National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, May 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (28-18) at New York Mets (17-26), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mat Latos (4-0, 2.91)
New York - Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.55)
(Sports Network) - A pair of unbeaten early-season aces head to the mound at
Citi Field on Wednesday when the Cincinnati Reds aim for a sweep of the New
York Mets in the finale of a three-game series.
The host Mets will try to avoid a third straight loss to the Reds with second-
year righty phenom Matt Harvey, who's won five decisions in nine starts after
debuting with three wins in 10 starts last year.
Harvey won his initial four starts between April 3 and April 19, then got four
straight no-decisions before breaking back through with a 3-2 victory over the
Chicago Cubs on May 17.
In that start at Wrigley Field, he allowed two runs on five hits and struck
out two batters in 7 1/3 innings of a 3-2 win.
Harvey beat the Reds in one 2012 matchup, allowing a run on four hits in 7 2/3
For the Reds, righty Mat Latos meets the Mets for the sixth time in his
The Virginia native was 14-4 in his initial season with the Reds in 2012, then
opened this season with four straight no-decisions before then winning four
straight starts between April 24 and May 11.
He got a tough luck no-decision in his most recent start on May 16, when he
tossed 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball at Miami in a game the Reds ultimately
Latos is 2-1 in the five previous outings against New York with a 2.70 ERA in
On Tuesday, Mike Leake held New York's floundering offense to just three hits
over seven innings of work and the Reds shut out the Mets, 4-0.
The Reds managed only seven hits, but took advantage of a two-out error by
Mets third baseman David Wright to score two of their three first-inning runs.
That's all the support Leake (4-2) needed to notch his third straight victory
and fourth in five games. The righty struck out four and set down nine of the
last 10 New York batters he faced.
"Leake threw a great ball game," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "He had it all
going on tonight, his last start too and the start before that. He's throwing
the ball well."
Devin Mesoraco forced a run in with a bases-loaded walk then hit a solo homer
in the ninth to help the Reds to their ninth win in 11 games.
After a lengthy first inning, Jonathon Niese (3-5) settled in and went on to
record a season-best seven strikeouts, but couldn't get any help from a feeble
lineup which has produced a combined eight hits in the last two games.
The Mets have won just two of their last 12 contests at Citi Field, where they
have scored less than three runs in nine straight. Lucas Duda and John Buck
each doubled and were stranded in scoring position.
The Reds won six of eight games with the Mets last season, while New York was
a winner in five of seven meetings in 2011.
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