The Cincinnati Reds (9-10) are looking forward to playing anyone other than the Cubs as they head East to begin a two-team, six-game road trip against the 10-7 New York Mets. While the Reds won’t play the Cubs again until the end of June, the Mets don’t provide any safe haven either. Not only are the Mets the reigning 2015 National League Champions, but they also beat the Reds all seven times they played each other last season, outscoring Cincinnati 47-16.
The Mets entered play one game below .500 just one week ago. Thanks to a 5-1 week, including a three game sweep of the Braves this past weekend, the Mets have now catapulted themselves into 2nd place and three games over .500.
Iglesias pitched into the 7th inning for the 1st time in four starts last week against the Rockies. He allowed just 2 runs in 6.2 innings, walking a batter and striking out eight. For the season, he’s walked only five and struck out 22 in 23.1 innings. Tonight will be Iglesias’ first time facing the Mets.
Noah Syndergaard is 3-for-3 in quality starts this season. After tossing six shutout frames in his first start of the season back on April 5th, he’s allowed just a single run in each of his last two starts. Syndergaard has walked just four batters and struck out 29 in 20 innings this season. In two starts against Cincinnati last season, Syndergaard threw 15.2 innings, allowed three runs, walked no one and struck out 16.
Best wishes to Jay and Hannah on the birth of their first baby.
Reds place Jay Bruce on paternity list, select from Louisville the contract of RHP Layne Somsen (#41). Corresponding 40-man roster move TBA.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 25, 2016
Jay Bruce is out of the lineup, likely for the series. Adam Duvall gets the start in right field tonight with Scott Schebler playing starting in left.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Adam Duvall (RF)
7. Scott Schebler (LF)
8. Raisel Iglesias (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Curtis Granderson (RF)
2. David Wright (3B)
3. Michael Conforto (LF)
4. Lucas Duda (1B)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
7. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
8. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
9. Noah Syndergaard (P)
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The Mets are the reigning National League Champions. They swept the Reds twice last year. They return home from a 7-2 road trip where…where am I headed with this? It’s going to be a tough game and a tough series, but the Reds have their best pitcher going for them tonight. Let’s hope that Iglesias can keep pitching the way he has, and the bats can scratch out enough runs to put them over the top, breaking the Mets streak against Cincinnati!