The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals (43-78, 30 GB in AL Central) on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.
In Thursday's win over Atlanta, Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso became the first Mets ever to both record five hits in the same game. ... The Mets's 23 hits on Thursday were tied for the second most in team history for a nine-inning game. ... The Mets are 10-4 against the AL this season, the highest interleague win percentage for any NL team.
|Whit Merrifield, 2B||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Alex Gordon, LF||JD Davis, LF|
|Hunter Dozier, 3B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Jorge Soler, DH||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Brett Phillips, RF||Todd Frazier, DH|
|Bubba Starling, CF||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Ryan O'Hearn, 1B||Joe Panik, 2B|
|Meibrys Viloria, C||Tomas Nido, C|
|Nicky Lopez, SS||Ruben Tejada, 3B|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 3.89 ERA), who is coming off of seven strong innings against the Nationals his last time out, allowing two earned runs while striking out five. ... Syndergaard has gone at least seven innings in six straight starts, pitching to a 1.91 ERA. During that span, he's allowed just nine earned runs in 42.1 innings.
Who is starting for the Royals?
LHP Mike Montgomery (2-5, 5.19 ERA), who has been used exclusively as a starter since being traded to Kansas City in July. ... With the Royals, he's pitched to a 4.63 ERA in five starts, allowing 12 earned runs in 23.1 innings. ... Opposing batters are hitting .309 with a .819 OPS against the lefty.
The Mets and Royals continue their weekend set on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.68 ERA) is scheduled to face Royals righty Jakob Junis (8-10, 4.80 ERA).