Today's starting pitchers: LHP Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.57) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.35). . . . Storylines: After getting smacked around in three games by the Red Sox in Fenway Park, the D-backs will no doubt be happy to be reacquainted with the Mets, who they swept earlier last week in New York by a cumulative score of 17-5. Today's pitching matchup is a rematch of last Wednesday's game that went 12 innings, with the D-backs prevailing by a 3-2 margin. . . . Watch: 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona and FOX Sports GO; 6:30 p.m., (Espanol), FOX Sports Arizona Plus.
D-backs starting pitcher Robbie Ray
Ray limited the Mets to 3 hits and no walks in 7 scoreless innings last week but came away with no decision when closer Jake Barrett surrendered a 2-run homer to Kelly Johnson in the bottom of the 9th. . . . Ray is 1-6 over his last 9 starts, but the D-backs have been encouraged by the progress he's shown, if not the results. He ranks fourth in the majors with 10.97 strikeouts per 9 innings, and last week's outing was the first of his career in which he's pitched at least 7 innings without walking a batter. This will be his third career start against the Mets, and he's yet to give up an earned run over 12 innings. . . . A lengthy, productive outing by Ray would be welcome relief to the bullpen after Arizona starters lasted just 8 2/3 innings against the Red Sox, giving up 23 runs (17 earned).
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Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon
Colon gave up only 1 run to the D-backs when matched against Ray last week. It came in the third inning when Jean Segura singled, stole second, took third on a throwing error and scored on a 2-out-single by Paul Goldschmidt. . . . The D-backs remain the only team that Colon has never beaten in his 20-year major-league career. Seventeen pitchers have recorded a 30-team sweep in major-league history, and the Cubs' John Lackey is the only active pitcher among those 17.
Home sweet home?
The D-backs have endured all sorts of problems at Chase Field this year, going 19-39 thus far. But getting back home might be a welcome relief after a week of East Coast heat and humidity and a three-day onslaught of Red Sox hitters at Fenway Park. Boston battered the D-backs' pitching staff for 31 runs -- capped off by a 16-2 shellacking of staff ace Zack Greinke. . . . Pitching woes have been a central theme to the D-backs' disappointing season from Day 1 -- but they did enjoy one of their most successful pitching series of the year against the Mets last week -- limiting them to 17 hits and 5 runs over 3 games. . . . Sunday's loss was the fifth time in their last 13 games that the D-backs surrendered 10 or more runs, and 15th double-digit battering this season. Their 5.09 team ERA is the highest in the majors.
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Silence of the Lamb
One player who should be especially pleased to be back home is Jake Lamb. He was 0 for 21 at the plate with two errors in the field on last week's road trip, after going 9 for 24 with 3 home runs in his previous 5 games at Chase Field. For the season, he's hitting .292 with 17 home runs at home, and .251 with 7 homers on the road.
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The D-backs stole 13 bases in 15 attempts against the Mets last week, a franchise record and tied for the third most of any major league team since the Diamondbacks began play in 1998. The Mets have allowed 102 stolen bases on the season -- most of any team in the majors. Jean Segura accounted for 3 of the steals, and Michael Bourn, Chris Owings and Paul Goldschmidt had 2 apiece. ... Owings was 7 for 14 with 3 doubles and a triple against the Mets and brings a 7-game hitting streak into tonight's game.
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Get the message?
Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the Mets' effort after getting swept by the D-backs last week "I know one thing -- there's got to be a passion to come and play," Collins told reporters after a 9-0 defeat on Thursday. They went out and lost again on Friday to San Diego but bounced back with wins on Saturday and Sunday, their first consecutive wins since July 6-7. . . . Neil Walker is hitting .444 with 5 home runs over his past 18 games, but Curtis Granderson is in a 1-for-16 slump, and Jay Bruce his hitting just .152 with 2 home runs in 12 games since being acquired from Cincinnati. . . . The Mets remain on the margins of the NL wild-card picture, 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis.
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Rest of the series
Tuesday: RHP Braden Shipley (2-1, 2.96) vs. RH Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 2.75), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona. . . . Wednesday: RHP Zack Godley (3-2, 5.24) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (8-6, 5.20), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.