Bartolo Colon (13-7, 3.27 ERA) and Jose Berrios (2-6, 9.27 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (77-69) and the Minnesota Twins (55-92) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and can be seen on SNY and FSN.
Colon pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Braves. Jay Bruce (.246, 68 Rs, 29 HRs, 91 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Berrios went 2.2 innings, surrendering five runs (two unearned), striking out one and walking four in a 7-1 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start. Brian Dozier (.282, 99 Rs, 41 HRs, 98 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs.
Minnesota has won 42% (28-39) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 50% (28-28) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded three strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 3-3 when opponents' pitchers have three strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 40-12. The Mets have a 51-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, New York has earned 576 this season. Minnesota ranks 12th with 679 runs.
Ranking 21st, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.726). Minnesota ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .752.
The Twins are 38-77 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mets are 36-50 when they allow at least one homer.