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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Cleveland Indians

September 6th, 2013 at 6:10 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (63-75) head to Progressive Field Friday night to kick off their final interleague series of 2013 against the Cleveland Indians (74-65). First pitch is set for 7:05 PM. The Mets currently hold a winning record against the American League this season, having gone 10-7 in interleague play thus far.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. LF Eric Young Jr.
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. DH Josh Satin
  4. RF Andrew Brown
  5. 1B Lucas Duda
  6. SS Justin Turner
  7. CF Juan Lagares
  8. C Travis d'Arnaud
  9. 3B Wilmer Flores

Zack Wheeler (7-3, 3.36) gets the ball for the Mets, with his rookie campaign winding down as he approaches his innings limit. Wheeler likely has about four starts left with 28 innings to play with before he hits 180 innings on the season and is playing some of his best ball of the year. Over his last five starts, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA and the Mets are 4-1 in those games.

In a matchup of Mets pitching prospects past and present, the Indians will send Scott Kazmir (7-7, 4.36) to the mound to face the team that drafted him-and so infamously traded him-for the first time in his nine-year MLB career. Still only 29 years old, Kazmir is in the midst of a comeback season after numerous arm troubles, that saw him resurface with the Sugarland Skeeters of the independent Atlantic league last season. The Mets are one of just four teams Kazmir has never faced and have been mentioned as a possible free agent destination this winter for the lefty, who will hit the open market.

Pre-Game Notes

  • Expect to hear the names Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato brought up frequently during tonights broadcast.

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Tags: Baseball, Cleveland Indians, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Progressive Field, Scott Kazmir, Victor Zambrano, Zack Wheeler

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