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10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, July 17, 2019
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 35,124

Mets send Vargas in pursuit of sweep in Minnesota

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New York Mets at Minnesota Twins

  1. The AL Central-leading Twins, who split two games with the Mets in April, are 10-10 since June 19. While the offense is averaging 7.5 runs while slashing .313/.366/.560 in those 10 wins, it is averaging 2.7 runs with a .220/.273/.344 slash line in its last 10 defeats.
  2. With a major league-leading 171 home runs, the Twins have already outhomered the 2018 version, which finished with 166. However, they've hit just 38.6 percent of their homers at Target Field (66/171), on pace to be the franchise's smallest percentage of home runs at home since the 2010 team was at 36.6 percent.
  3. Max Kepler drove in his 59th run of the season Sunday to give him one more RBI than he had all of last season. He is one of just three players that had at least 58 RBI last season and have already surpassed that mark, along with the Pirates' Josh Bell and Yankees' DJ LeMahieu.
  4. Eddie Rosario is hopeful of returning for this series after being sidelined since June 26 with a sprained left ankle. With 20 home runs, 51 runs and 60 RBI, he became the first Twin with at least 20 homers, 50 runs and 60 RBI through 75 games played since Justin Morneau in 2007.
  5. The Mets are slugging an NL-worst .392 in 12 games since June 27 after leading the league in slugging percentage at .517 in their previous 12 games from June 15-26.
  6. Jeff McNeil had his 35th multi-hit game of the season Saturday, giving him a MLB-leading 12 since June 18. On the season, he is batting .384 against lefties, the best mark by a left-handed hitter (min. 70 PAs).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/16/2019 thru 7/17/2019

The New York Mets had gone an excruciating 13 consecutive road series without gaining a series win when they began their current nine-game road trip by taking two out of three at Miami.

Now the Mets have a chance to make it two series wins in a row on Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory in Tuesday night's opener of the brief two-game set as reliever Edwin Diaz worked his way out of a bases-loaded situation in the ninth by getting Nelson Cruz to pop out on a 3-2 fastball that clocked in at 99.2 mph.

Diaz was the seventh New York pitcher in the contest that saw the bullpen blank the American League Central-leading Twins on just three hits over five shutout innings.

"They did a great job tonight and hopefully we can build on that," said outfielder Michael Conforto, who finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, also robbing Cruz of an extra-base hit with a running catch near the wall to end the third inning.

"It really was the best performance as a collective group by the bullpen," said Mets manager Mickey Callaway. "To throw up five scoreless innings against that group over there says a lot."

It was the third straight victory for the Mets, their longest win streak since taking four in a row at home on May 20-23 against the Washington Nationals. New York also improved to just 3-29 in contests when they score three runs or fewer.

Left-hander Jason Vargas (3-5, 4.23 ERA) will start Wednesday afternoon's finale and will be opposed by left-hander Martin Perez (8-3, 4.26).

Vargas is 8-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 20 career games against the Twins, 18 of which were starts, and is 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in nine career starts at Target Field. He has been even more impressive in his last four starts against Minnesota, compiling a 3-0 record and 0.78 ERA.

Perez, meanwhile, is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two career games and one start against the Mets. This season, he has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his last seven starts.

Perez won his last start against the Texas Rangers 15-6 on July 5 when he allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings, getting 15 ground-ball outs to go with three strikeouts.

Minnesota comes in on a two-game losing streak. The Twins, who have seen their AL Central lead over Cleveland dwindle to five games, haven't lost three in a row all season.

"We had a chance to win the game," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after Tuesday night's loss. "Even on days when we're not at our best and the balls aren't really finding any grass out there, we still played well and gave ourselves an opportunity to win."

The Twins could be without second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who hit his 15th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss. Schoop left the game with an 0-2 count in the ninth inning after grabbing his left side when he swung at an Edwin Diaz pitch.

"We think (he's) doing OK," Baldelli said. "I think any time a guy holds his side or touches his side or grabs it in any way ... I thought the right thing to do is make sure the guy is OK. Oblique injuries are not things to mess around with. We don't know if it is an oblique injury yet at this point, but he felt something there. We'll know more tomorrow."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 17, 2019

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