The New York Mets (16-23) have had a week from hell. Ever since they blew a 3-1 lead against the San Francisco Giants on May 10th, the Mets have lost every game since, carrying a seven game winning streak into tonight's game. The Mets will look to get back on track as they welcome the Los Angeles Angels (22-21) to town to kick off a three game weekend set, marking the Mets' first interleague action of the season. First pitch for the opener of this three game series is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Citi Field.
The Angels have gotten off to a decent start this season, checking into today's game with a 22-21 record, good for third place in the American League West. That record has the Angels eight games back of the red hot Houston Astros in the division, but they are hanging around in the middle of the pack in the AL. One of the big keys for the Angels has been outfielder Mike Trout, who is widely regarded as the best player in the game, and is off to a hot start by batting .341 with 13 homers and 30 RBI's over his first 37 games. The Angels haven't gotten a ton from the rest of the team, so in essence Trout is trying to carry an average team on his back.
The Mets will send right hander Jacob deGrom (2-1, 4.07 ERA) to the mound tonight to try and snap their losing streak. deGrom was decent in his last start, allowing four runs in six plus innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last Sunday, but received a no decision for his efforts. The bullpen ended up blowing a huge lead in that game as the Mets lost to the Brewers 11-9. The Angels will counter with right hander Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.34 ERA). Nolasco delivered a quality start in his last outing, holding the Detroit Tigers to three runs in six innings last Saturday, but received a no decision. The Angels went on to lose the game 4-3.
New York Mets Lineup:
- LF Michael Conforto
- SS Asdrubal Cabrera
- RF Jay Bruce
- 2B Neil Walker
- CF Curtis Granderson
- 3B Wilmer Flores
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Rene Rivera
- SP Jacob deGrom
- The Mets and Angels haven't played since 2014, when the Angels won two out of three against the Mets in Anaheim. The Angels haven't been to Citi Field since 2011, when they also won two out of three.
- deGrom has never faced the Angels before.
- Nolasco is 6-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 26 career appearances (24 starts) against the Mets, but he has not faced them since 2013.
- After getting the day off on Wednesday, Neil Walker, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, and Rene Rivera are back in the Mets' lineup. Walker and Granderson will bat fourth and fifth while Duda and Rivera bat seventh and eighth.
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