Friday -- Mets 4, D-backs 2; Syndergaard shits down D-backs. Saturday -- Mets 4, D-backs 2; Harvey powers Mets past Corbin, D-backs. Sunday -- Rubby De La Rosa (6-4, 4.89) vs. Jonathan Niese (4-8, 3.58), 9:30 a.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Citi Field has been home, sweet home for the Mets this season and a troublesome destination for the Diamondbacks. The Mets are 29-14 at home this year (second-best home record in the majors to the Cardinals), and they've been 8-5 vs. the D-backs over the past four years at Citi. Paul Goldschmidt has a .190 career average here, and fellow All-Star A.J. Pollock is 3 for 27.
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If the D-backs have success getting on base, they don't figure to be stationary. Their 78 stolen bases (led by A.J. Pollock's 18) are second in the NL; meanwhile, Mets' catchers have thrown out only 13 base stealers, second fewest in the league, while allowing a 76 percent success rate.
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Struggling at the dish
In 12 games over the past two weeks, Mets pitchers have compiled a 1.53 ERA, giving up only 19 earned runs and 76 hits. They've needed the pitchers to step up, because the offense has been lacking for most of the season. Their 297 runs scored are the fewest in the NL (the D-backs lead with 385). Lucas Duda is 2 for 29 in July, and Michael Cuddyer is 4 for his last 40 at-bats.
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With unconventional closer Brad Ziegler solidifying the ninth-inning role, the Diamondbacks' bullpen has been lights out of late, compiling a 1.16 ERA in July, surrendering 15 hits and three earned runs over the last 23.1 innings. Ziegler has retired the last 15 batters he's faced, worked 13 consecutive scoreless innings and converted 12 consecutive save opportunities, dating back to May 29.