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Preview: Diamondbacks at Mets
August 24, 2017 / 2:58 AM / 3 months ago

Preview: Diamondbacks at Mets

The Arizona Diamondbacks have dominated the New York Mets of late, winning all five encounters in 2017 and 10 of their last 11 overall dating back to the 2016 season. The visiting Diamondbacks look to continue their good fortune against the Mets on Wednesday when the teams play the third contest of a four-game series at Citi Field.

J.D. Martinez went deep for the third time in six outings with a three-run homer in the first inning of Tuesday’s 7-4 victory, increasing his totals to 10 homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games since being acquired by Arizona last month. The Diamondbacks (69-57) have won two straight to move a half-game ahead of sputtering Colorado (68-57) in the race for the National League’s top wild-card spot. While Arizona is keeping an eye on the standings, that likely is not the case for free-falling New York after it fell for the eighth time in nine outings to drop a season-worst 16 games below .500. Rookie Amed Rosario belted a solo homer to hit safely for the fifth straight contest and 10th time in 12 outings before adding an RBI triple in the ninth inning on Tuesday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona, SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Zack Godley (5-6, 3.13 ERA) vs. Mets RH Chris Flexen (2-2, 6.55)

Godley dropped his second straight decision and fell to 2-5 in his last nine outings on Friday after allowing four runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Minnesota. The 27-year-old surrendered two homers for the second time in three trips to the mound, but pitched considerably better in his previous encounter with the Mets. Godley permitted one run on one hit, but saw his pitch count elevate after issuing a season-high five walks in a no-decision versus New York on May 15.

Flexen sustained his first loss in nearly a month on Friday despite working at least five innings for the third straight outing. The 23-year-old has been plagued by a lack of control, as he issued four walks for the third time in five starts in Friday’s 3-1 setback versus Miami. Flexen, who will be making his sixth career start overall and first against Arizona, has pitched better at home (1-1, 4.91 ERA) than on the road (1-1, 8.18).

WALK-OFFS

1. New York LF Yoenis Cespedes recorded three singles for the second straight contest of the series and is 9-for-15 with one homer, three RBIs and four runs scored during his four-game hitting streak.

2. Arizona C Chris Iannetta is 3-for-6 with two runs scored in the series after going 2-for-17 in his previous six contests.

3. Mets CF Juan Lagares is 0-for-10 with two strikeouts in his last four games.

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 6, Mets 2

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