Detroit Tigers at New York Mets
When and Where: Friday, May 24, Citi Field, Queens, N.Y., 7:10 p.m. EDT.
Noah Syndergaard looks to run his interleague winning streak to five starts Friday night when the New York Mets open a three-game series against the reeling Detroit Tigers.
Tigers happy to get out of Detroit after winless homestand
Detroit (18-29) has lost nine straight entering this contest, and only the suspension of Sunday’s series finale versus Oakland — a game the Tigers were trailing 5-3 — prevented an 0-10 homestand.
Ron Gardenhire’s team was on the broom end of a three-game sweep by the Miami Marlins, capped by Thursday’s 5-2 loss in which closer Shane Greene blew a two-run lead and served up a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth.
— Ron Bohning (@RonBohning) May 24, 2019
“You know what, they hit a grand slam,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the Detroit Free Press. “He hangs one, they hit a grand slam. We got to the end, we just didn’t finish.”
The Tigers will turn to rookie Gregory Soto (0-2, 10.80 ERA) to end their longest losing streak since an 11-game skid from June 19-30. Soto, who will be making his fourth start since being called up, is coming off his “best” start of the previous three in which he was reached for three runs and four hits in four innings of that suspended game versus Oakland on Sunday.
Soto’s lone road start was one to forget as the Minnesota Twins ripped him for seven runs in four innings in an 8-3 defeat in his major league debut May 11.
Syndergaard looks close to breakout
Syndergaard (3-4, 4.50) fell back below the .500 mark with a tough-luck loss Sunday at Miami in which he allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 3-0 defeat.
After the loss, which dropped New York five games under .500, Syndergaard emphatically defended manager Mickey Callaway, who got a vote of confidence from the club the following day.
— Mets Report (@mets_fanly) May 22, 2019
“I respect the hell out of Mickey,” Syndergaard told SNY. “Mickey has tremendous leadership values. It’s kind of (bullcrap) what’s going on right now with this speculation that there could be a change, because we’re so early in the season and just one very small step away from putting this all together. It’s certainly not on him.”
It was the third time in four starts the right-hander has yielded two or fewer runs, a span in which he has lowered his earned run average nearly two runs. The good news for the Mets (24-25), who regrouped from that lost weekend in South Beach by sweeping four games from the Washington Nationals, is that Syndergaard has dominated AL teams of late.
The hard-throwing righty has a 2.63 ERA in a four-start winning streak in interleague play and won his only start last year by defeating Minnesota. The Tigers, though, are the last AL team to beat him, doing so in his only matchup against them in 2016 at Comerica Park.
The Tigers are:
- 0-8 in their last eight games following a loss.
- 5-16 in their last 21 interleague road games vs. right-handed starters.
- 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. sub-.500 teams.
The Mets are:
- 7-0 in their last seven home games.
- 10-2 in Syndergaard’s last 12 starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 5-0 in their last five home games vs. left-handed starters.