The New York Mets fancy themselves as potential playoff contenders. If those playoff dreams have a shot of coming true, the Mets are going to have to take care of business this afternoon. The Mets won the opener of their weekend set with the San Diego Padres on Friday night, but dropped the second game 6-0 last night. The Mets (46-51) can't afford to drop a series to the lowly Padres (42-55) with two contending teams awaiting them over the next week, so getting a series win today is critical. First pitch for today's rubber game at PETCO Park is scheduled for 4:10 pm.
The Mets will send right hander Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA) to the mound. Wheeler recorded a win in his last time out, tossing 6.2 innings of one run ball to beat the Miami Marlins on July 11th. The Padres will counter with Cuban right hander Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35 ERA), a rookie who has turned heads in his first few weeks with the big club. Despaigne took a rough loss in his last start, allowing two runs in seven innings but falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 10th.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Bobby Abreu
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Zack Wheeler
- The Mets are looking to win their fourth consecutive series.
- The only change in the Mets' batting order is in left field, where Bobby Abreu will step in for Kirk Nieuwenhuis and bat sixth.
- David Wright is hitless in his last 19 at bats against the San Diego Padres.
- The Padres' last series win came in a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds from June 30-July 2nd.
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