TV: 1:10 p.m. ET (30 minutes after completion of suspended game), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati), SNY (New York)PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Josh Smith (0-0, 12.00 ERA) vs. Mets LH Steven Matz (NR)Smith likely didn’t expect to have an edge in experience in Sunday’s matchup as he looks to rebound from a shaky major-league debut at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
On the mound, Matz surrendered a pair of solo homers but was otherwise unscathed in 7 2/3 innings. New York has now won four straight, while Cincinnati returns home looking to snap its three game skid against one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season, the Minnesota Twins (40-35). “I’m going to kind of soak it in today, then going to go to work tomorrow and try to help them win some games”.
The Mets welcomed Stony Brook’s Steven Matz as the sixth starter in their pitching rotation, but as well as he pitched Sunday, the more interesting question might be whether he should be third or fourth in their batting order.
Sunday afternoon baseball and I will have a Free Pick in the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets, which will be played at Citi Field in New York. “The way he’s swinging the bat, he’s keeping us in games”. Though he won’t be at Shea Stadium where Endy Chavez made his spectacular 2006 NLCS catch – “probably the most vibrant memory I have” of the Mets, he said – he still called pitching at Citi Field “a dream come true”.
Dilson Herrera drew a leadoff walk to begin the 13th before Curtis Granderson pulled a single into right that put runners at the corners.
Yet the suspension was worth the wait as it set the flawless time for Matz to launch his first break in the major league.
New York is a -140 favorite against Cincinnati and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs.
The Mets not only have a talented pitcher, but someone that can handle the bat. Nate Adcock (L, 0-1) took the loss, failing to record a single out in the inning. Jason Grilli gave up a run in the ninth but earned his 21st save. In 2012, after two frustrating years in the Mets’ farm system, doctors told Matz that they were not sure if the implanted ligament in his elbow had healed, so all he could do was go out and throw as hard as he could.
“We wouldn’t have been in that situation to still be in the game in those late innings had Shu hadn’t made those great plays in the seventh inning”, Price said.
The Los Angeles Dodgers kept the Miami Marlins off the scoresheet with a 2-0 victory while city neighbours the Angels needed 10 innings to overcome the Seattle Mariners 3-2. The Reds are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 75 stolen bases. The highly-touted Mets pitcher lived up to the hype on the mound and then turned up the excitement at the stadium with a prolific day at the plate.
Matt Harvey gave up a run over six solid innings in the rain Saturday night before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Some fans booed when Collins came out to get Matz after 110 pitches. “Hopefully he pitches well”.
When he singled with the bases loaded in the seventh to make for a 3-for-3 day, it thundered again.
Over the past four seasons, the New York Mets have graduated some exciting pitching prospects.
With the field already wet and rain getting heavier, the umpires stopped play and signaled for the tarp.