Mets at Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks were in their worst stretch of the season the last time they saw the New York Mets and the result was a three-game sweep that was part of a seven-game slide. The Diamondbacks are playing markedly better as they prepare for a rematch against the skidding Mets, who arrive in Arizona having lost 10 of 11 entering Thursday's opener of a four-game set.
The Diamondbacks were denied in their bid for a sweep of visiting Pittsburgh, dropping a 5-4 decision to snap their five-game winning streak. Arizona scored six times in last month's series against the Mets but the National League West leaders have piled up 55 runs during the 5-1 stretch. Conversely, the Mets have scored only 10 runs over their past nine games and were shut out for the third time in eight contests in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Atlanta, prompting third baseman Todd Frazier to apologize to starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. "For us not to put up any runs for him again, I told him I was sorry," Frazier said after New York dropped a season-worst eight games below .500. "I don't know what else to tell him."
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), FS Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets LH Steven Matz (2-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Matt Koch (4-3, 4.20)
The Mets wasted another quality start by Matz, who did not factor in the decision last time out against the New York Yankees after giving up three runs and five hits over six innings. He was touched for a pair of homers in the game, the first time he's been taken deep since he allowed a pair of blasts in a no-decision versus Arizona on May 19. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt has two solo homers in five at-bats against Matz.
Koch escaped with a no-decision at Colorado on Saturday despite getting rocked for seven runs (five earned) and eight hits, including three home runs, over five innings. He had his best outing in his previous start, earning the win by limiting Miami to three hits over seven scoreless innings. Koch gave up three runs and failed to retire a batter in relief against the Mets last year, his lone major-league appearance in 2017.
1. Goldschmidt is 20-for-37 during a nine-game hitting streak.
2. Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will remain sidelined after he was told to rest his injured right index finger.
3. Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) will make a rehab start Thursday at Class A Visalia.