Preview: Game 82
New York Mets (37-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-40)
Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) vs Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM
Preview:Bartolo Colon has to like his chances of extending his winning streak to seven games since he owns a lower ERA against the Pittsburgh Pirates than any other opponent.
None of the previous Pittsburgh teams the New York Mets starter has faced had Gregory Polanco.
How the 41-year-old Colon fares against the 22-year-old Polanco figures to be one of Sunday's most intriguing matchups in the finale of a four-game set at PNC Park.
Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) improved to 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts Tuesday by limiting Oakland to one run over eight innings in a 10-1 home rout. This streak is his longest since he won seven straight starts May 20-June 28, 2013, with the Athletics.
The eight-inning stint was his second straight and the third time this year the veteran right-hander has lasted that long.
Colon is 4-1 in six starts against Pittsburgh (41-40) with a 1.22 ERA. That includes a 5-0 victory May 28 in which he struck out a season-high nine over 7 1/3 innings.
That contest came before the Pirates called up Polanco on June 10, so Colon will get his first look at his Dominican countryman Sunday.
Polanco is 0 for 9 over the last two games after striking out twice among five hitless at-bats in Saturday's 5-3 defeat.
New York (37-44) played its second straight game without star third baseman David Wright, who has a bruised left rotator cuff. The Mets will reevaluate Wright on Monday and think he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Rookie Eric Campbell filled in Saturday at third and had three hits as New York held on after building a five-run lead two innings into the game to end a three-game slide.
Pittsburgh fell for the second time in eight games and will try to capture the series behind Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35), who is 1-5 with a 6.63 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. Curtis Granderson is 0 for 6 against the right-hander, and 0 for 21 with seven strikeouts against Pittsburgh this year.
Andrew McCutchen is 10 for 31 during a modest eight-game hitting streak and is batting .379 during an eight-game run against the Mets. He leads the NL with 54 walks.
Starling Marte hasn't started any of Pittsburgh's last four games due to a swollen finger on his right hand, though he struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday. He is 0 for 7 against Colon.
The Pirates are a major league-worst 10-20 in day games.
|PITTSBURGH PIRATES CAREER STATISTICS VS. BARTOLO COLON|
|NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. EDINSON VOLQUEZ|
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