Arizona Diamondbacks (19-31) (13-13 Road) at New York Mets (21-26) (10-15 Home)
Game 1 - Bronson Arroyo (4-3) 4.45 ERA vs Rafael Montero (0-2) 6.97 ERA
Game 2 - Zeke Spruill (0-0) 0.00 ERA vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) 2.14 ERA
Game 1 - TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM
Game 2 - TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:10 PM
Preview:The New York Mets are struggling to score runs at Citi Field, and Lucas Duda took responsibility for the latest effort.
They'll have plenty of chances to begin changing that in Sunday's single-admission doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
New York (21-26) is among baseball's worst offensive teams at home, hitting .213 and averaging 3.1 runs. The Mets are hitting .197 with runners in scoring position during a 2-7 stretch in Queens.
They stranded eight runners in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Arizona (19-31) -- with Duda being responsible for seven while going 0 for 4 and striking out with the bases loaded.
A doubleheader, scheduled after Friday's rainout, offers Duda and the Mets a chance at redemption.
Montero's didn't help himself Tuesday, giving up five runs and seven hits while issuing four walks in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45) is scheduled to start opposite Montero, and he allowed five runs -- all with two outs -- and two homers in seven innings of a 5-0 loss at St. Louis on Tuesday. He had won his three previous outings while yielding one earned run in 23 1/3 innings.
The right-hander has gone 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last five road games against the Mets, with his most recent visit to Citi Field coming June 15, 2012. He was hammered for nine runs and 10 hits while being pulled with one out in the fourth inning of a 9-0 defeat to New York on April 15.
The Diamondbacks are expected to turn to Zeke Spruill in the second game of the doubleheader.
The right-hander went 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in six games with Arizona last year, and he lost both of his starts. One of them was a 9-5 defeat to the Mets on Aug. 11 in which he allowed five runs in three innings.
Spruill, though, allowed two unearned runs in 13 1/3 innings while winning his last two starts for Triple-A Reno.
Spruill will try to cool off David Wright, who is 13 for 29 (.448) during a seven-game hitting streak after coming within a triple of the cycle Saturday. The third baseman also owns a .385 average with seven RBIs over his past nine meetings with Arizona.
The Mets are expected to counter Spruill by giving Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 2.14) his first start of the
The right-hander's most extensive outing of 2013 came May 13, when he allowed one run while tossing 56 pitches in 3 2/3 innings of a 12-7 win over the Yankees. He's totaled that many innings and 59 pitches over three relief appearances since.
Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts with the Mets last year after spending his first six with Boston.
He's facing the Diamondbacks for the first time since June 10, 2007.
Predicted Game 1 Mets Lineup:
- Eric Young - LF
- Daniel Murphy - 2B
- David Wright - 3B
- Curtis Granderson - RF
- Chris Young - CF
- Eric Campbell - 1B
- Juan Centeno - C
- Ruben Tejada - SS
- Rafael Montero - RHP