3 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Wheeler will be pitching for the first time since July 7, when he took the loss after allowing six runs over five innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in the final game before the All-Star break. The 29-year-old was placed on the injured list eight days later due to a fatigued shoulder.

    The injury seemed to imperil the trade deadline plans of the Mets (47-55), who enter Friday's game with only the Pirates and the Miami Marlins further below .500 in the National League. Wheeler, due to reach free agency after the season, appeared to be New York's most attractive trade chip.

    But while Wheeler will make it back to the mound in time to audition one more time for potential suitors, he may not be the pitcher the Mets are looking to deal. On Thursday afternoon, multiple outlets reported New York might sign Wheeler to an extension and instead trade Wednesday's starter, Noah Syndergaard, who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.

    Wheeler, who was also the subject of trade rumors last season before staying put, said he's not worried about where he might or might not be next week.

    "I'm just going to try and go out there and get a win and concentrate on that," Wheeler told reporters after he threw batting practice Tuesday.

    The Pirates are solely focused on that, too, as they try to battle out of a potential season-ruining tailspin. Pittsburgh entered the All-Star break just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL Central and heading into a stretch in which it would play 10 of its first 13 second-half games against divisional foes.

    But the Pirates went just 2-11 in those games, including 1-9 against the NL Central.

    "We haven't played winning baseball," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters following Thursday's game. "We haven't connected the dots. We haven't been able to get our hitting and our pitching and our defense all synced up."

    Agrazal didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start Sunday, when he gave up one run over six innings as the Pirates fell to the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1 in 11 innings.

    Agrazal, who will be making his sixth career start, has never faced the Mets. Wheeler is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts against the Pirates.

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      • The Pirates are 2-11 (.154) since the All-Star break, tied with the Tigers for the worst record in the majors over that time. After losing five straight games, Pittsburgh is now a season-high 10 games under .500.
      • The Mets took two of three from the Padres in their most recent series and are 7-5 since the break. New York's 2.79 post-All-Star break ERA ranks second in the majors behind Cleveland (2.73 ERA).
      • In 12 games since the All-Star break, Robinson Cano has hit five home runs, one more than he hit prior to the break in 65 games. In 13 career games against the Pirates, Cano has batted .407 (22-for-54) with five extra-base hits and eight runs scored.
      • In two starts since the All-Star break, Dario Agrazal has two quality starts and a 1.50 ERA. The rest of Pittsburgh's starting staff has combined for three quality starts and a 7.10 ERA over that time, with a 1-10 team record in those games.
      • Zack Wheeler has made three career starts against the Pirates, pitching to a 1.42 ERA across 19.0 innings. Among qualifying pitchers in both 2018 and 2019, Wheeler has the third-largest season-over-season increase in ERA, going from 3.31 in 2018 to 4.69 in 2019.
      • Since the start of 2018, Starling Marte has hit 37 home runs and stolen 46 bases. He is one of three players over that time with 35+ HR and 45+ SB, along with Jose Ramirez and Christian Yelich.
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          Top of 1:
          Pirates first. Dickerson struck out. Frazier lined out to center fielder Conforto. Marte flied out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 1:
          Pirates first. Dickerson struck out. Frazier lined out to center fielder Conforto. Marte flied out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Pirates second. Bell singled to center. Reynolds singled to right, Bell to third. Moran hit an infield single to shortstop, Bell scored, Reynolds to second. Kang struck out. El.Díaz grounded out, pitcher Wheeler to first baseman Alonso, Reynolds to third, Moran to second. Agrazal grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 2:
          Mets second. Canó flied out to center fielder Marte. Ramos popped out to second baseman Frazier. Smith flied out to left fielder Dickerson.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Pirates third. Dickerson flied out to left fielder Smith. Frazier flied out to right fielder McNeil. Marte struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 3:
          Mets third. Cabrera in as left fielder. Frazier grounded out, shortstop Kang to first baseman Bell. Rosario tripled to center. Wheeler was hit by a pitch. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch, Rosario scored, Wheeler scored. Conforto struck out. Alonso grounded out, shortstop Kang to first baseman Bell.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 2

          Top of 4:
          Pirates fourth. Bell flied out to left fielder Smith. Reynolds struck out. Moran struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Mets fourth. Canó grounded out, second baseman Frazier to first baseman Bell. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Kang to first baseman Bell. Smith popped out to shortstop Kang.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Pirates fifth. Kang flied out to left fielder Smith. El.Díaz struck out. Agrazal struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Mets fifth. Frazier homered to right on a 2-2 count. Rosario lined out to center fielder Marte. Wheeler flied out to left fielder Cabrera. McNeil flied out to center fielder Marte.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 6:
          Pirates sixth. Cabrera singled to left. Frazier homered to right on the first pitch, Cabrera scored. Marte flied out to right fielder McNeil. Bell singled to center. Avilán pitching. Reynolds popped out to shortstop Rosario. Moran grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 6:
          Mets sixth. Conforto flied out to left fielder Cabrera. Alonso homered to center on a 0-1 count. Feliz pitching. Canó popped out to second baseman Frazier. Ramos homered to center on a 0-1 count. Smith lined out to right fielder Reynolds.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 7:
          Pirates seventh. McNeil in as left fielder. Conforto in as right fielder. Gsellman pitching. Lagares in as center fielder. Kang walked. El.Díaz grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Kang out. J.Osuna pinch-hitting for Feliz. J.Osuna hit an infield single to shortstop. On shortstop Rosario's throwing error, J.Osuna to second. Cabrera struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 7:
          Mets seventh. Kela pitching. Frazier struck out. Rosario flied out to right fielder Reynolds. Lagares singled to center. McNeil flied out to center fielder Marte.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Pirates eighth. J.Wilson pitching. Frazier doubled to right. Marte safe at first on fielding error by first baseman Alonso. Bell struck out. Reynolds grounded into a double play, second baseman Canó to shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Marte out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 8:
          Mets eighth. Stratton pitching. Conforto struck out. Alonso flied out to right fielder Reynolds. Canó struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Pirates ninth. Lugo pitching. Moran grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Kang struck out. El.Díaz flied out to right fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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          • #6


            Trade Target Wheeler Brings Heat as Mets Beat Bucs 6-3



            by JAKE SEINER

            -- After missing 2 1/2 weeks with a shoulder issue, Zack Wheeler felt some relief when leadoff hitter Corey Dickerson swung through his 98 mph fastball Friday night.

            No doubt, the Mets right-hander did his part heating up the hot stove ahead of next week's trade deadline.

            Wheeler, among the major leagues' most likely players to be dealt, showed off a live arm in his return from the injured list, and New York hit four homers to beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3.

            Wheeler (7-6) struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings in his first start since July 7 due to right shoulder fatigue - an issue he called an impingement. With contending teams watching closely, the right-hander averaged 96.8 mph on his fastball and looked sharp until Adam Frazier clocked a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Wheeler allowed three runs, six hits and no walks.

            "I thought he threw the ball great," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "He held his stuff, and he said he felt outstanding when he came out."

            Jeff McNeil hit a three-run homer, and Todd Frazier, Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos added solo shots for the Mets. Alonso's homer was his 34th.

            Pirates rookie starter Dario Agrazal (2-1) got roughed up for the first time in his short big league career, and Pittsburgh dropped its sixth straight. The Pirates are 2-13 since the All-Star break and have allowed 12 homers over their past three games.

            "We've had some challenges keeping the ball in the ballpark," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It's been a rough stretch from that standpoint."

            With Mets closer Edwin Diaz nursing a sore left big toe a day after being hit by a line drive, Seth Lugo pitched the ninth for his first save of the year.

            Wheeler, who can become a free agent after the season, expects to be dealt prior to the July 31 deadline and even has his bags packed at home. Callaway acknowledged that Wheeler faced a "difficult task" tuning out the trade talk, but he expected the 29-year-old to lock in for game time.

            He looked sharp early but allowed a run in the second on two soft singles and Colin Moran's one-hopper that skipped off shortstop Amed Rosario's glove for an RBI infield single.

            Wheeler retired 12 straight before running into trouble in the sixth. Melky Cabrera led off with a single, and Adam Frazier drove a two-run shot to cut New York's lead to 4-3. Wheeler got an out and allowed a single to Josh Bell before being pulled after 73 pitches.

            Mets fans near the home dugout gave Wheeler a standing ovation as he walked off.

            Wheeler has experience with the deadline drama. Sunday will mark eight years since he was acquired from the San Francisco Giants for veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran.

            "You just try to stay locked in," Wheeler said. "I've been through it before. It's just noise at this point. You just have to stay locked in. If you don't, you're going to go out there and do crappy."

            McNeil and Ramos each hit their 10th homers. Todd Frazier clubbed his 14th a day after ending a 1-for-18 skid with two hits.

            Agrazal was pulled after allowing Alonso's one-out homer in the sixth. He gave up five runs on three homers, and his ERA rose from 2.25 to 3.24 in his sixth career start.

            "I went out there with the same mentality, same game plan, same preparation," he said through a translator. "Sometimes, it's just baseball. They have the bat as well."

            DEADLINE ACQUISITION?

            McNeil video chatted with his wife, Tatiana, pregame to ask her permission to bring home a rescued puppy brought to the ballpark by the North Shore Animal League. McNeil said the couple planned to visit with the puppy Saturday before making a decision.

            "I think hitting a home run after holding a puppy, I think that gives me a little bargaining chip," McNeil said.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Pirates: Dickerson was pulled in the third with left groin discomfort. Hurdle said Dickerson felt the discomfort making a defensive play in the second inning.

            Mets: Callaway opted to give Diaz a night off to heal his big toe, although Diaz said he was feeling well and declared himself ready to pitch. X-rays were negative, and Diaz threw from 90 feet before the game without issue. ... RHP Walker Lockett was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make space for Wheeler.

            UP NEXT

            Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.75 ERA) makes his third start since a brief stint in the bullpen. He pitched six innings of two-run ball against San Francisco in his previous outing. The Pirates will send out RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.96).

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