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Preview: 2017 Season - Game 48 - Brewers at Mets - Garza vs Gsellman - 4:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 48 - Brewers at Mets - Garza vs Gsellman - 4:10 PM

Game 48 - Milwaukee Brewers (27-23, 13-8 Road) at New York Mets (21-27, 11-15 Home)

Probable Pitchers: MIL - Matt Garza (2-1, 3.60 ERA) vs NYM - Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.45 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/ WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 4:10 PM

Batters vs Pitchers Stats at bottom of page!

Image result for brewersOne of the National League's most surprising teams will visit one of the Senior Circuit's biggest disappointments on Monday afternoon when the Milwaukee Brewers head to Citi Field to face the host New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series.

Both teams earned victories on Sunday. The Brewers beat the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 to split a four-game series, while the visiting Mets knocked off the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 to take two of three in the weekend set.

The Brewers (27-23) won the final two games against the Diamondbacks to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs atop the NL Central. Milwaukee, which hasn't won the division since it last reached the playoffs in 2011, lost five straight before the Saturday win.

"We're not surprised with ourselves," said Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who earned the victory Sunday by allowing one run and recording 10 strikeouts -- the second-best total of his career -- over seven innings. "We knew what we had in spring training. The energy's really good, and honestly, as long as we keep this energy and attitude, we can surprise a lot of people."

The Brewers' hot start has been fueled by a lineup that has racked up 257 runs, the fourth most in the NL. However, Milwaukee's starting pitching might be coming around as well. Nelson was preceded in the rotation by Chase Anderson, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned the win Saturday in a 6-1 decision.

Milwaukee starters have recorded a 3.13 ERA in the past five games.

"We talked about the starting pitcher, at some point in stretches in the season, (has to) be the part that carried us," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

The Mets (21-27) hope they are finally starting to get the performances they expected from their starters. New York made the World Series in 2015 and reached the NL wild-card game last season on the strength of dominant starting pitching, but they currently own the worst ERA in the majors (4.93).

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/28: Nimmo Doubles Three Times In Vegas Win

Image result for nimmo metsMets Minor League Roundup 5/28: Nimmo Doubles Three Times In Vegas Win

Mets AAA - Las Vegas 7, El Paso 5: Hansel Robles struck Carlos Asuaje out with the bases loaded to end the game, leading the Las Vegas 51s to a 7-5 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Sunday. El Paso took a 5-2 lead in the sixth after Rafael Ortega hit an RBI double and then scored on a grand slam by Jose Pirela. After tying the game in the sixth, the 51s took the lead for good with two runs in the eighth inning. Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith hit RBI singles en route to the two-run lead. Chasen Bradford (1-0) went one scoreless inning, allowing one hit while striking out one to get the win. Carlos Fisher (0-3) went one inning, allowing two runs and three hits in the Pacific Coast League game. He also struck out two and walked one. Brandon Nimmo doubled three times and singled, scoring two runs in the win. Smith singled four times, driving in three runs. Pirela homered and singled, driving in four runs for the Chihuahuas. BOX

Mets AA - Hartford 3, Binghamton 2: Ryan McMahon doubled and singled twice, and Ryan Castellani allowed just six hits over eight innings as the Hartford Yard Goats defeated the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3-2 on Sunday. Binghamton had a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth, but a runner was thrown out on an error to end the game as James Farris earned his eighth save of the season. Castellani (4-4) picked up the win after he struck out three while allowing one run. Hartford got on the board first in the fourth inning when it scored three runs, including a single by Correlle Prime that scored McMahon. The Rumble Ponies cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when David Thompson hit an RBI single, bringing home Gustavo Nunez. The Rumble Ponies saw their comeback attempt come up short after Matt Oberste hit an RBI double, scoring Tomas Nido in the ninth inning to cut the Hartford lead to 3-2. Seth Lugo (0-1) went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out seven and walked two. BOX

Mets A (ADV) - Clearwater 1, St. Lucie 0: Grenny Cumana doubled and singled twice, and Franklyn Kilome allowed just five hits over seven innings as the Clearwater Threshers defeated the St. Lucie Mets 1-0 on Sunday. Kilome (3-2) struck out six to get the win. The game's only run was scored in the top of the sixth inning. After leading off the inning with a single, Zack Coppola advanced to second on a ground out by Mark Laird, went to third on a groundout, and then scored on a ground out by Wilson Garcia. Marcos Molina (1-2) went six innings, allowing one run and five hits while striking out two to take the tough loss in the Florida State League game. Jeff Singer pitched two scoreless innings for his 11th save of the season. The Mets were held off the scoreboard for the third time this season, while the Threshers' staff recorded their fifth shutout of the year. Despite the loss, St. Lucie is 4-2 against Clearwater this season. BOX

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 47 - Mets (7) at Pirates (2) - Bruce, Granderson Provide Offense, Harvey Settles In

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                                                                         W: M. Harvey (4-3)   L: T. Glasnow (2-4)

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 47 - Mets (7) at Pirates (2) - Bruce, Granderson Provide Offense, Harvey Settles In

Jay BruceNew York Mets manager Terry Collins decided to give Michael Conforto the night off Sunday after the young slugger started the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-for-9.

Jay Bruce stepped up and took advantage, breaking a tie with Conforto for the team lead in RBIs by driving in two as New York rolled to a 7-2 series-clinching victory at PNC Park.

Bruce finished the night 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run. He now has 34 RBIs on the season, pulling into a tie for the 10th in the National League.

Collins said the decision was more about a rest day for Conforto, who had played 44 of the Mets' first 47 games, than it was about his recent performance.

"I wanted him to play tomorrow at home, so we had a choice of either tonight or tomorrow," Collins said.

Bruce's breakout was part of a big turnaround for the New York offense. On Saturday, the Mets left five runners in scoring position in the first four innings, instead relying on the long ball as they staked an early 4-2 lead. However, they couldn't hold on to it late and lost 5-4 in 10 innings.

On Sunday, the Mets didn't provide as much power, but they pushed two runners across in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to build another sizable early lead. Nine different Mets had hits on the way to the rout, with Curtis Granderson going 3-for-5.

In the fourth, Bruce and Neil Walker singled. Both advanced on a wild pitch to get into scoring position for Asdrubal Cabrera, who drove them in with a double to the wall in center field.

In the fifth, pitcher Matt Harvey got it started with a single back through the legs of his mound opponent Tyler Glasnow. Granderson drove him in with a double. A single and a stolen base by Jose Reyes put two men in scoring position for Bruce, who brought them in with a liner to right over a drawn-in infield.

Harvey (4-3) won back-to-back starts for the second time this season and the first time since April 6 and 11 -- his first two starts of the season. He pitched six innings, which was his longest outing since April 21, and scattered six hits while giving up just one run. He struck out four and issued two walks.

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