|New York Mets (63-76) at Cleveland Indians (75-65)||6:05 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|J. Niese (L)||19||6-6||3.66||5.2||4-2||5.40||9/1||@WSH||ND||5.2||10||2||1-0||21.2||1.25|
|C. Kluber (R)||19||7-5||3.54||5.2||3-2||2.64||8/5||DET||ND||7.1||6||0||0-0||22.0||2.86|
Preview:Jonathan Niese will try to hold off the red hot Cleveland Indians, who still are vying for a spot in the Post season.
The Indians and Baltimore Orioles are two games behind for the final wild card berth in the American League, while the New York Yankees are 2 1/2 games out.
The Tribe is 3-1 on a nine-game homestand and will send Corey Kluber to the mound Saturday. Kluber has been on the disabled list with a sprained finger on his right pitching hand and last toed the rubber in a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Aug. 5. He hurled 7 1/3 shutout innings for a no-decision.
Kluber, who will be on a pitch count Saturday, is 7-5 with a 3.54 earned run average in 21 games (19 starts) this season and has never faced the Mets.
New York fell to 3-4 on a nine-game road trip and is 1-4 in September.
Niese is 3-0 in his last six appearances and did not receive a decision in Sunday's 6-5 loss at Washington, where he yielded two runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Niese, a left-hander, is 6-6 in 19 starts to go along with a 3.66 ERA. He is 4-2 in eight road starts this season and defeated the Indians in his only start against them back on June 16, 2010.
New York swept that three-game series in 2010 in Cleveland.