Major League Baseball
NY Mets at Seattle
When: 10:10 PM ET, Friday, July 28, 2017
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

The New York Mets began cleaning house early and figure to continue shedding themselves of veterans over the course of their three-game series against the host Seattle Mariners, which begins Friday. New York made the first of what likely will be several deals prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday, sending Lucas Duda to Tampa Bay.

The Mets, who acquired right-hander Drew Smith from the Rays, fell 9 1/2 games back in the National League wild-card race with Thursday's 7-5 loss at San Diego. New York dropped to 2-2 on its 10-game road trip despite receiving a homer and three RBIs from Jay Bruce, who also could be on the move before Monday's deadline. The Mariners look to remain in the thick of the American League wild-card chase as they continue a 10-game homestand during which they have gone 3-4. Seattle, which is 3 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the second wild card, needs more production from Nelson Cruz as the All-Star has recorded one RBI without belting a homer over his last nine contests.

TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), ROOT Northwest (Seattle)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.19 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.30)

Montero has lost each of his last three starts, including a setback against Oakland on Sunday in which he allowed three runs and seven hits - three homers - over seven innings. The 26-year-old Dominican won his only turn in the rotation on the road this season, defeating San Francisco on June 25 after giving up one run in 5 2/3 frames. Montero, who never has faced Seattle, is 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in two career interleague starts.

After three straight outings in which he worked at least seven innings, Miranda has failed to make it past the sixth in each of his last three turns - all no-decisions. The 28-year-old Cuban, who yielded two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 frames against the New York Yankees on Saturday, has won only one of his last eight outings. Miranda, who will be meeting the Mets for the first time, is 3-0 with a 5.19 ERA in five career interleague starts.


1. The Mets sent RHP Robert Gsellman (hamstring) to Double-A Binghamton on a rehab assignment.

2. Seattle OF Jarrod Dyson (toe) is expected to return to the lineup Friday after missing four games.

3. Mets RHP Chris Flexen was brought up from Binghamton to start Thursday's contest and took the loss after yielding four runs - three earned - on five hits and four walks over three innings in his major-league debut.

PREDICTION: Mariners 8, Mets 4
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Mets 47-53 L2 25-28 22-25 22-24 10-13 10-13 5-3
Seattle 51-52 L1 30-26 21-26 8-12 15-12 20-22 8-6
Last Meeting
NY Mets Seattle
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/23/14 NYM 3 SEA 2 .138 0 .488 .156 0 .369
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets N/A
Seattle D. Espinosa .143 1 .476
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets J. Blevins 0 0 0
Seattle R. Cano 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 0.00 .000 0
Seattle 0.00 .000 0
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets M. Conforto .289 81 .966
Seattle J. Segura .326 101 .818
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets J. Bruce 26 58 70
Seattle N. Cruz 20 47 75
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 4.88 .251 869
Seattle 4.43 .258 768