The Mets have the second-best record in the National League and lead the National League East at 50-31, 2½ games ahead of the surging Atlanta Braves.
The once seemingly commanding lead shrunk during the absences of Cy Young candidates Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, New York’s star pitchers that were each dealt injury blows. However, Scherzer returned to the lineup Tuesday and pitched a gem, although the Mets still fell 1-0.
The offensive catalyst for the New York Mets is slugger Pete Alonso, a 27-year-old first-baseman who is tied for fifth in baseball with 22 home runs and has a major league-best 69 RBIs.
Jeff McNeil will likely join Alonso on the All-Star team after hitting a team-best .319.
David Peterson (5-1, 3.24 ERA) will get the start after giving up three earned runs in six innings against the Texas Rangers in his most recent start.
In the Red
The Cincinnati Reds kicked off their campaign in historically bad fashion, losing 22 of their first 25 games. Since that point, they have managed to rebound a bit, going 25-29 in their last 54 games.
Brandon Drury has been the most impactful member of the Reds’ offense, leading them in home runs and RBIs, while Kyle Farmer claims the team high in batting average.
The Reds as a whole do not wow in any major categories, whether that be offensively or defensively. Their biggest problem is consistency, or a lack thereof, but they have the talent to put together decent outings.
Rookie Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.53 ERA) will toe the rubber on Wednesday. He is coming off of a truly forgettable 2.1-inning start against the Chicago Cubs his last time out, giving up seven earned runs. Prior to that, the rookie had an impressive 3.27 ERA.
Mets vs Reds Head-to-Head
The Mets and Reds have split their only two meetings this season. The 2021 series also ended in a split, with each team claiming three games.
Mets vs Reds Game Information
Game: Mets (50-31) vs Reds (28-52)
Location: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
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