New York Mets (85-50, first in the NL East) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-84, fifth in the NL Central)
Pittsburgh; Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Taijuan Walker (10-3, 3.45 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 93 strikeouts); Pirates: Mitch Keller (4-10, 4.43 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 107 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -228, Pirates +189; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates play the New York Mets looking to end their eight-game home skid.
Pittsburgh has a 26-39 record at home and a 49-84 record overall. The Pirates are 31-11 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.
New York is 85-50 overall and 39-27 in road games. Mets hitters are batting a collective .256, which ranks fourth in the NL.
The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bryan Reynolds leads Pittsburgh with 21 home runs while slugging .447. Rodolfo Castro is 7-for-29 with two home runs and three RBI over the past 10 games.
Pete Alonso has 23 doubles and 32 home runs for the Mets. Jeff McNeil is 11-for-35 with a double over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 2-8, .207 batting average, 4.60 ERA, outscored by 29 runs
Mets: 6-4, .230 batting average, 2.80 ERA, outscored by one run
INJURIES: Pirates: Colin Holderman: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Ke’Bryan Hayes: day-to-day (shoulder), Yerry De Los Santos: 60-Day IL (lat), David Bednar: 15-Day IL (back), Dillon Peters: 15-Day IL (elbow), Max Kranick: 60-Day IL (elbow), Canaan Smith-Njigba: 60-Day IL (wrist), Roberto Perez: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Blake Cederlind: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mets: Max Scherzer: day-to-day (side), Trevor May: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Brett Baty: 10-Day IL (thumb), Stephen Nogosek: 15-Day IL (oblique), Luis Guillorme: 10-Day IL (groin), Drew Smith: 15-Day IL (back), Tylor Megill: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)
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