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Mets at Reds, Game 1 - Preview and Lineups

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It’s a star-studded pitching matchup to begin the Reds final homestand of the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images

Believe it or not, the New York Mets are not technically out of the 2019 playoff chase just yet. At 79-73, they could still make it to as many as 89 wins, and as of writing this on Friday afternoon they sit 3.5 games back of the NL’s second wild card spot.

They would have to leapfrog both the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers to land such a coveted playoff spot, but the #math dictates it’s still a possibility. On Friday, they’ll have the Cincinnati Reds standing firmly in their way, however, and that’s a club that’s taken a liking to bustin’ up playoff chances of late.

The Reds, of course, are fresh off taking 2 of 3 from the Cubs, and that came on the heels of taking 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks, who sit just 1.5 games back of the Mets at this moment. And tonight, the Reds will send dazzling righty Luis Castillo to the mound, certainly giving the Reds a good shot at picking up another September win.

Meanwhile, the Mets will counter with an ace of their own, as Jacob deGrom will toe the rubber for New York. Naturally, this one will probably end up an 11-10 slugfest, because that’s just how the baseball gods tend to operate.

First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET, and it pains me terribly to say that it’s the final Friday game at GABP this season. Man, how time flies...

Go Reds.

Reds Lineup

Mets Lineup