Robert Stephenson (2-0, 3.00 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.35 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds (57-78) and the New York Mets (71-66) at the Great American Ball Park. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on SNY and FSOH.
Stephenson pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Rockies. Joey Votto (.312, 85 Rs, 22 HRs, 79 RBIs, 8 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Colon went 7.0 innings, surrendering two and striking out three in a 5-2 win over the Marlins in his most recent start. Jay Bruce (.253, 68 Rs, 29 HRs, 90 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Cincinnati recorded at least two errors for the 22nd time this season.
The Reds are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 5-14 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Reds are 9-59. The Mets have a 19-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Cincinnati has hit 143 this season. New York ranks fifth with 183 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Cincinnati is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 393 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 418.
When the Reds hit at least one home run, they are 41-42. When the Mets hit at least one homer, they have a 61-36 record.