Blue Jays at Mets
The New York Mets were down in the doldrums after losing nine of their previous 11 outings before enjoying a laugher in the opener of their abbreviated two-game interleague series versus the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets (20-18) aim to get the last laugh at the expense of the Blue Jays (21-21) on Wednesday afternoon when the clubs reconvene at Citi Field.
Juan Lagares collected a career high-tying four hits and three RBIs while recent acquisition Devin Mesoraco homered and scored four times in Tuesday's 12-2 romp for New York, which erupted for a total of 16 hits and plated eight runs over the fourth and fifth innings. The Mets converted with runners on base to the tune of going 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position after entering the contest 7-for-61 in the month of May. Like New York, Toronto has answered a strong start with a less-than-desirable stretch -- the Blue Jays have dropped eight of the last 11 overall and are 0-12 in Queens (0-9 Shea Stadium, 0-3 Citi Field). Former Met Curtis Granderson had a productive return to Citi Field with a single, stolen base and a run scored in the third inning, but he'll join the rest of his new team in getting a first look at Wednesday starter Zack Wheeler.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Toronto), SNY (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA) vs. Mets RH Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03)
Happ surrendered a grand slam to Kyle Seager in the first inning and his Thursday evening didn't get much better from there as he allowed seven runs on 10 hits in a 9-3 setback to Seattle. The 35-year-old was taken deep twice in the encounter to raise his home run total to nine in eight outings this season after permitting 18 in 25 starts in 2017. Former Blue Jay Jose Reyes is 2-for-21 and Jay Bruce is 3-for-15 in his career versus Happ, who owns a 3-2 career mark with a 4.41 ERA in 10 starts (eight appearances) against the Mets.
Wheeler answered a disastrous start with a strong one last Wednesday, but he still was unable to walk away a victory despite allowing one run on four hits in six innings against Cincinnati. The 27-year-old drove up his pitch count by issuing three free passes for the second straight outing. Wheeler returns home looking for a better effort after getting shellacked for eight runs on 10 hits - including two homers - in an 8-7 setback versus Colorado on May 4.
1. New York OF Yoenis Cespedes (team-leading eight homers, 28 RBIs) is being mulled for a trip to the disabled list after undergoing an MRI that revealed a minor strain of his right hip, general manager Sandy Alderson said.
2. Toronto 3B Josh Donaldson is 8-for-25 with four doubles in his last six games.
3. The Mets' Triple-A affiliate (Las Vegas) scratched IF Phillip Evans from its lineup on Tuesday, a move that might suggest that Cespedes could be sidelined for Wednesday's tilt and beyond.