|New York Mets (63-75) at Cleveland Indians (74-65)||7:05 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|Z. Wheeler (R)||14||7-3||3.36||5.2||5-0||2.19||8/31||@WSH||W||6.2||5||2||2-1||20.0||3.15|
|S. Kazmir (L)||24||7-7||4.36||5.1||5-1||4.53||8/31||@DET||L||5.0||7||4||0-2||16.0||5.63|
Wheeler (7-3, 3.36 ERA) and injured phenom Matt Harvey are expected to be a formidable duo at the top of New York's rotation for years to come. Wheeler is 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA over his last five starts after beating Washington on Saturday, giving up two runs in 6 2/3 innings of an 11-3 win.
The 23-year-old rookie had only three strikeouts but threw 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
The Mets also have Zach Wheeler on a innings limit and they figure it's about approx 30 innings left. One of the reasons, the Mets have signed veteran RHP Aaron Harang, who will make a start in the near future.
On the other side, Once considered a top Mets prospect of his own, Scott Kazmir gets his first chance to face the team that drafted him on Friday night.
The Mets struggling to get into postseason contention as the 2004 trade deadline approached, shipped Scott Kazmir (the 15th overall pick two years earlier) and one of baseball's top prospects to Tampa Bay as part of the deal that landed right-hander Victor Zambrano. We all know how that went. Victor Zambrano only played three seasons with Mets (Final 2006). His career with the Mets, 10-14 with a 4.42 ERA.
Kazmir (7-7, 4.36 ERA), has had a solid major league career that includes seven appearances in postseason games. He's never faced the Mets, but he'll do so Friday while looking to help Cleveland bolster its playoff chances.
The left-hander, though, is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA over his last four starts after allowing four runs in five innings of a 10-5 loss to Detroit on Saturday. He went 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his previous nine.
The Mets have advantage here with Zack Wheeler going on the hill on the road. He has been a road warrior going 5-0 with a 2.19 ERA. Kazmir is 5-1 at home with a 4.53 ERA.
The Mets ended a three-game skid with a 5-2 win over Atlanta on Wednesday and they announced first baseman Ike Davis would miss the rest of the season due to a strained right oblique.
Lucas Duda now playing first base has turned up his game going 7 for 14 over his last four, he also had a homer among one of three hits against the Braves .