D-backs (45-66) at Mets (57-54), 3:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona
Today's starting pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.62) vs. LHP Steven Matz (8-8, 3.63). . . . Storylines: Zack is back, and for the D-backs, it's none too soon. The D-backs have gone 9-22 since Greinke walked off the Chase Field mound on June 28 after feeling a tightness in his oblique, and they've given up 219 runs in the course of those 31 games. The starting pitchers are 5-18 over that stretch, with only Zack Godley (2) winning more than once. The Mets have been scuffling, too, as they try to keep pace in the NL wild-card race. They enter Tuesday's play 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis and Miami, who currently share the second wild-card position. They are 10-16 since July 8 and haven't had a winning month since going 15-7 in April. . . . Watch: 3:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO.
D-backs starting pitcher Zack Greinke
Greinke was roughed up a bit in last week's rehab start at Triple-A Reno, giving up 9 hits, 2 walks and 5 runs in 5-plus innings, and said he wasn't surprised, noting that he's typically struggled on previous rehab appearances. "They've always been really bad outings for me," he said. "And then I always do bad when I get back to the big leagues. Hopefully that part will change." . . . Greinke is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in seven road starts this season, and he's 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six career starts vs. the Mets. . . . His last outing against the Mets came with the Dodgers in the decisive Game 5 of last fall's NL Division Series, and he took the loss in a 3-2 game.
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Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz
Matz took the loss in his most recent start last Wednesday, giving up 6 runs over 6 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He won 7 consecutive starts between April 17 and May 25 -- giving up only 6 runs total -- but has gone 1-7 with a 4.54 ERA in 12 outings since.
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Yasmany Tomas has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games, going 26 for 71 (.366) with 6 doubles, 8 home runs and 14 RBI. He's hitting .309 with 14 of his 21 home runs on the road, and he's a .369 career hitter against NL East opponents. . . . Jake Lamb is also heating up again after overcoming a wrist injury, going 9 for 22 with 3 home runs in his last 5 games. His slugging percentage is back up to .593, second in the NL to Washington's Daniel Murphy.
The Mets' pitching staff has given up the third fewest runs in the majors (400 -- by comparison, the D-backs have given up 610), but the offense hasn't held up its end of the bargain. The Mets are 29th out of 30 teams in runs scored (413) and dead last in batting average (.238). . . . With Yoenis Cespedes on the DL with a quadriceps injury, they've attempted to address a power shortage by trading for former Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce is 4 for 24 with 2 homers since joining New York. ... Second baseman Neil Walker (.268) has 19 home runs and is the only Mets regular with a batting average north of .260. He has been on fire of late, hitting in 11 of his last 12 games (23 for 49, 3 home runs, .469).
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The D-backs will be without starting catcher Welington Castillo. He was placed on the Paternity Leave List to be with his wife, Kissarly, in Phoenix for the birth of their second child. He'll be away from the team for a maximum of three days. Oscar Hernandez was called up from Double-A Mobile to back up Tuffy Gosewisch. . . . David Peralta is also back on the disabled list for a third time as he continues to be troubled by a wrist injury. Socrates Brito joins Yasmany Tomas, Michael Bourn, Brandon Drury and Rickie Weeks Jr. as part of the outfield mix.
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Rest of the series
Wednesday: LHP Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46), 3:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona. . . . Thursday: RHP Braden Shipley (1-1, 4.15) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 2.64), 8:30 a.m., FOX Sports Arizona.