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  W: J. Vargas (5-5)   L: C. Paddack (6-5)   S: E. Díaz (22)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 23, 2019
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 33,199

Rookies take center stage as Mets host Padres

According to STATS
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San Diego Padres at New York Mets

  1. New York and San Diego meet for their second series this season, with the Padres claiming two out of three from May 6-8 at PETCO Park. Padres pitchers struck out 37 batters in those games at a rate of 12.33 per nine innings, their highest rate against any opponent this season.
  2. The Mets have gone 5-3 in their last eight games, with their pitching staff boasting a 2.22 ERA and surrendering four or fewer runs in each game. Their streak of eight games allowing four or fewer runs is tied for the third-longest streak in the majors.
  3. The Padres enter the series having lost seven of their last nine games. They've scored just 3.75 runs per game in July, compared to 5.88 in June. That drop-off in scoring is the biggest in the majors from June to July. Their fall from a .266 June batting average to hitting .236 in July is the third-largest swoon.
  4. Jeff McNeil has been particularly effective in the first inning of games this season with a .431 batting average in the opening frame, the highest in the majors this season among players with at least 40 first-inning plate appearances.
  5. The Mets send lefty Jason Vargas to the mound Tuesday. Manny Machado's 1.334 OPS against left-handed pitching this season is the highest in the majors since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun had a 1.480 OPS against lefties in 2007.
  6. Hunter Renfroe has a slash line of .291/.349/.724 when hitting fifth in the batting order this season. His OPS of 1.073 ranks fifth among players with at least 50 plate appearances in the No. 5 spot and leads the majors with 17 home runs in that spot in the lineup.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/23/2019 thru 7/25/2019

The New York Mets and San Diego Padres enter Tuesday's contest a combined 14 games under .500. Good thing Pete Alonso and Chris Paddack will be there to liven things up.

The two leading contenders for the National League Rookie of the Year get their last chance to square off against each other when the Mets host the Padres in the opener of a three-game series.

Both teams were off Monday after concluding road series on Sunday. The Mets fell to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 12 innings. The Padres salvaged the finale of a three-game set by beating the Chicago Cubs 5-1.

Mets left-hander Jason Vargas (4-5, 4.25 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound against Paddack (6-4, 2.70).

Of course, few at Citi Field will be there to see the battle between the 36-year-old soft-tossing Vargas and the 23-year-old fireballing Paddack. The main attraction should arrive when Alonso steps to the plate against Paddack in the resumption of an entertaining duel that began before they faced each other for the first time in San Diego on May 6, a few days after Alonso won the NL Rookie of the Month award.

"He's a great player, no doubt," Paddack told The Athletic at the time. "Does he deserve the (Rookie of the Month award)? Absolutely. But I'm coming for him.

"Do I wish it was me? Yeah. But the way I look at it is, do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We'll see, man."

Paddack won the individual battle May 6, when he not only earned the victory with 7 1/3 scoreless innings in the Padres' 4-0 blanking of the Mets but also struck out Alonso in his first two at-bats before inducing a groundout in the sixth.

"He's allowed to say what he wants," Alonso told reporters afterward. "He wanted me and he got me tonight, simple as that. It kind of fired me up and it was going to be a good matchup, and I didn't answer the bell."

Fortunately for Alonso, he's created some distance from Paddack over the last two-plus months.

With a franchise rookie-record 33 home runs and the Home Run Derby crown on his resume, Alonso is the clear front-runner for the NL Rookie of the Year. Paddack, who was sent to the minors for 10 days in June and slotted fifth into the Padres' post-All-Star Break rotation in order to limit his innings, has struck out 95 batters while allowing just 78 baserunners in 90 innings.

But Paddack could make things interesting with more outings like the one he had last Wednesday, when he flirted with a no-hitter in a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins. Paddack allowed one run on one hit -- a leadoff homer in the eighth by Starlin Castro -- over 7 2/3 innings.

Vargas earned the win last Wednesday, when he gave up three runs over six innings as the Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 14-4. He is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA in five starts against the Padres.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2019

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