The Mets will conclude their three-game series against the Rangers with a rubber match at 1:10 PM at Citi Field on Sunday. Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) will get the start for the Mets and will oppose right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65) for the Rangers.
Wheeler is averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings, which ranks sixth among qualified NL pitchers, while his strikeout percentage of 23.5% ranks ninth. He is the fifth Mets starter to average nine strikeouts per nine innings in a season with at least 10 starts before the age of 25, joining Matt Harvey (2012, 2013), Dwight Gooden (1984), Sid Fernandez (1985), and Nolan Ryan (1969).
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers. He is 4-12 (.333) with three doubles as a pinch-hitter this year.
Daniel Murphy is third among NL second basemen with a .295 batting average, tied for fourth with 19 doubles, tied for second with 29 walks, second with 52 runs scored, tied for fourth with seven home runs and third with 11 stolen bases.
- Curtis Granderson – RF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- David Wright – 3B
- Lucas Duda – 1B
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Anthony Recker – C
- Ruben Tejada – SS
- Zack Wheeler – RHP
The Mets look the bounce back from yesterday’s loss today. Yesterday the Mets got off to a rough start in the first inning and were never able to recover. On the mound for the Mets today is Wheeler who is 3-8 over his first 17 starts and 95.1 innings with an ERA of 4.25. Two starts ago was the worst of this season where he allowed 6 ER over 2.0 innings. Last time out he allowed only one earned run over 6.1 innings. Since this is his second season, it makes sense that he has never faced the Rangers in his career, although he has faced Alex Rios who is 0-3 against Wheeler.
Nick Tepesch gets the start for the Rangers today. On the season he is 3-3 over 8 games and 44.1 innings with a 3.65 ERA. In the month of June he made four starts pitching 24.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. His pattern has been allow 4 ER, then none, then 4 ER then none. Maybe he keeps the pattern going today? He has never faced the Mets, because like Wheeler, he made his major league debut in 2013. He has faced Chris Young though, who is 1-3 against Tepesch.
Lets Go Mets!