Mets Game Preview: (6/4/21) @ San Diego Padres (35-23)

The New York Mets look to rebound from their tough loss to the San Diego Padres in game one of their four-game series. Their understaffed roster came close to making a comeback against the Padres bullpen but could never tie the game. The Padres bullpen bent but did not break and escape with a 4-3 victory. Game two of the series is another late night 10:10 p.m. ET start.

James McCann has been red hot over the last six games and has been the backbone of the Mets offense. He is 10-for-22 with three home runs and three doubles. During this streak, McCann has taken his average from .197 to .234 and is continuing to play tremendous defense. Francisco Lindor is in the middle of a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .385 over that span.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is facing a lefty tonight, and it has been his kryptonite this year. He only has 28 at-bats against them and is hitting just .214 with two home runs against them. The Padres will welcome Tommy Pham back to the lineup after his scary collision with Ha-Seong Kim earlier this week.

Pitching Matchup

Joey Lucchesi returns where his career started to face the Padres for the first time. He has pitched exceptionally well over his last two outings, allowing one run in 7.2 combined innings pitched. In his career at Petco Park, Lucchesi has a 3.19 ERA in 33 career outings.

Former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell is on the bump for the Padres. Snell has been far from his Cy Young form with a 5.55 ERA and averaging just under six walks per nine innings. In his last two starts, he has allowed 12 runs and three home runs. Despite the lousy ERA, he has 70 strikeouts in just 47 innings pitched.

Matchups To Lookout For

Blake Snell vs. James McCann: 3-for-9 (.333), Home Run, Walk, 4 Strikeouts

Blake Snell vs. Kevin Pillar: 7-for-16 (.438), 2 Doubles, Walk, Strikeouts

Blake Snell vs. Francisco Lindor: 1-for-15 (.067), Double, 3 Strikeouts

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