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Mets look to complete homestand with win over Tigers
Detroit Tigers at New York Mets
- The Tigers have won six of the last seven games against the Mets dating back to the 2011 season. Since 2017, the Tigers are 15-32 in interleague games, second worst in MLB ahead of the White Sox (12-28), while the Mets are 16-26, second worst in the National League ahead of the Reds (16-27).
- Detroit has lost nine straight games (not including a suspended game on May 19) while scoring four runs or fewer in each game. The last time the Tigers lost 10 straight games in a single season with four runs or fewer in each game was in April 1981.
- The Mets swept the Nationals in their last series, their first four-game sweep since June 30-July 3, 2016 versus the Cubs. New York has scored exactly six runs in each of its last three games and in 12 games overall this season, most in MLB. Detroit has yet to score exactly six runs this season.
- Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-4 in his last game against the Marlins, his second three-hit game this month. The rest of the Tigers hitters have three combined games with three-plus hits in May.
- Rookie Pete Alonso hit two home runs in the Mets' series against the Nats, his 15th and 16th home runs of the year. He needed just 47 career games to reach 16 home runs, fewest in Mets franchise history and seventh fewest by any player in MLB history.
- Noah Syndergaard will be making the 13th interleague start of his career -- he holds a 4.08 career ERA in interleague play compared to a 2.97 ERA in National League play. He has made one start against the Tigers, giving up four runs and seven hits in 6.0 innings in a 4-3 loss on August 5, 2016.
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The New York Mets know how difficult it is to bounce back the day after losing a marathon game. They hope to find out Sunday that it's easier to deal with the nature of the quick turnaround following a long extra-innings win.
The Mets will look to complete a winning homestand on a victorious note Sunday afternoon, when they host the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a three-game series. New York's Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.74 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Detroit rookie Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.68 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.
Tomas Nido finally sent the Mets home happy early Saturday evening, when his 13th-inning homer lifted New York to a 5-4 win in a game in which the two teams completely emptied their benches in using 20 players apiece, including a starting pitcher as a pinch-runner in extra innings (Steven Matz for the hosts and Daniel Norris for the Tigers).
It was the second marathon Saturday game for the Mets this month. On May 4, New York took the lead in the top of the 18th before falling to the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3.
That loss was the second of four straight defeats for the Mets, who endangered manager Mickey Callaway's job by going 4-10 from May 3 through May 19. But New York has won five of the first six games on the homestand and can get back to .500 with a victory on Sunday.
"We get tired with those long games," said Mets catcher Wilson Ramos, who hit two homers and collected New York's first four RBIs on Saturday. "But you forget about that when we're winning."
Now the task for the Tigers is to forget all the what-ifs that accompanied their longest loss since they fell to the Oakland Athletics, 1-0, in 13 innings last Aug. 3.
"Well, we pretty much went through everything we possibly had -- all of our pitching, the whole package," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said afterward. "We had our opportunities to get some big hits and so did they. That's kind of what always happens in these extra-innings games. Everybody's waiting for that one more big hit and they finally got it there at the end. We pretty much exhausted everything we had."
Neither Wheeler nor Turnbull factored into the decision in their most recent starts Tuesday night.
Wheeler gave up three runs over seven innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 6-5. It was the sixth time he's given up three runs or fewer over his last eight starts, a span in which Wheeler has a 3.74 ERA.
Turnbull's winless streak hit four starts after he surrendered three runs over five innings in the Tigers' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Miami Marlins. He is 0-1 despite posting a 2.91 ERA in four starts in May.
Wheeler has never faced the Tigers. He is 4-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 14 interleague starts.
Turnbull has never faced the Mets. He is 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA in four interleague starts.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 25, 2019