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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Preview: Game 140 - Mets at Indians - Niese vs Kluber

New York Mets (63-76) at Cleveland Indians (75-65) 6:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Niese (L) 19 6-6 3.665.24-25.409/1@WSHND5.21021-021.21.25
C. Kluber (R) 19 7-5 3.545.23-22.648/5DETND7.1600-022.02.86


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.

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