The New York Mets (30-34) are on the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates (33-29) at PNC Park on Saturday. The Pirates took Friday’s series opener 14-7. Starter Rich Hill went seven innings to get the win, giving up two runs on seven hits.
Ke’Bryan Hayes went 5 for 5 with two doubles, three runs, and four RBIs in the win. Jack Suwinski went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double. He scored four runs and had two RBIs. Eduardo Escobar was 2 for 3 with one run for the Mets. Francisco Lindor added a solo home run.
ON THE MOUND
Kodai Senga (5-3, 3.75 ERA) is slated to start for New York. The RHP allowed four runs (three earned) over 2.2 innings in his last start, a 6-4 home defeat against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He gave up four hits while striking out three and walking five in the no-decision.
For Pittsburgh, right-hander Johan Oviedo (3-4, 4.29 ERA) gets the start. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Mets. Oviedo made two appearances against the Mets in 2022, both as the starter, striking out eight and walking nine over 5.2 innings (0-1, 11.12).
In his last start on Monday, Oviedo took a no-decision at home against the Athletics. He threw seven innings and gave up three runs (2 ER) on four hits, striking out five and walking two in the 5-4 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, New York has averaged 6.0 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.4, partial thanks to increased slugging (.474 vs .397). Against righties like Oviedo this season, the Mets have a .718 OPS.
Pete Alonso is the team’s best performer against right-handers with a .865 OPS in 161 at-bats. Pittsburgh is averaging 5.6 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.5 for the season, with a better slash line (.291/.391/.412).
The Bucs have a .730 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .395 OBP over 122 at-bats, Andrew McCutchen has their highest on-base percentage against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
New York is on a six-game losing streak on the road, bringing their record to 15-22 in 2023. The Mets have scored 4.8 runs per game away from home while allowing 5.3 runs.
Pittsburgh has gone 17-15 at their home park this season, averaging 4.3 runs per game while surrendering 5.0. The teams have split their last 10 meetings head-to-head at PNC Park, though New York has the scoring advantage with an average final margin of 6.3-5.7.
The Mets are fourth in the NL East, nine games behind the division-leading Braves. The Pirates lead the NL Central by zero games over the Brewers.
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