National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 14th
(All times eastern)
New York Mets (55-60) at Cincinnati Reds (69-46), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Young (3-6, 4.87)
Cincinnati - Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Mat Latos aims for a fourth straight win for
both himself and his team tonight when the Cincinnati Reds host the New York
Mets in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, on Sunday to finish off a four-game
series in which it had lost the opener on the heels of four straight previous
losses to Pittsburgh (one) and Milwaukee (three).
The team's lead in the National League's Central Division race actually grew
to five games on Monday, when the second-place Pirates lost to Los Angeles and
the Reds were idle.
Latos, in his first year with Cincinnati after an offseason trade with San
Diego, started the season with two losses and a bloated earned run average in
his initial three starts but has since gone 10-1 and trimmed the ERA to a
He defeated Pittsburgh with 7 1/3 innings of scoreless ball for his last win
on Aug. 3, then got a tough-luck no-decision on Aug. 8 after going seven
innings and allowing a run on three hits in Cincinnati's 3-2 loss at
The lone loss since April came July 18 against Arizona, when he was chased
after 4 2/3 innings in a game the Reds lost, 7-1.
In four career meetings with the Mets, Latos is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
He's opposed by veteran righty Chris Young, who makes his 12th start of the
season and 152nd of his career since he was drafted by the Pirates in 2000.
The Dallas native debuted in the majors with the Texas Rangers in 2004, won 12
games for them in 2005 and 11 for San Diego the following season.
He's had less significant roles in the majors since and appeared in just four
games with the Mets last season while going 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
Young's last win of 2012 came Aug. 2 at San Francisco, when he allowed a run
on four hits in seven innings of a 9-1 triumph. In one start since, he was
tagged for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 13-0 debacle against Miami.
In three career meetings with the Reds, Young is 0-1.
On Sunday in New York, Jonathon Niese stifled Atlanta over eight strong
innings as the Mets salvaged the finale of a three-game set with a 6-5 victory
at Citi Field.
Niese (9-6) allowed just one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts
and improved to 2-0 against Atlanta this season.
David Wright clubbed a pair of doubles, knocked in a run and also scored twice
on a pair of RBI singles from Ike Davis as the Mets snapped a seven-game skid
against the Braves.
"I'm not making any excuses, we have not played well on any side of the ball,"
Mets manager Terry Collins said. "This win helped, I don't care how it came
about, I'm glad to get it."
In Chicago, Johnny Cueto tossed eight scoreless innings and the Reds blanked
the Cubs, 3-0, in the finale of a four-game series at Wrigley Field.
Cueto (15-6) held Chicago to three hits and two walks while striking out
three, lowering his earned-run average to 2.45 in the process. Aroldis Chapman
worked around a leadoff single in the ninth inning to finish off his second
save in as many days and 28th of the season.
Jay Bruce ripped a two-run home run and Ryan Ludwick smoked a solo shot for
"Any time you can put runs on the board for Johnny, you know the other team
definitely has an uphill battle," Bruce said. "He's pitched great for us."
The Reds won four of the first five games between the teams in 2012, including
three straight in a series at Citi Field in June. The teams split a two-game
set in New York in May.
The Mets won the 2011 season series, 5-2.
08/14 10:48:28 ET