With 14 games left in the season and in the middle of an extremely tight wild card race, the Cincinnati Reds (76-72) head to the Big Apple to start a weekend series with the New York Mets (68-78).
After spending a lot of money in the off season, the Mets under-performed in 2023 and were essentially out of the playoff race by the end of July. Their front office decided to trade free agents with large contracts for prospects at the deadline; however, that has not stopped the team from winning at least a few games down the stretch, as they just swept the Arizona Diamondbacks this past week.
First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EDT.
New York Mets
|2B Jonathan India||LF Brandon Nimmo|
|3B Nick Senzel||SS Francisco Lindor|
|1B Spencer Steer||RF D.J. Stewart|
|RF Hunter Renfroe||1B Pete Alonso|
|DH Tyler Stephenson||2B Jeff McNeil|
|SS Noelvi Marte||3B Ronny Mauricio|
|LF T.J. Friedl||DH Mark Vientos|
|CF Harrison Bader||CF Rafael Ortega|
|C Luke Maile||C Omar Narvaez|
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | David Peterson’s Stats
Hunter Greene came back from the Covid-IL to pitch a gem on Sunday against the Cardinals. While he only pitched six innings, he allowed just one run and struck out nine to earn the win. Greene’s had his struggles since returning in August from his hip injury, but if the last two starts are any indication, Greene is turning it around right when the Reds need him the most. The only concern would be walks allowed. He’s walked 13 batters in 18.0 innings since coming off the injured list in August. In comparison, he walked eleven batters in 28.0 innings back in April, his best month this season.
Greene is mainly a three pitch pitcher; however, he threw a splitter nine times in two rehab starts at Triple-A Louisville in early August. This is the only time he’s thrown this pitch in his life, so it could be that the pitch tracking systems were confused by what he was throwing.
After making his debut in 2020 and struggling in 2021, left-hander David Peterson had a bit of a breakout season in 2022 for the Mets, with a 3.83 ERA in 105.2 innings. However, the struggles returned in 2023. After his first start of the season where he allowed only one run in five innings, he had a number of bad starts. This ballooned his ERA to 8.08 through mid-May and prompted him to be sent down to the minors for a month. After being called back at the end of June, Peterson pitched decently in July and August (3.27 ERA in five starts). His struggles have returned this month. In September, he’s allowed seven runs on 15 hits in only ten innings.
Peterson throws five pitches, but relies mostly on his fastball. This season, his velocity on his fastball averages in the low 90s, and his off-speed velocity averages in the mid 80s. He is a pitcher who throws strikes, with 103 strikeouts in 94.1 innings.
- Time: 7:10 p.m. EDT
- Place: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
- Weather: 70 degrees, hazy sunshine, 0% chance of precipitation
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
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