The Cincinnati Reds (49-63) are having a rough road trip, as they have lost 4 of 5. The Reds will hope for better fortune at Citi Field against the New York Mets (45-64), starting tonight at 7:10 PM. The Reds and Mets have gone in complete opposite directions since the Harvey for Mesoraco trade. The Reds, despite their recent struggles, are 41-36 since the trade was announced. The Mets have gone 27-49, and from just 1.0 game out in the NL East to 17.0 games back. Matt Harvey unfortunately will not pitch in this series, but he is certainly already making a splash in New York (more on that below).
Homer Bailey is coming off back-to-back impressive starts since his latest return from the DL: 14.2 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 14 K. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up tonight. The biggest issue all year for Bailey has been allowing the home run ball. The good news for Bailey tonight is that the Mets are tied for the 3rd fewest HR (45) at home in the MLB. Bailey has not fared well against the Mets in his career, as he owns a 7.22 ERA in 7 starts. He has been a little better at Citi Field, as he has a 4.74 ERA in 3 career starts. Bailey got beat around by the Mets on May 7th at GABP, allowing 6 ER in 4.0 innings, including 3 HR (Conforto, Bruce, Gonzalez). The Reds are just 1-13 in games started by Bailey this season.
Noah Syndergaard is one of the best pitchers in baseball when he is healthy. Since the start of 2016, Syndergaard has the best FIP (2.31) and the 4th best ERA (2.74) of any pitcher with 250+ IP. He only made 7 starts last season, and this year missed nearly two months with a strained ligament in his right index finger. His fastball velocity is down nearly 2 MPH this season, but he has still put up great numbers. Syndergaard has dominated the Reds in his career, putting up a 1.98 ERA with 32 strikeouts and walks in 4 starts. He has not faced the Reds however since 2016.
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Scooter Gennett (2B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Mason Williams (RF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Preston Tucker (LF)
8. Homer Bailey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Amed Rosario (SS)
2. Jeff McNeil (2B)
3. Wilmer Flores (1B)
4. Michael Conforto (LF)
5. Todd Frazier (3B)
6. Brandon Nimmo (RF)
7. Austin Jackson (CF)
8. Kevin Plawecki (C)
9. Noah Syndergaard (P)
Jay Bruce is on the DL with a right-hip strain. The Mets are hoping to get him back soon, but he hasn’t even started a rehab assignement yet.
This should add some extra fun and intrigue to this series…..
The Mets requested from the Reds that Matt Harvey hold his gathering with NY reporters tomorrow at 3:45 or 4:15 so it won't conflict with Callaway's press conference at 4. … Harvey has decided to speak at 4.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 5, 2018
Regarding tomorrow's Harvey press conference, the Reds say Harvey was unaware of the Mets' request for a different time than 4. But Harvey will probably talk around 4 when Callaway meets with reporters because it fits his schedule best. Reds say no slight intended by Harvey.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) August 6, 2018
Matt Harvey on the difference between the Mets and the Reds: "I'm not in the bullpen." pic.twitter.com/53ancf7NXT
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) August 6, 2018
Per their game notes, Mets say they’ll have a Matt Harvey tribute video tonight at 7 pm.
— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) August 6, 2018
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.