MLB: Monday, June 25, Citi Field, New York, New York, 7:10 PM ET.
The New York Mets will be trying to snap a six-game losing streak when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of their three-game series on Monday night.
Jameson Taillon, who is 4-6 with a 4.03 ERA, will start for Pittsburgh. New York will counter with Seth Lugo, who is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.
Pirates Trying To Snap Five-Game Losing Streak
The Pirates have hit a rough patch over the past week, and have lost their last five games and five of their last seven games. They will be trying to get back on track against the Mets this week.
Pittsburgh has been struggling to win games over the past week because they haven’t been able to get going offensively. They have scored eight runs in their last four games, while their opponents have scored 21.
The Pirates have a .249 batting average this season, which is 13th in the league. Their .320 on base percentage is 14th, while their .404 slugging percentage is 15th in the league. The Pirates have scored 339 runs this season, which is 14th in the league.
Pittsburgh’s pitching has also struggled this season. Opponents have a .250 batting average against the Pirates, which is 17th in the league. Their 4.24 ERA is 20th, while their 1.31 WHIP is 16th in the league. In his last start, Taillon gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings, in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates will need a better performance from him to give them a chance to beat the Mets on Monday.
Mets Trying To Snap Six-Game Losing Streak
Like the Pirates, the Mets find themselves in the midst of a long losing streak. They also find themselves 11 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and will need to start playing better if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
The Mets have struggled offensively, but their pitching hasn’t done much better. They will continue to struggle if they can’t get better performances from their stars.
The Mets have a .233 batting average, which is 28th in the league. Their .310 on base percentage is 22nd, while their .384 slugging percentage is 26th in the league. The Mets have scored 292 runs this season, which is 29th in the league.
Opponents have a .255 batting average against the Mets, which is 22nd in the league. Their 4.28 ERA is 21st, while their 1.34 WHIP is 22nd in the league. In his last start, Lugo gave up six hits and six runs in three innings, leading to a 10-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Mets will need a much better performance from him if they are to defeat the Pirates on Monday.
- 0-8 in their last 8 vs. National League East.
- 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
New York is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games.
- 5-0 in Lugo’s last 5 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- 13-3 in Lugo’s last 16 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
Both teams are struggling at the moment, but the Pirates have been terrible on the road in their last eight games, and have been even worse against NL East teams. The Mets have played well in games started by Lugo, especially against teams with losing records.