New York Mets Series Preview: Cincinnati Reds (5/7-5/9)

The ice cold New York Mets try to break their six game losing streak against the even colder Cincinnati Reds. After two consecutive sweeps at the hands of the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies, the Mets find themselves sitting in third place. The Cincinnati Reds are currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst record in baseball at 8-26. Last season the Mets took the season series with the Reds 4-to-3.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/7, 7:10 PM) P.J. Conlon (MLB Debut) vs. Homer Bailey (0-4, 4.81 ERA)

(5/8, 7:10 PM) Jason Vargas (0-2, 16.20 ERA) vs. Luis Castillo (1-4, 7.01 ERA)

(5/9, 12:35 PM) Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. Sal Romano (2-3, 4.21 ERA)

Miserable Mets

After an incredible start out of the gate the Mets pitching and hitting has completely fallen apart over the last week. The Mets were shutout during half of their games at home and have fallen 1.5 games out of first place. The Mets are calling on P.J. Conlon make his first major league start in place of the injured Jacob deGrom. The start is a bit of a surprise, considering he has a 6.75 ERA in Triple-A and Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman are available to make a spot start. Conlon will be the first player since Irish Mcllveen to play in the in the big leagues from Belfast.

The injury bug has caught up to two of the Mets starts, Yoenis Cespedes and Jacob deGrom. Cespedes left Sunday’s game with right hip tightness and deGrom has his start for Monday skipped. Cespedes should be good to play in Monday’s game as his removal was just cautionary. deGrom was put on the 10-day DL but there was no further damage to his elbow and will pitch his next time in the rotation.

Rebuilding Reds

The Cincinnati Reds had no real expectations to win this season and have been on the rebuild the last couple of years. The combination of mediocre pitchers and Great American Ballpark has led them to the worst ERA in baseball. This Reds have a lackluster offense with a couple of the lone bright spots coming from Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez. Youngsters, Jesse Winkler and Jose Peraza have also shown they can be dependable parts of the Reds future.

Luis Castillo was one of the brightest pitching prospects in baseball and broke out strong in 2017. His sophomore season has not gone as planned, his walks are up and is not striking out hitters at the rate he was last season. When the Reds actually have a lead in the ninth, they can depend on Raisel Iglesias to finish off the game. His ERA sits at 1.98 and has four saves in five chances.

Matchups to Lookout For (Small Sample Sizes Incoming)

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Homer Bailey 11-25 (.440) 2 Doubles, 6 Home Runs

Jose Reyes vs. Homer Bailey 2-10 (.200) 1 Double, 1 Walk, 1 Strikeout

Joey Votto vs. Baseball: Votto usually wins

No one on the Reds has more than four at-bats against any Mets Starter in this series

Interesting Stats

Joey Votto and Jay Bruce are number one and two on the Great American Ballpark home run list. Votto has 144 and Bruce has 135.