It’s the conclusion of an interleague set on the diamond in the Big Apple. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they finish up a three-game series with the New York Mets Thursday night. In the opening game of the series, it was the Mets rolling to a 9-2 victory on Tuesday night to continue their second half surge. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Wednesday night saw Adam Plutko take the mound for the Indians: he was scheduled to face the Mets’ Marcus Stroman. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
Cleveland Indians Trying to Gain Ground in AL Central
Cleveland lost for the fifth time in their last seven games as they were dumped by the Mets in the opener of this set. The Indians entered Wednesday holding the top wild card spot in the American League: they were three games behind the Twins in the AL Central race. Jason Kipnis (run, two RBI) was the lone player with two hits for Cleveland, including his 13th homer of the year, in the loss. Shane Bieber (12-6) took the loss as he allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings: an error on a routine fly ball by Oscar Mercado gave the Mets an extra out in the sixth, which led to them taking the lead for good.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 21, 2019
Aaron Civale takes the mound for his fifth start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He comes in 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA, a 0.958 WHIP, six walks and 22 strikeouts over 24 innings of work this season. Civale took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Yankees. He threw six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two walks and eight strikeouts in a 3-2 Indians defeat. Civale is 0-2 with a 2.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, three walks and 16 strikeouts over 18 innings in his last three starts. In his fifth career major league start, he pitches against the Mets for the first time. As a result, this marks the first career start at Citi Field as well.
New York Mets Battling in Crowded NL Wild Card Picture
New York won their third straight game and improved to 25-10 since the All-Star break as they pulled away late in the opener of this series. The Mets entered Wednesday tied for third in the NL East, nine games behind the Braves: they were two games behind the second wild card spot. New York got two hits from Amed Rosario (run, RBI) while J.D. Davis (his 15th) and Michael Conforto (his 27th) each homered in the victory. Steven Matz (8-7) earned the win as he threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
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— New York Mets (@Mets) August 21, 2019
Noah Syndergaard is on the bump for the Mets as he logs his 25th start of the season in this contest. He is 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.208 WHIP, 42 walks and 151 strikeouts over 154 innings of action this season. Syndergaard took the loss in his last start, which came Friday on the road against the Royals. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a game that the Mets lost by a 4-1 count. Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, five walks and 14 strikeouts over 20 innings of work in his last three starts. In his 112th major league appearance and his 111th career start, he pitches against the Indians for the first time. Syndergaard is 27-13 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.097 WHIP, 77 walks and 383 strikeouts over 357.1 innings in 58 career appearances, 57 starts, at Citi Field.
- Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League East
- Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record
- Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record
- Mets are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Mets are 7-0 in their last 7 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Mets are 9-1 in their last 10 home games vs. a right-handed starter