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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Preview: Game 158 - Mets at Reds - Dice-K vs Latos

New York Mets (72-85) at Cincinnati Reds (90-68) 12:35 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Matsuzaka (R) 6 2-3 5.525.21-15.529/20@PHIW6.0422-018.21.93
M. Latos (R) 31 14-6 3.236.09-12.899/20@PITND6.0840-119.25.49


Cincinnati (90-68) is headed to the postseason, but the team was eying a bigger prize that could become out of reach with one more defeat.

The Reds are third in the division race, one game back of Pittsburgh for second and three behind first-place St. Louis with four games to play.

Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23 ERA), who is probably getting his last chance at a career high in wins.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .316 over his last three starts. However, taking the mound at home could be just what he needs to reach the milestone.

Latos has the most victories of any pitcher over the last two seasons at Great American Ball Park, going 17-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 32 starts. He's 9-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 13 games there this year, winning each of his last five decisions behind a 2.55 ERA.

He's 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts against the Mets, going 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in three at home.

Latos will have to contend with Daniel Murphy, who is 5 for 12 (.417) off him.

The second baseman enters this matchup hot, batting .366 with three homers, eight RBIs and nine runs over his last 10 games.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 5.52) is expected to get the ball looking to continue his recent success in his first meeting with the Reds.

He's 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last three starts, a dramatic improvement after compiling a 10.95 ERA while losing his first three with the Mets.

The right-hander was victimized by a four-run fourth inning Friday, but only two were earned as he pitched six innings in a 6-4 win at Philadelphia.

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