Jacob deGrom (13-8, 2.64 ERA) takes the mound for the New York Mets (88-67) as they meet Keyvius Sampson (2-5, 6.45 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds (63-91) in the last of a four-game series at the Great American Ball Park. The Reds lost the last game 10-2, extending a seven-game losing streak. New York can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. The game gets underway at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 27 and will air on SNY.
In his last start, Sampson pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out one and walking three in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals. Joey Votto (.318, 94 Rs, 29 HRs, 77 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5. The Mets were unsuccessful to the Marlins 9-3 the last time deGrom pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs and striking out five. Yoenis Cespedes (.293, 100 Rs, 35 HRs, 105 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Reds are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with an MLB-high 131 steals. Cincinnati's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.4 during that span, compared to its 4.6 season average.
The Mets are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging four runs per game so far. New York is one of the top road hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.1 hits per contest. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.53. They have a WHIP of 1.19, third best in the MLB.
The Mets are a perfect 6-0 against the Reds this season. This game will feature deGrom (RHP) on the mound against the Reds, who have a 49-67 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Sampson will take the mound against the Mets, who have a 70-52 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 38-25, while Cincinnati is 23-36.
The Mets are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Reds have a 1-10 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 11-65. The Mets have a 19-55 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 165 this season. New York ranks eighth with 170 home runs.
Ranking 12th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.44 per game. Cincinnati ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.61.
Ranking 21st, Cincinnati is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.719). New York ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .719.
When the Mets allow at least one home run, they are 41-50. When the Reds allow one or more homers, they have a 30-69 record.