7/18/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates

7/18/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates

The New York Mets (47-42) may still be in first place but they are definitely trending in the wrong direction. Despite holding a 6-0 lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates (36-56) in the eighth inning, the Mets’ bullpen completely collapsed as and Edwin Diaz imploded, allowing nine runs in 1.2 innings to complete an epic . The defeat was reminiscent of the gut-punching defeats the Mets regularly took in 2019 and secured a series victory for the Pirates, who will look to complete a sweep of the Mets this afternoon. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at PNC Park.

Right-hander Taijuan Walker (7-3, 2.50 ERA) is back from the All-Star Game to start for the Mets today. Walker’s last start came on July 9th against the Pirates when he allowed two runs in five innings but was not a factor in the decision. The Mets’ bats exploded after he left the game, leading to a 13-4 victory. Pittsburgh will with righty JT Brubaker (4-9, 4.47 ERA). Brubaker’s last start before the All-Star Break came against Walker and the Mets when he allowed six runs in 5+ innings to suffer his ninth loss of the year.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WCBS

New York Mets Lineup:

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Jonathan Villar will start at shortstop today for the Mets and bat seventh.
  • Tomas Nido will catch the day game after a night game, spelling James McCann, and hit eighth.
  • Villar and Pete Alonso both homered off of Brubaker at Citi Field on July 9.
  • This is the final game of the season series between the Mets and Pirates. Pittsburgh has claimed it by going 4-2 over the first six meetings.

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