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  • Mets @ Pirates: 08/03 7:05 PM ET; SNY, SN; WCBS, ESPN, KDKA

    GAME 110, ROAD GAME 62

    Saturday, 3rd August
    7:05 PM ET
    PNC Park










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    Mets' Stroman Prepares for Team Debut Against Pirates

    Right-hander Marcus Stroman, his emotions firmly in tow, is set to make his debut with the New York Mets with a start against the host Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of a weekend series Saturday.

    The Mets traded for the 2019 All-Star on Sunday, ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Toronto, becoming known not only for his pitching but also for his outgoing personality.

    That includes being animated on the mound when he strikes out opponents.

    "My energy is extremely authentic, man," Stroman said. "I love playing the game of baseball. I love competing. When I'm between those lines, it's kind of a different savage, a different demon that is out there. I kind of go to a dark place to put myself where I need to be. I'm very passionate and I'm very emotional.

    "But away from the field, I'm very relaxed and I'm kind of the opposite. So I'm excited. If my energy rubs off on some of the (Mets), that would be amazing."

    Stroman said being traded to the Mets wasn't on his radar, but he was thrilled to find out that was his destination. He's a native of Long Island.

    "Coming home is huge," he said. "So yeah, I'm excited to be a New York Met."

    Stroman (6-11, 2.96 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer (3-8, 5.58) on Saturday.

    In his final outing with Toronto, Stroman took the loss July 24 in a 4-0 game against Cleveland despite giving up just one run in seven innings for his 14th quality start.

    That has made for a long layoff between starts.

    "It's tough," said Stroman, who threw a bullpen session Wednesday. "But it'll be good. I'm not worried about it. I go out there and I compete at the highest level each and every time. I'll be able to manage. ... I'll be ready to go Saturday."

    Stroman has faced Pittsburgh twice in his career, once as a starter, going 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA.

    Archer, meanwhile, has struggled. He is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in nine starts since he won back-to-back games in late May and early June, and Pittsburgh has lost each of his past four starts.

    On Sunday, Archer gave up six runs, five of them earned, in five innings in a loss against the Mets in New York. That was just his second game against the Mets. He also had a no-decision in 2015 while with Tampa Bay.

    The Mets swept Pittsburgh last weekend at home, but the Pirates ended New York's seven-game winning streak with an 8-4 win Friday.

    Shortstop Kevin Newman said the pressure is off the Pirates -- who have won just two of their past 12 - since the trade deadline.

    "We know who we've got now," shortstop Kevin Newman told AT&T Sportsnet. "We're going to come out every night and compete."

    As they were Friday, the Pirates on Saturday will be without manager Clint Hurdle, who will serve the second half of a two-game suspension related to a benches-clearing incident earlier in the week at Cincinnati.

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario hit an infield single to third. Rosario stole second. Conforto walked on a full count. Alonso struck out. Canó singled to right, Rosario to third, Conforto to second. Ramos singled to center, Rosario scored, Conforto to third, Canó to second. Davis struck out. Frazier grounded out, pitcher Archer to first baseman Bell.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 1:
        Pirates first. Frazier singled to left. Reynolds singled to center, Frazier to third. Marte singled to center, Frazier scored, Reynolds to second. Bell singled to right, Reynolds to third, Marte to second. Moran lined out to first baseman Alonso. J.Osuna walked on a full count, Reynolds scored, Marte to third, Bell to second. Newman grounded into fielder's choice, pitcher Stroman to catcher Ramos, Marte out, Bell to third, J.Osuna to second. Stallings popped out to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 4

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Frazier to first baseman Bell. Stroman struck out. Rosario walked. Conforto flied out to left fielder Reynolds.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Pirates second. Archer struck out. Frazier singled to right. Reynolds singled to center, Frazier to second. Marte lined out to right fielder Conforto, Frazier to third. Bell lined out to center fielder Lagares.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Alonso doubled to left. Canó struck out. Ramos hit an infield single to shortstop. Davis flied out to center fielder Marte. Frazier lined out to left fielder Reynolds.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Pirates third. Moran grounded out, pitcher Stroman to first baseman Alonso. J.Osuna struck out. Newman grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Lagares lined out to second baseman Frazier. Stroman struck out. Rosario lined out to center fielder Marte.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Pirates fourth. Stallings grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Archer struck out. Frazier flied out to center fielder Lagares.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Conforto was hit by a pitch. Alonso grounded into a double play, third baseman Moran to second baseman Frazier to first baseman Bell, Conforto out. Canó popped out to third baseman Moran.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Pirates fifth. Reynolds doubled to left. Marte lined out to shortstop Rosario. Bell walked. On Stroman's wild pitch, Reynolds to third. Avilán pitching. Moran struck out. J.Osuna walked, Bell to second. Newman was hit by a pitch, Reynolds scored, Bell to third, J.Osuna to second. Rhame pitching. Stallings grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Newman out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Newman to first baseman Bell. Davis struck out. Frazier grounded out, third baseman Moran to first baseman Bell.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Pirates sixth. Reyes pinch-hitting for Archer. Reyes grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Frazier flied out to center fielder Lagares. Reynolds walked on a full count. Reynolds was out advancing, catcher Ramos to second baseman Canó, Reynolds out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Feliz pitching. Reyes in as right fielder. Lagares struck out. McNeil pinch-hitting for Rhame. McNeil homered to right on the first pitch. Rosario doubled to left. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Newman to first baseman Bell. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Pirates seventh. Conforto in as center fielder. J.Wilson pitching. McNeil in as right fielder. Marte singled to left. Bell struck out. Marte stole second. Moran walked. Marte stole third. Cabrera pinch-hitting for Feliz. Cabrera grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Moran out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Crick pitching. Canó doubled to center. Ramos homered to right on a 1-0 count, Canó scored. Davis grounded out, shortstop Newman to first baseman Bell. Frazier struck out. Altherr pinch-hitting for J.Wilson. Altherr lined out to left fielder Reynolds.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 8:

        Pirates eighth. Conforto in as right fielder. Lugo pitching. Altherr in as center fielder. McNeil in as left fielder. Newman struck out. Stallings grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Reyes grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Stratton pitching. McNeil singled to right. Rosario hit an infield single to shortstop, McNeil to second. Conforto grounded out, pitcher Stratton unassisted, McNeil to third, Rosario to second. Alonso struck out. Canó was intentionally walked. Ramos doubled to right, McNeil scored, Rosario scored, Canó scored. Hartlieb pitching. Hechavarría pinch-hitting for Lugo. Hechavarría grounded out, pitcher Hartlieb to first baseman Bell.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 9:
        Pirates ninth. Díaz pitching. Hechavarría in as second baseman. Frazier struck out. Reynolds singled to left. Marte homered to left on a 2-2 count, Reynolds scored. Bell struck out. Moran struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

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          Ramos Bails Out Stroman, Mets Rally by Pirates 7-5

          by WILL GRAVES

          PITTSBURGH, PA -- Marcus Stroman already feels like he's been a member of the New York Mets "forever."

          Maybe, but the All-Star pitcher is still getting used to his surroundings. New clubhouse. New catcher. New opponents. New stakes. It's a lot to take in. And for an inning on Saturday night, Stroman looked like one of those players he watched growing up on Long Island, the ones who couldn't handle the bright lights of playing in New York.

          Stroman labored through a 35-pitch opening frame before settling in and keeping the Mets in range of the Pittsburgh Pirates long enough for catcher Wilson Ramos to key a 7-5 comeback victory.

          The right-hander - acquired in a trade with Toronto last week - was admittedly not as sharp as he'd like while lasting 4 1/3 innings in his National League debut. But Ramos made sure it didn't matter, hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning and adding a three-run double in the ninth to give the Mets their ninth win in 11 games.

          "My command was a little iffy but my body felt great," said Stroman, who gave up three runs seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. "Just need to make a few adjustments on my mechanics and I think I'll be ready for my next one."

          New York trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Jeff McNeil hit a pinch-hit solo home run to get the Mets within one. Robinson Cano doubled off Kyle Crick (3-6) leading off the eighth and Ramos followed with a shot to the seats in right-center field to put New York in front.

          Ramos provided insurance in the ninth when his drive to the Clemente Wall in right field off Chris Stratton cleared the bases. Ramos finished 4 for 5 with a career-high six RBIs. The Mets, who saw a seven-game winning streak snapped on Friday, won for just the fifth time this season when trailing after the seventh.

          "I think that tonight was elusive to us in the first half," New York manager Mickey Callaway said. "It was tough to stop the bleeding and I think we understand we have to do that. I don't think we've ever given up. We've just got to get it done. It seems like we're getting it done."

          Amed Rosario added three hits for the Mets. Justin Wilson (3-1) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless seventh.

          Bryan Reynolds had four hits for Pittsburgh. Starling Marte went 3 for 5, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off Mets closer Edwin Diaz to get the Pirates within two. Diaz struck out the last two batters to drop the Pirates to 4-17 since the All-Star break.

          MORE STROMAN

          Stroman hadn't pitched since July 24 and the layoff may have played a factor in his early struggles. He ducked into the clubhouse after the first inning to look at video of his mechanics, made a tweak and eventually got into a rhythm. He retired eight straight at one point but was lifted after walking Josh Bell to put runners on first and second with one out in the fifth.

          It wasn't dominant, but it was enough to keep the Mets close.

          "He didn't have his great stuff," Callaway said. "I'm sure the energy was off the charts. New team. New York. It's his hometown. Pitching for the first time and he battled. He was probably rusty because he hasn't pitched in a long time and he was out there doing everything he can to keep guys from scoring."


          Stroman's debut with the Mets came on the same night Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer celebrated his one-year anniversary in Pittsburgh. Archer received a standing ovation after earning a victory over St. Louis in his debut with the Pirates on Aug. 3, 2018, a nod to the optimism the trade to bring him over brought to a young club trying to stay competitive in the NL Central.

          The honeymoon ended quickly. Archer is just 6-11 with the Pirates and is winless in his last 10 starts. Still, he overcame a shaky 33-pitch first inning to work six innings, giving up one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Archer also kept the ball in the park, a rarity for a pitcher who has allowed 25 home runs on the season.

          "When he's on top of his game, that's what he does," said acting Pirates manager Tom Prince, filling in for the suspended Clint Hurdle. "He settled in after that first inning. Thought he did a really good job."


          Mets: Recalled RHP Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Syracuse and sent down RHP Tyler Bashlor. Bashlor allowed a three-run home run to Marte in Friday night's loss and has surrendered six runs overall in his last two appearances. ... Claimed LHP Donnie Hart from Milwaukee and optioned him to Syracuse.

          Pirates: Placed RHP Richard Rodriguez on the paternity list and called up reliever Parker Markel from Triple-A Indianapolis. Pittsburgh claimed Markel from Seattle on July 27. RHP Keone Kela began serving his 10-game suspension for his role in a brawl in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Utility player Jose Osuna (five games) and Crick (three games) are still awaiting word on their appeals.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Pirates: LHP Steven Brault (left shoulder strain) will rejoin the starting rotation against Milwaukee on Tuesday. Brault last pitched on July 5, leaving after four innings due to shoulder tightness.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: Noah Syndergaard (7-5, 4.10 ERA) has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last four starts, striking out 36 against just seven walks.

          Pirates: Joe Musgrove (8-9, 4.23) is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA over his last six starts.

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