After dropping a 3-2 contest with the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday, the New York Mets will look to bounce back this afternoon. The two teams will play a doubleheader, beginning at 1:10 pm, to make up for a rainout Friday night. This will be the first double dip for the Mets this season, and fans who go to the game today will be in for a lot of baseball on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.
The pitching matchup for Game 1 is intriguing as well. The Mets will send Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97 ERA) to the mound for the third start of his major league career. Montero struggled in his last outing on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings to take the loss. The Diamondbacks will counter with righty Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45 ERA), who has always pitched well against the Mets. Arroyo got roughed up in his last time out, allowing five runs over seven innings in a 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
New York Mets Lineup:
- CF Juan Lagares
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- RF Curtis Granderson
- LF Chris Young
- 1B Lucas Duda
- SS Ruben Tejada
- C Juan Centeno
- SP Rafael Montero
- Vic Black is available out of the bullpen for the Mets today.
- The Mets will have Juan Centeno catch Montero today. Centeno has experience catching for Montero when both were members of the Las Vegas 51's.
- Manager Terry Collins told reporters that new closer Jenrry Mejia could pitch in both ends of the double header if necessary.
- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is expected to go out on a rehab assignment with AA Binghamton today. d'Arnaud could return to the Mets during their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Starting pitcher Dillon Gee is targeting next weekend for a return to the Mets' starting rotation. Gee could return without a rehab start if his bullpen sessions go well this week.
- The Mets will hold their Banner Day festivities prior to today's game. WOR's Howie Rose will be one of the judges.
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