Jose Reyes’ baseball future is murky beyond the end of this season, but he’s making the best of it while trying to prove he can help a team next year. Reyes will try to remain hot and lead the New York Mets to another win when they host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday for the third contest of their four-game series.
The former All-Star shortstop is getting another chance at the position - and at the top of the batting order - due to injuries and homered twice in Friday’s 5-1 triumph. The 34-year-old Reyes is batting .238 with a .307 on-base percentage but has hit safely in 10 of his 11 starts since coming off the disabled list last month. The Reds swept a three-game series against playoff-contending Milwaukee earlier this week but have watched the bats go cold in New York as the team managed a total of three runs while dropping the first two contests of the series. Cincinnati will try to put some better swings on the ball against Rafael Montero, who faces Reds veteran Homer Bailey on Saturday.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Cincinnati), WPIX (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Reds RH Homer Bailey (4-7, 7.24 ERA) vs. Mets RH Rafael Montero (4-9, 5.21)
Bailey finally is starting to come around after a rough couple of months while returning from injury. The veteran Texan put together back-to-back quality starts and held Milwaukee to three runs and six hits in six innings on Sunday without walking a batter. Bailey started against the Mets on Aug. 30 and suffered a loss despite yielding two runs and four hits in six frames.
Montero is coming off his second consecutive victory, an outing against Philadelphia on Monday in which he was fortunate to win after yielding four runs on five hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old Dominican was much better in his previous turn as he scattered three hits while recording a season-high eight strikeouts over 8 1/3 scoreless frames in a triumph at Cincinnati on Aug. 30. Montero made his first career start against the Reds on Sept. 6, 2016, when he gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision on the road.
1. Mets INF Asdrubal Cabrera (back) sat out Friday and is day-to-day.
2. Cincinnati RHP Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Friday.
3. New York rookie SS Amed Rosario (finger) missed his fifth straight game on Friday and remains day-to-day.
PREDICTION: Reds 8, Mets 5