- Although he wasn’t nearly as effective as he had been in his first three starts with the Mets, Nieve deserved a slightly better fate when he faced the Phillies on Saturday. He was charged with four runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the fourth was unearned and scored after he had been removed. Moreover, Nieve’s own inability to execute a sacrifice bunt may have denied the Mets a run — or not. As it was, Nieve allowed six hits and six walks. Now, he faces a team against which he has pitched five times, once as a starter. He has a convenience store ERA — 7.11 — in 6 1/3 innings against the Reds. Only three position players on the Reds’ roster have faced Nieve, and they have merely five at-bats against him.
- He walked six in a loss at Philadelphia on Saturday, but will hope a return to Queens helps. In two home starts, he has allowed six hits and one run in 12 innings. Playing at their pitching-friendly new park has certainly not helped New Yorkâ€™s hitters lately. The Mets have dropped five of six at home, totaling 10 runs in those games, including two shutout losses. This will be the Redsâ€™ first visit to Citi Field. They lost two of three to the Mets at home to open the season.
- John Maine threw off a mound Friday and could be back with the Mets by the end of the month, Jerry Manuel said. “From what I understand he’s pain free,” Manuel said.
Pagan, CF (welcome back)
A. Reyes, 2B
Brian Schneider, C
- Arroyo’s struggles continued in his last start, on Sunday against the Cardinals. He allowed eight runs, five of which were earned, in a 10-1 loss. Since June 13, the right-hander is 1-4 with an 8.41 ERA. Arroyo will look to avoid any first-inning struggles in his next start, against the Mets. This season, Arroyo’s ERA in the first is 10.59, dipping to 4.92 the rest of the way. Over his career, Arroyo is 5-2 against the Mets with a 3.92 ERA. He won his first start of the season against the Mets, on April 9, an 8-6 win.
- Cincinnati is in fifth place but is still closer to the top of its division than the Mets, 4 1/2 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central.Â Bronson Arroyo, who is coming off three straight disastrous starts. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 10.29 ERA over that span, with opponents hitting .426 against him, including six home runs in 14 innings. â€œIâ€™ve been through worse stretches,â€ Arroyo said. â€œThatâ€™s just the way it goes. I have no excuses other than the fact that this game isnâ€™t easy.â€
- Arroyo beat the Mets in his first start of the season April 9 despite allowing five runs in six innings of an 8-6 win. Since joining the Reds, heâ€™s 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six starts against New York.