The Mets head to Ohio to start a series with the Reds after splitting a four game set with the Nationals. Almost as important as splitting the doubleheader, the Mets got a day off before this series so they could rest up their pitchers. This is also the last series the Mets play before rosters expand which should take a load off the beleaguered club.
The Mets will send out Chris Flexen who is 3-2 over 6 games and 28.0 innings so far with a 5.79 ERA, 6.91 FIP and 1.929 WHIP. In his last three starts he has tossed 16.1 innings allowing 7 runs off 17 hits and 12 walks. In that perspective, his ERA is much lower at 3.86 but batters are still getting on base against him at a .387 clip. This will be his first game against the Reds in his career and also his first game against a team from the NL Central.
It’s a game of rookies folks! The Reds will be sending out the only slightly more experienced Sal Romano who is 3-5 over 10 games and 52.2 innings with a 4.96 ERA, 4.78 FIP and 1.538 WHIP. After a terrible start to August where he allowed 16 runs, 15 earned, over 19.0 innings, he has flipped a switch and has allowed only 3 runs over 14.0 innings holding batters to 11 hits and 5 walks. Sal was 1-4 over 10 starts in the minors this year pitching 49.1 innings with a 3.47 ERA and 1.338 WHIP. It will be his first start against the Mets in a major league game.
Let’s Go Mets!