Steven Matz (8-8, 3.63 ERA) and Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.62 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (57-54) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (45-66) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on FSAZ and SNY.
Matz pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out six and walking one in a 9-5 defeat to the Yankees. Yoenis Cespedes (.289, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 Sunday. Greinke went 2.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out two in a 4-3 defeat to the Phillies in his most recent start. Jake Lamb (.287, 57 Rs, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 5 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York recorded at least two errors for the 12th time this season.
After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Mets need to step it up. The Diamondbacks have a record of 15-2 when opponents get five hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 8-48. The Mets have an 18-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Arizona has hit 126 this season. New York ranks sixth with 146 home runs.
Ranking 25th, Arizona is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 303 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 338.
The Mets are 49-27 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 37-36 when they hit at least one homer.