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Alonso focused on team goal as Mets visit Reds

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New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds

  1. Since winning 14 straight against the Reds from September 2014-September 2016, the Mets have gone 9-8 vs. Cincinnati while splitting a four-game set at Citi Field from April 29-May 2. The teams combined to total just 18 runs in that series with both clubs batting .192.
  2. New York kept its playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 victory at Colorado on Wednesday and is 7-3 in is last 10 games with four consecutive series wins. The Mets have won 12 of their last 19 games, a stretch keyed by a starting rotation that has a 3.12 ERA with 119 strikeouts and 32 walks in 112.2 innings.
  3. After dropping two of three at Seattle, the Reds rebounded to win four of six at Arizona and Chicago. The Cubs had won five straight before Cincinnati limited them to four runs and nine hits over the final two games. Cincinnati's 72 wins is its best total since it went 76-86 in 2014.
  4. Since the All-Star break, Jacob deGrom, Friday's scheduled starter, ranks second in the NL in ERA (1.69), third in opponent average (.187) and third in strikeouts (101). He is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.
  5. Eugenio Suarez hit his 48th home run Wednesday, one behind the Mets' Pete Alonso for the MLB lead. Suarez set the record for most homers by a Venezuelan player, surpassing the 47 Andres Galarraga had in 1996. Suarez also tied the MLB record for HRs by a third baseman (Mike Schmidt, 1980 and Adrian Beltre, 2004).
  6. Alonso's 49th home run moved him within three of the rookie record, set by Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso's 113 RBI are the most by a Met since 2008, when Carlos Delgado had 115 and David Wright tied the franchise record with 124. Alonso's RBI total ranks fourth in the modern era by an NL rookie in a single season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

Pete Alonso became only the second player to hit 50 homers in his rookie season Friday night.

But putting his achievement into context will have to take a back seat to trying to lead the New York Mets into the playoffs.

Alonso and the Mets will look to continue their uphill climb in the National League wild-card race Saturday afternoon when they visit the Cincinnati Reds in the middle game of a three-game series.

Zack Wheeler (11-7, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against the Reds' Anthony DeSclafani (9-9, 3.93) in a battle of right-handers.

The Mets maintained their flickering playoff hopes Friday night when Alonso hit his milestone homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, in an 8-1 win. With the victory, New York (80-73) remained 3 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the NL's second wild card.

The Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Alonso is two homers shy of tying the rookie record, set by the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge in 2017. But Alonso's attention remains riveted on the unlikely playoff push being mounted by the Mets, who were tied for the second-worst record in the NL entering the All-Star Break.

"We're trying to win games and trying to sneak into the playoffs here," Alonso told reporters Friday night. "We still have an opportunity to make something great happen.

"So (50 homers) means the world to me, but I don't think I'm going to have the ultimate appreciation for it until I can kind of sit back after the season, whenever that is."

DeSclafani will hope to experience a little more good fortune than he did in his most recent start as he tries to nudge Alonso and the Mets a little closer to the reflective stage.

The Reds made the wrong kind of history Sept. 14, when DeSclafani struck out five over seven innings and took perhaps the hardest-luck loss in memory in a 1-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the game despite having just one baserunner. Nick Ahmed led off the third inning with a triple and scored on Jarrod Dyson's sacrifice fly.

The Reds were the first team since at least 1900 to lose a nine-inning game in which only one baserunner was allowed.

" 'Disco' was outstanding tonight," Reds manager David Bell told reporters after the game. "You can't do any more than what he did tonight."

DeSclafani has allowed one run or fewer in four of his last six starts, a span in which he has recorded a 2.13 ERA to lower his overall ERA from 4.51 to 3.93.

Wheeler, meanwhile, has allowed one run in each of his last four starts, a span in which he has posted a 1.44 ERA to lower his overall ERA from 4.52 to 4.09. He didn't factor into the decision last Sunday, when he gave up six hits and struck out nine over seven innings as the Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

DeSclafani is 0-3 with a 6.74 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against the Mets. Wheeler is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts against the Reds.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2019

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